Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Featured Buildings Involving KPF

10 Hudson Yards

10 Hudson Yards, New York City

This building uses four glazing systems to make up the façades; a cable wall, and three types of shingled curtain walls, composed of energy-efficient glass.

555 Mission Street

555 Mission Street, San Francisco

This 148 meter office tower in the South of Market area is part of a new generation of skyscrapers built in San Francisco's downtown since 2000.

900 North Michigan Avenue

900 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago

This 265 meter skyscraper features large, upscale shopping and was the second vertical mall built along the Magnificent Mile.

BNY Mellon Bank Center

BNY Mellon Bank Center, Philadelphia

Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, the 54-story BNY Mellon Bank Center features an exclusive club under its instantly iconic pyramidal roof.

CITIC Tower

CITIC Tower, Beijing

Winner of a 2019 Best Tall Building Award of Excellence, this building is integrated into the city’s infrastructure, a hub within a network of pedestrian passages, subways and roadway

Chifley Tower

Chifley Tower, Sydney

Originally completed in 1992, Chifley Tower underwent an overhaul of its key building systems and services to deliver vastly improved performance, energy efficiency, and reliability.

China Resources Tower

China Resources Tower, Shenzhen

Winner of a 2019 Best Tall Building Award of Excellence, the design was inspired by the form of a bamboo shoot, which was realized through a diagrid structural system.

China Zun

China Zun, Beijing

Located in Beijing's Central Business District, the project team aim to use the latest in sustainable technology, materials and engineering concepts.

Concord Cityplace Parade

Concord Cityplace Parade , Toronto

Completed in 2013, this residential skyscraper consists of 2 towers connected by a two-story sky bridge connected at the 28th and 29th floors.

Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre

Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, Guangzhou

Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre is a mixed-use tower located adjacent to a large central park and a subterranean retail concourse with transportation interchanges.

Hangzhou Xizi International Center

Hangzhou Xizi International Center, Hangzhou

Based on the concept of a traditional arched gateway to a city, Hangzhou Xizi International Center is a trio of buildings with mixed uses surrounding a central courtyard.

Heron Tower

Heron Tower, London

Heron Tower provides highly flexible work-spaces which support diverse tenant needs through a series of ten multi-story “villages”—with a full-height atrium at the heart of each.

International Commerce Centre

International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong

Soaring 484 meters (1,588 feet) above Victoria Harbor, the International Commerce Centre (ICC) is the essence of Hong Kong in one destination.

Jing An Kerry Centre

Jing An Kerry Centre, Shanghai

Jing An Kerry Centre draws upon the socioeconomic wellspring of public transit to activate an iconic mixed-use mega-project in Shanghai.

Lotte World Tower

Lotte World Tower, Seoul

Taking inspiration from traditional Korean art forms in the design of the various interior spaces, the sleek tapered form will stand out from the city's rocky mountainous topography.

Northeast Asia Trade Tower

Northeast Asia Trade Tower, Incheon

The Northeast Asia Trade Tower was recognized as a finalist in the 2010 CTBUH Awards where the jury praised its tapering form as being well suited for its mixed-use program.

One Shenzhen Bay

One Shenzhen Bay, Shenzhen

Located on reclaimed land that did not exist in 2005, One Shenzhen Bay anchors the newly created business district of Houhai.

Ping An Finance Center

Ping An Finance Center, Shenzhen

Ping An Finance Center is located in the city’s Futian District and represents a new generation of the prototypical Asian skyscraper: very tall, very dense, and hyper-connected.

Plaza 66

Plaza 66, Shanghai

A commercial and office complex, consisting of a shopping mall and two skyscrapers, Plaza 66 is home to a mix of retail, entertainment, and extensive below-grade parking areas.

Pollux

Pollux, Frankfurt am Main

Rising to a height of 130m, Pollux is the taller of the two unequal twin towers located in the Gallus District.

Roppongi Hills

Roppongi Hills, Tokyo

This 54-story mixed-use skyscraper is the centerpiece of the Roppongi Hills urban development, and has an observation decks on the 52nd and 54th floors.

Shanghai Wheelock Square

Shanghai Wheelock Square, Shanghai

Featuring simple symmetrical lines with the design, Shanghai Wheelock Square integrates environmentally-friendly aspects with state-of-the-art provisions.

Shanghai World Financial Center

Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai

The Shanghai World Financial Center has become an icon of Shanghai and China, with its clear and elegant form and revolutionary structural design.

Suzhou IFS

Suzhou IFS, Suzhou

A landmark on the city’s skyline in both form and function, the mixed-use high-rise is recognized as the Tallest Building in Suzhou.

Tour Dexia

Tour Dexia, Courbevoie

Completed in 2005 and standing at 143m, Tour Dexia is one of the few towers in the La Défense business district with an inclined roof.

Zuidtoren

Zuidtoren, Hoofddorp

A high-quality business accommodation, Zuidtoren semicircular design rises to 75m and is surrounded by the Dutch landscape.

About KPF

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) is one of the world’s preeminent architecture firms, providing architecture, interior, programming and master planning services for clients in both the public and private sectors.

KPF’s philosophy is firmly rooted in the belief that success is the result of collaboration and dialogue. The KPF creative process stresses an open exchange of ideas both within the firm and more importantly, between the client and the firm, throughout the development of a project.

Through this comparative process, they are able to ensure that the client’s needs and desires are addressed at each turning point in the life of a project. Ideas are not submitted solely for approval or rejection, but rather for discussion with the hopes of spurring additional questions and solutions that will each help craft a more complete structure.

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KPF at CTBUH

CTBUH Holds Half-Day Skybridges Symposium

18 Jul 2019, Event Report – More than 100 attendees gathered at Linked Hybrid for a symposium held in…

Skybridges Research: CTBUH / IIT Studio Visit

11 Apr 2019, Event Report – As part of the Skybridges research project, CTBUH and IIT College of Architecture…

One Shenzhen Bay Tower 7 Sky Concert Hall Signboard

29 Jan 2019, Event Report – One Shenzhen Bay Tower 7 in Shenzhen, China installed a CTBUH Signboard recognizing…

KPF at CTBUH

CTBUH Holds Half-Day Skybridges Symposium
18 Jul 2019, Beijing – Event Report
More than 100 attendees gathered at Linked Hybrid for a symposium held in conjunction with the forthcoming skybridge research project, “Bringing the Horizontal Into the Vertical Realm.”
Skybridges Research: CTBUH / IIT Studio Visit
11 Apr 2019, New York City – Event Report
As part of the Skybridges research project, CTBUH and IIT College of Architecture traveled to NYC for presentations, workshops, and meetings regarding Skybridge designs.
One Shenzhen Bay Tower 7 Sky Concert Hall Signboard
29 Jan 2019, Shenzhen – Event Report
One Shenzhen Bay Tower 7 in Shenzhen, China installed a CTBUH Signboard recognizing its incorporation of the “World’s Highest Concert Hall.”
CTBUH China Participates in Vertical Marathon
25 Nov 2018, Shanghai – Event Report
CTBUH China participated in the Shanghai Tower International Vertical Marathon, climbing to the 119th floor of the building.
CTBUH Signboard Unveiled at Suzhou IFS
20 Jun 2018, Suzhou – Event Report
Suzhou IFS recently installed a CTBUH Signboard, recognizing the building as the eighth tallest building in mainland China and the tallest building in the Jiangsu province.
CTBUH New York Debates: Has New York Built Too Tall?
1 Mar 2018, New York City – Event Report
The New York "Future Leaders" Committee recently debated whether NYC has built too tall. The two sides discussed current challenges to development as well as future considerations.
CTBUH New York Chapter Plans for 2018
8 Feb 2018, New York City – Event
The New York Chapter steering committee met to get acquainted with new members, reflect on 2017 initiatives, and plan for 2018.
CTBUH Shanghai Young Professionals Committee Talks Competitions
17 Nov 2017, Shanghai – Event Report
CTBUH China and Shanghai Young Professionals Committee (YPC) co-hosted a symposium on “Gains and Losses in Tall Building Design Competitions.”
55 Hudson Yards: Transforming Challenges into Opportunities
28 Sep 2017, New York City – Event Report
The CTBUH New York Chapter kicked off its Fall networking series with an insightful evening spent examining the current progress of a historic development, Hudson Yards.
CTBUH Shanghai YPC Holds Inaugural Meeting
3 Aug 2017, Shanghai – Event Report
The CTBUH Shanghai Young Professionals Committee (YPC) held its first board meeting at the Shanghai office of Gensler.
CTBUH Certifies Lotte Tower as Fifth Tallest Building Worldwide
4 Apr 2017, Seoul – CTBUH-Related News
CTBUH has recognized the completion of Lotte World Tower, now the fifth tallest building worldwide at 555 meters.
Ping An Finance Center Now Fourth Tallest Building in the World
27 Mar 2017, Shenzhen – CTBUH-Related News
CTBUH has certified the completion of Ping An Finance Center. At 599 meters it is the tallest building in Shenzhen, second tallest in China, and fourth tallest worldwide.
CTBUH NYC YPC Hosts "Cornell Tech The House & Passive House"
16 Feb 2017, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH New York Chapter, in association with the New York YPC and Handel Architects, hosted a building presentation titled “Cornell Tech: The House & Passive House.”
CTBUH Recognizes Completion of Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre
21 Dec 2016, Guangzhou – CTBUH-Related News
CTBUH has certified the completion of Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre. At 530 meters it is the tallest building in Guangzhou, second tallest in China, and fifth tallest worldwide.
Student Tall Building Competition Results Announced
18 Oct 2016, Shenzhen – CTBUH News Report
The winner and final rankings for the CTBUH International Student Design Competition, sponsored by KPF, were determined at the 2016 CTBUH Conference.
CTBUH Board of Trustees Set the Agenda for 2017
16 Oct 2016, Shenzhen – Event Report
The Board of Trustees held their second meeting of the year in conjunction with the 2016 Conference to discuss the Council’s plans for 2017.
CTBUH 2016 Conference Gold Sponsor
16-21 Oct 2016 – Conference Sponsor
Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism takes place progressively across three Chinese cities: Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong.
Top Company Rankings: The World’s 100 Tallest Buildings
13 Oct 2016, Chicago – CTBUH Research
The Council is pleased to announce the Top Company Rankings for numerous disciplines as derived from the list of projects appearing in 100 of the World’s Tallest Buildings.
Five Finalists Selected in the Student Tall Building Competition
24 Aug 2016, Chicago – CTBUH News
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is pleased to announce that five finalists have been selected as part of the 5th annual International Student Design Competition.
Shanghai Tower Signboard Ceremony
13 May 2016, Shanghai – Event Report
CTBUH joined Shanghai Tower officials in unveiling the commemorative signboard designating Shanghai Tower as the tallest building in China.
Aspect: Ratios
3 May 2016, New York City – Event Report
The CTBUH NYC Young Professionals Committee welcomed over 150 design professionals for ASPECT:RATIOS, a seminar focusing on female perspectives in architecture.
CTBUH Philadelphia: Creating Real Estate Out of Thin Air
3 May 2016, Philadelphia – Event Report
The CTBUH Philadelphia Committee hosted speakers at the Hayworth Showroom in Philadelphia to discover how the development at 30th Street Station can be made a reality.
CTBUH NYC YPC: Spring Social at BIG
7 Apr 2016, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH New York Young Professional Committee held their annual Spring Social event at Bjarke Ingels Group's New York Office on April 7, 2016.
YPC: 2015 Achievements and Event Success
16 Mar 2016, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH YPC held their first meeting of 2016 on March 16 at the offices of SOM to discuss the success of the past events and plans for future initiatives.
Educational Outreach Program
12 Feb 2016, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH YPC kicked off their educational outreach initiative with a mentorship program at Pratt Institute, to teach students how to unlock synergistic potential in their designs.
Decoding NYC High Rise Building Codes
15 Dec 2015, New York City – Event
CTBUH YPC organized a presentation and panel discussion for Decoding NYC High Rise Building Codes to discuss some of the major enhancements to the 2014 NYC Codes
Computational Design Technology
