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Shanghai Tower Completes Art Space Atop Damper, Becoming World's Second-Highest Occupied Space in a Building

August 28, 2017

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Officials of Shanghai Tower opened the building's highly-anticipated Summit 632 space, which extends across floors 125 and 126, above the observation deck, making this the second-highest occupiable space in the world, after the Burj Khalifa, Dubai. About 60 VIPs and media attended the opening event, hosted by Jianping Gu, President, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development, after touring the basement-level CTBUH display on the history of tall buildings.
View from the observation deck.
The 125th floor contains the mass damper that controls the swaying of the world’s second-tallest building, while the 126th floor supports an artist’s sculpture positioned atop the damper, serving as the centerpiece of a dramatic events space, windowless but for an oculus in the ceiling.

“Insight of Shanghai” sculpture.

The damper is the first eddy-current pendulous tuned mass damper to be applied at this height, and the first of its kind to be designed in China, according to Shanghai Tower officials. The space above is also claimed to be the world’s highest art space, although this is not a statistic maintained by CTBUH. The sculpture, titled “Insight of Shanghai,” is meant to resemble an eye turned sideways. The appearance of the eye refers to the Aurora Dragon character from a classic book of ancient Chinese stories, “Mountains and Seas.”
Host of the event and President of Shanghai Tower Construction & Development, Jianping Gu.
“We hope various globally representative projects in the field of art, technology and culture will come to reality here,” Gu said. “And we are also looking forward to crafting this space together, so as to add a new highlight to Shanghai Tower and Shanghai.”
Attendees tour the skyscraper history display at the base of Shanghai Tower, created with assistance from CTBUH.

Although the full architectural height of the building is 632 meters, the 126th floor is at 583.4 meters above the lowest significant pedestrian entrance to the building, per CTBUH criteria, placing it just below the Burj Khalifa’s highest occupied floor at 584.5 meters. The lower floor of the Shanghai Tower’s two-floor observatory, level 118, is at 546.6 meters. The upper floor, level 119, is at 552.1 meters.