The Changing Face of China's Skyline

The skylines of many of China’s major urban centres have undergone a complete transformation in recent years. As a manufacturing and economic powerhouse, China’s cityscapes have been transformed by engineers and architects who have dared to challenge everything that was thought to limit what a tall building could and should be. It can be argued that if any building type ever symbolised the emergence of a nation as successful or an economic powerhouse, it is the tall building.

Published late in 2015, Tall Buildings of China, compiled by tall buildings specialist, Georges Binder, showcases more than 100 of the tallest buildings in China across 25 cities, including those towering over the megacities of Beijing and Shanghai, as well as the emerging supercities of Chengdu, Guangzhou and Tianjin. The result is the purposeful addition of density to limited and valuable space, in some of the world’s most restricted real estate.

The reader is treated to a flash tour of the major cities of China and its new buildings, from the supertall to the megatall, including many still under construction and due to be completed in 2016 and 2017. Buildings are presented in rich, full-colour photography and renderings, many with site plans and drawings, together with building specifications and credits.

Yet, tall buildings are not new to China. Binder summarises the history of the Chinese tall building landscape from the 1930s to the present day, touching on local expertise in the development of the tall building in the region’s history in the last century. It shows too, that the region has not shied away from developing partnerships with the world’s best names in engineering and architecture to make its goals attainable.

Tall Buildings of China

Edited by Georges Binder

Forewords by A. Eugene Kohn and James von Klemperer of Kohn Pedersen Fox, and Anthony Wood of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

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Architectural Firms Included in this book are:

  • A+E Design
  • Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
  • Aedas
  • Andrew Bromberg of Aedas
  • Architectural Design & Research Institute of Tongji University (Group)
  • Architectural Design and Research Institute of Guangdong Province
  • Architectural Design Institute of Sichuan Province
  • Architecture and Design Research Institute of South China
  • Architecture Design Institute IPPR (Xiamen) Engineer Co., Ltd
  • Arquitectonica
  • Arthur Kwok Architects & Associates Limited
  • Atkins Consultants (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd
  • Beijing Capital Engineering Architecture Design Co. LTD
  • BIAD (Beijing)
  • BIG
  • C.Y. Lee & Partners Architects/Planners
  • Capital Engineering & Research Incorporation
  • CCDI (China Construction Design International)
  • CERI Ltd
  • Changzhou Runwanjia Real-Estate Co., Ltd
  • Chengdu Sina Smith Group
  • China Architecture Design & Research Institute
  • China Architecture Design and Research Group
  • China Building Technique Group Co., Ltd
  • China Construction Beijing Architectural Design & Research Institute Ltd (CBADRI)
  • China Electronics Engineering Design Institute (CEEDI)
  • China Northeast Architecture Design Research Institute
  • China Shipbuilding NDRI Engineering Co., Ltd
  • China Southwest Architectural Design and Research Institute (CSADR)
  • China United Engineering Corporation, Hangzhou
  • Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)
  • Dayuan Architecture Design Consulting (Shanghai)
  • Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers (HK) Ltd
  • East China Architectural Design & Research Institute (ECADI)
  • Gehry Partners, LLP
  • Gensler
  • gmp (von Gerkan, Marg and Partners | Architects)
  • Goettsch Partners
  • Gravity Partnership Ltd
  • Guangzhou Design Institute
  • Guangzhou Foreview Architect Institute
  • Guangzhou Residential Architectural Design Institute
  • HS Architects
  • Huasen Architectural & Engineering Designing Consultants Ltd Shenzhen
  • JAHN
  • Jerde Partnership International, Inc., The
  • Jiang Architects & Engineers
  • Jiangsu Provincial Architectural D&R Institute Ltd
  • John Portman & Associates
  • Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
  • LDI
  • LWK Architects
  • MAD Architects
  • Maunsell Structural Consultants Ltd
  • Ming Lai Architects, Inc.
  • Mingkong International Design Co., Ltd
  • Mori Building Architects and Engineers
  • Nanjing Architectural Design & Research Institute
  • Nanjing Design Institute
  • NBBJ
  • Nikken Sekkei Ltd
  • OMA
  • P&T Group
  • Pei Partnership Architects, LLP
  • Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
  • Qingdao Tourism Design Institute, Qingdao
  • RMJM Hong Kong
  • Robert A.M. Stern Architects
  • Rocco Design Architects Limited
  • Ronald Lu & Partners
  • RTKL Associates, Inc.
  • SADI
  • Safdie Architects
  • Shanghai Institute of Architectural Design & Research (SIADR)
  • Shanghai Xian Dai Architecture Design (Group) Co., Ltd
  • Shanghai Zhongfu Architectural Design Institute
  • Shenzhen Aoyi Architecture & Engineering Design Company
  • Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)
  • Steven Holl Architects
  • Sunlight Architects & Engineers Co., Ltd
  • Tanghua Architects Shenzhen Co., Ltd
  • TFP Farrells Limited
  • TK
  • Tongji Architects (Shenzhen)
  • UNStudio
  • Xiamen BIAD Architectural Design Ltd
  • Zaha Hadid Architects


Joe Boschetti
Joe Boschetti