Chow Tai Fook Center, Guangzhou
The super high-rise of Chow Tai Fook Center at the core of Zhujiang New Town CBD integrates office, serviced hotel, hotel, retail, F&B, club and garage. The building form well balances the strength and plasticity. While the linear main façade contrasts with the Canton Tower and Guangzhou IFC (West Tower), the building shape similar to that of the IFC establishes dialogue between the two super high-rises flanking the central axis. Such dialogue generates the synergy effect of the two super high-rises, which joins up the peripheral buildings and spaces, enhances the magnet effect of the city’s central main axis and eventually help create an international landmark. The design idea originates from the mixed-use characteristics, with floors varying with functionality. The stepped building appearance helps optimize the floor plans of the three major functional zones. The building shape sets back gradually as the height increases, echoing to the peripheral buildings in varied heights and presenting a towering and crystal-like building spectacle. The square footprint of the project well complements the triangular footprint of IFC and the elliptical footprint of the Canton Tower.