Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP has won an international competition in
China to design one of the most environmentally-sustainable buildings in the
world, the Chicago-based architecture and engineering firm announced today.
SOM -- in cooperation
with the Guangzhou Pearl River Engineering Construction Supervision Corp., and
Guangzhou Design Institute -- will design Pearl River Tower, a 69-story corporate
headquarters, for the CNTC Guangdong Company. The tower will be located in Guangzhou
China, a subtropical port city of 6.6 million located 182 kilometers from Hong
"This project represents our commitment to sustainable design," SOM
Managing Partner Thomas Kerwin said. "It also represents our commitment
and spirit of mutual collaboration with China's design professionals, government
and industry in pushing sustainable design best-practices."
Sleek and cutting-edge, Pearl River Tower will be an instant icon. SOM's design
and engineering teams sought to create a visually-appealing building that produces
as much energy as it consumes.
"The tower will absorb its environment and use it to its advantage,"
said project design architect, Gordon Gill of SOM. "It is a high performance
instrument shaped by the sun and the wind."
The tower boasts an array of design and mechanical features. Winds directed
into openings on the mechanical floor would power turbines that operate the
tower's heating, cooling and ventilation systems. Solar collectors convert the
sun's energy into electricity. Energy consumption is diminished by maximizing
natural day-lighting, reducing solar gain in air conditioned spaces, retaining
rainwater for consumption by HVAC systems and using the sun to heat the hot
water supply. Stack venting, heat sinks and slab cooling cool the building.
SOM Consulting Design Partner for the tower Adrian D. Smith said the design
"embodies the strategies of energy conservation and energy production we
have endeavored to integrate into supertall projects for over a decade."
SOM was selected over seven design firms from four countries. CNTC Guangdong
Company President Xiang Jin Cheng said the design "is the prototype for
the intelligent building of the future -- highly efficient, sustainable and
Groundbreaking is scheduled for July 2006 with occupancy in fall 2009.