China Zun (November 2018)
|Location||Z15 plot, Guanghua Road, Beijing CBD, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China|
|Construction started||19 September 2011|
|Antenna spire||528 m|
|Roof||528 m (1,732 ft)|
|Top floor||515 m|
|Floor area||427,000 square metres (4,600,000 sq ft)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||TFP Farrells (Land Bid Concept);
KPF (Concept & Design);BIAD (Land Bid Concept & Architect of Record)
|Developer||CITIC Real Estate|
CITIC Tower is a supertall skyscraper in the final stages of construction located in the Central Business District of Beijing. It is popularly known as China Zun (Chinese: 中国尊; pinyin: Zhōngguó Zūn) and IPA pronunciation [ʈʂʊ́ŋ.kwǒ.tswə́n]. The 108-storey, 528 m (1,732 ft) building will be the tallest in the city, surpassing that of the China World Trade Center Tower III by 190 metres. On August 18, 2016, CITIC Tower surpassed China World Trade Center Tower III in height, becoming Beijing's tallest building. The tower structurally topped out on July 9, 2017, and fully topped out on August 18, 2017, the completion date is set to be in 2019.
The nickname China Zun comes from the zun, an ancient Chinese wine vessel which inspired the building design, according to the developers, the CITIC Group. The groundbreaking ceremony of the building took place in Beijing on September 19, 2011 and the constructors expect to finish the project within five years. After completion, CITIC Tower will be Northern China's third tallest building after Goldin Finance 117 and Chow Tai Fook Binhai Center in Tianjin.
China Zun Tower will be a mixed-use building, featuring 60 floors of office space, 20 floors of luxury apartments and 20 floors of hotel with 300 rooms, there will be a rooftop garden on the top floor at 524m high.
The tower is likely to remain the tallest building in Beijing for the foreseeable future, as in 2018 authorities capped new projects in the central business district to a height of no more than 180 meters in a bid to reduce congestion.
In April 2018, Hong Kong newspaper Ming Pao revealed that China Zun’s top three floors, Levels 106-107 and an observatory on level 108, is to be expropriated by the national-security apparatus, since the entire Zhongnanhai complex, the headquarters of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council of the People's Republic of China, could be seen from the top of the skyscraper with the naked eye on a clear day. It is also said[by whom?] that with high-end telescopes and other monitoring equipment, the day-to-day lives and activities of the Party and State Leaders could be seen. The building is ordered rectification for "fire safety issues" by the authorities, but the CITIC Group is unable to reveal the specific reason for rectification. It is also said the top three floors of the building will be administered by the National Security authorities after rectification.
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