New Eco-Friendly Tower in Beijing

Skidmore Owings and Merrill, the Chicago-based architecture firm has finished a mixed-use building and will use 30 percent less energy and water compared with other towers in the country.

With such notable projects as One World Trade in New York City and the NATO headquarters in Brussels, Skidmore Owings and Merrill, has built a worldwide reputation for excellence. And although its most recently finished architecture project, a skyscraper in Beijing, isn’t as high-profile as some others, the end result is still stunning.

The Beijing Greenland Center features a trapezoid-clad exterior with glass panels that, through a simple formation, captures and refracts daylight in the beautiful way we’ve come to expect from nearly all SOM projects.


The tower, which will have offices, apartment units, and a retail space, is strategically situated in the Dawangjing business district — a northeast section of Beijing that sits halfway between the city’s historic core and international airport. This location will allow businesses and residents access to two major points in the city in less than 30 minutes by car (depending on the traffic). The new 55-storey tower is also near Beijing’s Galaxy SOHO complex, a space designed by Zaha Hadid.


Rising 853 feet, the modern design building was projected to consume 30 percent less energy and water than most buildings in the country. “Addressing a need for environmentally responsible, and mixed-use urban development, Beijing Greenland Center is a highly visible example of how visually striking design can also be highly flexible and sustainable,” the firm said in a statement.

The Beijing Greenland Center will not be the only design SOM has in the neighborhood. A trio of arched buildings called Poly International Plaza is scheduled to be completed later this year of 2016.