Shanghai Tower Set to Become China's Tallest Building
China is about to get a new tallest building, with the impending opening of the Shanghai Tower.
Located in the Pudong financial district of Shanghai, the 632-metre tower will comprise 128 floors and will become the second tallest building in the world, after the 829.2-metre Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
According to Gensler, the American firm behind the tower’s design, the building’s s twisting shape made out of a tapering outer skin of glass and steel, reduces wind load on the building by 24%, greatly reducing steel and structure costs.
An official date f or the Shanghai Tower’s public opening has yet to be announced but is expected sometime this autumn.
Currently the largest building in China is the Shanghai World Financial Center, at 492-metres.