19 Nov 2015, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH YPC hosted a presentation and panel discussion focused on the current computational technology tools used today in architecture and how collaboration is enhanced in the profession
CTBUH 14th Annual Awards VIP Table Sponsor
12 Nov 2015, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 14th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the daytime Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
Brooklyn Urban and Construction Tour
28 Oct 2015, New York City – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured City Point Complex, Barclays Center, and 461 Dean Street which have impacted the cityscape of Brooklyn.
CTBUH 2015 New York Conference Gold Sponsor
26-30 Oct 2015, New York City – Conference Sponsor
After a post-recession hiatus in tall building construction in many countries lasting several years, numerous cities are again resurgent.
Skin NY
27 Aug 2015, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH New York, in association with the New York Young Professionals Committee hosted an event entitled Skin:NY that focused on high-rise façade design and construction
Young Professionals Committee Holds Social Event at RAMSA
23 Jun 2015, New York City – Event Report
The YPC held an event at the RAMSA office in New York City, where attendees had an opportunity to network, and learn more the exciting projects RAMSA is developing.
Inaugural Japan Symposium Rises to the Occasion in Tokyo
22 May 2015, Tokyo – Event Report
CTBUH held its inaugural Japan Symposium at the Academy Hills lecture hall of the Mori Tower in Roppongi Hills, bringing together leading experts
YPC New York Presents Pioneering Megatall: Ping An Finance Center
15 Apr 2015, New York City – Event Report
The inaugural CTBUH New York City Chapter event, held at the offices of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, showcased the rising Ping An Finance Center.
CTBUH ’UH’PDATE February 2015
26 Feb 2015, Toronto – CTBUH News
The second issue of CTBUH 'UH'PDATE goes over the success of the 7 Cities Winter Walking Tours and welcoming 5 new committee members.
Seven Cities Winter Spaces Walking Tour
29 Jan 2015 – Tour Report
The new CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee organized a highly successful Winter Spaces Walking Tour in seven cities around the world.
“Network-3D” High-Rise Design Studio Culminates in Shanghai
18 Jan 2015, Shanghai – Event Report
Final reviews concluded of a semester of intense work for the “Network-3D" studio undertaken by Tongji University students with support from CTBUH and KPF.
CTBUH Finland Launches with Urban Habitat Seminar
14 Jan 2015, Helsinki – Event Report
Seeking to enhance the level of discussion on tall buildings and urban habitat in the Nordic region, CTBUH Finland held a launch event.
YPC Holds New York Chapter Initial Meeting
17 Dec 2014, New York City – Event Report
The first meeting of the CTBUH Young Professionals Committee (YPC) – New York City Chapter was held at the offices of Kohn Pedersen Fox.
CTBUH Co-Hosts Iuav International Tall Buildings Conference
21 Nov 2014, Venice – Event Report
The 5th Iuav International Conference on Tall Buildings was held in Venice, organized by Elena Giacomello and Dario Trabucco of CTBUH.
2014-2015 Design Research Studio Kicked Off in New York
14-17 Nov 2014, New York City – Tour Report
Tongji University students took a week-long visit to New York City, which included design workshops at KPF, site studies, and tall building tours.
Shenzhen Regional Tour Report
21 Sep 2014, Shenzhen – Tour Report
In Shenzhen attendees toured the sky lobby of Ping An Finance Center. Attendees enjoyed a traditional Chinese lunch at the Four Seasons Hotel before continuing to KK100.
Suzhou Regional Tour Report
20-21 Sep 2014, Suzhou – Tour Report
The tour started at Suzhou Zhongnan Center and continued to one of the two International Fortune Plaza towers, which had just had its topping-out ceremony the day prior.
Hong Kong Regional Tour Report
20 Sep 2014, Hong Kong – Tour Report
The tour began at Hong Kong’s One Island East, a 298-meter office building. After a day of activity and touring, the tour ended with an evening harbor cruise, on a Chinese junk.
Wheelock Square Technical Tour Report
19 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Tour Report
The refined Wheelock Square played host to CTBUH delegates, who toured AECOM’s office on the 36th through 38th floors, a refuge / MEP floor, and the basement.
Lujiazui Harbor City Development & Riviera Twin Star Square Tour
19 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Tour Report
The Riviera Twin Star Square Tour was immediately followed by the Lujiazui Harbor City Development Tour, a development on the site of the Shanghai Shipyard Factory and Drydock.
CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Gold Sponsor
16-19 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Conference Sponsor
The survival of humanity relies on a radical repositioning of our cities to develop them beyond a collection of disparate icons, towards a vision of a Sustainable Vertical Urbanism.
CTBUH Announces Next Chairman
4 Jun 2014, Chicago – CTBUH News
David Malott has been confirmed to become the next Chairman of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
Design, Cost and Return on Investment
23 Jan 2014, Toronto – Event Report
The chapter's fifth event included video presentations by Peter Rees, the Chief Planning Officer for London & a case study of The Gherkin by Kent Gardner, its owner.
CTBUH Leaders Tour Ping An Tower
18 Oct 2013, Shenzhen – Tour Report
Executive Director Antony Wood and Trustee David Malott were treated to a high-octane tour of the under-construction Ping An Financial Center tower by its developer’s CEO.
Activity at the CTBUH London Conference: Day One
11 Jun 2013, London – Conference Activity Report
See the highlights from the first day of the CTBUH 2013 London Conference including the Opening Plenary and Conference Dinner.
Incheon Post-Conference Tour Report
13 Oct 2011, Incheon – Tour Report
The Incheon Free Economic Zone is one of three new districts that are created on reclaimed land from the Yellow Sea.
Lotte Jamsil Super Tower Tour Report
11 Oct 2011, Seoul – Tour Report
A tour was hosted at the Lotte Jamsil Super Tower construction site that was abuzz with the activity of trucks and cranes.
CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference Platinum Sponsor
10-12 Oct 2011, Seoul – Conference Sponsor
This conference aimed to shed new light on the meaning and value of tall buildings in the rapidly growing city of Seoul, from the perspectives of green, safety, and humanity.
CTBUH 9th Annual Awards Executive Table Sponsor
21 Oct 2010, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 9th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
CTBUH 7th Annual Awards VIP Table Sponsor
20 Nov 2008, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 7th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.

