The prestigious RIBA Lubetkin Prize was recently awarded to Wilkinson Eyre Architects for the Guangzhou International Finance Center in China. The 103-story triangular skyscraper features an innovative structure that uses 20% less steel than similar buildings of its size, which made it a fitting choice for the “best new building outside the European Union.”
The 440-meter Guangzhou International Finance Center currently holds the record for being the tallest building in the world by a UK architect. It is a mixed-use building that includes office space, a luxury hotel, and a great public top floor for visitors to enjoy views of the surrounding city. A retail mall, apartments, and a conference center make up the ground level’s podium, which the skyscraper sits upon.
The building itself wonderfully responds to spatial and structural requirements with efficiency and environmental responsibility. The building has a triangular plan that offers excellent spatial efficiency and environmental performance. The skin of the building provides much needed daylighting for all floors, while also creating an intricate diamond pattern for aesthetics. The building’s structure was engineered by ARUP, and a transportation hub at the base of the project connects occupants directly to the city’s mass transportation system. All of these components help to make the building environmentally efficient and considerate in a country with many pollution issues.
Congratulations to Wilkinson Eyre Architects for winning this prestigious award and for being in such good company at the RIBA’s annual award ceremony.
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Lead photo by Photo by Christian Richters