Completed in 2015, the Shanghai Tower is the tallest building in China. Its height is 2073 feet. It took 6 years to complete. The total construction area of the Shanghai Tower is 576,000 square meters. It is considered to be the second tallest building in the world.
The asymmetry is designed to reduce wind load by 24 percent, saving on building materials and construction. In fact, the building design produced more than $ 55 million in building material savings.
The inner floor of this Tower has a triangular outer layer. It constantly shapes the facade of the building in all directions. The Shanghai Tower is now officially the tallest building in the world. It follows the Burj Khalifa. The building has a double facade, which creates nine factory sky gardens. The cylindrical buildings are placed one on top of the other and are used as plazas and reunions. Both leather facades are transparent, confirming the connection between the interiors of buildings and the urban fabric of Shanghai.
Highlights of the Shanghai Tower
- Interior glass, which is part of the facade of a building, uses 14 percent less glass than a building that uses the same area, but in a rectangular design.
- The glass face minimizes energy consumption.
- Having two layers of skin forming the building facade, the tower creates thermal protection zones, thereby improving the quality of indoor air.
- Some of the walls in the building are designed to heat the towers and collect rainwater used for AC systems.
- The spiral shape of the Shanghai Tower creates an asymmetrical surface that reduces the wind load acting on the building.
- Recycles ash clean water and stormwater for irrigation and toilet use.
- Water consumption is reduced by 38% by the distribution of inter-storage tanks within the tower to allow water pressure to be maintained by gravity.
- Two cooling towers in Shanghai Tower are strategically located in the buildings, reducing the energy required to pump the cold water.
- On the spot, electricity is generated by wind turbines directly below the parapet.
- Owners of the Shanghai Tower aim to register for a top-level building certification from the Chinese Green Building Committee and the U.S. Green Building Council.