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Eugene Kohn

Eugene Kohn

CTBUH Advisory Group, 1999 – 2001
New York City, United States

William Pedersen

William Pedersen

CTBUH Advisory Group, 1988 – 1991
New York City, United States

Florence Chan

Florence Chan

CTBUH Chapter Board Member, 2019 – Present
Hong Kong, China

CTBUH Leaders at KPF

Eugene Kohn

Eugene Kohn

CTBUH Advisory Group, 1999 – 2001
New York City, United States

William Pedersen

William Pedersen

CTBUH Advisory Group, 1988 – 1991
New York City, United States

Florence Chan

Florence Chan

CTBUH Chapter Board Member, 2019 – Present
Hong Kong, China

Josh Chaiken

Josh Chaiken

CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee, 2014 – Present
New York City, United States

Lei Li

Lei Li

CTBUH Height and Data Committee, 2018 – Present
New York City, United States

Jian Jie (Celeste) Ma

Jian Jie (Celeste) Ma

CTBUH Expert Chinese Translation Committee, 2014 – Present
Shanghai, China

Yong Ding

Yong Ding

CTBUH Future Leaders Committee, Global, 2018 – Present
Shanghai, China

Darren Chang

Darren Chang

CTBUH Working Group: Wind Engineering, 2015 – 2016
New York City, United States

James von Klemperer

James von Klemperer

CTBUH Annual Conference, Keynote Speaker, 2018
New York City, United States

Forth Bagley

Forth Bagley

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2019
New York City, United States

Andrew Cleary

Andrew Cleary

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2019
New York City, United States

Marianne Kwok

Marianne Kwok

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2016
New York City, United States

Terri Lee

Terri Lee

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2019
New York City, United States

Nicole McGlinn

Nicole McGlinn

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2019
New York City, United States

Inkai Mu

Inkai Mu

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2016
Shenzhen, China

Robert Whitlock

Robert Whitlock

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2016
New York City, United States

Mustafa Chehabeddine

Mustafa Chehabeddine

CTBUH Annual Conference, Poster Presenter, 2018
London, United Kingdom

Hana Kassem

Hana Kassem

CTBUH Annual Conference, Session Chair, 2017

Brian Girard

Brian Girard

CTBUH Innovation Conference, Speaker, 2019
New York City, United States

John Winkler

John Winkler

CTBUH Innovation Conference, Speaker, 2019
New York City, United States

Michael Greene

Michael Greene

CTBUH China Awards Symposium, Speaker, 2016
New York City, United States

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CTBUH Resources Involving KPF

Award Winners & Award of Excellence Recipients

The CTBUH Awards recognize projects and individuals that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and that achieve sustainability at the highest and broadest level.

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Ceremonial Influences Form a Modern Flagship Building for Beijing’s CBD

10 Apr 2019 – CTBUH 2019 Shenzhen Tall + Urban Conference
Wuren Wang, CITIC HEYE Investment CO., LTD.; Robert Whitlock, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Integrating Outdoor Living into a Tall Building Complex

9 Apr 2019 – CTBUH 2019 Shenzhen Tall + Urban Conference
Zhouwen Chen, Parkland Group; Marianne Kwok, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

A Permeable and Polycentric Urbanism: The Atlantis and Other Projects

21 Oct 2018 – CTBUH 2018 Middle East Conference
James von Klemperer, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

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Royal Atlantis, Dubai: A Permeable and Polycentric Urbanism

Oct 2018 – CTBUH Journal 2018 Issue IV
James von Klemperer & Elie Gamburg, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

The Mixed-Use Supertall and the Hybridization of Program

Mar 2018 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 7 Number 1
Forth Bagley, Kohn Pederson Fox Associates

