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Pearl River Tower

Principal Use


Design Architect

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Anything about the engineers? Facade consultants?

Façade: Meinhardt; Wind Consultant: RWDI; Façade Maintenance Equipment: CoxGomyl

Gross Floor Area

108,544 m2 Units SI IP

1,168,368 ft2

Reason(s) for inclusion

Building Name

Pearl River Tower

Description / Additional Information

Describe the key innovation and technology aspects of the project

Project Narrative

This aerodynamic 71-story tower in Guangzhou’s Tianhe District is the result of careful site research that incorporated the latest green technology and engineering advancements in order to harvest wind and solar energy. Awarded the project through a design competition, SOM’s team set out to create one of the world’s most energy-efficient skyscrapers.

General Information

Year completed (or major renovation)


Climate Zone


Building Certifications (check all that apply)

  • LEED

External Links

Link(s) for more information

Other Design Features

Energy Performance

Construction Type

Construction Type

  • Curtain Wall

Prevalent Glazing Type

  • double glazing
  • triple glazing

Main Cladding Material

  • Glass
  • Aluminum
  • Steel

Skin Type

Skin Type

  • Double Skin Facade

Geometrical configuration

  • Multi-storey

Solar Shading

Solar Shading Strategy

  • Glazing-integrated Shading

Glazing-integrated shading

  • Dynamic Microlouvers


Is there natural ventilation through the facade?


Type of Ventilation Strategy

  • Stack or Atrium-enabled


Is daylight simulation part of the design process?



Embodied Carbon

Energy Generation

Does the facade produce energy?


Type of Energy Produced

  • Electrical


Description / Additional Information