Winner 2013

Award for
Commercial or Retail Structures

Project Description

The architects design for the new building is intended to encourage people from various disciplines to work together creating a highly unusual shape. The two leaning towers, 234m and 194m tall, linked together by a 15 storey cantilevered “overhang” and a 10 storey podium posed significant structural challenges, compounded by the location in a highly seismic area. The response was to brace the facade on all sides to form a continuous tube that is ideally suited to deal with the nature and intensity of the loading.

Judge’s comments

This is an excellent example of the structural engineer providing a solution to a very difficult problem with a basic concept that is clear and robust. In addition, their skills in innovation, collaboration and attention to detail are apparent in the development of the final design. 

Project overview

Structural Designer

  • Arup

Client Name

  • General Office of CCTV New Site Construction & Development Program


  • Beijing, China

Year Submitted

  • 2013

Submitted By

  • Arup Images: Zhou Ruogu Architecture Photography;(5)