Ping An Finance Centre

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Ping An International Finance Centre
PAFC Shenzhen March 2016.jpg
Ping An Finance Centre in March 2016
General information
Status Topped-out
Type Office & retail
Location Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
Coordinates 22°32′11″N 114°03′02″E / 22.536399°N 114.050446°E / 22.536399; 114.050446Coordinates: 22°32′11″N 114°03′02″E / 22.536399°N 114.050446°E / 22.536399; 114.050446
Construction started 2010[1]
Estimated completion 2016[1]
Cost $678 million
Owner Ping An Life Insurance Company of China[1]
Antenna spire 600 m (1,969 ft)[1][2][3]
Roof 555.1 m (1,821 ft)[1]
Top floor 555.1 m (1,821 ft)[1]
Observatory 550 m (1,804 ft)[1]
Technical details
Floor count 115,[1] plus 4 underground floors
Floor area 385,918 m2 (4,153,990 sq ft)[1]
Lifts/elevators 80[1][4]
Design and construction
Architect Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates[5]
Developer Ping An Life Insurance Company of China[1]
Structural engineer Thornton Tomasetti[2]
Main contractor China Construction First Building Group[1]

Ping An International Finance Centre (also known as the Ping An IFC) (Chinese:平安国际金融中心) is a 115-storey megatall skyscraper in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China.[1][6] The building was commissioned by Ping An Insurance and designed by the American architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. It is expected to be completed in 2016,[1] thus becoming the 4th tallest building in the world.[7]


The building is located within the Central Business District of Shenzhen in Futian. Its 18,931 square metre lot was purchased by Ping An Group via auction at a price of 1.6568 billion RMB on November 6, 2007. Its foundation stone was laid on August 29, 2009 and construction started in November the same year.

On March 15, 2013, the construction process was temporarily halted, due to the suspected use of concrete made with unprocessed sea sand, which could corrode the steel structure. Construction resumed on the building after sample testing.

On the morning of July 15, 2014, upon a 10-metre long steel column being lifted to place, the skyscraper exceeded 443.8 metres in height, surpassing the KK100 tower to become the tallest building in Shenzhen.

The building topped out on April 30, 2015 and became the second tallest skyscraper in China at a height of 600 metres. The original plan was to add a 60-metre antenna atop the building to surpass the Shanghai Tower and become the tallest building in China. However, in February 2015, it was decided that the antenna would not top the tower due to the possibility that it might obstruct flight paths.[8][9][10]


Upon completion, the building will contain office, hotel and retail spaces, featuring a conference centre and a high-end shopping mall. The two uppermost stories will feature an observation deck. As its name suggests, it will also become the headquarters of Ping An Insurance. The building will have a total gross floor area of 378,600 square metres plus a basement area of 90,000 square metres.


The Ping An International Finance Centre will be equipped with 33 Double Deck elevators[4] with its Destination Control going at speeds of up to 10 m/s.

Climbing attempts[edit]

In January 2015, daredevil Malaysian photographer Keow Wee Loong climbed the incomplete building and released video footage and a photo taken from a crane at the tower's top.[11][12][13]

The structure was subsequently climbed during Chinese New Year on February 19, 2015 by two Russian and Ukrainian urban explorers, Vadim Makhorov and Vitaly Raskalov from Ontheroofs, who further climbed out to a crane above the under-construction tower and documented their ascent with video and photos.[14][15][16][17]

Phase 2[edit]

A second building of the project, a 290-metre, 47-storey skyscraper known as the south tower, is in its foundation stage. Construction started in April 2014 and is expected to be completed by 2018. The complex will include a planned retail bridge connecting the two skyscrapers from levels 3 through 6.[18]

Construction Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Ping An Finance Center". CTBUH. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Ping An International Finance Center". Thornton Tomasetti. Retrieved 8 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Ping An Finance Centre has been had a 60-metre-cut due to air traffic control". Sohu Focus. Retrieved 2015-02-25. 
  4. ^ a b "Schindler to equip China's tallest building". Schindler. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Ping An Finance Center". Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Pingan International Finance Centre". SkyscraperPage. Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Work on China's 838-metre high 'Sky City' starts". Emirates 24/7. 23 July 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "平安国际金融中心成深圳最高楼 年底将成世界第二". Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  9. ^ "深圳平安金融中心". Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  10. ^ "深圳第一高楼平安国际金融中心封顶 高度超过600米". Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  11. ^ "Climbing Ping an finacial centre 660meters youtube video". Keow wee Loong. 27 February 2015. 
  12. ^ "Malaysian rooftopper hates to be called Spiderman – Nation – The Star Online". 
  13. ^ "WATCH: Don't Look Down: Terrifying View from World's Second Tallest Building". 3 March 2015. 
  14. ^ on the roofs (8 May 2015). "Shenzhen Centre (660 meters)" – via YouTube. 
  15. ^ "Climbing the Shenzhen Finance Centre ontheroofs story with photos and video". Ontheroofs. 8 May 2015. Archived from the original on 21 September 2016. 
  16. ^ "Shenzhen birdmen: Two daredevils, one mega-tall tower and a selfie stick (VIDEO)". RT (TV network). Archived from the original on 21 September 2016. 
  17. ^ Chan, Casey. "Watching these guys climb a 2165-foot tall tower made my nerves go crazy". Sploid. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  18. ^ "Ping An Finance Center: Pioneering China's Tallest – Efficiencies of Forms and Structures". CTBUH. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 

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