As the third tower in the trio of signature skyscrapers at the heart of Shanghai’s new Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, Shanghai Tower embodies a new prototype for tall buildings. Placed in close proximity to Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center, the new tower rises high above the skyline, its curved façade and spiraling form symbolizing the dynamic emergence of modern China. But its twisting form goes beyond just creating a unique appearance; wind tunnel tests confirm a 24 percent savings in structural wind loading when compared to a rectangular building of the same height. Shanghai Tower is in Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone of Pudong, with Shanghai World Financial Center to the east and Jin Mao Tower to the north. At present, the tower has been finished, standing 2,073 feet (about 632 meters) high and ranking as China’s tallest building and second only to the world at large. The foot print takes up 326,878 square feet (about 30,368 square meters) with floor space of about 6,200,012 square feet (about 576,000 square meters), with 5 basement levels, 127 floors above ground and 5 podium floors. It’s reported that the tower will be open to the public soon. By then, visitors can take the express elevator to the sightseeing deck on the 119th floor directly and a whole ride only takes 55 seconds.
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