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Ping An Finance Center (PAFC)

Ping An Finance Center is a 115-story super-tall skyscraper that is under construction in Shenzhen, China. With a total height of 2,165 ft (660 m), PAFC will be the tallest building in China and second-tallest building in the world upon its completion in 2016. Designed by the American architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, the building emphasizes the form and efficiency factor by widening the base to improve structural stance and tapering the tower to reduce seismic and wind loads. The building's corners are shaped to improve aerodynamic performance. It also comes with large canopies and low-rise podiums to mitigate downdraft.

Commissioned by Ping An Insurance, the PAFC tower features 86 floors of Class-A office with the top three floors serving as an observatory and restaurant, coupled with a ten-story retail podium and five-stories below grade. The office area is comprised of seven elevator zones at approximately 14 floors per zone, serviced by double-deck local and shuttle elevators between the ground floor lobby and two double-height sky lobbies. The tower is crowned by a domed atrium which, at 1810 feet (550 meters) above street level, will be amongst the highest public spaces in the world.

With a total construction area approximately 460,000 m2, PAFC is among the largest commercial buildings to be LEED Gold Certified.

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