The Shanghai Tower under construction on 30 August 2013.From Wikipedia
Coordinates 31.2355°N 121.501°ECoordinates: 31.2355°N 121.501°E Construction started 29 November 2008 Estimated completion 2014 Cost US$2.2 billion Height Architectural 632 m (2,073 ft) Top floor 556.7 m (1,826 ft) Technical details Floor count 121 Floor area 380,000 m2 (4,090,300 sq ft) above grade 170,000 m2 (1,829,900 sq ft) below grade Design and construction Architect Gensler Engineer Thornton Tomasetti Main contractor Shanghai Construction
Shànghǎi Zhōngxīn Dàshà; literally "Shanghai Central Tower is a supertall skyscraper under construction in Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai. Designed by Gensler, it is the tallest of a group of three supertall buildings in Pudong, the other two being the Jin Mao Tower and the Shanghai World Financial Center. Upon its completion in 2014, the building will stand approximately 632 metres (2,073 ft) high and will have 121 stories, with a total floor area of 380,000 m2 (4,090,000 sq ft).
At the time of its topping out in August 2013, the Shanghai Tower was the tallest building in China and the second-tallest in the world, surpassed by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. However, it would be exceeded in height by Changsha's Sky City, which is planned to reach a height of 838 m (2,749 ft) upon its completion in 2014.
The Shanghai Tower was designed by the American architectural firm Gensler, with Jun Xia leading the design team. The tower takes the form of nine cylindrical buildings stacked atop each other, totalling 121 floors, all enclosed by the inner layer of the glass façade. Between that and the outer layer, which twists as it rises, nine indoor zones will provide public space for visitors. Each of these nine areas will have its own atrium, featuring gardens, cafes, restaurants and retail space and providing 360-degree views of the city.
Both layers of the façade will be transparent, and retail and event spaces will be provided at the tower's base. Once opened, the tower is expected to accommodate as many as 16,000 people on a daily basis.
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