Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

About Shanghai Tower Construction & Development

Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., Ltd. was established in December 5, 2007.

The Shanghai Urban Construction Investment and Development Corporation, and Shanghai Lujiazui AG Construction Engineering Group Corporation, established a joint venture, specializing in the development and construction of the "Shanghai Center."

"Shanghai Center" is located in the core area of ​​Lujiazui Z3 block, its main building structure has a height of 580 meters, but with a total height of 632 meters, and a total construction area of ​​576,000 square meters (including the ground floor area of ​​380,000 square meters).

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Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Connected Global News

CTBUH Names Shanghai Tower “Best Tall Building Worldwide” for 2016

CTBUH Names Shanghai Tower “Best Tall Building Worldwide” for 2016

4 Nov 2016, Shanghai – The CTBUH Awards Jury has named Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China the title of “Best Tall…

Shanghai Tower Installs Signboard Commemorating Megatall Status

Shanghai Tower Installs Signboard Commemorating Megatall Status

17 May 2016, Shanghai – The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) joined officials of Shanghai…

World’s Fastest Elevator to be Installed in China’s Tallest Building

World’s Fastest Elevator to be Installed in China’s Tallest Building

12 May 2016, Shanghai – A vertical transportation company has developed what it claims is the world's fastest…

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CTBUH Names Shanghai Tower “Best Tall Building Worldwide” for 2016
4 Nov 2016 – Shanghai, China
The CTBUH Awards Jury has named Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China the title of “Best Tall Building Worldwide” at the 15th Annual CTBUH Awards Ceremony and Dinner,…
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Shanghai Tower Installs Signboard Commemorating Megatall Status
17 May 2016 – Shanghai, China
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) joined officials of Shanghai Tower in unveiling the commemorative signboard designating Shanghai Tower the tallest…
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World’s Fastest Elevator to be Installed in China’s Tallest Building
12 May 2016 – Shanghai, China
A vertical transportation company has developed what it claims is the world's fastest elevator, featuring a speed of 20.6 meters per second. The company will apply the…
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Shanghai Tower Pays Tribute to Workers with Wall of Honor
29 Apr 2016 – Shanghai, China
The names of over 4,000 workers, designers, and engineers who played a part in the design and construction of Shanghai Tower have been put on a new 60-meter-long Wall of…
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Shanghai Tower Has Completed, Now the Second-Tallest Building in the World
7 Jan 2016 – Shanghai, China
The CTBUH has recognized the completion of Shanghai Tower, which is now the tallest building in China and the second-tallest building in the world. The tower was finished…
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Shanghai Tower Gets Finishing Touch
4 Aug 2014 – Shanghai, China
The final steel beam was installed on China’s soon-to-be tallest building, Shanghai Tower, with the skyscraper reaching its designed height of 632 meters. The 137-story…
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Skyscraper Security Heightened After Unauthorized Shanghai Stunt
17 Feb 2014 – Shanghai, China
The two daredevils who scaled the under-construction 632-meter Shanghai Tower have prompted tighter security controls from tall building owners, who previously authorized…
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Shanghai Tower Construction Surpasses 600-meter Megatall Measure
28 Jan 2014 – Shanghai, China
Onward and upward, the Shanghai Tower has reached its final stages of construction, exceeding 600 meters, and is set to top off at 632 meters. Shanghai Tower will be one…
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Shanghai Tower Plans to Hire Leasing Agent
8 Jan 2014 – Shanghai, China
The state-owned developer of Shanghai Tower, China’s next tallest building, is hiring a leasing agent to sell space in the building, a highly unusual move in China,…
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FT Evaluates Shanghai Tower’s Sustainability
26 Nov 2013 – Shanghai, China
A recent article from The Financial Times delves into the Shanghai Tower and its implications to Chinese society and its much-talked-about sustainability. The Shanghai…
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Video: Shanghai Tower in the Cloud
6 Sep 2013 – Shanghai, China
The Shanghai skyline has been transformed by the recently topped-out Shanghai Tower. At the 2013 Huawei Cloud Congress in Shanghai, chief engineer Qing Ge of Shanghai…
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Shanghai Tower Celebrates Topping Out to Worldwide Fanfare
2 Aug 2013 – Shanghai, China
Topping out ceremonies for the Shanghai Tower were held in the Jujiazui financial hub of Shanghai on August 2. The ¥15 billion (US$2.4 billion) tower, whose concrete core…
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Update: Photos Released: Shanghai Tower Reaches 500 Meters
16 Apr 2013 – Shanghai, China
The Shanghai Tower, which is still under construction, reached 501 meters (1,643 feet) April 11, surpassing the neighboring Jin Mao Building and the World Financial…
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Popular Science on Shanghai Tower
19 Feb 2013 – Shanghai, China
The Shanghai Tower, which is slated to be the world's second tallest building upon completion, is featured by Popular Science in a recent article. Engineers involved in…
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Shanghai Tower Elevators Receive Three Guinness World Records Following CTBUH Research
1 Jan 1970 – Shanghai, China
In late 2016, the CTBUH confirmed that the elevator systems at Shanghai Tower achieved the following three GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® titles: Fastest Elevator Travel Speed,…

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Shanghai Tower Construction & Development at CTBUH

Top Company Rankings: The World’s 100 Tallest Buildings

13 Oct 2016, CTBUH Research – The Council is pleased to announce the Top Company Rankings for numerous…

Shanghai Tower Signboard Ceremony

13 May 2016, Event Report – CTBUH joined Shanghai Tower officials in unveiling the commemorative signboard…

CTBUH China Office Kicks Off

18 Mar 2015, Event Report – The CTBUH China Office / Asia Headquarters officially launched at CAUP at Tongji…

Shanghai Tower Construction & Development at CTBUH

Top Company Rankings: The World’s 100 Tallest Buildings
13 Oct 2016, Chicago – CTBUH Research
The Council is pleased to announce the Top Company Rankings for numerous disciplines as derived from the list of projects appearing in 100 of the World’s Tallest Buildings.
Shanghai Tower Signboard Ceremony
13 May 2016, Shanghai – Event Report
CTBUH joined Shanghai Tower officials in unveiling the commemorative signboard designating Shanghai Tower as the tallest building in China.
CTBUH China Office Kicks Off
18 Mar 2015, Shanghai – Event Report
The CTBUH China Office / Asia Headquarters officially launched at CAUP at Tongji University with the inaugural board meeting and a reception
Shanghai Tower Technical Tour Report
19 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Tour Report
The construction tour of the impressive Shanghai Tower allowed delegates to ascend to the 119th-floor observatory, as well as explore a finished 12-story atrium.
CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Diamond Sponsor
16-19 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Conference Sponsor
The survival of humanity relies on a radical repositioning of our cities to develop them beyond a collection of disparate icons, towards a vision of a Sustainable Vertical Urbanism.
Four-City Tour Generates Strong Shanghai Conference Support
14-18 Oct 2013, Shanghai – Tour Report
Preparations for the 2014 CTBUH Conference are now underway. Executive Director Antony Wood embarked on a four-city tour, meeting with more than 30 companies over the course of 10 days.
9th World Congress Proceedings Shanghai
Sep 2012, Shanghai – CTBUH Publication
The proceedings of the CTBUH 9th World Congress, held in Shanghai from September 19th - 21st 2012, includes all 114 papers in both a hardcover book and a DVD.
Shanghai Tower Technical Tour Report
20 Sep 2012, Shanghai – Tour Report
Scheduled for completion in 2014, the tour of Shanghai Tower offered a unique glimpse into the construction of the megatall building.
CTBUH 2012 Shanghai Conference Diamond Sponsor
19-21 Sep 2012, Shanghai – Conference Sponsor
That the 21st Century will be the age of the Asian Skyscraper seems indisputable. Already, the past two decades have witnessed a major shift in tall buildings from west to east.
Shanghai Congress News Day Congress: Day One
19 Sep 2012, Shanghai – Conference Activity Report
See the highlights from the first day of the CTBUH 2012 Shanghai Congress including the Opening Plenary and VIP Reception.
Path to the CTBUH 2012 Shanghai Congress: Beginnings…
Jul 2011, Shanghai – Event Report
CTBUH Leaders recently traveled to China to attend a CTBUH-Tongji University workshop, and begin the planning of the anticipated 9th World Congress Shanghai 2012.
CTBUH Presents at Suzhou Elevator Expo
23 Mar 2011, Suzhou – Event Report
CTBUH Communications Manager Jan Klerks presented on Global Tall Buildings Trends as part of the Expo Trade Fair.
Shanghai Expo and Meetings Report
May 2010, Shanghai – Tour Report
Executive Director Antony Wood visited China to attend and speak at the Shanghai Expo. While in China, the foundation was set for the CTBUH 9th World Congress.
Discovering Asia, from Moscow
23 Apr-2 May 2009, Shanghai – Tour Report
Elena Shuvalova, the CTBUH Country Representative for Russia reports on the 4th Russian Intellectual Business.

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Cathy Yang

Cathy Yang

CTBUH Board of Trustees, 2013 – 2015
Shanghai, China

Jianping Gu

Jianping Gu

CTBUH China Office Board, 2015 – Present
Shanghai, China

Xiaobo Chen

Xiaobo Chen

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2014

CTBUH Leaders at Shanghai Tower Construction & Development

Cathy Yang

Cathy Yang

CTBUH Board of Trustees, 2013 – 2015
Shanghai, China

Jianping Gu

Jianping Gu

CTBUH China Office Board, 2015 – Present
Shanghai, China

Xiaobo Chen

Xiaobo Chen

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2014

Qing Ge

Qing Ge

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2012

Zhenghong Liu

Zhenghong Liu

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2014

Youdi Shen

Youdi Shen

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2014

Weining Song

Weining Song

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2014

Kong Qing Wei

Kong Qing Wei

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2012
Shanghai, China

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Award Winners & Finalists

The CTBUH Awards recognize projects and individuals that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and that achieve sustainability at the highest and broadest level.

