Skidmore Owing & Merrill broke ground on the newest building at Beijing’s China World Trade Center complex. The 58-story Phase 3B Tower will be located immediately northeast of the 74-story, also SOM-designed China World Trade Center Tower Three, completed in 2010, the tallest building in the Chinese capital.
The exterior curtain wall is three degrees off vertical to make the façade self-cleaning. The new CWTC Tower 3B will be 1.32-million square feet, comprising offices, a 600-room hotel and associated amenities. The structure is a steel and concrete composite system using a reinforced concrete core with composite moment frame columns. The building is designed to achieve LEED Gold certification.
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