KPF's bullet-shaped skyscraper nears completion in Shenzhen
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KPF's bullet-shaped skyscraper nears completion in Shenzhen

This supertall tapered skyscraper designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox for the China Resources export company in Shenzhen is nearing completion ahead of its opening later this year.

Kohn Pedersen Fox's China Resources HQ
The exterior of the China Resources Headquarters is now complete, with interior fit-out to be completed by the end of the year

The 400-metre supertall skyscraper, which is known locally as Spring Bamboo due to it resembling the shape of a bamboo shoot, will become the city's third tallest building when it completes.

Officially named the China Resources Headquarters, the 67-storey tower joins the recently completed Ping An Finance Centre, which was also designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) in Shenzhen. At 599-metres, it is currently the world's fourth tallest building.

The exterior of the China Resources Headquarters is now fully enclosed, with fit-out of the interiors now taking place.

Kohn Pedersen Fox's China Resources HQ
The tapered tower will be the third tallest building in Shenzhen when it completes

The tower is wrapped with 59 slender steel columns that are designed to "emphasise its verticality". At the base and the upper levels of the tower these columns converge and cross to form a diagrid pattern – a diagonal grid similar to that used by Foster + Partners at London's Gherkin.

This diagrid increases the structural integrity of the building and allows for column-free spaces to be created as the building narrows towards its point, according to the firm.

"The China Resources Headquarters tower is Shenzhen's latest vertical icon, marking the latest node of cultural development with its tapered, diagrid form and diverse uses for its main client and the public at large," said a statement from KPF.

Kohn Pedersen Fox's China Resources HQ
The columns converge to for a diagrid pattern at the base and top of the building

The building will be topped by a 68.4-metre-high "sky hall" events space, which will benefit from views over the city.

The tower is located on Shenzhen Bay in the western part of the city, where it stands next to the Shenzhen Sports Complex in a new business district.

Kohn Pedersen Fox's China Resources HQ
The building will be topped by a 68.4-metre-high "sky hall" events space, which will benefit from views over the city. Visualisation is by KPF

At the base of the building a 2,000 square-meter park will contain a pavilion with shops, along with a 3,000 square-meter museum, performance hall, and auditorium.

KPF has designed some of tallest skyscrapers in the world.

Kohn Pedersen Fox's China Resources HQ
The supertall skyscraper is expected to open later in 2018. Visualisation is by Kohn Pedersen Fox

Last year the firm completed a 555-metre tall tower in South Korea that is the tallest building in the country, and a 530-metre skyscraper in Guangzhou, which is the second-tallest skyscraper in China.

Photography is courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox.

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Kohn Pedersen Fox's China Resources HQ
Kohn Pedersen Fox's China Resources HQ
Kohn Pedersen Fox's China Resources HQ