Kingtown International Center
Nanjing China
Height 231.2 m / 759 ft
Floors 56
Official Name

The current legal building name.

Kingtown International Center
Other Names

Other names the building has commonly been known as, including former names, common informal names, local names, etc.

KIC, Jinao Tower, Jinao Building, Fairmont Nanjing
Type

CTBUH collects data on two major types of tall structures: 'Buildings' and 'Telecommunications / Observation Towers.' A 'Building' is a structure where at least 50% of the height is occupied by usable floor area. A 'Telecommunications / Observation Tower' is a structure where less than 50% of the structure's height is occupied by usable floor area. Only 'Buildings' are eligible for the CTBUH 'Tallest Buildings' lists.

Building
Status
Completed
Architecturally Topped Out
Structurally Topped Out
Under Construction
Proposed
On Hold
Never Completed
Vision
Competition Entry
Canceled
Proposed Renovation
Under Renovation
Renovated
Under Demolition
Demolished
Completed, 2014
Country

The CTBUH follows the United Nations's definition of Country, and thus uses the lists and codes established by that organization.

City

The CTBUH follows the United Nations's definition of City, and thus uses the lists and codes established by that organization.

Postal Code
210019
Function

A single-function tall building is defined as one where 85% or more of its usable floor area is dedicated to a single usage. Thus a building with 90% office floor area would be said to be an "office" building, irrespective of other minor functions it may also contain.

A mixed-use tall building contains two or more functions (or uses), where each of the functions occupy a significant proportion of the tower's total space. Support areas such as car parks and mechanical plant space do not constitute mixed-use functions. Functions are denoted on CTBUH "Tallest Building" lists in descending order, e.g., "hotel/office" indicates hotel function above office function.

hotel / office
Structural Material

Steel
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning systems are constructed from steel. Note that a building of steel construction with a floor system of concrete planks or concrete slab on top of steel beams is still considered a “steel” structure as the concrete elements are not acting as the primary structure.

Reinforced Concrete
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning systems are constructed from concrete which has been cast in place and utilizes steel reinforcement bars.

Precast Concrete
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning system are constructed from steel reinforced concrete which has been precast as individual components and assembled together on-site.

Mixed-Structure
Utilizes distinct systems (e.g. steel, concrete, timber), one on top of the other. For example, a steel/concrete indicates a steel structural system located on top of a concrete structural system, with the opposite true of concrete/steel.

Composite
A combination of materials (e.g. steel, concrete, timber) are used together in the main structural elements. Examples include buildings which utilize: steel columns with a floor system of reinforced concrete beams; a steel frame system with a concrete core; concrete-encased steel columns; concrete-filled steel tubes; etc. Where known, the CTBUH database breaks out the materials used in a composite building’s core, columns, and floor spanning separately.

composite
Core
Reinforced Concrete
Columns
Concrete Encased Steel
Floor Spanning
Steel
Height

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building, including spires, but not including antennae, signage, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment. This measurement is the most widely utilized and is employed to define the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) rankings of the "World's Tallest Buildings."

Architectural
231.2 m / 759 ft
To Tip
231.2 m / 759 ft
Occupied
215.35 m / 707 ft
Floors Above Ground

The number of floors above ground should include the ground floor level and be the number of main floors above ground, including any significant mezzanine floors and major mechanical plant floors. Mechanical mezzanines should not be included if they have a significantly smaller floor area than the major floors below. Similarly, mechanical penthouses or plant rooms protruding above the general roof area should not be counted. Note: CTBUH floor counts may differ from published accounts, as it is common in some regions of the world for certain floor levels not to be included (e.g., the level 4, 14, 24, etc. in Hong Kong).

56
Floors Below Ground

The number of floors below ground should include all major floors located below the ground floor level.

2
# of Apartments

Number of Apartments refers to the total number of residential units (including both rental units and condominiums) contained within a particular building.

