When you’re in school you tug on your beret and tell your professors and peers that skyscrapers are nothing more than phallic symbols, and the real craft of architecture is in small-scale context sensitive creations that leverage the holistic blah blah blah blah. Nobody’s taking an architecture boat tour down the Chicago River to look things that are small.
And while the vast majority of architects will never work on a skyscraper, that’s not true of the wonks over at Goettsch Partners. The tallest building it’s ever designed recently topped out in Nanning, China.
The Nanning China Resources Center Tower will be 1,322 feet tall when completed later this year, and is one of two skyscrapers from GP that has exceeded 1,000 feet. Under 1,000 feet the firm currently has over 30 skyscrapers under its belt, or under construction.
The 85-story tower will sport 1.8 million square feet of office space, 65,000 square feet of retail space, and a 336-room Shangri-la hotel.