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China Resources Headquarters, Shenzhen

Optimised design for supertall building in typhoon area

At 400m tall, the the ‘bamboo shoot’-like China Resources headquarters (CR HQ) is making a fresh addition to Shenzhen’s ever growing skyline.

The local government is developing the Shenzhen Bay area into a ‘super magnet’ for headquarters of large Chinese and international companies; and CR HQ is one of the flagship projects.

Working with the US architect KPF, Arup has been working throughout this project, from investigating different building shapes throughout to providing construction support. Our scope of services includes structural engineering, geotechnics, façade design and fire safety strategy.

Project Summary


400m tall

67 storeys

56 external slender columns

Unique structural system

The building has a sculptured form of 56 external slender columns stemming from the diagrids at the bottom and converging into a crystal cap at the top. To fully reflect the architect’s intent, Arup developed a close-column frame and core structure system without strengthened storeys.

Compared with traditional megacolumn and sparse column frames, this system is more efficient in vertical force transmission and better fits the slender form of the building. It’s also more cost-effective and requires a shorter construction period.


Creating column-free space

We provided a range of innovative solutions for this complex structure. These included the eccentric column beam connection that creates a column-free interior and the set-back of the core layout along the tower height that not only increases the net floor area, but also improves the core integrity.

To maximise open space at the top sky hall, a 68.4m high, lightweight space structure was introduced to fit the building diagrid massing.

Improving occupant comfort

Tall buildings in typhoon area has to be designed with wind consideration. Arup carried wind test for the CR HQ and its design has been fine-tuned to improve its behaviour under different wind loads. The wind-induced vibration can also be disconcerting for occupants. Viscous outrigger dampers are adopted to reduce these vibrations and create a more comfortable environment for occupants.

Optimising the process

During the design process, we used advanced structural optimisation technologies to understand the cost sensitivity of the structure system components, and optimise its dynamic properties and stiffness. It also helped us to visualise the steelwork fabrication, identify potential problems during construction and resolve them all in advance.