|Pearl River Tower|
|Groundbreaking||28 September 2006|
|Estimated completion||October 2010|
|Use||Office and conference|
|Roof||310 m (1,017 ft)|
|Floor area||212,165 m2 (2,283,725 sq ft)|
|Architect(s)||Gordon Gill at SOM|
|Structural engineer||Skidmore, Owings and Merrill|
|Contractor||Shanghai Construction Group|
|Developer||China National Tobacco Corporation|
The Pearl River Tower (simplified Chinese: 珠江大厦) is a skyscraper that is under construction at the junction of Jinsui Road/Zhujiang Avenue West, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, China. The firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) is the architect and engineer of the project. The designer was American architect Gordon Gill, who worked at SOM until 2006.; the structural engineering of the project is led by Bill Baker. Ground broke on the tower on the 8th of September 2006; construction is expected to be complete in October 2010. It is intended for office use and will be partially occupied by the China National Tobacco Corporation and additional office tenants.
The design of the Pearl River Tower intends to set new standards for skyscrapers: a high-performance structure designed in such harmony with its environment that it extracts energy from the natural and passive forces surrounding the building. Some of the major accomplishments are in the nature of the formal and technological integration of form and function in a holistic approach to engineering and architectural design.
The building is designed with energy conservation in mind, including wind turbines and solar collectors, photovoltaic cells, raised floors ventilation, and radiant heating and cooling ceilings. It will be arguably one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in the world.
Of Pearl River Tower’s accomplishments, many are related to the sustainable design features including: