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    Construction begins on Smith and Gill’s crystalline skyscraper in Chengdu, China

    Construction has commenced on a 468-metre, ice-inspired tower designed by architectural firm Smith and Gill for Chengdu, China.

    Due to complete in 2018, the Greenland Tower Chengdu is set to become the tallest building in south-western China, surpassing the city's current tallest buildings, the Chengdu IFS Towers, by over 200 metres.

    The mixed-use skyscraper features a faceted-glass façade inspired by the icy mountains that surround the Chinese city.

    At night, inset LEDs will turn the skyscraper into a light sculpture, illuminating its glass surfaces like a glimmering glacier.

    Two smaller residential towers and a six-storey podium housing a shopping centre, conference rooms, an exhibition space and a roof garden, will stand alongside the skyscraper.

    The Greenland Tower Chengdu was designed by Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill - the architects behind the current and future tallest buildings in the world.

    Courtesy Construction Global

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