1 November 2016 update: Building information research company Emporis names China’s $2.4 billion Shanghai Tower the world’s best new skyscraper as part of the firm’s annual Emporis Skyscraper Awards.

The 2,073-foot, Gensler-designed high rise won the title due to its energy-efficient characteristics and “elegant design,” according to Emporis, which gives the tower a 120-degree twist to help it withstand high winds.

The building’s design reduces wind loads by 24%, which is critical in the typhoon-prone region. – New Atlas


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11 January 2016: Following six years of construction, work was recently completed on the world’s second-tallest skyscraper, the Shanghai Tower.

Rising an impressive 632 m (2,073 ft) over Shanghai, China, the US$2.4 billion mixed-use project features an interesting design that twists 120 degrees from bottom to top, in order to mitigate the effects of wind on the structure.

Designed by international firm Gensler, the Shanghai Tower is officially recognised as the world’s second-tallest building by the CTBUH (Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat), after Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.

However, it is certain to slip to third position once the Jedah Tower is completed in 2020.

The size of the project boggles the mind.

Located in the Lujiazui Financial Center in Shanghai, which was still farmland a mere two decades ago, the clay-based soil the tower rests upon required 1,079 concrete and steel piles to be driven into the ground for use as supports.

Laying the foundation involved a fleet of trucks pouring concrete for 63 straight hours. – New Atlas

The exterior was completed in summer 2015.

The observation deck was opened on 1 July 2016.

As of October 2016, most of the building is still closed.


The Shanghai Tower is already China’s tallest tower. But its position was cemented today as the last part of its roof was secured, bringing it to its full height of 2,073ft.

Under construction for nearly six years, at a cost of $2.4billion, the Shanghai Tower completes a triad of skyscrapers that now loom over the horizon of the world’s most populous city.

Over its 121-storeys the building will include offices, shops, public spaces and a 320-room Four Season Hotel that will be the highest in the world, UK’s Daily Mail reports.

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Its completion will further the Chinese government’s ambition to make a global financial centre in Shanghai, which is already the world’s busiest container port and the gateway to China’s heavy industries.

At its topping out ceremony last year, principal architect Jun Xia said the Tower and its sisters, the Jin Mao Tower and the Shanghai World Financial Centre, ‘will serve as a stunning representation of our past, our present and China’s boundless future.’

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