China Merchants Tower & Woods Park

Shenzhen, N/A / China

China Merchants Tower anchors the Woods Park master plan, located in the Nanshan District of Shenzhen, China. It sits on a 150,000 sm site and provides 103,000 sm of new office and select retail space. The tower's bowed and tapered form increases the building's aspect ratio and allows lower floors to slope away from the sun, decreasing the solar radiation that strikes the exterior wall. The shape also allows for the distribution of exterior notches that support balconies, giving tenants access to the outdoors on each level. Inside, the notches define 16 corner offices per floor—double the number that would be possible in a traditional rectilinear tower.

The tower features a low-E, unitized glass curtain wall that is clad in a system of horizontal glass fins and vertical aluminum struts. The façade's fins have been closely spaced together in order to reduce solar gain. Aesthetically, the fins give the façade a fine-grain texture and balance the slenderness generated by the tower's verticality. They also refract light at night and work in conjunction with the top of the tower—its signature element—to illuminate the form, making the building read as a beacon across Shenzhen.

Architect of record

Brian Lee
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
224 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60604, United States
Phone: 312 360 4378

Associate architect

Wei Jing
Shenzhen Branch, Guangdong Province
Room 701, Building B, Tianming Ju, Norht Xiangmei Rd., Futian District
Phone: 13632921920

General contractor

Liu Yi
CSCEC, the First Construction Engineering Company Ltd., Shenzhen Branch
Luo Fang Rd., Building 1, Unit 3, Luohu District
Shenzhen, NA NA, China
Phone: 13560770741