Beijing Greenland Center
Owner：Greenland Holding Group, Beijing-Tianjin Real Estate Division
Owner：Greenland Holding Group,
Tianjin Real Estate Division
Design Consultant：Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Project Scale：Architectural Height: 260m
Floor Area：172,734 ㎡
Date of Completion：2016.3
Cycle of Design：16 months
Anchoring Beijing’s Dawangjing businessdistrict, the mixed-use Beijing GreenlandCenter is a highly
sustainable landmark building equidistant from Beijing’s bustling core and the airport. The 260-meter-
tall, 55-story tower prioritizes sustainability and efficiency and is clad in a prismatic trapezoidal glass
façade that generates self-shading to enhance the building’s environmental performance.
The design team sought to create an elegant, eye-catching tower by exploring interactions between
simple form, light, and shadow. In a response to Beijing’s overcast skies, the tower catches and
reflects daylight to enliven the surrounding neighborhood. The tower accommodates multiple
programs—Class A office space and serviced apartments—and connects to an attached multi-story
The tower stacks 178 serviced apartments on top of four office floor zones, organized around a
simple rectangular plan with a central core to maximize flexibility.
The tower’s striking façade pattern is informed by the bas relief carving technique:Isosceles trapezoidal
modules function as prisms, catching daylight and refracting it to create an interplay of light and shadow.