Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia – Award of Excellence: Ping An Finance Center, Shenzhen

Felix Wu
Chief Design Officer
Ping An Real Estate, Shanghai

Robert Whitlock
Principal
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, New York City

The Axis Mundi of the Pearl River Delta Megacity


The Shenzhen Ping An Finance Center (PAFC) is a transit-integrated, 600-meter-tall building that occupies a major node in the increasingly connected megacity of Hong Kong-Shenzhen-Guangzhou. Since its completion, PAFC has become a well-loved landmark, both for its iconic expressiveness on the Shenzhen skyline and for its craftsmanship and enduring materiality. Its stretched, obelisk-like shape is streamlined with continuously tapering corners for aerodynamic performance, visual effect, and space efficiency.

As the hub of Shenzhen’s central business district, PAFC plugs into a vast three-dimensional network of subways, pedestrian footbridges, and street-level connections. Notwithstanding its density, the impact of the project at street level is surprisingly humane. Sheltered arcades, broad canopies, and human-scale elements create a walkable and vibrant atmosphere.

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