British architect designs tallest building in Shenzhen
British architecture will reach a new high with its record breaking 441 meter tower located in south China’s finance capital. The 100 story Kingkey Finance Tower is based in Shenzhen and a part of a 417,000 square meter office including retail entertainment, apartments and hotel complex.
The 1,440 feet tower will be ranked as the tallest building design by a British architect, and is said to be higher over the buildings found in UK. The Shenzhen Building will be twice the height of 1 Canada Square, the Canary Wharftower block which is considered the tallest building in Britain. The Shenzhen structure will also be taller that the Shard of Glass which is the 310 meter high development near London Bridge currently being constructed and when its finished it will be the tallest in the UK capital.
The architect Sir Terry Farrell will add another landmark in his portfolio including high profile projects, like the MI6 headquarters. The Kingkey Finance Tower is the eighth tallest building in the world, consisting of apartments that covers 210,000 square meters and 173,000 meters are used as office space. Six bottom floors will consists of shops, the 28 upper floors is occupied by a five star St. Regis hotel that will also have a conference center. The tower will be topped off with a five story Sky Garden that have a variety of restaurants.
Sir Terry Farrell was always been fascinated with the mixed use developments in China, where it will be like an urban district and a market square where you can meet people and have drinks. Farrrell loves the idea and the buzz of mixed use areas since it tend to draw a lot of people for different reasons.
Farrell is now appointed to help design the Z15 Tower which is said to be more that 500 meters tall or about 120 stories. He is also behind the redevelopment of the South Bank ,Convent Garden and Charing Cross Station and the redeveloping the Earl’s Court exhibition center.