Nearing completion in Beijing, the China Zun tower will be the tallest building in the city, acting as a cultural icon within the Chaoyang central business district. Designed by Farrells for CITIC in collaboration with KPF, the tower’s design draws inspiration from the zun, a Chinese artifact traditionally used for ritual purposes. At 528 meters high, it is is the fourth tallest building in China and the eighth tallest in the world. Another landmark project within Farrells portfolio of supertall buildings which includes KK100, the tallest building in the world by a British architect in Shenzhen.

The China Zun skyscraper is elegantly curved, giving it a distinctive form whilst increasing stability and maximising the most desirable floor area at the top of the tower. The shape is inspired by the ancient Chinese zun wine vessels, while the outward curve at the top of the tower brings to mind the kongming lanterns released at Chinese festivals. The tower is the focal point of Beijing’s new Chaoyang CBD, masterplanned by Farrells alongside BIAD and Arup. The General Planner of the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design praised the plan, saying: “Its greatest advantage is considering the overall urban spaces, architectural design and various engineering techniques in a unified manner to formulate a fully integrated urban design scheme.”

Announced in full on November 28th, the MIPIM awards program recognizes property industry excellence in the Asia Pacific region. Categories range from hotel & tourism to urban regeneration to innovative green architecture, celebrating the breadth of prestigious real estate projects. The Best Chinese Future Mega Project is open to “any type of project, located in Mainland China only, slated to start construction or already started construction but not completed yet.”