CTF Finance Centre

Rosewood Guangzhou

As one of China’s tallest structures, the Chow Tai Fook (CTF) Finance Centre demonstrates the alignment of supertall design with cultural, environmental, and contextual sensitivity.

Guangzhou, located on the Pearl River Delta, is a megalopolis of southern China and a leading economic power for the country. Completed in 2016, the 530-meter-tall CTF Finance Centre is the city’s tallest building and represents the region’s recent prosperity and urban growth.

At its base, the tower is linked to public transportation through basement-level connections and to adjacent buildings via pedestrian-level bridges. An unprecedented mix of programs is defined by four main transition points; the program ascends from office, to residential, to hotel, to a sky lobby, and its record-high crown. The program also comprises ballroom, retail, restaurant, and cinema spaces, with a nearby central park and underground retail concourse that further enhance its urban connectivity.

Positioned as a crystalline form that ascends to the sky, the Centre features a terracotta façade attuned to the material’s history. Its shining finish evokes the bright white lines of its nearby companions, maintaining visual regularity while pushing its boundaries.

The tower’s materiality also has environmental advantages. Terracotta is self-cleaning, corrosion-resistant, and is easily produced and shipped. The façade’s ceramic-clad piers preserve floor-to-ceiling views and offer generous shading to the exterior, providing natural ventilation in Guangzhou’s tropical climate. The building employs additional sustainability measures, like high-efficiency chillers and heat recovery. Together, the features of CTF Finance Centre symbolize a future where sustainability and international commerce are interdependent—for the client, for the city of Guangzhou, and for China.

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Guangzhou, China


New World Development Company


Leigh & Orange (Associate Architect), Callison (Interior Designer, Retail), Yabu Pushelberg (Interior Designer, Hotel), LTHK K11 (Interior Designer, Art Mall)


Hospitality, Mixed-Use, Office, Residential, Retail, Supertall


508,000 m2 / 5,400,000 ft2


530 m / 1,739 ft


251 Rooms / 355 Residences




Finalist – Hotel Newbuild for Rosewood Guangzhou (AHEAD Asia Awards 2021), Best Hotel Luxury Award for Rosewood Guangzhou (Boutique Design Magazine Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design 2020), #74 – Top 100 Architecture in China in the Past Decade (2009-2019) (Architectural Society of China Architectural Creation Award 2019), Gold Award (CRED Award 2018-2019 ), Best Building of 2017 (New Atlas 2017), Nominee (Emporis Skyscraper Award 2017), #7 (Emporis Skyscraper Award 2016), Merit Award (Quality Building Awards 2017), High Rise Award and Mixed-Use Award (International Property Awards: Asia 2013)

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Project Type:Hospitality
Project Location:Asia Pacific