Ping An Finance Center, Shenzhen
This special reception held on the eve of the Conference gave VIPs a unique opportunity to mingle in the fantastic setting of the new Ping An Finance Center – the tallest building in Shenzhen. From the tower’s 83rd floor sky lobby, leaders and VIPs enjoyed a concordant combination of networking, expansive views of the city, drinks and canapés, and the euphonious sounds of the jazz band that made up the evening’s live entertainment. After opening remarks from CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood, CTBUH Chairman David Malott, Principal, KPF, introduced Wai Ming (Thomas) Tsang, the CEO of the iconic tower. Tsang offered some warm words of welcome and a brief background of the Ping An Finance Center project, before ushering Phillippe Delpech, President of reception sponsor Otis Elevator Company, to the stage. Delpech quite appropriately framed the marvel of the reception venue, saying, “It’s always impressive to see a building like Ping An, especially when you consider that it took 4,500 years for human beings to build a structure taller than the pyramids of Egypt.” The VIP Reception not only offered delegates an opportunity to meet and reconnect with one another, but proved to be a lively preview of the conference ahead.
Ping An Finance Center, located in the city’s Futian District, represents a new generation of the prototypical Asian skyscraper: very tall, very dense, and hyper-connected. The building rises from a prominent location, connecting seamlessly to neighboring commercial and residential properties, as well as the Peal River Delta’s high-speed rail corridor. At its final height, the tower symbolizes a city that has witnessed unprecedented urban growth – from 30,000 people to approximately 12 million in only 35 years since becoming China’s first Special Economic Zone in 1979. As such, the reception – located at the top of the tower – provided delegates with an unforgettable experience, with incredible views of the city’s geographic surroundings and rapidly developing urban context.