Best Tall Building 400 meters and above Award of Excellence: Tianjin CTF Finance Center, Tianjin

Brian Lee
Consulting Partner, FAIA
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Chicago

Kevin Ma
Associate Project Director
New World China Land Limited, Hong Kong

Balancing Density and Human Scale

Tianjin CTF Finance Centre is located in Tianjin’s Binhai New Area, an additional business core created in response to the city’s influx of development over the last several decades. The supertall was designed with reference to the new urban design principles applied to Binhai New Area, which include balancing greater density with human-scale, pedestrian-friendly streets; a range of parks; and a diverse mix of residences, commercial properties, and public buildings. To wit, the completed mixed-use project is embedded into a walkable urban grid with abundant transit connections.The primary challenge in executing Tianjin’s tallest building was in creating a tower that integrated three distinct programmatic elements—serviced apartments, office space, and hotel functions—within a tower that was distinctive in form, but also logically organized for optimal wayfinding.

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