China, Beijing  

CYTS Plaza


Design Meinhard von Gerkan with Stephan Schütz and Doris Schäffler
Design and project team Nicolas Pomränke, Giuseppina Orto, Chen Lan, Anette Löber, Dong Chungsun
Structural engineers, façade and glass roof
Schlaich Bergermann und Partner
Light planning Conceptlicht Angerer, Traunreut
Chinese partner practice CABR, Beijing
Client China CYTS Tours Holding Co., Ltd.
Construction period 2004–2006
Gross floor area 65,000 m²



Ben McMillan

Christian Gahl

The "philosophy" of CYTS is based on the following keywords:
Simplicity, Transparency, Innovation, Uniqueness, Efficiency. All these items should be considered and implemented in the architectural design in order to create a maximum unity of the company’s profile and the headquarter building.

Furthermore the conditions of the site have to be taken into consideration. The 2nd Ring Road of the City of Beijing marks the transition of the old imperial city to the future metropolis. This very particular location within the city should be implemented in the design in terms of creating a link between ancient and modern city. The dialogue of history and future becomes especially apparent on site.

For this reason the main architectural intention of the project is to create a visible relation of the eastern and western part by a building high passageway. This exciting architectural space is generated by two building high glass halls inscribed in a rectangular building layout. Due to the orientation and location of these volumes two L-shaped building wings are created which contain all the functions of the program.

The clear structural order of this scheme is directly related to the "CYTS–philosophy": clear and transparent, but innovative and efficient at the same time.