Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Featured Buildings Involving SWA Group

Zifeng Tower

Zifeng Tower, Nanjing

The triangulated, serrated façade treatment is interesting, adding depth and texture to the imposing form while allowing natural ventilation throughout.

Greenland's Suzhou Center

Greenland's Suzhou Center, Suzhou

The Suzhou Center incorporates passive ventilation techniques in the the design to create a unique interior "lung" that appears as a large opening.

Shanghai Tower

Shanghai Tower, Shanghai

As the third tower in the trio of supertall buildings at the heart of Shanghai’s new Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, Shanghai Tower embodies a new prototype for tall buildings.

Jeddah Tower

Jeddah Tower, Jeddah

Jeddah Tower reaches new heights as the first building to surpass the 1,000 meter mark while standing as an icon for the country of Saudi Arabia.

Pearl River Tower

Pearl River Tower, Guangzhou

The building’s siting and its evocative curving shape are performance driven, and represent an example of a 21st century tower that responds responsibly to local climactic conditions.

Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Undoubtedly one of the wonders of the modern world, Burj Khalifa is graceful and elegant as it reaches upward with seeming ease.

Cayan Tower

Cayan Tower, Dubai

Standing at over 300 meters, Cayan Tower stood as the world's tallest high rise building with a twist of 90 degrees when it was completed in 2013.

Kingtown International Center

Kingtown International Center, Nanjing

This tower uses a distinctive external bracing system, which creates more efficient lateral support, requiring less steel and an overall 20% reduction in building material.

FKI Tower

FKI Tower, Seoul

FKI Tower features an innovative exterior wall, designed specifically for the project. The unique skin reduces internal heating and cooling loads and collects energy.

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.

Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Central Plaza

Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Central Plaza, Nanchang

The Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Central Plaza includes two identical towers clad in a sleek glass curtain wall whose shapes morph from base to top.

Beijing Greenland Dawangjing Tower

Beijing Greenland Dawangjing Tower, Beijing

The Beijing Greenland Dawangjing Tower’s distinct trapezoidal facade was developed to take advantage of the building’s site positioning and as a means to catch and refract sunlight.

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Shenzhen Zhongzhou Holdings Financial Center

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Shenzhen Zhongzhou Holdings Financial Center, Shenzhen

The mixed use building was the first supertall building to be constructed in Shenzhen’s Nanshan District, at the time considered a suburban area in the southwestern part of the city.

Hai Tian Center

Hai Tian Center, Qingdao

Situated next to the sea, The Haitian Center is a mixed-use project featuring Class A office space, high-end residential and two hotels.

About SWA Group

SWA is a world leader in landscape architecture, planning, and urban design. Professionally focused and employee-owned, its foremost passion is to create exceptional places for clients.

SWA works with large, multi-functional sites and small, intimate spaces, and is one of the few firms capable of creating high-profile projects at a large scale. Its designs and plans are customized for each client's aspirations—based on deep experience, technical knowledge, cutting-edge research, and ""big ideas.""

SWA's work is fueled by a deep appreciation for nature and the beauty of natural systems. SWA is also inspired by the complexity of human-made systems and the human interactions they influence. At SWA’s core is a passion for imaginative, solution-oriented design that adds value to land, buildings, cities, regions, and people’s lives.

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Nanjing Regional Tour Report: Redeveloping the

Nanjing Regional Tour Report: Redeveloping the "Southern Capital"

22-23 Sep 2012, Tour Report – Nanjing, the venerable “Southern capital,” is in the midst of the type of…

James Lee

James Lee

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2016
San Francisco, United States

CTBUH Resources Involving SWA Group

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.


Award of Excellence

China Award Winner

China Award Honorable Distinction

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Entering the Clouds

Oct 2011 – Timber Rising
John L. Wong, SWA Group

Seoul Conference 2011 Track Session 12: Q&A

Oct 2011 – CTBUH 2016 China Conference
Felino 'Jun' Palafox, Palafox Associates; Takehito Takahashi, Takenaka Corporation; ; Kaizer Rangwala, Rangwala Associates; John L. Wong, SWA Group; Ming Zhang, MulvannyG2 Architecture; Stefan Krummeck, TFP Farrells

SWA Group Tall Building Facts

150m+ Buildings 29 Completed12 Under Constr.
300m+ Buildings 13 Completed7 Under Constr.
Average Building Age 5 Years
Most Common Function mixed-use, 21 Buildings
Most Common Material Composite, 28 Buildings
Building Functions
Building Materials

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

Tall Buildings Involving SWA Group