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CTF Tianjin Tower

According to ArchDaily, an architectural publication, a new 96-story building designed by Skidmore Owings and Merrill, LLP (SOM) broke ground this year.  Designed by the same firm that created the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the CTF Tianjin Tower in China will be the 14th tallest in a long string of tall buildings to be completed worldwide by 2020.

The tower’s structure will contain eight sloping columns designed to stabilize the supertall building during earthquakes.  Several multi-story wind vents and the aerodynamic outer shape of the building will help it remain steady against high wind speeds.  ArchDaily quotes SOM Structural and Civil Engineering Partner William Baker:

“The single most important structural parameter of a tall building is the architecture.  The CTF Tianjin Tower will be significantly quieter, with less movement than other tall buildings. We tested 18 schemes in the wind tunnel before finalizing the design.”

The 4.2-million-square-foot tower will be built to meet LEED gold standards and will contain office, retail, hotel and residential uses.

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