Monday, 6 June 2016

Shanghai Tower

Construction of Shanghai Tower has been completed. Design by architecture firm Gensler, it is now China's tallest building and the second-tallest building in the world.

Located in Shanghai's burgeoning Lujiazui financial district, the 632-metre-high skyscraper is 31 metres taller than the previous title holder, the Makkah Royal Clock Tower in Mecca.

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai remains the world's tallest building at 828 metres high.

Shanghai Tower was designed with a curved and twisted form generated through a series of wind-tunnel tests. The unique form is expected to reduce wind load by as much as 24 per cent during typhoons.

It comprises 121 storeys, divided into nine vertical zones that include shops at the base, offices in the centre, and hotels, cultural facilities and observation decks at the top.

Each zone is organised around one of several "sky lobbies" – plant-filled atriums filled with natural light, designed to mimic the social environments traditionally created in town plazas and courtyards.

Shanghai Tower dwarfs other two equally magnificent skyscrapers namely Shanghai World Financial Centre and the Jin Mao Tower. 

Construction of the skyscraper was completed at the end of 2015, marking its official entry into the list of the world's top 10 tallest buildings as recorded by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

It's dynamic form resembles an ancient dragon in motion soaring up towards heaven. Shanghai Tower symbolizes the rise of China. 

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