Ping An Finance Centre
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Ping An International Finance Centre (also known as the Ping An IFC) (Chinese: 平安国际金融中心) is a 115-storey megatall skyscraper in Shenzhen, Guangdong. The building was commissioned by Ping An Insurance and designed by the American architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. It was completed in 2017, becoming the tallest building in Shenzhen, the 2nd tallest building in China and the 4th tallest building in the world. It also shares the record (with the Shanghai Tower) of having the highest observation deck in a building at 562 m.
|Ping An International Finance Centre|
|Type||Office & retail|
|Location||No. 5033 Yitian Road, Futian District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China|
|Cost||$1.5 billion (USD, estimated)|
|Owner||Ping An Life Insurance Company of China|
|Antenna spire||599.1 m / 1,965 ft|
|Roof||555.1 m (1,821 ft)|
|Top floor||555.1 m (1,821 ft)|
|Observatory||562.2 m (1,844 ft)|
|Floor count||115, plus 5 underground floors|
|Floor area||385,918 m2 (4,153,990 sq ft)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates|
|Developer||Ping An Life Insurance Company of China|
|Structural engineer||Thornton Tomasetti|
|Main contractor||China Construction First Building Group|
|Ping An Finance Centre|
|Literal meaning||Ping An International Finance Center|
The building is located within the Central Business District of Shenzhen in Futian. Its 18,931 square metre lot was purchased by Ping An Group via auction at a price of 1.6568 billion RMB on 6 November 2007. Design of the building began in 2008 with Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates providing the architectural design and Thornton Tomasetti providing structural design. Its foundation stone was laid on 29 August 2009, and construction started in November the same year. China Construction First Building Group was hired as the general contractor to construct the building.
On 15 March 2013, the construction process was temporarily halted, due to the suspected use of concrete made with unprocessed sea sand, which could corrode the steel structure. Construction resumed on the building after sample testing.
On the morning of 15 July 2014, upon a 10-metre long steel column being lifted to place, the skyscraper exceeded 443.8 metres in height, surpassing the KK100 Tower to become the tallest building in Shenzhen.
The building topped out on 30 April 2015, and became the second tallest skyscraper in China at a height of 599 metres. The original plan was to add a 60-metre antenna atop the building to surpass the Shanghai Tower and become the tallest building in China. However, in February 2015, it was decided that the antenna would not top the tower due to the possibility that it might obstruct flight paths.
The building contains office, hotel and retail spaces, a conference centre and a high-end shopping mall. Floor 116 feature an observation deck named Free Sky. As its name suggests, it is also the headquarters of Ping An Insurance. The design of the building is meant to be unique and elegant, and to represent the history and achievements of the main tenant. A stainless-steel facade that weighs approximately 1,700 metric tons provides a modern design to the building.
The building has a total gross floor area of 378,600 square metres. The 115-story tower has a width-to-height aspect ratio of 1:10 and also has an 11-story podium. Including the podium, the building has 495,520 square metres of floor space. A five-level basement adds 90,000 square metres of area. The 620,000 metric ton tower has eight main columns which form the superstructure. The column dimensions range from approximately 6 by 3.2 m at the lowest level to 2.9 by 1.4 m at the top of the tower.
The Ping An Financial Centre has been the subject of often rooftopping attempts. In January 2015, daredevil Malaysian photographer Keow Wee Loong climbed the incomplete building and released video footage and a photo taken from a crane at the tower's top.
The structure was subsequently climbed during Chinese New Year on 19 February 2015 by two Russian and Ukrainian urban explorers, Vadim Makhorov and Vitaly Raskalov from Ontheroofs, who further climbed out to a crane above the under-construction tower and documented their ascent with video and photos.
A second building of the project, a 290-metre, 47-storey skyscraper known as the south tower, is in its foundation stage. Construction started in April 2014 and is expected to be completed by 2018. The complex will include a planned retail bridge connecting the two skyscrapers from levels 3 through 6.
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