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Pudong and Lujiazui: Shanghai Tower

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Developer: Shanghai Tower Contruction Development Co., Ltd.
Design Architect: Gensler
In collaboration with the Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tongji University
Structural Engineers: Thornton Tomasetti
MEP Engineers: Cosentini Associates
2074 ft | 632 m | 128 floors
G.F.A: 4,090,285 ft2 | 380,000 m2

The Shanghai Tower is a spiraling form that will rise 128 stories--632 meters (2074 feet) to become Shanghai's, and China's, tallest skyscraper. The structure is described by its government client as "a symbol of a nation whose future is filled with limitless opportunities."

Organized in nine cylindrical sections, the segments are placed atop of one another, the tower has a double-skin facade that encloses the stacked buildings, while a triangular exterior layer creates the second skin, which rotates as it rises. The spaces between the two fa├žades create nine atrium sky gardens. Thornton Tomasetti, the structural engineers on the project, describe the exterior of the tower as a "gently twisting triangle that tapers with height and drapes around an inner concrete structure."

Shanghai Tower emphasizes sustainable design and innovative high-performance features. The asymmetrical outer facade lowers the wind load by 24 percent, making possible a lighter, simpler structure and double skin that defines usable interstitial space. The circular inner facade reduces its glazing by 12 percent compared to a conventional rectilinear building. Amenity floors make use of the dual-skin and soaring atrium spaces to define each community of the different programs of vertical neighborhoods they serve.


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*All graphics courtesy of Gensler.