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Xiamen Posts and Telecommunications Center

Xiamen Posts and Telecommunications Center

The Xiamen Posts and Telecommunications Center consists of a 63-story office tower and a 6-story low-rise postal building component in Xiamen, China.

The goal of the project was to merge the symbolism of telecommunication with the celebrated traditions of Xiamen as a garden city of arts and commerce.

The design of the tower was inspired by merging the curves of frequency waves—the basis of telecommunication—with multi-story sky gardens that spiral from the top to the bottom of the building.

Each level of the building has an identical floor plan, but the floors themselves rotate as the building rises. This slight rotation creates a spiraling garden around the building. At the building’s top the gardens transform into a continuous landscaped rooftop for executive offices and meeting areas.


Adrian Smith, Design Partner
Gordon Gill, Senior Designer
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP


Xiamen Posts and Telecommunications