Tianjin CTF Finance Centre Download PDF

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
439.5 m / 1,442 ft
Height: To Tip
530 m / 1,739 ft
Height: Architectural
530 m / 1,739 ft
Tianjin CTF Finance Centre Outline
Floors Above Ground
Floors Below Ground
# of Elevators
Development GFA
252,144 m² / 2,714,055 ft²
# of Apartments
# of Hotel Rooms


Official Name Tianjin CTF Finance Centre
Other Names Tianjin Chow Tai Fook Binhai Center
Structure Type Building
Status Under Construction
Country China
City Tianjin
Street Address & Map Binhai New Area
Building Function hotel / serviced apartments / office
Structural Material composite
Energy Label LEED Gold
Proposed 2011
Construction Start 2013
Completion 2018

Companies Involved

Owner Tianjin New World Huan Bo Hai Real Estate Development Co. Ltd.
Developer New World Development Company Limited
Design Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Architect of Record Ronald Lu & Partners; ECADI
Structural Engineer
Design Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Peer Review Leslie E. Robertson Associates
MEP Engineer
Design Parsons Brinckerhoff Consultants Private Limited
Main Contractor China Construction 8th Engineering Division
Other Consultant
• Acoustics Campbell Shillinglaw Lau Ltd
• Cost Rider Levett Bucknall
• Interiors AB Concept Limited; Make
• Landscape AECOM
• Lighting Isometrix Lighting + Design, Ltd.
• Security Parsons Brinckerhoff Consultants Private Limited
• Traffic Arup
• Vertical Transportation Parsons Brinckerhoff Consultants Private Limited
• Wind BMT Fluid Mechanics Ltd.
Material Supplier
• Façade Maintenance Equipment CoxGomyl

About Tianjin CTF Finance Centre

The Tianjin CTF Finance Centre is located in the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area, an outer district of Tianjin, China. The tower serves as an anchor for the larger area development, while housing office space, luxury serviced apartments, and a hotel.

By stacking reducing floor plates, the tower tapers dramatically to minimize the surface area exposed to wind, sun, and moisture. The gently-undulating curves of the façade subtly denote the integration of the three distinct programs within a singular smooth object. Square in plan with rounded corners, the floor plate geometry enables unique interior fit-outs and customization options for occupants. Research by the architect has the shown that lateral forces due to vortex shedding can be controlled by tapering the vertical profile of the tower and softening any sharp corners in plan. The building’s aerodynamic shape greatly reduces this vortex shedding by “confusing the wind” and disrupting the opportunity for any resonating wind forces and loads on the structure.

The softly curving glass skin integrates eight sloping megacolumns that follow a lyrical line connecting the centers and corners of all four elevations. These curving megacolumns increase the structure’s response to seismic concerns and are integral to both the gravity and lateral systems. They are effective in increasing the stiffness of the building’s perimeter frame, consequently attracting a larger portion of the seismic forces in compliance with the Chinese code requirements.

The façade reinforces the curvature of the tower form and creates a shimmering texture over the building’s surface. The crystalline-like curtain wall stretches from the suspended glass canopies at each of the lobbies to the dematerialized, megacolumn-looped crown and presents a bold expression of a comprehensive, integrated design on the Tianjin skyline.

CTBUH Initiatives

The Tallest 20 in 2020: Entering the Era of the Megatall
8 Dec 2011 – CTBUH Research


A New Skyline Vision: CTF Towers in Guangzhou and Tianjin
17 Sep 2014 – Wing Ip (David) Ho, New World Development Company Limited

Considering Place in an Integrated Approach to Tall
19 Sep 2012 – Brian Lee & William Baker, SOM

Research Papers

A New Skyline Vision: CTF Towers in Guangzhou and Tianjin
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings

The Tallest 20 in 2020: Entering the Era of the Megatall
Jan 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue I