Canton Tower, Guangzhou
The First Prize of National Excellent Engineering Exploration and Design Award, 2011
The Eleventh Tien-Yow Jeme Civil Engineering Prize, 2013
Green Building Demonstration Project by MOHURD
The Second Prize of S&T Progress Award of Guangdong Province
The First Prize of S&T Progress Award of Guangzhou
As a large urban infrastructure and landmark in Guangzhou, the Canton Tower functions mainly for sightseeing and concurrently houses other functions like radio and TV broadcasting, science popularization, culture, entertainment and city promotion. It prominently rises from the center of the city’s new central axis, echoing with the main Asian Games venue and the core of Zhujiang New Town across the river and forming a tripartite pattern with the two high-rises on the northern bank. It represents the most prominent height in the city’s skyline. The Tower measures a total height of 600m, including two basement levels, a 454m tower and a 146m mast. The unique and elegant form of the Tower is derived from a twisted and spiraling oval. This unique concept is originated from the specific geographical environment of the project site. It represents the consideration of aesthetics, sculpture, shape, structure and planning requirements. The façade and the outer tube structure are interwoven with the steel columns, diagonals and rings. With a waist-twisting and eccentric form, Canton Tower presents changing postures without any repetition when viewed from different directions. The hollowed-out and open structural form reduce the tower weight and wind load, contributing to an even more slender and lofty tower while enhancing the profound spatial experience and shadow effect.