Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Shanghai Conference Reports: Technical Tours
September 15, Pre-Conference September 16, Day 1
September 17, Day 2 September 18, Day 3
September 19, Technical Tours September 20/21, Regional Tours

Bund Finance Center (Construction Tour)

The latest development to anchor the south end of the Bund, the Bund Finance Center, is located at the core of the bund financial zone, that is the first “International Rendezvous” in Shanghai’s New Bund Financial Belt.

International Finance Center

Shanghai International Finance Center is located in the heart of the little Lujiazui financial and trade zone. This visionary new integrated complex comprises twin office towers, a world-class shopping mall, internationally renowned 5-star hotels and deluxe serviced suite hotel.

Jing An Kerry Center

The Jing An Kerry Centre experience began where it does for most visitors to the complex – in the highly polished luxury shopping mall at its base. While most retail malls deliberately direct escalator traffic around the longest possible landing at each level, the Jing An Kerry Centre mall seems to take a different tack.

Jin Mao Tower

An elegant fusion of traditional Chinese culture and modern architecture, delegates went behind the scenes of the Conference venue, with a tour of the 421-meter Jin Mao. Specifically, investigate the planning necessary for the incorporation of a 5-star hotel inside a tall building.


The curvaceous L'Avenue tower is meant to conjure images of an elegant evening gown. Delegates toured this recently completed building that while having such a distinctive structure was able to achieve a LEED Gold rating.

Lu Jia Zui New Financial District (Construction Tour) &
Riviera Twin Star Square

Following a reception in the Mandarin Oriental and overview presentations by CITIC, KPF and Arquitectonica, the CTBUH delegates were treated to two tours of active construction sites.

Shanghai Arch

This signature "gateway" building is part of Phase 1 of the Shanghai Arch mixed use development. This 144-meter building features two office towers connected by a seven-story sky bridge, forming a portal to a pedestrian-friendly retail village.

Shanghai Tower (Construction Tour)

The tour started in the main presentation center on the 8th floor, where the set of competition models is on display. It was interesting to be able to compare the potential offered by the competition entry with the winning scheme. The delegates then took the elevator to the 119th floor, the main public observation level.

Shanghai World Financial Center

A recognizable world icon since its completion in 2007, delegates toured the current tallest building in mainland China at 492 meters and discovered how multiple complex functions are managed in a single tower.

Sinar Mas Center (Construction Tour)

The Sinar Mas development is situated on the Puxi side of the Huangpu River in an area of Shanghai also known as the North Bund District. Delegates were given presentations by the representative of Skidmore Owings and Merrill, as well as by APP, which also kindly sponsored the tour.

Taiping Financial Tower

The tour of the Taiping Financial Tower was led by Tim Fan, the Senior Property Manager, and focused on the importance of managing all of the systems involved in the smooth running of a tall building. The tour began in the Management office, where Tim Fan explained some key technologies of the Taiping Financial Tower.

Tomorrow Square

Delegates arriving for the tour were given a short presentation in a fifth-floor conference room before proceeding to the hotel transfer lobby at the 37th floor. The transfer floor takes advantage of the building’s 45-degree plan shift by offering views in at least eight directions.

Wheelock Square

Featuring simple yet refined symmetrical lines combined with subtle design elegance, Wheelock Square integrates environmentally-friendly aspects with state-of-the-art amenities to create sophisticated modern architecture with an astute awareness of urban design.
September 15, Pre-Conference September 16, Day 1
September 17, Day 2 September 18, Day 3
September 19, Technical Tours September 20/21, Regional Tours