Canton Tower

  • One of the world’s tallest buildings – soaring 600m in height.
  • Houses TV and radio transmission facilities, observatory decks, revolving restaurants, exhibition space, conference rooms, shops and 4D cinemas.

The Canton Tower building has a unique architectural form designed by Information Based architecture. The shape is created by a rotation between lower and upper level floor plates, characterised by a twist and narrowing elliptical waist of only about 22m.

The design emphasises the outdoor and physical experience for visitors. The waist of the tower contains an open-air skywalk. There are outdoor gardens set within the structure, and a large open-air observation landscape opens up magnificent views over the city of Guangzhou, China.

Spatially, the tower appears as a series of mini buildings hung within the superstructure. The roofs of these buildings are used as sky gardens, where visitors can feel weather variations at different heights.

After sunset the tower appears as a luminous icon on Guangzhou’s skyline. LED fixtures which are integrated into the structure illuminate from within. Arup’s lighting team has designed a lighting concept which surprises and amazes.


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    The tower is one of the world’s tallest buildings - soaring to 600m in height.

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    The concrete core of Canton Tower is wrapped in a triangular lattice comprising structural steel, concrete-filled columns, rings and diagonal tubes.