Shanghai Tower

While the world notes Shanghai’s prosperity, the city’s vision for itself may provide a model for other global cities to follow. Shanghai is looking to super-tall buildings to forge a future that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. Shanghai Tower demonstrates how this future can be achieved. More than a landmark, the 632-meter, 128-story mixed-use building is a breakthrough urban-scale development, a green community with unprecedented amenity and performance. Sited in the Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone of Pudong, Shanghai Tower completes a trio of buildings that form China’s first super-tall district. While the adjacent Jin Mao Tower pays homage to China’s past, and the Shanghai World Financial Center signifies China’s recent economic success, Shanghai Tower represents the boundless possibilities of China’s future, the building’s shape a metaphor for the country’s connection with the world, space and time. The Lujiazui district in Shanghai has gone from farmland to financial center in two decades, resulting in a skyline and architectural landscape that needs a unifying landmark. Shanghai Tower will stand as a beacon and an icon for the city of Shanghai, completing the precinct’s harmonious trio of buildings " and giving the precinct its defining silhouette in the sky. The spiraling form of the tower rotates as it rises, symbolizing movement and the dynamism that characterizes the emergence of modern China. By integrating design with technology, Shanghai Tower achieves a new understanding of the super high-rise building and its place in the 21st-century city. To refine the tower’s shape, Gensler’s team used a series of wind tunnel tests to measure the region’s largest natural force, the typhoon. Results revealed a structure and shape that reduce wind loads by 24 percent; each 5 percent reduction will save about $12 million in construction costs. Shanghai is a city of vibrant neighborhoods. As it positions itself for a future full of opportunities, it is redefining the way community happens. Each of Shanghai Tower’s neighborhoods rises from a “sky lobby` at its base " light-filled garden atria that create a sense of community and support daily life. The sky lobbies serve much as plazas and squares do, bringing people together throughout the day. The neighborhoods harken back to the city’s historic open courtyards, which combine indoors and outdoors in a landscaped setting. The entire tower will have an inside-outside transparency and is the only super high-rise building wrapped in public spaces and sky gardens. Shanghai Tower incorporates green strategies that reflect the city’s commitment to an environmentally responsible future and make the tower one of the most sustainably-advanced super-tall buildings in the world. When completed in 2014, it will be the second-tallest building in the world, and achieve both LEED Gold and China Three-Star ratings. At mid-century, Shanghai will be the gateway city of the world’s leading economy. If each generation makes its mark on a metropolis, Shanghai Tower looks past this ambition to anticipate a future that is sustainable in every way"economically, socially and environmentally.


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