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Shanghai Tower – the Pinnacle of Shanghai

Posted by Jae on June 8, 2009

Shanghai Tower

Shanghai Tower

The Shanghai Tower (Chinese: 上海中心) is a super tall skyscraper under construction in the Pudong District of Shanghai. Upon completion, the building will rise approximately 632 m, have 128 stories, and contain an area of 380,000 sq meters.  It will be the tallest building in China (including Hong Kong), and one of the tallest in the world (2nd tallest only behind the Burj Dubai as of today.)

Planning models for the Lujiazui financial district dating back to 1993 show plans for three supertall skyscrapers all next to each other. Two have already been built; the Jin Mao Tower (the one in the center and rear of the photo) was completed in 1998, and the Shanghai World Financial Center (the one on the right of the photo) in 2008.

The tower will be organized as nine cylindrical buildings stacked atop each other, enclosed by the glass façade’s inner layer. Between that and the outer layer, which twists as it rises, nine indoor gardens at different levels will provide public space for Shanghai residents. Both layers of the façade will be transparent, and spaces will be provided at the tower’s base. The tower will feature the world’s highest non-enclosed observation deck. The design of the glass façade is described to be able to reduce wind loads on the building by 24%, meaning less construction materials are needed, and the twisting feature will collect rainwater to be used for the tower’s air conditioning and heating systems. Wind turbines will generate power for the building. It will be the first super-tall (300 meters or taller) double-skin building in the world, acting much like a “thermos bottle,”  to insulate it and save energy. The building was originally planned to be completed by 2010, in time for the 2010 World Expo, but is now expected to be finished by 2014.


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