PHOTOS: World’s Second Tallest Skyscraper Nears Completion in Shanghai!

by , 08/06/14
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Once it’s finished, the tower will become China’s tallest building and the world’s second tallest building. Located on an ex-golf course in Shanghai’s fast-growing Pudong District, the tower will have two of the world’s tallest buildings as neighbors-the Jin Mao Tower and the Shanghai World Financial Center. Thanks to the incredibly fast pace of building supertall structures in China (a new skyscraper is built every five days, according to BBC News), chances are that the Shanghai tower will not keep its world rank for long. According to Gensler, another tower in Shenzhen is scheduled to be completed in a year or two and will be several meters taller.

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Gensler participated in an international design competition in 2007 among nine other firms from around the world and was shortlisted in the second round, together with SOM and Foster & Partners. By winning the competition, the company was granted the chance to realize a design whose innovative utilization of wind power pushes the envelope when it comes to building tall.

Thanks to its curved shape, the tower can withstand a peak wind load of about 114 miles per hour. It does so by swaying in heavy winds, with the twisted shape minimizing the force of the wind. Its double skin system keeps it cool in the summer and preserves heat in the winter.

+ Gensler

Photos by Nick Almasy Photography

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1 Comment

  1. supertall admirer August 6, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Seems this journalist has failed to mention that the Gensler competition for STower was designed by Marshall Strabala, the only Director of Design firmwide for Gensler 2006-2010.
    Strabala led the original design team to the winning competition entry, managed a staff of 45 in Shanghai, Chris Chan worked 1 year at Gensler, did not design the tower and is gone from the firm.
    In fact, the photos in this article are from Marshall Strabala, CHief Architect of Shanghai Tower\’s media alert to the journalist. Strabala led design of Burj Khalifa, Nanjing Ziefeng Tower. You can\’t design a supertall unless you have done several before.
    What\’s wrong with printing the truth

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