Rising to a height of 359.8 m, the Hanking Center stands out even in the skyscraper-packed Shenzhen, China, thanks to its extraordinary form. The asymmetrical tower is defined by a detached core that allows for greater flexibility inside.



Rising to a maximum height of 359.8 m (1,180 ft), the recently opened Hanking Center from Morphosis stands out even in the skyscraper-packed Chinese megacity of Shenzhen thanks to an extraordinary overall form.

Described by the firm as an asymmetrical skyscraper, it’s defined by a detached structural core on its exterior that allows for greater flexibility inside.anking Center’s detached core structural system, as Morphis refers to it, is reminiscent of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ Leadenhall Building.

Put simply, the main “spine” of the skyscraper that helps keep it upright (and also hosts most of the elevators and stairwells) is situated on the outside of the building, thus freeing up room inside – plus making for an undeniably striking building. A series of sky bridges and diagonal support braces connect the detached core to the main body of the tower.

At 359.8 m tall, the 65-story tower is defined by its pioneering steel structural system and a detached-core configuration which positions the tower’s primary core on the building’s exterior,” explains Morphosis. “This radical rethinking of the typology promotes higher efficiency and adaptability of interior floor plates, enhancing the tower’s ability to service the varying needs of its occupants.

The detached-core configuration also allows for an innovative approach to internal circulation and the creation of social and work spaces that seamlessly integrate public and private domains.