Kingkey 100
by Farrells

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Kingkey 100 by Farrells

Here are some photographs of the 442-metre Kingkey 100 skyscraper designed by architects Farrells, currently the tallest building in Shenzhen and tenth tallest in the world.

Top: photograph is by Jonathan Leijonhufvud

Kingkey 100 by Farrells

Completed at the end of 2011, the financial office tower was designed with a curving glass body and pointed tip.

Kingkey 100 by Farrells

The curtain wall facade curls up at the base of the building to create a canopy over the entrance to the offices, while a shopping centre branches out from the other side. A hotel occupies the uppermost 25 floors of the 100-storey tower.

Kingkey 100 by Farrells

Kingkey 100 is already set to be overtaken as Shenzhen's tallest tower by the Ping An International Finance Centre, which is scheduled for completion in 2015 and expected to reach 648 metres.

Kingkey 100 by Farrells

We've featured quite a few skyscrapers on Dezeen recently, including law courts in a giant cage for Singapore and a whole new commercial district in South Korea.

Kingkey 100 by Farrells

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Kingkey 100 by Farrells

Photography is by Carsten Schael, apart from where otherwise stated.

Here's some more information from Farrells:


KK100

KK100, the tallest building in the world completed in 2011, is an innovative high density project that takes an entirely new approach to city making. It is situated on the edge of Shenzhen's CBD and sets a new precedent for the successful 21st century transformation of commercial districts into vibrant and enriching environments.

Kingkey 100 by Farrells

The 3.6-hectare site was previously occupied by a dense but low-rise residential quarter, Caiwuwei Village. The developer had the creative vision to form a company with the villagers, initiating an entirely new approach to the art of place-making in Shenzhen. Existing buildings were run down and living conditions were poor. As part of initiating this transformation, a Joint Development Initiative was formed in which villagers became stakeholders. Each owner was offered a new property as well as a second home which serves as an income generating asset. This meant the preservation of community links that are built over generations. In order to offset the cost of re-provisioning residences for the villagers, the tower had to be exceptionally tall so that the project could be financially viable.

The 100-storey, 441.8-metre tower comprising over 210,000m2 of accommodation is part of the master plan for a 417,000m2 mixed-use development. The development includes five residential buildings and two commercial buildings. The floors of the tower are divided into three major functions. The floors from level 4 to 72 will house 173,000m2 of Grade-A office space while the uppermost levels from 75 to 100 will be occupied by a 35,000m2 6-star St. Regis hotel complete with a cathedral-like glazed sky-garden animated by various activities.

Kingkey 100 by Farrells

One of the design features is the curving building profile. This form alludes to a spring or fountain and is intended to connote the wealth and prosperity of Shenzhen. The perimeter column arrangement provides each level with an unobstructed working environment and stunning views towards Lizhi and Renmin Park as well as over all Shenzhen and beyond.

It does not use the typical square foot print; the East / West façades being more slender and flared slightly so office floor plates are slightly bigger and the South / North façades that face Hong Kong and the Maipo marshes are wider. The slenderness brings certain challenges, most notably the swing or drift ratio and the robustness of the tower and performance of key elements. Instead of putting generators on top of the building, the roof is constituted by a curved smooth glazed curtain wall and steel structure.

Kingkey 100 by Farrells

As well as providing social and cultural continuity, KK100 is integrated with the metropolitan transport network, which is crucial for a high density project such as this. The connectivity between the various components of the masterplan on various levels was critical; the tower is integrated with the podium on various levels while retail and public uses at lower levels are integrated with the Metro system; the residential blocks are linked at the higher levels to create easier neighbourhood accessibility while direct office and hotel connections are also provided for easier movement of people. The Tower serves as a ‘’Mini-city” which provides an amenity-rich focal point back to the community, offering a 24-hour city-life to be better for the environment and human interaction.

Location: Shenzhen, China
Client: Kingkey Group
Architect: TFP Farrells
Tower height: 441.8m
GFA: 210,000 sq-m
Completed: September 2011

  • Paul

    When I saw the first picture I thought: "Wow, that's an amazingly simple shape for a sky scraper."
    But the second picture disappointed me. I think the shape of the canopy over the entrance ruined the whole building.

  • http://www.oasys-software.com/ Tim Broadfoot

    Personally I like the canopy. It looks completely different to standard entrances and adds to the buildings fluidity and shape. The interior is a bit crazy though. It is definitely a building I want to visit at some point!

  • http://www.laguardalow.com/ lla dallas

    This blog is a bit misleading; the retail interior and skylight was designed by Laguarda Low Architects. It appears Farrells is only responsible for the skyscraper's exterior envelope.

  • John Doe

    The building is shaped exactly like a giant dildo and the name sounds like “Kinky”? Are these architects just having a laugh?

  • John Deer

    John Doe: this is a Chinese name so it should be pronounced like /king-kay/.

    How are they going to clean the tower from the top? Where’s the service floor?

  • Ian

    lla dallas:

    TFP Farrells designed the precinct's masterplan, and the architecture of both the tower and retail podium.

  • mcmlxix

    When I saw the first photo, I thought, my city needs something like this, but on the order or 75 stories. The entry level canopy certainly was surprising, and I'm still uncertain what I think of it. The sky garden is amazing, but where's the mechanical housed?