Lotte World Tower: Seoul’s First Supertall

5 Feb 2018 – CTBUH Journal, 2018 Issue I
James von Klemperer, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

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Videos

Ceremonial Influences Form a Modern Flagship Building for Beijing’s CBD
10 Apr 2019 – Presentation at CTBUH 2019 Shenzhen Tall + Urban Conference; Wuren Wang, CITIC HEYE Investment CO., LTD.; Robert Whitlock, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
China Zun is the flagship building of Beijing’s comprehensively planned 30-hectare central business district core. Its gently rising and curving form embodies the historic capital’s gracefulness, and resembles an ancient Chinese ceremonial vessel,…
Integrating Outdoor Living into a Tall Building Complex
9 Apr 2019 – Presentation at CTBUH 2019 Shenzhen Tall + Urban Conference; Zhouwen Chen, Parkland Group; Marianne Kwok, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
One Shenzhen Bay comprises eight towers and three levels of retail. Rather than stacking the towers upon a podium, the design pushes all the retail functions to the perimeter, and brings the towers down to the ground. The resulting effect is of a…
A Permeable and Polycentric Urbanism: The Atlantis and Other Projects
21 Oct 2018 – Presentation at CTBUH 2018 Middle East Conference; James von Klemperer, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
The tall building community is evolving past pure aesthetic impact and satisfying real-estate pro-formas, into an integrative practice that weaves skyscrapers into our increasingly diverse cities. Technology has allowed us not only to go higher, but…
Five Minutes With: William Pedersen
16 Aug 2018 – Monthly Video Series; William Pedersen, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
William Pedersen, Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, sat down with CTBUH to discuss his vision for the iconic Shanghai World Financial Center, which was recognized as the 10 Year Award Category Winner for 2008 completions in the 2018 CTBUH…
Vertical Village as National Symbol
31 May 2018 – Presentation at CTBUH 2018 Chicago Tall + Urban Conference; Hyunchul Park, Lotte Property & Development; James von Klemperer, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Joining the ranks of the world’s top ten tallest buildings, the 123-story Lotte World Tower rises to 555 meters and offers one of the world’s most complex stack of mixed-use programs. The development is a groundbreaking example in the search for how…
The Axis Mundi of the Pearl River Delta Megacity
31 May 2018 – Presentation at CTBUH 2018 Chicago Tall + Urban Conference; Felix Wu, Ping An Financial Center Const. & Dev; Robert Whitlock, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
The Shenzhen Ping An Finance Center (PAFC) is a transit-integrated, 600-meter-tall building that occupies a major node in the increasingly connected megacity of Hong Kong-Shenzhen-Guangzhou. Since its completion, PAFC has become a well-loved landmark…
A Bold Icon Communicates a Global City’s Identity to the World
May 2018 – Presentation at CTBUH 2018 Chicago Tall + Urban Conference; Hiroo Mori, Mori Building; William Pedersen, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
The Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC) is a symbol of commerce and culture that speaks to the city’s emergence as a global capital. Located in Shanghai’s Pudong District, the mixed-use SWFC is a vertical city, containing offices from the 7th to…
CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference - Session 7A: Tall Buildings and Contextual Issues Q&A
31 Oct 2017 – Presentation at CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference; Chair: Hana Kassem, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Amin Hamzavian, AvLaw Pty; Giorgio Marfella, University of Melbourne; Ian Briggs & Jaimin Atkins, Plus Architecture
Hana Kassem, Director, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, chairs the question and answer session with Amin Hamzavian, Director, AvLaw Pty; Giorgio Marfella, Lecturer, University of Melbourne; and Ian Briggs and Jaimin Atkins, Directors, Plus Architecture…
ICC – Rising High for the Future of Hong Kong
20 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Tony Tang, Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited
Thursday October 20, 2016. Hong Kong, China. Tony Tang of Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited presents at the 2016 China Conference Plenary 6: Hong Kong Developments Standing at 484 meters, Sun Hung Kai's ICC is the tallest building in Hong Kong and…
CTBUH 2016 China Conference Plenary 4: Guangzhou Developments Q & A
19 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Eddie Chung, New World Development Company Ltd; Qifeng Yuan, Sun Yat-Sen University; Florence Chan, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Yang Ni, Architectural Design & Research Institute of South China Univ
Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Guangzhou, China. Eddie Chung of New World Development Company, Ltd., Qifeng Yuan of Sun Yat-Sen University, Florence Chan of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, Yang Ni of Architectural Design and Research Institute of South…
CTF Guangzhou - Efficiency in Mixed-Use Supertall
19 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Florence Chan, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Gaungzhou, China. Florence Chan of Kohn Pedersen Fox presents at the 2016 China Conference Plenary 4: "Guangzhou Developments" Since the reformation in 1980s, Central Business Districts have been popping up in…
A World-Class City Calls for World-Class Architecture (One Shenzhen Bay)
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Marianne Kwok, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Tuesday October 18, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Marianne Kwok of Kohn Pedersen Fox, presents at the 2016 China Conference Session 7b: Shenzhen Bay Development. Research and data indicate that Shenzhen is becoming a world-class city. Then, in this…
Shenzhen Bay Development Q&A
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Kui Zhuang, CCDI Group; Chongguang Xu, Shenzhen Municipal Government; Hang Xu, Parkland Real Estate Development Co, Ltd
Tuesday, October 18, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Kui Zhuang, CCDI Group; Chongguang Xu, Shenzhen Municipal Government; Hang Xu, Parkland Real Estate Development Co, Ltd, Maianne Kwok, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, answer questions at the end of 2016 China…
Panel Discussion: Shenzhen Re-centralization – Post Evaluation and Revitalization Strategy: Futian District
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Zhizhe Yu, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Yixin Chen, Shenzhen Urban Planning Bureau; Weiwen Huang, Shenzhen Public Art Center; Naifei Sun, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; Felix Wu, Ping An Financial C
Monday, October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Zhizhe Yu of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Yixin Chen of Shenzhen Urban Planning Bureau; Weiwen Huang of Shenzhen Public Art Center; Naifei Sun of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; Felix Wu of Ping An…
CTBUH 2016 China Conference - Session 3a: Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Q&A
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Richard Witt, Quadrangle Architects; James von Klamperer Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Keith Griffiths, Aedas; Peter Brannan, Arquitectonica
Monday, October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Richard Witt, Quadrangle Architects; James von Klamperer Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Keith Griffiths, Aedas; Peter Brannan, Arquitectonica answer questions at the end of the 2016 China Conference Session…
The Sustainability of Density & Vertical Urbanism Q & A
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; David Malott, KPF; long Xiu, Architectural Society of China; Mun Summ Wong, Woha; Antony Wood, CTBUH
Monday, October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. long Xiu, Chairman, Architectural Society of China; Mun Summ Wong, Woha; Antony Wood, Executive Director, CTBUH answer questions at the end of 2016 China Conference Opening Plenary: The Sustainability of…
The State of the Art (Technologies) Q&A
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; David Malott, Kohn Pedersen Fox; Wai Ming (Thomas) Tsang, Fing An Financial Centre; Karl-Ott Schoellkopf, Thyssenkrupp
Monday, October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. David Malott, Kohn Pedersen Fox; Wai Ming (Thomas) Tsang, Fing An Financial Centre; Karl-Ott Schoellkopf, Thyssenkrupp, answer questions at the end of 2016 China Conference Session 2c: The State of the Art (…
Vertical Futures: Technologies that will Shape the World
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; David Malott, KPF
Monday October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. David Malott of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates presents at the 2016 China Conference Session 2c: The State of the Art (Technologies). We are at the cusp of a building revolution which, for the first time,…
X Information Modeling: Data-Driven Decision Making in the Design of Tall Buildings
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; James von Klemperer, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
