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Nanjing Greenland Financial Complex - Nanjing

Country China Nanjing Greenland Financial Complex
Floors 89
Height(m) 450
Height(ft) 1480
Architect Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
Date Built 2010
Link Building Link
Concept No
Complete Yes

The form of the Nanjing Greenland Financial Center was derived from three central elements of the rich history of Nanjing: the Yangtze River which flows through the city, the lush, green garden landscape and the dragon and column iconography prevalent in Chinese culture.

The central core of the tower is hugged by two interlocking forms that recall the image of China’s ‘dancing dragons.’ The tower’s exterior wall features angled panes of glass in staggered modules that suggest scales. Vertical and horizontal seams separate the textured glass surfaces, metaphorically relating to the clear water of the Yangtze River separating the great dragon forms.

The tower’s shape is also highly functional; its triangular form relates to shape and size of the site while maximizing views of the mountains, lake and historic Nanjing buildings.

The center is comprised of office space, a 500-room Intercontinental hotel, retail space and below grade parking. The top of the tower houses several restaurants and a public observatory. Landscaped clear-glass atria are found throughout the building, and an outdoor swimming pool and garden are located on the roof of the tower’s podium.

The building’s spire soars to a height of 458 meters, making Nanjing Greenland Financial Center one of China’s tallest structures. At night, the spire and tower atria will be lit and glow as a beacon in the Nanjing skyline, making the tower a radiant new landmark for the city.