Another supertall tower has been proposed for the Chinese super-city of Nanning, which if built will rise to a height of 445 metres.
Named the Nanning China Resources Centre Tower, the project is sited off Minzu Avenue in the Fengling central business district, one of the main growth areas of the city.
Design by Goettsch Partners the skyscraper will contain a total of 255,000 square metres of space within, plus basement connections to the city's growing underground public transport network.
Taking up most of the space will be 170,000 square metres of grade A offices, but there will also be the predictable ground floor retail. In this case the shops will be aimed very much at the upper end of the market with 5,000 square metres of boutiques rather than a mega mall. This is perhaps a conscious decision to complement the 45,000 Shangri-la hotel that will also occupy part of the building, a brand famed for its six star service.
Driving the inspiration for the architects has been crystals, with the intention of creating a landmark that appears to have descended from the heavens. Clad entirely in floor to ceiling glazing, solar shading is provided through ceramics that are integrated into the cladding in such a way as to not restrict the expansive views.
If built the tower will be the tallest in the entire city, although given the pace of development that's a title it won't be holding for too long.