Mediating Scale, Performance and Iconicity: A 21st Century Supertall Tower for Guiyang

Colin Koop
Design Director
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP,



A series of challenging site constraints prompted an innovative structural solution for the Guizhou Culture Plaza Tower (GCP), through which a new performance-based expression was created for Guiyang’s skyline. This presentation explores the integrated and collaborative process that produced a design solution that values performance, iconicity, and the public realm with equal weight. By leveraging technology, the GCP Tower is an example of an emerging new design language that is reshaping the way we think about supertall tower design; an integrated workflow that is based on solving performance-based criteria as its primary focus.

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