Guangzhou has added a 10th supertall to its expansive skyline. Located in the city's Zhujiang New Town district, Guangfa Securities Headquarters marks a new commercial centre with a 308-metre-tall tower designed by Jaeger Kahlen Partners.
The building's tapered facade creates a covered communal space at the bottom, which is also outfitted with a verdant landscape and water features that separate the skyscraper from a nearby bus terminal and the residential neighbourhood beyond. The supertall tower is positioned offset from the urban axis to maximize views of the adjacent park.
The massing is split into three distinct zones, starting with a grand entrance lobby. A sky lobby that offers a generous gathering lounge forms the second zone, and the crown's modern reinterpretation of a traditional Chinese roof caps the structure.
A steel-frame reinforced core and an outrigger system engenders flexible interior office plans for the commercial banking giant. The shear load is transferred to the building's core, allowing its eight columns to be relatively narrow.
Floor plans are designed to allow as much natural light as possible to illuminate the spaces within. Vertical links in the form of convenience stairs encourage occupants to forgo short elevator trips, and an amenity space at the top of the tower fosters socialization and collaboration.