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About Ping An

Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd. ("Ping An") was established in 1988 in Shekou, Shenzhen. The Group is the first insurance company in China to adopt a shareholding structure. Today, it has developed into a personal financial services group with three core businesses of insurance, banking and investment, enjoying parallel growth of its core and internet finance businesses. The Group’s shares are listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

Ping An has a comprehensive governance structure and is the first Chinese insurer to have foreign shareholders. Guided by its philosophy to fulfill its responsibility to the shareholders, customers, employees, society and partners, Ping An has been able to ensure that the Group as a whole is moving towards its goal, underpinned by a foundation that unites strategy, branding and corporate culture.

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Ping An Connected Global News

Architecture Firm Wins Design Competition for Circular Quay Tower in Sydney

Architecture Firm Wins Design Competition for Circular Quay Tower in Sydney

19 Jun 2017, Sydney – An architecture firm has won a competition to design a new office tower as part of an…

Architecture Firm Tapped to Design New Stations for the Sydney Metro

Architecture Firm Tapped to Design New Stations for the Sydney Metro

31 Mar 2017, Sydney – An architecture firm has won a competition to create a chain of seven stations along an…

Ping An Finance Center Completes as Fourth Tallest Building in The World

Ping An Finance Center Completes as Fourth Tallest Building in The World

27 Mar 2017, Shenzhen – Ping An Finance Center is officially complete, according to the criteria established by…

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Ping An Connected Global News

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Architecture Firm Wins Design Competition for Circular Quay Tower in Sydney
19 Jun 2017 – Sydney, Australia
An architecture firm has won a competition to design a new office tower as part of an urban precinct that is set to reinvigorate part of Sydney’s iconic Circular Quay…
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Architecture Firm Tapped to Design New Stations for the Sydney Metro
31 Mar 2017 – Sydney, Australia
An architecture firm has won a competition to create a chain of seven stations along an extension of the Sydney Metro, which will tunnel beneath the city's harbor. The…
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Ping An Finance Center Completes as Fourth Tallest Building in The World
27 Mar 2017 – Shenzhen, China
Ping An Finance Center is officially complete, according to the criteria established by the CTBUH. At 599 meters, it is the tallest building in Shenzhen, the second…
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Height Increase Approved for Sydney’s 182 George Street
1 Aug 2016 – Sydney, Australia
The City of Sydney has given a developer the go-ahead on its proposal to dramatically lift the height of a premium office tower, now 263 meters tall, in Sydney's Circular…
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Ping An Finance Center Structurally Topped Out in Shenzhen
4 May 2015 – Shenzhen, China
On April 30, developers and designers of the Ping An Finance Center celebrated the structural topping out of the megatall building, meaning that the highest primary…

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Ping An at CTBUH

CTBUH Shanghai YPC Holds Inaugural Meeting

3 Aug 2017, Event Report – On August 3, the CTBUH Shanghai Young Professionals Committee (YPC) held its first…

CTBUH 2016 Conference Diamond Sponsor

16-21 Oct 2016, Conference Sponsor – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism takes place…

Top Company Rankings: The World’s 100 Tallest Buildings

13 Oct 2016, CTBUH Research – The Council is pleased to announce the Top Company Rankings for numerous…

Ping An at CTBUH

CTBUH Shanghai YPC Holds Inaugural Meeting
3 Aug 2017, Shanghai – Event Report
On August 3, the CTBUH Shanghai Young Professionals Committee (YPC) held its first board meeting at the Shanghai office of Gensler.
CTBUH 2016 Conference Diamond 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.
Inaugural Steering Committee Meetings in All Three Cities
10-20 Jan 2016 – Event Report
Plans for the 2016 CTBUH Conference are now well underway, beginning with initial meetings of the Conference Steering Committee in all three cities.
CTBUH China Office Kicks Off
18 Mar 2015, Shanghai – Event Report
The CTBUH China Office / Asia Headquarters officially launched at CAUP at Tongji University with the inaugural board meeting and a reception
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.
CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Diamond 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 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.

