New photos from the Shanghai Tower construction site show the form of the tower starting to take shape, with the floor slabs reaching 200 meters. Construction on the core has reached 250 meters, according to representatives of Gensler, the design architect.
At 632-meters Shanghai Tower will be the tallest building in China and the second tallest in the world, behind the 828-meter Burj Khalifa. It is located in the center of Pudong, neighboring the Shanghai World Financial Center, at 492-meters the current tallest building in China, and the 421-meter Jin Mao, the second tallest building in the country.
Construction on the tower started in Nov., 2008.
When it is completed the Shanghai Tower’s transparent spiral form will present a “constantly changing façade from all directions,” according to Gensler.
“The building’s form is a metaphor for the spirit and philosophy of China,” according to the architect. “Referencing the spiral as a symbol of the cosmos in Chinese culture, the tower’s form symbolizes China’s connection with the world, space and time. Additionally, the tower’s triangular plan relates to the site’s harmonious trio of buildings.”
The tower is organized around nine cylindrical buildings stacked on top of each other, with nine atria encircling them. “The inner layer of the tower’s double-skin façade encloses the vertically arranged interior buildings, while a triangular exterior layer creates the second skin or building envelope,” Gensler explained in a release. “The spaces between the building’s external façade and its internal façade create the atria.”
When it is completed the tower will feature 128 occupied floors and 550,000 square meters of office, hotel and retail space.
During a CTBUH conference in 2009 Arthur Gensler discussed the design and expectations for the Shanghai Tower. Video of that interview can be found here.
(Note: Shanghai Tower is also a diamond sponsor of the CTBUH 9th World Congress, Sept. 19-21 at the Grand Hyatt Jin Mao in Shanghai.)
©Images courtesy of Gensler