New Skyscraper to be Tallest in Beijing
   2011-09-15 13:16:34    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Fuyu

An artist's conception of the completed Zhongguo Zun in Beijing's CBD area. [Photo: Beijing Daily]

Construction works on the tallest building in Beijing will begin next week in the city's CBD area. The building, named "Zhongguo Zun", which means "the Chinese wine vessel" due to its shape, will stand over 500 meters above ground level and is expected to be completed within 5 years, the Beijing News reports.

The Zhongguo Zun will be located near Guanghua Road in the east of Beijing. It will contain 124 floors in total, with 118 floors above ground and 6 floors under ground. It will not only dwarf the China World Trade Center Tower III, which is currently the tallest in Beijing at 330 meters high, but will also become the world's first building with a height of over 500 meters to be built in an area that has been zoned as '8th degree seismic fortification intensity'. This essentially means that buildings in Beijing need to be earthquake-proofed to a high standard.

The interior structure will be supported by steel and concrete, and the outside by a huge steel frame to withstand violent earthquakes. The building also has a sound fire control system and uses express elevators in case of an emergency.

The top floor of the Zhongguo Zun will be made into a sightseeing cafe, which will offer a panoramic view of the whole CBD area and the sprawling city. The platform will be lit at night and will be visible from anywhere in Beijing. The building is well-connected with the surrounding streets and provides entrances for both vehicles and people.

The Zhongguo Zun is designed with environmental protection in mind and will aim to adopt the latest energy-saving technologies to maximize efficiency. It will leverage wind power to generate electricity and set up a rain water collection system on the roof.

The Beijing CBD Administration Commission says that the construction of the Zhongguo Zun marks a new era in the development of Beijing's CBD area, and the building has already attracted 27 enterprises, including the China Minsheng Bank, HSBC and Samsung Life Insurance. They are expected to generate more than 100 billion investments in total and more than 50 billion in tax income each year.

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