Amid blistering urban growth in the 1990s, Shenzhen’s government laid out a new central business district at Futian as a platform for high-value financial and services industries. In contrast to the older city centre at Luohu, which comprises an organic urban form derived from the original Shenzhen Town and the adjacent river, Futian was planned as a modern, formalist composition centred on a monumental green axis running from north to south.
Overlooking this public open space, Noble Tower rises 190 metres into the Shenzhen skies between civic buildings to the west and residential neighbourhoods to the east. The 40-storey skyscraper is minimalist but striking, particularly at night when the tower is illuminated by a facade and crown lighting system. The building houses 70,000 m2 of prime office space, with executive suites at the top offering panoramic views over downtown Shenzhen.