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Construction on Beijing's tallest building starts next week

(Beijing Times)

15:11, September 06, 2011

Edited and Translated by Han Shasha, People's Daily Online

According to the Beijng Administrative Commission of the Central Business District area, the foundation stone of Beijing‘s tallest building will be laid next week.

From Sept. 15 to Sept. 19, the 2011 Beijing Central Business District Commercial Festival will be held, during which officials will reveal the overall plan for the Chaoyang district in the next five years, including construction projects as well as the underground and traffic planning in this area.

The organizing committee of the festival said that the construction of the CBD area will be officially launched, and construction will begin on the tallest building, which occupies the Z15 plot, during the festival.

Located at the north of the central area in the CBD, Beijing's tallest building will reach a height of 510 meters. A depiction of the building based on its designs shows that it will be shaped like a kind of wine vessel used in ancient China.

The committee also said the building will have the texture of woven bamboo, while the top of the building will look like a flying lantern, both traditional Chinese symbols.

China's State-owned CITIC Group won in the bidding battle for the Z15 plot in 2010. The building will house the company headquarters, with 108 floors above ground and four floors underground.

It is a mixed-use skyscraper, which consists of offices, apartments, hotels and shopping malls on the ground floors.

The final plan of this new landmark building will be announced during the business festival.

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