Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Shanghai World Financial Center Technical Tour
CTBUH 2014 Conference: Shanghai
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September 19, 2014

Delegates met at the lobby of the Shanghai World Financial Center for a tour of one of Shanghai’s most recognizable landmarks.

The 492-meter tower, recognized by its sky bridge at the top and
two sweeping arcs that form a vertically-evolving six-sided shape in plan, was finished in 2008.

The tour was led by executives of Mori Building, the developers of the tower, who discussed the concept and development of the project’s architecture and design. The goal was to provide a cutting-edge, mixed use mega-complex that could serve any demands of the tenants.

Representatives of the project team were also on hand to discuss the project’s various unique and special construction elements, such as its narrow structural system. By increasing the stiffness in the lateral force resisting system, the project team was able reduce the cost, weight and build time for the structure.

The delegates were then given a tour of a typical office floor, as well as the forum space and other public areas.

View of Shanghai World Financial Center from the Shanghai Tower.

The Mori guides also emphasized the safety elements of the design. The whole project can be evacuated in two hours, delegates were told.

The final stop of the tour culminated at the glass-floored observation deck, providing spectacular views of Pudong and Shanghai.

Delegates looking at the detailed Shanghai model.
Delegates observe the Jin Mao Tower from the Shanghai World Financial Center
The Shanghai World Financial Center Technical Tour group
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