This presentation outlined X-Information Modeling or XIM, a method of data-driven decision-making for the design of tall buildings. Developed over its application on more than 200 projects worldwide, XIM comprises a set of digital evaluation tools…
2015 New York Conference - Session 1e - Q&A
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2015 New York Conference Session 1e Questions & Answers session with speakers Alexander Durst, The Durst Organization, Harry Macklowe, Macklowe Properties, James von Klemperer, KPF.
One Vanderbilt: Approving Midtown’s Tallest Office Building
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; James von Klemperer, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
This presentation traces the development of One Vanderbilt from early design through the complex city approvals process that is ultimately allowing for its realization. From the onset, the building was not only charged with creating state-of-the-art…
Interview: James von Klemperer
26 Oct 2015 – 2015 New York Conference Interviews; James von Klemperer, KPF
James von Klemperer of KPF is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2015 CTBUH New York Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York. James discusses the process of designing high-rises for international locations.
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Closing Plenary - Q & A
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Closing Plenary Questions & Answers session with speakers David Malott, CTBUH Chairman-Elect / Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, David Gianotten of OMA, Carol Willis of The Skyscraper Museum, & James Von Klemperer…
Interview: James von Klemperer
18 Sep 2014 – 2014 Shanghai Conference Interviews; James von Klemperer, KPF
James Von Klemperer of KPF is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2014 CTBUH Shanghai Conference at the Jin Mao Tower.
Urban Density and the Porous High Rise: The Integration of the Tall Building in the City
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; James von Klemperer, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC
September 18, 2014. Shanghai, China. James von Klemperer from Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC presents at the 2014 Shanghai Conference closing plenary on "Urban Density and the Porous High Rise: The Integration of the Tall Building in the City – From…
Designing China’s Tallest: DNA of the Ping An Finance Center
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; David Malott, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC
Rather than attempting to radically redefine how contemporary skyscrapers are designed, KPF architects prefer to adopt an approach of continuous refinement; drawing from successful high-rise prototypes to inform the design of the Ping An Finance…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Ping An Tower Room, Session 1 - Q & A
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Ping An Tower Room, Session 1 Questions & Answers session with speakers Wai Ming (Thomas) Tsang, Shenzhen Ping An Finance Center Construction & Development Co., Ltd., David Malott, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates…
Interview: David Malott
17 Sep 2014 – 2014 Shanghai Conference Interviews; David Malott, KPF
Wednesday 17th September 2014. Shanghai, China. David Malott, CTBUH Chairman-Elect / Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2014 CTBUH Shanghai Conference at the Jin Mao Tower.
Session 2: What Contributes Most to Sustainability in Tall Buildings?
11 Jun 2013 – Presentation at CTBUH 2013 London Conference; Dennis Poon, Neville Glanville, Klaus Lother & David Malott
The next generation of tall buildings will be judged on more than sheer height or aesthetic appearance. In the context of sustainability, they will also be judged on more than just their energy consumption. They will be judged on their contribution…
How Will Tall Buildings be Different in 20 Years?
Jan 2013 – Monthly Video Series; Kenneth Drucker, HOK; James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners; Keith Griffiths, Aedas; David Malott, KPF; Adrian Smith, AS+GG; et al
Industry leaders answering this question include: Kenneth Drucker, HOK; James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners; Keith Griffiths, Aedas; David Malott, KPF; Adrian Smith, AS+GG; Rafael Viñoly, Rafael Viñoly Architecture; Jun Xia, Gensler; and more.
Future Vision: Where is the tall building heading in the future and what will the next generation of supertall
Dec 2012 – Monthly Video Series; Alex Whitbread, FCB Studios; K.J. Kim, Samsung C & T; William Pedersen, KPF; Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Engineers; Peng Beng Khoo & Belinda Huang, ARC Studio Architecture + Urbanism; et al
Industry leaders answering this question include: Alex Whitbread, FCB Studios; K.J. Kim, Samsung C & T; William Pedersen, KPF; Richard Cook, Cook + Fox Architects; George Downing, Downing Development; Bruce Lake, McHugh Construction; and more.
The Past: What have been the most striking tall building developments in the past 10 years?
Dec 2012 – Monthly Video Series; Alex Whitbread, FCB Studios; K.J. Kim, Samsung C & T; William Pedersen, Kohn Pedersen Fox; Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Engineers; Peng Beng Khoo & Belinda Huang, ARC Studio Architecture + Urban
Industry leaders answering this question include: Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Engineers; Peng Beng Khoo & Belinda Huang, ARC Studio Architecture + Urbanism; Lawrence Pak, Singapore Housing and Development Board; Jim Loewenberg, Magellan…
Ping An Finance Center: Pioneering China’s Tallest – Efficiencies of Form and Structures
20 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; David Malott, KPF; Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti
Upon completion in 2015, the Ping An Finance Center will join an elite group of megatall buildings. This presentation discusses using the Ping An Finance Center and other buildings as examples of how the optimization of building shape impacts…
Lotte World Tower: Vertical Meets Horizontal
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; James von Klemperer, KPF
After years of study by a series of architectural teams, the Lotte Supertower is being constructed in southern Seoul. The KPF design integrates the 555 meter tower with a massive podium, creating a consolidated city center.
Seoul Conference 2011 Track Session 18: Q&A
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Ji Young Kim, Daewoo E&C; Mark Sarkisian, SOM; Leslie Robertson & Saw Teen See, Leslie E. Robertson Associates; James Von Klemperer, Kohn Pedersen Fox David Paul McLean, Lotte Engineering & Construction; Charles D. Clift, Curtain Wall Design and Consulting; Jungmyon Francis Lee, BAUM Architects
Question & Answers session for Track Session 18.
The Social Responsibility of Tall Buildings
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; William Pedersen, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Over the past 35 years, my primary focus has been to make the tall building a social participant within the modern city, so as to encourage connection between buildings rather than standing as isolated objects. The tall building has been the dominant…
Songdo IBD - Steps Toward a Sustainable Urban Habitat
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Richard Nemeth, KPF
Songdo is a new city built on reclaimed land along the coast of Korea. In the center of this city is the1500 acre IBD (International Business District) which was masterplanned as a sustainable urban habitat for international companies to establish…
Interview: William Pedersen on Tall Buildings
21 Oct 2010 – 2010 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; William Pedersen, KPF
William Pedersen of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2010 CTBUH Awards Symposium at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Mr. Pedersen speaks about his career in designing tall buildings. He is the 2010…
Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award: From New York to Shanghai: A Lifetime of Tall
21 Oct 2010 – CTBUH "9th Annual Awards"; William Pedersen, KPF
William Pedersen, Partner, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. Mr. Pedersen’s approach to design has been one that weds formal and technical originality with a modesty informed by a deep respect for spatial and historical context. Mr. Pedersen discussed…
Interview: Kohn Pedersen Fox
20 Nov 2008 – 2008 Awards Ceremony Interviews ; Eugene Kohn & William Pedersen, KPF
Eugene Kohn and Bill Pederson of Kohn Pederson Fox, are interviewed by Jeff Herzer prior to the 2008 CTBUH Awards Dinner at the CTBUH Headquarters at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Kohn and Pedersen talk about their involvement in many…
Shanghai World Financial Center: Without Compromise……
5 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; David Malott, KPF; Leslie Robertson, Leslie E. Robertson Associates
David Malott, KPF and Leslie Robertson, LERA, presented the Shanghai World Financial Center located in the Lujiazui district of Pudong. The focus of this presentation at the CTBUH 8th World Congress was to highlight the collaboration between…
Plenary 3 Panel Questions and Answers
5 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; David Malott, KPF; Leslie Robertson, LERA; Ken Dalton, AECOM / Faber Maunsell; Ole Scheeren, OMA
The panel of Plenary Session 3, David Malott, Leslie Robertson, Ken Dalton and Ole Scheeren, enthusiastically responded to questions from the CTBUH 8th World Congress audience.