171
# of Hotel Rooms

Number of Hotel Rooms refers to the total number of hotel rooms contained within a particular building.

442
# of Parking Spaces

Number of Parking Spaces refers to the total number of car parking spaces contained within a particular building.

555
# of Elevators

Number of Elevators refers to the total number of elevator cars (not shafts) contained within a particular building (including public, private and freight elevators).

20
Tower GFA

Tower GFA refers to the total gross floor area within the tower footprint, not including adjoining podiums, connected buildings or other towers within the development.

230,621 m² / 2,482,384 ft²
Rankings
#
489
Tallest in Asia
#
13
Tallest in Nanjing
#
254
Tallest Mixed-use Building in the World
#
177
Tallest Mixed-use Building in Asia
#
150
Tallest Mixed-use Building in China
#
7
Tallest Mixed-use Building in Nanjing
#
332
Tallest Composite Building in the World
#
273
Tallest Composite Building in Asia
#
10
Tallest Composite Building in Nanjing
Construction Schedule
2004

Proposed

2005

Construction Start

2014

Completed

Owner/Developer
JiangSu Goldenland Real Estate Development Co., Ltd.
Architect
Structural Engineer
MEP Engineer
Wuhan Construction Engineering Group Co Ltd.

Façade Maintenance

CS Caulkins Co. Inc

Landscape

Vertical Transportation

Ceiling

Armstrong World Industries

Cladding

Jangho Group Co., Ltd.

Elevator

CTBUH Initiatives

Nanjing Regional Tour Report


20 September 2014 - Building Tour

Nanjing Regional Tour Report: Redeveloping the "Southern Capital"


22 September 2012 - Building Tour

Videos

19 September 2012 | Nanjing

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Research

17 October 2016

Scott Duncan & Yue Zhu, SOM

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About Kingtown International Center

The Hexi District of Nanjing is in the midst of transforming from a rural area to a vibrant business hub and civic center. Kingtown International Center is an anchor and gateway to the new district, serving as an icon of the area’s new urbanity. This next-generation commercial and hotel tower maximizes performance, efficiency, and occupant experience. Its distinctive external bracing system creates more efficient lateral support – requiring less steel and an overall 20% reduction in building material.

The design of the tower is rooted in the notion of developing this parcel and the neighboring parcel to serve both as a gateway to the new district and as a symbol of the vitality of the district. Its faceted form is derived from the juxtaposition of the innovative double-skin façade that creates solar shading and an insulating chamber between the building envelope and the occupied space. Vented openings in the outermost curtain wall allow wind pressure to draw built-up heat out of the cavity, lowering temperatures along the inner exterior wall.

19 September 2012 | Nanjing

The rapid development of Chinese cities has provided unique opportunities to create architecture that either responds to its context or, in the case of emerging...

17 October 2016

Scott Duncan & Yue Zhu, SOM

China’s rapid urban and economic growth has challenged designers, engineers, and planners to innovate and collaborate to meet the needs of a changing country. Skidmore,...

01 January 2010

Mark Sarkisian, Neville Mathias, Eric Long & C. Keith Boswell, SOM

The 56 story, 232 m tall Jinao Tower in Nanjing, China, is a next-generation tower which maximizes performance, efficiency, and occupant experience. Its faceted form...

01 May 2006

Mark Sarkisian, Neville Mathias, Eric Long & Aaron Mazeika, SOM

The 56 story, 232 m tall Jinao Tower in Nanjing, China, is a next-generation tower which maximizes performance, efficiency, and occupant experience. Its faceted form...

21 September 2014

Nanjing Regional Tour Report

After getting the high speed train from Shanghai, delegates toured the Suning Gulou Ruicheng project, followed by a trip to the rooftop of one of its 250-meter office buildings.

23 September 2012

Nanjing Regional Tour Report: Redeveloping the "Southern Capital"

Nanjing, the venerable “Southern capital,” is in the midst of the type of redevelopment surge impacting many Chinese cities.