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Shanghai Tower

Introducing Shanghai Tower, Shanghai Tower Guide, Shanghai Tower Travel Guide
Article from The Skyscraper Center

As the third tower in the trio of signature skyscrapers at the heart of Shanghai's new Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, Shanghai Tower embodies a new prototype for tall buildings. Placed in close proximity to Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai Tower rises high above the skyline, its curved façade and spiraling form symbolizing the dynamic emergence of modern China. But its twisting form goes beyond just creating a unique appearance; wind tunnel tests confirm a 24 percent savings in structural wind loading when compared to a rectangular building of the same height.

More than a landmark, the mixed-use Shanghai Tower offers a sustainable way of living in a vertical city, with a unique mix of restaurants, shops, offices, and hotels spaced throughout the building. Shanghai Tower's program is organized into nine vertical zones. Each of these vertical neighborhoods rise from a sky lobby, a light-filled garden atrium that creates a sense of community and supports daily life with a varied program catering to tenants and visitors. The sky lobbies function much like traditional town plazas and squares, bringing people together throughout the day. These civic spaces recall the city's historic open courtyards, which merge interiors with exteriors in a landscaped setting.

Shanghai Tower is one of the most sustainably advanced tall buildings in the world. A central aspect of Shanghai Tower's design is the transparent second skin that wraps around the entire building. The ventilated atriums it encloses conserve energy by modulating the temperature within the void. The space acts as a buffer between the inside and outside, warming up the cool outside air in the winter and dissipating heat from the interior in the summer. Shanghai Tower also notably employs a tri-cogeneration system, a grey water/rainwater system, and several renewable energy sources.

Quick Facts on Shanghai Tower

• Name: Shanghai Tower
• Location: Lujiazui Financial Center, Pudong New Area
• Phone: +86-21-33831088
• Best Time to Visit: All year

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