4032

Plaza 66 in Shanghai, China. Courtesy Philip Gostelow Photography (center).

  • COMPLETION DATE
    2006

Overview

Plaza 66 in China consists of two towers, retail space on a five-story podium and three levels of below grade parking. A special feature of the first tower is the great height that is accomplished on a small footprint. The concrete tower soars 288 meters (945 feet) above the city featuring a narrow irregular-shaped lantern on the rooftop.

One of the challenges with the concrete work in the entire building was the skylight roof design that covers the seven-story atrium in the retail podium. The oval-shaped atrium roof is approximately 200 feet by 125 feet. The cross sections of its members vary along the span, as do the cross sections of its supporting columns, resulting in a visually dynamic but technically challenging atrium.

The 48-story second tower is approximately 228 meter (749 feet) was also built on a small footprint. The concrete tower was complicated by lateral stability concerns, poor site soil, seismic considerations, high water table, limitations of locally available building materials, and construction between new and existing buildings.

The conventional concrete frame-shear core wall lateral support system and deep mat with long friction pile were used to produce a functional building economically, and using local labor and materials almost exclusively.

Read More

News & Awards

Related Projects

Specialized Structural Engineering Expertise

Tall & Supertall

Pioneers in the design of high-rise buildings, we use advanced analysis to optimize structural systems, resolve interdisciplinary conflicts, and guard the safety and comfort of occupants. For structures of unconventional size, shape, structural system or function, we employ performance-based design methodologies when prevailing building codes are inapplicable or inadequate, such as in high-seismic areas. Our deep bench of seasoned professionals combines unequalled experience with sophisticated technological tools to enrich the creative process, promote effective collaboration, improve coordination and enhance visualization and communication throughout planning, design and construction. Click here for our brochure (PDF).