Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia – Award of Excellence: Ping An Finance Center, Shenzhen

Felix Wu
Managing Director, Design
Ping An Financial Center Construction & Development, Shanghai

Robert Whitlock
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, New York City

The Axis Mundi of the Pearl River Delta Megacity

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, both for its iconic expressiveness on the Shenzhen skyline and for its craftsmanship and enduring materiality. Its stretched, obelisk-like shape is streamlined with continuously tapering corners for aerodynamic performance, visual effect, and space efficiency.

As the hub of Shenzhen’s central business district, PAFC plugs into a vast three-dimensional network of subways, pedestrian footbridges, and street-level connections. Notwithstanding its density, the impact of the project at street level is surprisingly humane. Sheltered arcades, broad canopies, and human-scale elements create a walkable and vibrant atmosphere.

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