GP has announced the completion of Guangxi China Resources Tower, a new 403-meter-tall (1,322-foot-tall) skyscraper in Nanning in China that is also the city’s tallest building. Developed by CR Land, the 86-story landmark tower totals 272,260 square meters, composed of the 336-key Shangri-La Nanning hotel, 172,740 square meters of office space and 5,930 square meters of retail. In addition, the hotel amenity terrace on Level 71 features the world’s highest outdoor pool at 323 meters (1,060 feet) above grade. The tower is the 18th tallest building in China, the 37th tallest in the world, and the tallest building completed to-date by GP, as well as by CR Land.Guangxi China Resources Tower rises to anchor a 900,000-square-meter multifunctional transit-oriented development of retail, commercial office, residential and luxury hospitality.Inspired by the crystalline forms representing the strength and timeless beauty associated with the mountains of Guangxi, the tower’s faceted and fragmented geometry provides a multitude of surfaces upon which to reflect the changing light qualities of the tropical sky. In this way, the character of the tower changes throughout the day, mirroring the mood of the city. Horizontal sunshades delicately extend across the façade in a consistent texture, shading the floor-to-ceiling glass of the building’s interior spaces. This simple clarity of the façade results in a cohesive legibility of its angular geometry and creates a bold contrast to both the lush vegetation of the region and the surrounding mixture of architectural styles.The tower integrates efficient office and hotel floor plans into a compositional massing and tapered form that directly reflects the internal planning of the building’s two main functions. Located on the lower floors, the office program is distinguished with a single-sided taper of the south façade that strategically reduces the floor plate depths as the tower rises, in response to the stepping core.Atop the office volume, a dramatic shift in the building profile occurs as the hotel program emerges. A monumental terrace at Level 71 caps the lower volume and creates a unique outdoor sky space, featuring the hotel pool. Unmatched views of the surrounding lakes, parks and mountains extend in all directions, enlivened by the 180-degree view from sunrise to sunset.The tower’s mix of functions creates a 24-hour building, which is supported by its internal connection to the subway station as well as the adjacent retail complex. At the base of the tower, separate entrance lobbies provide distinct arrival points for the office and hotel users. The adjacent four-level podium provides a scaled transition link between the tower and retail, while functionally housing the hotel meeting facilities and creating an outdoor rooftop garden for the office tenants.