The Shanghai Tower

The Shanghai TowerThe rise of the skyscraper in this early part of the 21st century is so dynamic, one day it is a building in the UAE claiming to be one of the tallest and the next day, one comes along in China that tops it out.

A prime example is the Shanghai Tower. A super tall mega skyscraper reaching 2,073 ft and 128 floors. Shanghai is a bustling city of 14 million people, with it financial district being the heart of the city. Within this neighborhood is the Shanghai World Financial Tower, the Jim Mao Tower and the Shanghai Tower. All within two blocks of each other and all rising above 100 stories.

The Shanghai Tower has a floor area of 4,090,000 sq ft. It has been designed for green, high energy efficiency and provides provides separate zones for office and retail space.

Chinese architect Jun Xia designed the building in coordination with the American architectural firm Gensler.

Kudos to these architects who considered aesthetics in the design of this building. Compared to New York’s  432 Park Ave which has no aesthetic value at all, the Shanghai Tower’s facade appears to illuminate the skyline, even during the day.

The skyscraper actually contains nine cylindrical buildings which are stacked atop each other surrounded by an inner glass facade.  On the exterior, the Shanghai Tower has a glass layer, which twists as it rises to the top.  A very respective design for a skyscraper of the 21st century.  Inside, there are nine sections. Each section has its own atrium with gardens, cafes, restaurants and retail space.

The Shanghai Tower is currently the tallest building in China and the second-tallest in the world, only to be topped out by the Ping An Finance Center Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, when it is completed. As mentioned, tall buildings have taken a new dynamic and hence, the 21st century skyscraper race is on.

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