Papers/Research

Royal Atlantis, Dubai: A Permeable and Polycentric Urbanism
Oct 2018 – CTBUH Journal 2018 Issue IV; James von Klemperer & Elie Gamburg, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
The Royal Atlantis innovates on typical high-rise hotel and residential design by introducing substantial areas of true open space into all areas of the tower – redefining the concept of urban indoor-outdoor living, vertically. The project’s…
The Mixed-Use Supertall and the Hybridization of Program
Mar 2018 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 7 Number 1; Forth Bagley, Kohn Pederson Fox Associates
Increasingly, mixed-use, multi-program complexes are emerging as the standard development model around the world. As their prominence grows, these projects are becoming increasingly complex. Program adjacencies are ever more intertwined as…
Lotte World Tower: Seoul’s First Supertall
5 Feb 2018 – CTBUH Journal, 2018 Issue I; James von Klemperer, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
The Lotte World Tower became the world’s fifth-tallest building upon completion in 2017, and is currently the only supertall building (300 meters or higher) in Seoul. As it is located a fair distance from other tall buildings, the project’s designers…
Vertical Futures: Technologies That Will Shape the World
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; David Malott & Jordan Feinstein, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
We are at the cusp of a building revolution which, for the first time, won’t be led by a developer, builder, architect, engineer, or urban planner. Technological innovation operating at unprecedented scale and speed is reshaping how buildings and…
X Information Modeling: Data-Driven Decision Making in the Design of Tall Buildings
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; James von Klempeter, Luc Wilson & Mondrian Hsieh, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
This paper outlines X-Information Modeling or XIM, a method of data-driven decision-making for the design of tall buildings. Developed over its application on more than 200 projects worldwide, XIM comprises a set of digital evaluation tools that…
The Way for a Super Complex to Make a City More Convenient and Beautiful
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Hang Xu, Parkland Real Estate Development; Marianne Kwok, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Today’s super high-rise buildings not only present the height of buildings, but also play more important roles of integrating into the development of cities, coexisting with them, promoting the efficiency of them and enhancing regional value to a…
ICC – Rising High for the Future of Hong Kong
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Tony Tang, Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited
Standing at 484 meters, Sun Hung Kai’s ICC is the tallest building in Hong Kong and currently the 7th tallest in the world. ICC does not only add to the stock of the tall buildings in Hong Kong, it also helps to transform the once barren West Kowloon…
Cities to Megacities: Perspectives
Oct 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue IV; CTBUH 2016 Conference Speakers
The CTBUH 2016 International Conference is being held in the three cities of the Pearl River Delta, the world’s largest “megacity,” projected to have 120 million inhabitants by 2050. The conference brings together some of the leading thinkers on…
One Vanderbilt: Approving Midtown’s Tallest Office Building
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; James von Klemperer, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
This paper traces the development of One Vanderbilt from early design through the complex city approvals process that is ultimately allowing for its realization. From the onset, the building was not only charged with creating state-of-the-art Class A…
The Network of Urban Spaces Surrounding Tall Buildings
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; James Parakh, City of Toronto Planning Department
This paper investigates the Network of Urban Spaces Surrounding Tall Buildings, the Tall Building as Place Makers how Tall Buildings meet the street. As contributing elements in the fabric of the City, Tall Buildings often have associated Urban…
Context, Climate, Culture – Investigating Place in Tall Building Design
26 Oct 2015 – Context, Climate, Culture – Investigating Place in Tall Building Design; Robert Goodwin, Perkins + Will
Should a tower in Moscow look like one in Dubai? Once one entered a city and marveled at the unique magic of its architecture – the pastel classicism of St. Petersburg; the cobbled cortile of Siena; the delicate mashrabiya of Cairo – and there was a…
New Developments on Stainless Steel Façades with Regard to Reflectance, Corrosion and Aesthetics
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Joern Teipel, Outokumpu
Stainless steel is a key material in modern skyscraper architecture, exploiting the material’s sustainability, functionality and aesthetics. After an outline on some general features of stainless steel this article provides an overview of current…
Manhattan’s Last Frontier Becomes a Mini-City
Oct 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue IV; Marianne Kwok, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Hudson Yards is a mixed-use development built over rail yards on the west side of New York’s Manhattan Island. As the largest real estate project ever undertaken in the United States, its unprecedented scale and sophistication provide a model for…
Tall Buildings as Extensions Of Urban Infrastructure and Vitality
Oct 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue IV; Peng Du, CTBUH; Zhendong Wang, Tongji University; Elie Gamburg, KPF
This paper reviews the 2014 Network 3D High-Rise Design Studio, which was undertaken by the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP), Tongji University, with assistance from the CTBUH and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF). The project site…
Urban Density and the Porous High-Rise: The Integration of the Tall Building in the City
Jun 2015 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 4 Number 2; James von Klemperer, Kohn Pedersen Fox
As the skyscraper matures as a building type, its role in actively connecting to, and reinforcing, major threads of urban fabric becomes increasingly more important. The creation of public spaces inside of and adjacent to tall buildings allows for…
Next Tokyo 2045: A Mile-High Tower Rooted in Intersecting Ecologies
May 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue II; David Malott, Keisuke Hiei & Heidi Werner, KPF; Leslie E. Robertson, LERA
“Next Tokyo” imagines a resurgent megacity, adapted to climate change through the realization of a high-density ecodistrict built on resilient infrastructure. The archipelago of reclaimed land supports transit-oriented development for a half-million…
Case Study: China Zun Tower, Beijing
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue III; Robert Whitlock & Li Lei, Kohn Pedersen Fox; Luo Nengjun, CITIC Heye Investment Co. Ltd.; Liu Peng, Arup
China Zun Tower will be the flagship building of Beijing’s comprehensively planned 30-hectare central business district core. The 528-meter-tall tower will stand far above its surroundings and become one of the most prominent icons of the city.
Urban Density and the Porous High-Rise: The Integration of the Tall Building in the City
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; James von Klemperer, Kohn Pedersen Fox
As the skyscraper matures as a building type, its role in actively connecting to, and reinforcing, major threads of urban fabric becomes increasingly more important. The creation of public spaces inside of and adjacent to tall buildings allows for…
Designing China’s Tallest: DNA of the Ping An Finance Center
16 Sep 2014 – Ping An Finance Center: In Detail; David Malott, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
The Ping An Finance Center is the next generation of the prototypical Asian skyscraper: megatall, hyper-dense, and highly connected. Encoded in the design of PAFC are the evolutionary building blocks of a modern megatall building. Ping An Insurance…
Towards Sustainable Vertical Urbanism
Sep 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue III; Daniel Safarik, CTBUH
The survival of humanity on this planet relies on a radical repositioning of our cities. In the face of unprecedented global population growth, urbanization, pollution increase and climate change, it is no longer enough to simply create buildings…
Ping An Finance Center: Pioneering China’s Tallest – Efficiencies of Form and Structures
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; David Malott & Zhizhe Yu, KPF; Dennis Poon & Torsten Gottlebe, Thornton Tomasetti
Upon completion in 2015, the Ping An Finance Center - set to become the second tallest structure in the world and the tallest in China - will join an elite group of megatall buildings. As today’s super tall buildings become taller and more complex,…
Wider Impacts: Tall Buildings as a Viable Proposition
2 Oct 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue III; Leslie E. Robertson, LERA; William Baker, SOM; Eugene Kohn, KPF
Three leading designers in the tall building industry share their take on the changes to the tall building industry and the impact of 9/11 on their design.
Case Study: Hong Kong International Commerce Centre
Dec 2010 – CTBUH Journal, 2010 Issue IV; David Malott, KPF
Soaring 484 meters (1,588 feet) above Victoria Harbor, the International Commerce Centre (ICC) is the essence of Hong Kong in one destination: high-powered finance, global tourism, luxury shopping, and world-class hospitality, all gathered in a…
Case Study: Shanghai World Financial Center
Apr 2008 – CTBUH Journal, 2008 Issue II; Paul Katz, KPF; Leslie E. Robertson, Leslie E. Robertson Associates
From the onset of the Shanghai World Financial Center project, its developers targeted a cutting-edge, mixed use mega-complex that would serve a multitude of tenant lifestyle demands. When a desire to change the building size surfaced after the…
New Songdo City – The Making of a New Green City
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Christine Todd Whitman, Whitman Strategy Group; Charles Reid, Gale International World Headquarters; James Von Klemperer, KPF; Josh Radoff & Anthony Roy, YRG Sustainability
This paper outlines the process for approaching sustainable development and explores the opportunities and challenges that exist throughout the development process, from planning and design, to construction, and eventual long-term operation.
Shanghai World Financial Center: Without Compromise……
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Paul Katz, KPF; Leslie Robertson & SawTeen See, Leslie E. Robertson Associates
Shanghai World Financial Center is located in the Lujiazui district of Pudong, the Shanghai World Financial Center combines creative architecture and structural engineering to create a mixed-use building 492 meters in height. It will be recognized by…
Bridging the Gap: Proposed Evacuation Links at Height in the World Trade Center Design Entries
Oct 2005 – CTBUH 2005 7th World Congress, New York; Antony Wood & Philip Oldfield, University of Nottingham
This paper proposes to analyse in detail the skybridge links of the WTC replacement designs – impact on evacuation, structure, façade, tower operation etc – with the aim of establishing the advantages of such linkages, and how these could be…
Strategies for Tall Urban Buildings
Oct 2004 – CTBUH 2004 Seoul Conference; William Pedersen, KPF
Tall buildings are, by their nature, insular and autonomous. The demands of their own biology make them resistant to forming linkages and relationships with other structures.

