The extraordinary crystal-like Greenland Tower Chengdu has broken ground in China and, once completed, will be the tallest building in south-western China at an astonishing 486-meters high. The building was designed by Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill, who were inspired by the nearby the local ice mountains that surround the city of Chengdu. In order to create the impression of a sparkling glacier, the building will be lit up at night with inset LED lights, emphasizing the crystalline form of the structure.
Located in the center of Chengdu’s booming Dongcun district, the design was inspired by the unique ice mountain topography around Chengdu, which symbolizes the city’s growth and promising future. “Like the mountain ridges reflecting the light of the sky and the valleys reflecting light from the earth, the iconic tower will perform as a light sculpture to diffuse light from 360 degrees, creating a connection between sky and earth,” the studio said.
The design includes the main tower, two small towers and six-story podium, with a total building area of 395,305 square meters. The 100-story-high building is due to complete in 2018 and when it is done, it is expected to overshadow the city’s current tallest building, the Chengdu IFS Towers, by a whopping 200 meters.