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Wai Ming (Thomas) Tsang

Wai Ming (Thomas) Tsang

CTBUH China Office Board, 2015 – 2017
Shenzhen, China

Qihui Zhang

Qihui Zhang

CTBUH China Office Board, 2017 – Present
Shenzhen, China

Wing Kan Ken Wong

Wing Kan Ken Wong

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2014

CTBUH Leaders at Ping An

Wai Ming (Thomas) Tsang

Wai Ming (Thomas) Tsang

CTBUH China Office Board, 2015 – 2017
Shenzhen, China

Qihui Zhang

Qihui Zhang

CTBUH China Office Board, 2017 – Present
Shenzhen, China

Wing Kan Ken Wong

Wing Kan Ken Wong

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2014

Felix Wu

Felix Wu

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2016

TH Yung

TH Yung

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2016
Shenzhen, China

Yiu Ho Lok

Yiu Ho Lok

CTBUH Conference, Session Chair, 2014

Kwok Wai Yan

Kwok Wai Yan

CTBUH Conference, Session Chair, 2014

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CTBUH Resources Involving Ping An

Urban Development and Tall Buildings in Shenzhen

18 Oct 2016 – CTBUH 2016 China Conference
Chongguang Xu

Panel Discussion: Shenzhen Re-centralization – Post Evaluation and Revitalization Strategy: Futian District

17 Oct 2016 – 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

Mega Size Mixed-Use Projects: Redefining Vertical Urbanism

17 Oct 2016 – CTBUH 2016 China Conference
Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti

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Mixed Use Tall Buildings – The Challenges and Benefits of Vertical Urbanization

17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
Samuel So, Colin Dowall & Michael George, JLL

Mega Size Mixed-Use Projects: Redefining Vertical Urbanism

17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
Dennis Poon & Larry B. Giannechini, Thornton Tomasetti

The Façade Lighting of Ping An Finance Center

17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
Yuanhuan Meng, Panli Deng, Yongqiang Chao & Linbo Wang, Beijing Fortune Lighting System Engineering Co., Ltd.

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Videos

Urban Development and Tall Buildings in Shenzhen
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Chongguang Xu
Tuesday October 18, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Chongguang Xu of Shenzhen Municipal Government, presents at the 2016 China Conference Session 7b: Shenzhen Bay Development. This presentation explored the current situation and future of super high-rise…
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…
Mega Size Mixed-Use Projects: Redefining Vertical Urbanism
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti
Monday October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Dennis Poon of Thornton Tomasetti, presents at the 2016 China Conference Session 4c: Structural & Geotechnic Engineering. As the draw to urban centers increases drastically with financial growth and global…
CTBUH 2016 China Conference - Session 3c: Building Operation Q&A
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Tim Neal, Arcadis; Samuel So, JLL; Joseph Chou, Taipei Financial Center Corporation; Zhao Ming Wang, CCDI
Monday, October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Tim Neal, Arcadis; Samuel So, JLL; Joseph Chou, Taipei Financial Center Corporation; Zhao Ming Wang, CCDI answer questions at the end of 2016 China Conference Session 3c: Building Operation.
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 (…
Panel Discussion: Future Cities: What are the Biggest Threats and Opportunities?
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Steve Watts, Alinea Consulting; Jianping Gu, Shanghai Tower C&D; Rui Gu, CAPOL; Ray Shick, Gensler; Chris Yoshii, AECOM;
Monday, October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. A panel discussing the challenges of growing urban populations throughout the globe.
Intelligent Advances in Ping An Tower
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Wai Ming (Thomas) Tsang, Ping An Financial Centre Construction & Development
This presentation discussed client requirements on both functional and aesthetic aspects for four mega-scale gates on the Ping An Financial Centre (PAFC) north tower. The PAFC north tower is a 600-meter-tall super high-rise building located in the…
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…
Ping An: Insurance and Tall Buildings
27 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Wai Ming Tsang, Ping An Financial Centre Construction & Development
The Ping An Finance Center is located at the commercial center of the Futian District in Shenzhen, on the southwest intersection of Fuhua Road and Yitian Road, next to a shopping center and opposite the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center. The…
Ping An Finance Center
Jun 2015 – Other Videos; Shenzhen Ping An Financial Centre Construction and Development Co. Ltd.
The Shenzhen Ping An Financial Centre Construction and Development Co. Ltd. examines Ping An Finance Center and it's construction progress.
Interview: Wai Ming (Thomas) Tsang
18 Sep 2014 – 2014 Shanghai Conference Interviews; Wai Ming (Thomas) Tsang, Ping An Financial Centre Construction & Development
Wai Ming (Thomas) Tsang of Ping An Financial Centre Construction and Development is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2014 CTBUH Shanghai Conference at the Jin Mao Tower.
High-Performance Sustainable Ultra High-Rise: Case Study of Ping An Finance Center
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Sai Yau (Vincent) Cheng, Arup
The Ping An Finance Center that has adopted a low energy, high-performance sustainable building model. With a focus on effective elevator systems, an efficient façade, and high-volume indoor environmental quality, substantial energy savings were made…
Engineering Contractor Management
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Zhengkai Huang, China Construction Third Engineering Bureau Second Company
Designing and planning for the construction of the Ping An Finance Center required a number of innovative engineering solutions regarding vertical shipping, labor allocation, large massing, noise control, and more. To address these needs, the project…
Power, Elevators & Customer Oriented Sustainability Strategies: PAFC
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Tony Lau, JRP Limited
This presentation outlines the engineering design solutions that were used for the Ping An Finance Center in order to provide a reliable power supply, expedient elevator service, and user-oriented sustainability. The solutions for these challenges…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Opening Plenary - Q & A
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Opening Plenary Questions & Answers session with speakers Antony Wood, CTBUH Executive Director / IIT / Tongji University, Jianping Gu, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., Ltd., Wai Ming (Thomas)…
Brief on the Shenzhen Ping An Finance Center Project Development
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Wai Ming (Thomas) Tsang, Shenzhen Ping An Finance Center Construction & Development Co., Ltd.
Targeted for completion in 2016, the Shenzhen Ping An Finance Center is a project that represents a significant triumph for the Ping An Group, who will make the building its headquarters. This briefing provides an overview of the tower and highlights…
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…
Cost Planning and Control of Tall Buildings: The Case of Ping An Finance Center
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Kenneth Kwan, Rider Levett Bucknall
For tall buildings to be financially viable, effective cost planning and control of construction costs is essential in determining project feasibility. As demonstrated in the construction of the Ping An Finance Center, this involves correctly…
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…
Ping An IFC: Economical & Efficient Solutions
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti
With the completion of the 500m+ Ping An Finance Center, our era presents the question of whether traditional structural systems and design approaches are still applicable, and whether new design tools can improve the performance and sustainability…
Key Technologies for the Structure Construction in the Shenzhen Ping An Finance Center
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Yuqi Zhou, CSCEC1B
This presentation will introduce the key technologies used for the structural construction of the 660-metertall Ping An Finance Center: the deep foundation pit, large diameter piles, massive concrete mat, climbing formwork of core wall and mega…
The Structural Health Monitoring System for Ping An Finance Center
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Yinghou He, City University of Hong Kong
The Ping An Finance Center contains breakthrough structural health monitoring systems that make the building an important test platform for: the verification of various damage identification methods, the location of sensor equipment within the…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Ping An Tower Room, Session 2 - Q & A
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Ping An Tower Room, Session 2 Questions & Answers session with speakers Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti, Yuqi Zhou, CSCEC1B, and Yinghou He, City University of Hong Kong.
Project Management Outline and Difficulties of Ping An Finance Center
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Wing Kan (Ken) Wong, Shenzhen Ping An Finance Center Construction and Development
The project management requirements for supertall (300-meter) and megatall (600-meter) projects are vastly different – often requiring additional considerations in terms of construction costs, construction speed, construction technology, quality…
Some Aspects of Construction Management in Ping An Finance Center
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Tak Hung (TH) Yung, Shenzhen Ping An Finance Center Construction and Development
There are several valuable construction management experiences from the Ping An Finance Center that are worth sharing. This presentation will discuss several studies performed for the development, including: a comparative study on excavation and…
The Application and Management of BIM in Ping An Finance Center
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Fang Xie, CCDI
BIM (Building Information Management) is an emerging technology that gives engineers a new way of expressing complex spatial representations in high-rise buildings. The Ping An Finance Center used a series of BIM application explorations that…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Ping An Tower Room, S3 - Q & A
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Ping An Tower Room, S3 Questions & Answers session with speakers Wing Kan (Ken) Wong, Shenzhen Ping An Finance Center Construction and Development, Tak Hung (TH) Yung, Shenzhen Ping An Finance Center…
Ping An Finance Center: The Development and Construction of a Megatall
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Wai Ming (Thomas) Tsang, Ping An Financial Centre Construction & Development
The extraordinary megatall tower adopts extraordinary shape-optimization techniques and requires unprecedented levels of coordination to achieve its unique form.
Stainless Steel Claddings for High-Rise Architecture
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Dr. Jörn Teipel, Outokumpu
Especially during the last 20 years stainless steel has become an approved and much valued cladding material for sophisticated architecture. Starting with the first architectural application of stainless steel (the Chrysler Building) this…
Interview: Dennis Poon
16 Sep 2014 – 2014 Shanghai Conference Interviews; Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti
Dennis Poon of Thornton Tomasetti is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2014 CTBUH Shanghai Conference at the Jin Mao Tower. Dennis discusses the evolution of structural engineering from the start of his career to today.
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…
Interview: China's Future Tallest
20 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; David Malott, KPF
David Malott of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. David discusses two of China's future tallest buildings, the 660-meter Ping An Finance Center in Shenzhen and…
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…
Interview: Ping An Finance Center
19 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; Vincent Tse, Parsons Brinckerhoff
Vincent Tse of Parsons Brinckerhoff is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. Vincent talks about the tall building boom in China and the status of the 660 meter Ping An Finance Center.
Interview: Shanghai Tower and Ping An Finance Center
18 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti
Dennis Poon of Thornton Tomasetti is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. Dennis discusses two megatall towers under construction in China, the 632 m (2,073 ft) Shanghai Tower and the 660 m (2,…
The Challenges for Supertall Building Structural Design and Sustainability Issues
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Dennis CK Poon, Thornton Tomasetti
Upon completion in 2014, the Ping An Tower will be the tallest tower in China, and the centerpiece of the growing Shenzhen skyline located just a few minutes north of Hong Kong. Implementing LEED requirements for design, construction and life cycle…
Symbiosis: Supertalls and Future Cities
3 Feb 2010 – Presentation at CTBUH 2010 Mumbai Conference; James von Klemperer, KPF
KPF has designed some of the most iconic tall buildings around the world, including the Shanghai World Financial Centre which won the CTBUH 2008 Best Tall Building Award. With super-talls at heights of 500-meters and above completed or underway in…

Papers/Research

Mixed Use Tall Buildings – The Challenges and Benefits of Vertical Urbanization
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Samuel So, Colin Dowall & Michael George, JLL
China is the global epicenter of mankind’s mass urbanization and the exploding growth of global cities. China is the unrivaled leader in the development of tall buildings on an unprecedented scale in terms of their number, geographic distribution,…
Mega Size Mixed-Use Projects: Redefining Vertical Urbanism
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Dennis Poon & Larry B. Giannechini, Thornton Tomasetti
As the draw to urban centers increases drastically with financial growth and global influence, emerging markets seek to develop salient markers of success and hope. This paper explores the trend of defining an icon with a mixed-use development, and…
The Façade Lighting of Ping An Finance Center
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Yuanhuan Meng, Panli Deng, Yongqiang Chao & Linbo Wang, Beijing Fortune Lighting System Engineering Co., Ltd.
Our Company, as the general contractor of the façade lighting engineering for this project, created a series of optimization designs in the process of implementation specifically according to the project requirements. We integrated products with…
Intelligent Advances in Ping An Tower
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Wai Ming (Thomas) Tsang, Ping An Financial Centre Construction & Development
This paper presents client requirements on both functional and aesthetic aspects for four mega-scale gates on the Ping An Financial Centre (PAFC) north tower. The PAFC north tower is a 600-meter-tall super high-rise building located in the Futian…
Coupling of Urban-Value & Mega High-Rise: Ping An Finance Center
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Fang Xie & Xia Ai, CCDI Group
If the city is seen as a giant business, what is driving its market value? The height of the building is clearly one of the factors. Shenzhen was the pioneer of reform and openness, and has since gained global recognition as a “city of design.“ In…
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…
Ping An: Insurance and Tall Buildings
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Wai Ming (Thomas) Tsang, Ping An Financial Centre Construction & Development; Stephen Yuan, Ping An Casualty & Property Insurance Company of China, Ltd.
The Ping An Finance Center in Shenzhen will become one of the most significant tall buildings in China and the world when completed in 2016. As the headquarters of a major insurance company, in a prominent location subject to intensive weather…
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…
Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2014
Dec 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue I; Daniel Safarik, Antony Wood, Marty Carver & Marshall Gerometta, CTBUH
An All-Time Record 97 Buildings of 200 Meters or Higher Completed in 2014 and 2014 showed further shifts towards Asia, and also surprising developments in building functions and structural materials.
Ping An Finance Center: The Development and Construction of a Megatall
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Wai Ming (Thomas) Tsang, Shenzhen Ping An Financial Center Construction & Development
The extraordinary megatall tower adopts extraordinary shape-optimization techniques and requires unprecedented levels of coordination to achieve its unique form.
Designing a High-Performance Sustainable Megatall
16 Sep 2014 – Ping An Finance Center: In Detail; Sai Yau (Vincent) Cheng, Chun Kuen (Jimmy) Tong & Wai Ho Leung, Arup
This chapter summarizes the characteristics of high-rise development and related considerations on building energy during design. The chapter introduces the Shenzhen Ping An Finance Center as a showcase of how a high-performance sustainable building…
A Balancing Act for the Curtain-Wall Design
16 Sep 2014 – Ping An Finance Center: In Detail; Joe Theodore Khoury, ALT Limited
This chapter provides a general overview of designing the curtain wall system of a high-rise structure. The past years have borne witness to the transformation of the construction industry - from conventional to modern and more importantly to…
Cost Planning and Control
16 Sep 2014 – Ping An Finance Center: In Detail; Kenneth Kwan, Rider Levett Bucknall Ltd.
This chapter looks at the major cost drivers of tall buildings such as the overall design planning, foundation and substructure, structure, façade, architectural works, interior fitting out, elevator provision, building services, etc. With advanced…
Power, Elevator and Customer-Oriented Sustainability Strategies
16 Sep 2014 – Ping An Finance Center: In Detail; Tony Lau, J. Roger Preston Limited
Being a world-class skyscraper with international corporate tenants, reliable power supply, expedient elevatoring service and customer-oriented sustainability pose formidable challenges on a building like PAFC. Some of the engineering solutions to…
The Structural Health Monitoring System
16 Sep 2014 – Ping An Finance Center: In Detail; Qiusheng Li & Yinghou He, City University of Hong Kong; Wang Hui & Kailin Ju, Hunan University
A sophisticated and comprehensive structural health monitoring (SHM) system was designed to monitor the Ping An Finance Center (PAFC)’s continuous static and dynamic response to conditions in real time. This chapter outlines all seven subsets of the…
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…
Economical & Efficient Structural Solutions
16 Sep 2014 – Ping An Finance Center: In Detail; Dennis Poon, Yi Zhu, Steve Pacitto & Steve Zuo, Thornton Tomasetti Inc.
With the completion of the Ping An Finance Center (PAFC) in 2016, one of the tallest towers in China and the world will be unveiled. As more and more tall buildings exceeding 500 meters are designed, we are entering a new age of megatall buildings…
Stainless-Steel Cladding
16 Sep 2014 – Ping An Finance Center: In Detail; Dr. Jörn Teipel & Gert Weiss, Outokumpu EMEA GmbH
Especially during the last 20 years, stainless steel has become an approved and much-valued cladding material for sophisticated architecture. This chapter introduces the embossed stainless steel applied within the façade supplied for PAFC by…
Advantages of Early Design Consultant and Contractor Coordination
16 Sep 2014 – Wai Ming (Thomas) Tsang, Shenzhen Ping An Finance Center Construction & Development Co., Ltd.
The Ping An Finance Center required a tremendous effort to coordinate design/engineering and construction trades. This began very early in the design process and will continue beyond the completion of construction. From contract administration, to…
Project Management Outline and Challenges
16 Sep 2014 – Ping An Finance Center: In Detail; Wing Kan (Ken) Wong, Wai Ming (Thomas) Tsang & Qi Ming (Andy) Liang, Shenzhen Ping An Finance Center Construction & Development Co., Ltd.
Design requirements between skyscrapers of 600 meters and 300 meters high are different, including construction costs, construction speed, construction technology, quality control and assurance, and safety precaution measures. Shenzhen Ping An…
The Application and Management of BIM
16 Sep 2014 – Ping An Finance Center: In Detail; Fang Xie & Jiang Qian, CCDI Group
BIM is increasingly being used in the architecture and engineering industries. Its three-dimensional representation, digital information management, as well as the platform model-sharing mode, brings fresh opportunities to the entire industry,…
Key Aspects of Construction Management
16 Sep 2014 – Ping An Finance Center: In Detail; Tak Hung Yung, Shenzhen Ping An Finance Center Construction & Development Co., Ltd.
In general, construction management embraces topics such as programs, progress, quality control, and construction methods, all of which somehow correlate to each other. During the construction of the Ping An Finance Center, some experiences on…
Engineering Contractor Management
16 Sep 2014 – Ping An Finance Center: In Detail; Jian Zhong & Zhengkai Huang, China Construction Third Engineering Bureau Second Installation Company
Megatall high-rise projects face difficulties that require innovative solutions in terms of material coordination, allocation of labor resources, large massing, complex multi-system engineering, noise control, net height control, multi-process…
Key Construction Technologies
16 Sep 2014 – Ping An Finance Center: In Detail; Yuqi Zhou, Ruohui Sun, Gang Xue & Qiang Zuo, China Construction First Division Group Construction & Development Co., Ltd.
This chapter introduces the key technologies for the structural construction of the Ping An Finance Center from six perspectives regarding the deep foundation pit, large diameter piles, massive concrete mat, climbing formwork of core wall and mega…
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…
Innovative High Efficient Construction Technologies in Super High Rise Steel Structure Buildings
Sep 2014 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 3 Number 3; Lixian Dai & Biao Liao, China Construction Steel Structure Corporation
The super high rise building construction is characterized by a large quantity of engineering works and structural components, high demanding of construction technology and complex cross operations. As the height of super high rise building increases…
Tall Buildings in Numbers: The Tallest 15 Cities in China
Sep 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue III; CTBUH Research
With over 1.3 billion citizens and a rapidly urbanizing population, China is developing tall buildings more than any other country globally. Currently it has 239 buildings 200 meters or more in height under construction.
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,…
The Tallest 20 in 2020: Entering the Era of the Megatall
18 Jan 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue I; Nathaniel Hollister & Antony Wood, CTBUH
Within this decade we will likely witness not only the world’s first kilometer-tall building, but also the completion of a significant number of buildings over 600 meters (around 2,000 feet) – that’s twice the height of the Eiffel Tower.

Tall Buildings Involving Ping An

1   Ping An Finance Center 2017 599 m Shenzhen
2   Ping An Finance Center South 2019 293 m Shenzhen
  Completed   Arch. Topped Out   Struct. Topped Out   Under Constr.
1   Ping An Finance Center 2017 599 m Shenzhen
2   Ping An Finance Center South 2019 293 m Shenzhen
3   Circular Quay Tower 2021 263 m Sydney
  Completed   Arch. Topped Out   Proposed