Goettsch Partners-Designed Tower Tops Out in China

Soaring 1,322 feet, Nanning China Resources Center Tower will be the tallest building in the City of Nanning, and the tallest in the Chicago-based architecture firm’s portfolio of completed projects.
Nanning China Resources Center Tower
Nanning China Resources Center Tower

The world will soon get another supertall building—a structure exceeding 300 meters, or nearly 1,000 feet in height—now that Nanning China Resources Center Tower in Nanning, China, has topped out. Chicago-based Goettsch Partners designed the 1,322-foot tall, 2.9 million-square-foot, mixed-use skyscraper on behalf of developer China Resources Land Ltd.

Standing 85 stories above Minzu Ave., CRC Tower will be the tallest building in Nanning, the capital of Guangxi Province, upon its completion. Paul De Santis, design partner with Goettsch Partners, said in a prepared statement that the property, which will also be capped with an illuminated crown, “will create a new, identifiable silhouette for the city.”

CRC Tower will encompass approximately 1.8 million square feet of office accommodations, 63,800 square feet of retail space and the 336-key Shangri-La Hotel Nanning, and it will offer a direct underground connection to public transportation.

Nanning China Resources Center Tower
Nanning China Resources Center Tower

An all-glass exterior resembling the fractured, etched surface of a gemstone will further enhance the potency of CRC Tower’s staggering height. Additionally, GP has designed the skyscraper to meet requirements for LEED-CS Gold certification, with the glass façade serving as one of the property’s greenest features.

“Meeting LEED-CS Gold standards, the tower’s high-performance façade, convenient connections to mass transit, and state-of-the-art infrastructure will establish the benchmark for a first-class development in Nanning,” De Santis said.

New heights

CRC Tower will be the tallest completed building in GP’s design portfolio, but the mixed-use property is not the firm’s only supertall undertaking. GP is behind the design of JDL Development’s proposed One Chicago Square, a 1,046-foot, luxury residential project in Chicago, and Optics Valley Center, a 1,321-foot office tower planned by the Greenland Group in Wuhan, China.

Currently, China leads the world in supertall buildings, with 68 such completed structures, followed by the U.A.E. and the U.S., with 26 and 21 supertall buildings, respectively, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. In the U.S., One World Trade Center remains the tallest building in the country at 1,776 feet.

Images courtesy of Goettsch Partners