Beijing's tallest building firm in structure

14:53, October 19, 2010      

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The China World Trade Center Tower 3 joins Tower 1 and Tower 2 to become the largest trade center world.
Beijing's highest building, the 330-high China World Trade Center Tower 3, officially debuted recently. It joins China World Trade Center Tower 1 and Tower 2 to become world's largest world trade center, covering an area of 11 million square meters.

SOM is proud to be able to push Beijing's skyline to a new height, said Brian Lee, the project architect and design partner of China World Trade Center Tower 3, with SOM, one of the world's leading architecture and urban design firms.

People are skeptical about the super-tall building after the Sept. 11 attacks in U.S. The main beams of the China World Trade Tower 3 use stiffness and column reinforcement so that even if the tower encounters the impact of aircrafts, it will not collapse.

Furthermore, bullet-proof glass is installed in the main ballrooms where senior officials will be received. And there are five refuge floors that can withstand a fire lasting for three hours.

In terms of energy conservation, the efficiency of China World Trade Tower 3 exceeds China's standards of other energy-saving buildings and is capable to be awarded LEED gold certificate, according to Lee.

The tower also features the shade of a dorsal fin on the high-performance external walls. Even under extreme temperature, the wall is capable of keeping the building warm and providing heat insulation. It also plays an effective role in providing shade for the interior.

Besides the exterior wall, the garden on the roof can also reduce the "heat island" effect, Lee said. There is also an ice storage system, which can reduce 40 percent of power consumption in peak period and an air-conditioner system that purifies air with ultraviolet radiation.

Public facilities, such as restaurants, rest areas and multi-purpose halls are located in the top of the building, and the entrance of the building yard and water garden are both connected with the region's streets and sidewalks.

By Liang Jun, People's Daily Online
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