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Shanghai Tower ModelArchitectural Site Model | Model Makers: Gensler

Shanghai, China, anticipated completion 2014
632 m/2073 ft/128 floors
Developer: Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., Ltd
Architect: Gensler
Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti
G.F.A: 4.1 million sq ft

The Shanghai Tower is a spiraling form that will rise 128 stories-- 2073 ft/ 632 m 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."

Shanghai Tower Curtain Wall

Shanghai small 1

Shanghai small 2

Organized in nine cylindrical sections, the segments are placed atop of one another. The tower has a double-skin fa�ade that encloses the stacked buildings. A triangular exterior layer creates the second skin, which rotates as it rises. The spaces between the two fa�ades 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 fa�ade lowers the wind load by 24 percent, making possible a lighter, simpler structure and double skin that defines usable interstitial space. The circular inner fa�ade 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 vertical neighborhoods they serve.

Click here to watch a program on the design and development of the Shanghai Tower.