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Height: Occupied
296.9 m / 974 ft
Height: To Tip
390.2 m / 1,280 ft
Height: Architectural
390.2 m / 1,280 ft
CITIC Plaza Outline
Floors Above Ground
# of Elevators
Tower GFA
205,239 m² / 2,209,174 ft²
# of Parking Spaces


Official Name CITIC Plaza
Name of Complex CITIC Plaza
Other Names Sky Central Plaza, China International Trust & Investment Plaza
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country China
City Guangzhou
Street Address & Map No. 233 Tianhe North Road, Tianhe District
Postal Code 510613
Building Function office
Structural Material composite
  • Core: Reinforced Concrete
  • Columns: Concrete Encased Steel
  • Floor Spanning: Steel
Construction Start 1993
Completion 1996
Official Website CITIC Plaza
Rankings Click arrows to view the next taller/shorter buildings
Global Ranking #37 Tallest in the World
Regional Ranking #25 Tallest in Asia
National Ranking #19 Tallest in China
City Ranking #3 Tallest in Guangzhou

Companies Involved

Developer China International Trust and Investment
Design Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers (HK) Ltd. (DLN)
Structural Engineer
Design Maunsell AECOM Group
MEP Engineer
Design Gammon Construction Limited; Tridant Engineering Company Limited
Main Contractor Hong Kong Construction (Holdings) Limited; Kumagai Gammon Joint Venture
Other Consultant
• Quantity Surveyor Langdon & Seah
Material Supplier
• Ceiling Armstrong World Industries
• Construction Hoists Alimak Hek
• Elevator Hitachi, Ltd.
• Sealants Dow Corning Corporation

About CITIC Plaza

CITIC Plaza is the centerpiece of the Tien He development in Guangzhou and acts as a centralizing hub for the neighborhood. The tower complex is at the center of a four-kilometer-long axis of gardens and boulevards stretching between Guangzhou East Railway Station, Guangzhou’s main railway station in the north, and Haixinsha Island to the south. The symmetry of the CITIC Plaza development complements the formality of the surrounding urban axis, with the main tower being the first sight that visitors see as they emerge from the main railway station.

The tabula rasa planning of the Tien He district provided few cues, save for its symmetry, for the form of CITIC Plaza. The layout of the tower is therefore largely driven by pragmatic principles of office planning, unconstrained by the site characteristics that so often influence the forms of buildings elsewhere. In plan, the tower is incorporated in the larger development through a superimposed circle-on-square geometry that traditionally symbolizes the unity of sky, represented by the circle, and land, which is represented by the square.

The fitting out and detailing of the tower reflects the design elements present throughout the larger development. External and internal finishes of polished grey granites, glazed ceramic tiles, and turquoise and blue tinted reflecting glass offer a consistent and simple palette of colors and textures throughout the building. The Envelope is virtually free of indentations that would increase façade area and the associated construction, running, and maintenance costs. Instead, the great scale of the structures is visually attenuated, and its symmetry amplified, by the application of contrasting colors of glass and stone finishes. The tower’s reserved simplicity, yet notable presence in the Tien He district have earned it a reputation as a sturdy and robust example of the Guangzhou spirit.

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