China Sets World Record For Highest Outdoor Pool

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China now holds the title of "Highest Outdoor Pool in the World". Goettsch Partners, an architectural firm based in Chicago, have completed the construction of a new 1,322-foot-tall tower in Nanning, China. The crowning feature of the tower is an outdoor swimming pool that the architects claim is the highest in the world.

The pool on the 71st-floor terrace of the hotel is 1,060 feet above ground, making it the highest in the world. Previously, the title was held by the 57th-floor infinity pool at Moshe Safdie's Marina Bay Sands.

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New business tower in China has a pool with breathtaking views from the 71st floor.Photo byGoettsch Partners

With over 2.93 million square feet, the Guangxi China Resources Tower is the 18th tallest building in China and the 37th tallest building in the world. It is a mixed-use development with a hotel, office space, and retail.

“The building is a symbol of rising prosperity for the city,” notes James Zheng, AIA, LEED AP, CEO and president of GP. “It further sets a world-class standard for quality that is meant to endure.”

Offices will occupy more than 60% of the 86-story structure's lettable space, or 272,000 square meters. A Shangri-La Nanning hotel with 336 rooms and approximately 6,000 square meters of retail space are also planned.

The tower, designed by China Resources Land of Shenzhen, will be the focal point of a new 90-hectare urban quarter in Nanning. The building's podium and basement are linked to the structures around it.

The construction process began in 2014 and will be completed by the end of 2020. (November). According to the company, the building is fully occupied and operational now that the interior fit-out is complete.

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Guangxi China Resources Tower now holds the title for 'World’s Highest Outdoor Pool"Photo byGoettsch Partners

The hotel rises above the office volume, dramatically altering the structure's profile. The lower volume is topped off by a massive terrace on Level 71, which serves as a one-of-a-kind outdoor sky space where guests can swim in the hotel pool. The sweeping 180-degree panorama provides unparalleled views of the surrounding lakes, parks, and mountains from sunrise to sunset.

The tower is an important component of a larger mixed-use development, and its LEED Gold design emphasizes sustainable sites and energy optimization. The various buildings' podium and basement levels collaborate to form a seamless network that is optimized for the larger master-planned development. Sunshades on the exterior of the building, combined with a high-performance façade enclosure system, allow abundant natural light and breathtaking vistas to penetrate every level while significantly reducing energy consumption.

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The new tower overlooks the entire skyline of Nanning, China.Photo byGoettsch Partners

Mechanical systems have been designed to maximize efficiency, reduce energy and water consumption, and increase comfort levels within the building. The highest quality materials are used throughout the structure to emphasize longevity and durability while reducing the building's future environmental impact.

“The tower is a sustainable response to its urban context,” sayid Travis Soberg, AIA, LEED AP, in a press release. “The building integrates conservation methods throughout the design that reinforce our commitment to environmental responsibility.”

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