Minmetals Financial Center 

LERA was the structural engineer for this 29-story, 476-ft (145-m), 409,000-sf (38,000-sm) office tower, featuring a curved facade that evokes billowing sails. Curved planes of blue glass wrap the exterior, exposing the building’s structural cross-bracing, and the lower stories are clad in stone, grounding the glass tower and producing a sense of solidity.


The structural design furthers the nautical theme via exterior lateral bracing: two X-braced groupings of 12 floors each are separated by three horizontal single-story braced truss floors, recalling a framework of nautical ties and battens. Aimed at LEED Gold certification, the tower incorporates green design elements, such as passive shading devices and operable windows.

Location

Shenzhen, China

 

Owner 

Minmetals Capital

 

Architect

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

 

Awards

American Architecture Award – Skyscrapers/High-Rises, 2019

The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design