Taikang Tower

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Beijing, China
1.5 million square feet / 140,000 square meters

Centrally located in the Central Business District of Chaoyang District, the new Taikang Tower symbolizes Beijing’s rapidly expanding and economically prosperous urban development. It will be among the tallest skyscrapers in the city.

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects’ design blends traditional Chinese art with modern technology. Inspired by an ancient jade vessel, the building is simple and balanced, its height and symmetry articulated by reveals that cut the massing in eight equal parts. The base of the tower is supported by 16 slender columns, wrapped by floor-to-ceiling windows, infusing the lobby with natural light and further animating the space. In contrast to the verticality of the tower’s aluminum and glass curtain wall, the massing of the four-level podium is horizontal and clad in light-colored stone. The dynamic podium’s plaza provides pedestrians and office tenants a spacious gathering place.

Taikang Life Insurance Company’s headquarters will occupy the upper floors of the tower, along with two luxury penthouse apartments and a multi-purpose club. The remaining floors will be for commercial lease. The podium includes shops, restaurants, an art museum, a health clinic, and a fitness center for Taikang’s preferred clients.

To achieve LEED Gold, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects’ design incorporates the use of a high-performance building envelope, energy-efficient glass-and-stone spandrel sunshades, sustainable materials, and high-efficiency building systems.