Bank of China, Beijing Head Office Building

The Bank of China Head Office occupies a key site in the new financial district of Beijing. It stands at the intersection of two of the most important thoroughfares in China’s capital city: Xidan Street, a major north-south shopping spine, and Changanjie, the city’s main east-west axis, which leads directly to Tiananmen Square and the entrance to the Forbidden City.

LOCATION: Beijing, China

CLIENT: Beijing Bank of China Co., Ltd

SIZE: 1,869,691 SQ.FT/173,700 SQ.M

STATUS: Completed 2001

CATEGORY: Commercial

IMAGE CREDITS: Bradley Wheeler 

The Head Office’s ceremonial main entrance is located at the corner of Xidan Street and Changanjie. It is topped by a reception room with a peaked skylight overlooking both the ancient and the modern city.

The PEI design features elegant Roman travertine which is used extensively inside and out. Its sculptural massing and fine detailing celebrates the stone’s endless architectural potential.