Construction of the Shanghai Tower this week reached the 300-meter mark, almost half-way to its projected height of 632 meters. The Shanghai Tower will be the tallest skyscraper in China and the world's second-tallest building, after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
Upon completion, the skyscraper will surpass its immediate neighbors, SOM’s 420-meter (1,380-foot) Jin Mao Building and KPF’s 492-meter (1,614-foot) Shanghai World Financial Center, to complete a trio of supertall buildings in Lujiazui, the main business district of the city’s Pudong area.
But it may not hold the record long. The Ping An Finance Center in Shenzen, scheduled for completion in 2015, will be 28 meters taller, according to data compiled by The Skyscraper Center.
Shanghai Tower will be a self-contained urban environment, with active communal areas, 24-hour occupancy, and unique spaces and views, according to Jun Xia, a principal with Gensler, the lead architect on the project. The building is “a vertical city with horizontal experiences,” he told Architectural Record.
Find construction photos of Shanghai Tower here.