Tianjin World Financial Center

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Height: Occupied
313.6 m / 1,029 ft
Height: To Tip
336.9 m / 1,105 ft
Height: Architectural
336.9 m / 1,105 ft
Tianjin World Financial Center Outline
Height: Observatory
313.6 m / 1,029 ft
Floors Above Ground
Floors Below Ground
# of Elevators
Tower GFA
203,953 m² / 2,195,332 ft²
Development GFA
345,302 m² / 3,716,800 ft²
# of Parking Spaces


Official Name Tianjin World Financial Center
Other Names Tianjin Jinta Tower, Global Financial Center
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country China
City Tianjin
Street Address & Map No. 2 Taku Road North, Heping District
Postal Code 300000
Building Function office
Structural Material composite
  • Core: Steel
  • Columns: Concrete Filled Steel
  • Floor Spanning: Steel
Proposed 2006
Construction Start 2007
Completion 2011
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Global Ranking #84 Tallest in the World
Regional Ranking #52 Tallest in Asia
National Ranking #43 Tallest in China
City Ranking #3 Tallest in Tianjin

Companies Involved

Owner/Developer Finance Street Tianjin Real Estate Co., Ltd.
Design East China Architectural Design & Research Institute; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Structural Engineer
Design Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
MEP Engineer
Design Parsons Brinckerhoff Consultants Private Limited; WSP Flack + Kurtz
Main Contractor China Construction First Group Construction & Development Co., Ltd.
Other Consultant
• Quantity Surveyor Davis Langdon
• Wind BMT Fluid Mechanics Ltd.
Material Supplier
• Cladding Jangho Group Co., Ltd.
• Lighting Beijing Fortune Lighting System Engineering Co., Ltd.

About Tianjin World Financial Center

The Tianjin World Financial Center in Tianjin is the iconic marker of the new Central Business District at the periphery of the historic city center. Sited in the prominent Haihe River, the building plan incorporates a riverwalk promenade, emphasizing the importance of the natural resource. Visible from all of Tianjin, the tower serves as the beginning of not only the master plan for the area, but for the modernization of the local economy and city in general.

The form of the tower was parametrically driven through the creation of a pleated paper-like façade, referencing ancient Chinese paper arts. The slightly curving folds of the tower create generous bays in the floor plates, providing a unique interior experience for the offices. In order to support this unique geometry, an innovative structural system had to be devised using steel plate shear walls, utilizing the local knowledge and labor of steel shipbuilding techniques. Hollow steel tubes were designed and filled with high-strength concrete to allow the minimum diameter columns, maintaining open spaces on the interior.

In a departure from the atypical high-rise floor plan, the tower features a slender framework that results in a height-to-width ratio of 1:8. The façade of the building is composed of a perforate series of fabricated steel panels and windows that visually obscure the tower’s otherwise curvilinear form. Like many towers that utilize a tapering profile, each floor houses a slightly different program, providing a diverse selection of office space for prospective tenants.

In a city known for its intense seasonal winds, the narrow form of the building called for careful engineering considerations. After investigating various structural solutions, the design team selected steel plate sheer walls (SPSW) as the most efficient and appropriate lateral load resisting system. As opposed to conventional sheer walls, this system is composed of large steel plate walls that are welded together and positioned between columns to counteract lateral loads, effectively transferring earthquake and wind forces down to the foundation. This system was preferred not only for its structural soundness, but for the availability of materials, as Tianjin boasts the third largest reserves of iron ore in China. Ultimately, this innovative structural system resulted in a material reduction of 20 to 25 percent over traditional steel systems.

CTBUH Initiatives

Top Company Rankings: The World’s 100 Tallest Buildings
13 Oct 2016 – CTBUH Research

CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2011
Dec 2011 – CTBUH Journal Paper


Considering Place in an Integrated Approach to Tall
19 Sep 2012 – Brian Lee & William Baker, SOM

Research Papers

SOM and China: Evolving Skyscraper Design Amid Rapid Urban Growth
Oct 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue IV

Engineering China’s Skylines
Aug 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue III

New Construction Technologies in Tianjin Jinta Mansion
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai

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Papers Related to Tianjin World Financial Center

Papers Related to Tianjin World Financial Center

SOM and China: Evolving Skyscraper Design Amid Rapid Urban Growth
Oct 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue IV; 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,…
Engineering China’s Skylines
Aug 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue III; Dasui Wang, East China Architectural Design Institute
Dasui Wang, China Design Master and chief structural engineer for East China Architectural Design Institute (ECADI), is the recipient of the inaugural CITAB - CTBUH China…
New Construction Technologies in Tianjin Jinta Mansion
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Yaohui Yang, Junfeng gao & Jing Wang, China Construction First Division Group Construction & Development Co., Ltd.
The 73-story and 336.9 meter Tianjin Jinta Mansion is the tallest building in the world designed to apply concrete filled steel tube columns and pure steel plate shear…
Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2011
Dec 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue I; Nathaniel Hollister & Antony Wood, CTBUH
The annual story is becoming a familiar one: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and now 2011 have each sequentially broke the record for the most 200 meter or higher buildings…
World’s Tallest Steel Shear Walled Building
Feb 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue I; Mark Sarkisian & Neville Mathias, SOM; Dasui Wang, ECADI; Sam Lee, Guangzhou Scientific Computing Consultants
Because of its iconic slender form, a key design challenge was to develop an efficient lateral system capable of resisting wind and seismic lateral load; the article…
Performance Based Seismic Design of a 75-Story Buckling Restrained Slender Steel Plate Shear Wall Tower
May 2010 – ASCI/SEI Structures Congress; Sam Lee & Yun Liao, Guangzhou Scientific Computing Consultants; Dasui Wang, ECADI; Neville Mathias, SOM
The Jinta Tower is a 75-story building located in Tianjin, China, with slender steel plate shear walls (SPSW) used as the primary lateral load resisting system.…
Steel Plate Shear Walls, Efficient Structural Solution for Slender High-rise in China
Jul 2008 – Seismic Engineering international Conference 2008; Mark Sarkisian, Neville Mathias, Eric Long & Zhihui Huang, SOM
The 329.6 meter tall 74-story Jinta Tower in Tianjin, China, is expected, when complete, to be the tallest building in the world with slender steel plate shear walls used…

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Other Building Facts

The building has a height to width ration of 1:8.

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