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Terry Farrell sets sights over 500 metres with new Chinese skyscraper

News: British architect Terry Farrell's firm has unveiled plans for a 560-metre-high skyscraper that is poised to become one of China's tallest buildings.

Farrells, whose 442-metre Kingkey 100 is currently Shenzhen's tallest skyscraper, claims the proposed Evergrande tower will become the second-tallest building in China, although construction is already underway on nine towers that will exceed 500 metres – including Gensler's 632-metre Shanghai Tower and the 660-metre Ping An Finance Centre by KPF.

Terry Farrell said the building would push the boundaries of sustainable design achieved by high-rise skyscrapers.

"Together with our skyscraper projects in Beijing and Shanghai, we are building on the experience gained with KK100 in Shenzhen, which set new standards for mixed use and high-rise living and working," he said.

The tower would form part of an 11-hectare residential and office complex in Jinan, the capital of Shandong Province. Both it and the surrounding buildings are designed to have a streamlined form that tapers out at the base.

At the base of tower, the firm plans to create a sunken shopping centre offering retail space, restaurants and entertainment facilities.

Farrell's expects to file a planning application by the end of 2014.

The tallest skyscraper in China currently is the 492-metre Shanghai World Financial Centre.