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Shanghai Tower

Shanghai Tower opened in 2015 as China’s tallest building and the second tallest building in the world.

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Project Details

Project Partners
Gensler
Owner
Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Company
Location
Shanghai, China
Completion Date
Area
380,000 m²
Height
632 m
Sustainability
LEED Platinum Certification
Number of Stories
128
Project Awards

CTBUH, Best Tall New Building, 2016
CTBUH, Best Tall Building Asia, 2016
IABSE, Outstanding Structure, 2016
ENR, Best Retail/Mixed-Use, 2016
MIPIM, People’s Choice Award, 2016
CTBUH, China Innovation Award, 2016
Emporis, Best Skyscraper Award, 2015

Shanghai Tower in China. © Connie Zhou Studio
Shanghai Tower in China. © Connie Zhou Studio
Shanghai Tower in China. © Connie Zhou Studio
Shanghai Tower in China. Courtesy Wikimedia
Shanghai Tower in China. © Connie Zhou Studio
Shanghai Tower in China. Courtesy Shanghai Tower Construction Group & Gensler
Shanghai Tower in China. Courtesy Shanghai Tower Construction Group & Gensler
Shanghai Tower in China. Eric Yip / Parsons Brinckerhoff
Shanghai Tower in China. Terri Meyer Boake photo
Shanghai Tower in China. Eric Yip / Parsons Brinckerhoff
Shanghai Tower in China. Courtesy Gensler

Enabling Creative, Cost-Effective Architecture

Shanghai Tower opened in 2015 as China’s tallest building and the second tallest building in the world. The slender rotating tower comprises 380,000 square meters includes office space, retail, a luxury hotel, 2,200-seat arena, and connections to the Shanghai Metro and three floors of below-grade parking. It also features the world’s highest non-enclosed observation deck.

We provided structural engineering and curtain wall peer review to Gensler to help facilitate a simple, safe and cost-effective structural system that enables the building’s creative architectural form.


This project exemplifies the high level of innovation and collaboration that goes into the creation of supertall towers, and essentially, shaping our future cities through smart design and construction.
shanghai_tower © Connie Zhou Studio

Highlights

  • The tower features a twisting triangular form with a façade that curves 120 degrees from its base.
  • Its structural system consists of a 90-by-90-foot concrete core connected to a system of outriggers and super columns supported on 1,079 concrete and steel bore piles driven deep into ground.
  • The outrigger trusses and super columns derive stiffness from the concrete inner building, comprising an effective system for resisting wind and seismic loads for supertall buildings.
  • We refined the tower’s form and reduced building wind loads by 24 percent, which resulted in a lighter structure and reduced material cost.
  • A double-hung pendulum tuned mass damper reduces building movement caused by wind.
  • The tower features a variety of sustainable technologies, including wind turbines and solar panels as renewable energy sources to achieve a low carbon footprint.
shanghai_tower Courtesy Gensler
Shanghai Tower construction time-lapse