KK100, designed by TFP Farrells for Shenzhen, China, is an innovative project, located on a 3.6-hectare site, which previously housed the old dwellings of Caiwuwei Village, an area known for its bad environment, insufficient transportation infrastructure, and degraded buildings. The developer took the initiative to form a company with the villagers (a Joint Development Initiative), for a new model for the district that would benefit everyone. The existing buildings were mainly run-down housing with inadequate living conditions.
This 100-story and over 440 meters high tower is one part of the master plan for a 417,000m2 mixed-use development which includes five residential and two commercial buildings. The tower is horizontally divided into different uses – levels from 4 to 72 houses 173,000m2 of Grade- A office space while the uppermost levels from 75 to 100 are occupied by a 35,000m2 St. Regis Hotel complete with a cathedral-like glazed sky-garden. Due to the curved and smooth roof surface, the generators were not put on top of the building.
The tower doesn’t use the typical square foot print – East and West facades are more slender and the bigger and the South and North façades are wider. This slenderness required additional efforts in organizing the floors. As the aim was to provide social and cultural continuity, the KK100 development is integrated with the transportation network – the tower is directly connected with the podium on various levels while retail and public uses at lower levels are integrated with the Metro system. The skyscraper acts as a mini-city, providing a 24-hour city life enriched with human interaction and better environment.