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Note: As this project is under construction, the data is based on the most reliable information currently available. This data is thus subject to change until the building has completed and all information can be confirmed and ratified by the CTBUH.


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Height: Occupied
406.4 m / 1,333 ft
 
Height: To Tip
450 m / 1,476 ft
Height: Architectural
450 m / 1,476 ft
 
Suzhou IFS Outline
Floors Above Ground
98
Floors Below Ground
5
Tower GFA
278,000 m² / 2,992,367 ft²

Facts

Official Name Suzhou IFS
Other Names The Wharf IFS, The Wharf Suzhou, Suzhou International Finance Square, Suzhou Supertower
Structure Type Building
Status Under Construction
Country China
City Suzhou
Street Address & Map Cuiyan Road
Building Function hotel / office / serviced apartments
Structural Material composite
Construction Start 2012
Completion 2017

Companies Involved

Developer The (Wharf) Holdings Limited
Architect
Design Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Architect of Record ECADI; Wong Tung & Partners
Structural Engineer
Design ECADI
MEP Engineer
Design Parsons Brinckerhoff Consultants Private Limited
Engineer of Record ECADI
Main Contractor China State Construction Engineering Corporation
Other Consultant
Façade ALT Limited; Permasteelisa Group
• Façade Maintenance Lerch Bates
• Lighting Brandston Partnership, Inc.
• Quantity Surveyor Langdon & Seah
• Wind RWDI
Material Supplier
• Cladding PEC Group

About Suzhou IFS

Suzhou IFS aims to be a landmark on the city’s skyline in both form and function, drawing upon modern design practices to belay the area’s historical repertoire. Conceived as a mixed-use high-rise, the tower will incorporate a number of disparate programs, embodying a modern 21st century presence that is symbolically tied to the city’s identity.

Suzhou has long been a center of trade in China, and the building’s design pays tribute to this achievement. The tower’s form is reminiscent of a fish, a symbol of prosperity and a nod to the role that water has played in the city’s history and identity—the city is surrounded by lakes and canals, causing it to become known as “Venice of the East.” As such, the tower is designed to interact with the surrounding bodies of water. The tower gestures towards Jinji Lake and opens out towards the water.

Soaring upwards, the curved “tail” of the fish subtly transitions from the scale of the lake and surrounding buildings to the top of the tower. More than an architectural embellishment, the flared base maximizes views of the water for the serviced apartments within and considerably lengthens its street frontage. At night, the tower cladding is articulated with glowing LEDs. These lights activate in a staggered timing that causes the building to shimmer in the evening skyline, much like the nearby lake.

The tower form and orientation, together with the articulation of the west façade, diminishes much of the heat and glare, while bringing more natural daylight to the internal spaces. The tower cladding is a high-performance glazing that significantly mitigates solar loading.

CTBUH Initiatives

Top Company Rankings: The World’s 100 Tallest Buildings
13 Oct 2016 – CTBUH Research

Videos

Design Challenges of the 3 Tallest Buildings in North/ East/ South China
17 Sep 2014 – Kam Chuen (Vincent) Tse & Lung Wai (Herbert) Lam, Parsons Brinckerhoff

Research Papers

The New Structural Design Process of Supertall Buildings in China
1 Sep 2015 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 4 Number 3

Design Challenges of the 3 Tallest Buildings in North/ East/ South China
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings