Chengdu is building 100-floor crystalline skyscraper

In Chengdu, construction has started on a 100-storey crystalline skyscraper. At 468 meters tall, Chengdu’s Greenland Tower will become the south western China region’s tallest building and the fourth-tallest in the nation.

Architectural firm Smith and Gill has designed the 468-metre-high crystalline skyscraper. According to the architects, the faceted-glass form of the office and hotel tower was “inspired by the unique ice mountain topography around Chengdu.”

At night, inset LED lighting will highlight the edges designed to create the impression of a shimmering glacier. That way, the already iconic tower “will perform as a light sculpture to diffuse light from 360 degrees, creating a connection between sky and earth,” said the architectural firm. The Greenland Tower Chengdu will be completed in 2018. The 100-storey skyscraper will become taller than the city's current tallest buildings, the Chengdu IFS Towers, by over 200 metres.

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