China World Trade Center 3B

This 58-story tower will be a glistening icon for a thriving mixed-use district in Beijing. Featuring sleek horizontal bands of canted glass, the new skyscraper is rising next to another SOM project: the 74-story China World Trade Center Tower 3A, which opened in 2010.

Upon completion, the new high-rise will contain 70,000 square meters of space for offices, a 600-room hotel, and associated amenities. The structure, a steel-and-concrete composite system, employs a reinforced concrete core similar to the one used in several of SOM’s supertall towers.

Though the building’s evocative form can be read as a bamboo shoot or a pagoda, its shape is driven primarily by practical concerns. The exterior curtain wall is slightly tilted to decrease glare and solar heat gain in the warm summer months and it also makes the facade self-cleaning (an important concern given Beijing’s dirty air). These sustainable strategies help to substantially reduce energy usage. The tower is designed to achieve LEED® Gold certification.