KPF Tall Building Facts

150m+ Buildings 106 Completed24 Under Constr.
300m+ Buildings 11 Completed10 Under Constr.
Average Building Age 10 Years
Most Common Function office, 71 Buildings
Most Common Material Composite, 46 Buildings
Building Functions
 
Building Materials
 

All building-related facts are for 150m+ buildings currently in the database.

Tall Buildings Involving KPF

1   Ping An Finance Center 2017 599 m Shenzhen
2   Lotte World Tower 2017 555 m Seoul
3   Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre 2016 530 m Guangzhou
4   CITIC Tower 2018 528 m Beijing
5   Shanghai World Financial Center 2008 492 m Shanghai
6   International Commerce Centre 2010 484 m Hong Kong
7   Corporate Avenue 1 2022 458 m Chongqing
8   Suzhou IFS 2019 450 m Suzhou
9   One Vanderbilt 2021 427 m New York City
10   China Resources Tower 2018 393 m Shenzhen
  Completed   Arch. Topped Out   Struct. Topped Out   Under Constr.
1   Tianfu Center 2025 677 m Chengdu
2   Ping An Finance Center 2017 599 m Shenzhen
3   Lotte World Tower 2017 555 m Seoul
4   Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre 2016 530 m Guangzhou
5   CITIC Tower 2018 528 m Beijing
6   Shanghai World Financial Center 2008 492 m Shanghai
7   International Commerce Centre 2010 484 m Hong Kong
8   Corporate Avenue 1 2022 458 m Chongqing
9   Suzhou IFS 2019 450 m Suzhou
10   One Vanderbilt 2021 427 m New York City
  Completed   Arch. Topped Out   Under Constr.   Proposed