Construction started Saturday on the Shanghai Tower, Shanghai’s next “tallest building”. At 632m tall and with 138 floors, it checks in with a price tag of $2.2 billion USD, and will take six years to build. By comparison, its next-door neighbor, the Jinmao Tower, is 421m tall, while the still-brand-spankin’ new World Financial Center is tops out at “only” 492m. The Shanghai Tower will, obviously, be the tallest building in China when it is completed.
The city’s newest uber-skyscraper has been in planning since the early 1990’s, but various holdups, including a corruption scandal, delayed the start of construction. In fact, bidding on the Shanghai Tower didn’t even start until after the (Japanese-owned) IFC’s final height was set in 2006. The tower was designed by San-Francisco-based firm Gensler, while Tongji University’s design institute will be the project’s local partner.
Gensler sold its design on several “green” features; the tower’s twisting glass facade and double-skin exterior is expected to save on both building materials and energy usage once completed.
Financing for projects of this type has been tight in recent months, but according to Gu Jianping, manager of city-owned Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., “Launching construction at this time will help boost Shanghai’s confidence in fighting the financial crisis.”
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