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2016 Awards - Session 3 Q&A

3 Nov 2016 – CTBUH "15th Annual Awards"
Chair: Antony Wood, CTBUH

A Vernacular Megatall: Shanghai Tower

3 Nov 2016 – CTBUH "15th Annual Awards"
Jianping Gu, Shanghai Tower C&D; Grant Uhlir, Gensler

Interview: Shanghai Tower

3 Nov 2016 – 2016 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews
Jianping Gu, Shanghai Tower C&D; Grant Uhlir, Gensler

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Foundation Differential Settlement Included Time-dependent Elevation Control for Supertall Structures

1 Mar 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 1
Xin Zhao, Tongji University; Shehong Liu, Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd.

Mixed Use Tall Buildings – The Challenges and Benefits of Vertical Urbanization

17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
Samuel So, Colin Dowall & Michael George, JLL

Humanizing the Giants

17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
Swinal Samant, National University of Singapore

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Videos

2016 Awards - Session 3 Q&A
3 Nov 2016 – CTBUH "15th Annual Awards"; Chair: Antony Wood, CTBUH
Alexander Durst, Chief Development Officer, The Durst Organization; Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Partner, Bjarke Ingels Group; Jianping Gu, General Manager, Shanghai Tower C&D; Grant Uhlir, Managing Director, Principal, Gensler; Dakis Joannou, Businessman and…
A Vernacular Megatall: Shanghai Tower
3 Nov 2016 – CTBUH "15th Annual Awards"; Jianping Gu, Shanghai Tower C&D; Grant Uhlir, Gensler
As the tallest building in China upon completion, Shanghai Tower has had an immediate and profound impact on the country’s perceptions of how a skyscraper can contribute to a city and a culture. Not only does it rise over Shanghai as a new symbol for…
Interview: Shanghai Tower
3 Nov 2016 – 2016 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Jianping Gu, Shanghai Tower C&D; Grant Uhlir, Gensler
Jianping Gu, General Manager, Shanghai Tower C&D, & Grant Uhlir, Managing Director, Gensler, are interviewed by Chris Bentley regarding Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, the 2016 CTBUH Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia Winner and 2016 CTBUH Best Tall…
CTBUH Video Interview – Andrew Nicholson
18 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Andrew Nicholson, CBRE
Andrew Nicholson of CBRE is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Andrew discusses the building management of the Shanghai Tower.
CTBUH Video Interview – Claude Bojer Godefroy
17 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Claude Bojer Godefroy, Henning Larsen Architects
Claude Bojer Godefroy of Henning Larsen Architects is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Claude discusses the design process for interior public spaces at elevated positions and the interlinking of buildings with…
Mega Size Mixed-Use Projects: Redefining Vertical Urbanism
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti
Monday October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Dennis Poon of Thornton Tomasetti, presents at the 2016 China Conference Session 4c: Structural & Geotechnic Engineering. As the draw to urban centers increases drastically with financial growth and global…
Mixed Use Tall Buildings – The Challenges and Benefits of Vertical Urbanization
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Samuel So, JLL
Monday October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Samuel So, JLL, presents at the 2016 China Conference Session 3c: Building Operation. China is the global epicenter of mankind’s mass urbanization and the exploding growth of global cities. China is the…
Panel Discussion: Future Cities: What are the Biggest Threats and Opportunities?
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Steve Watts, Alinea Consulting; Jianping Gu, Shanghai Tower C&D; Rui Gu, CAPOL; Ray Shick, Gensler; Chris Yoshii, AECOM;
Monday, October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. A panel discussing the challenges of growing urban populations throughout the globe.
CTBUH Video Interview – Jianping Gu
17 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Jianping Gu, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development
Jianping Gu of Shanghai Tower Construction & Development is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Jianping discusses the economics of constructing a megatall building and the design features of the Shanghai Tower.
Construction Technology and Management Innovation in Shanghai Tower
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Duanxue Shi, Shanghai Construction Group Co., Ltd.
The extreme height and unusual shape of the Shanghai Tower are factors that require additional considerations in terms of construction feasibility. By performing extensive data collection, utilizing innovative construction technologies, and employing…
Design of CWSS of Shanghai Tower Based on Buildability
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Zhijun He, Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd.
Due to the varying distance from the exterior curtain wall to the main structural system of the Shanghai Tower, the building’s curtain wall support structure (CWSS) is inherently complex. The analysis and design method used to create the CWSS will be…
Innovation Management in the Supervision Process of Shanghai Tower
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Haochuan Lang, Shanghai Jianke Engineering Consulting Co Ltd.
This briefing outlines the creative management methods that were used by supervision personnel during the construction of Shanghai Tower. Specifically, this discussion will target key management criteria for megatall buildings, acceptance criteria,…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Shanghai Tower Room, S4 - Q & A
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Shanghai Tower Room, S4 Questions & Answers session with speakers Duanxue Shi, Shanghai Construction Group Co., Ltd., Zhijun He, Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd., and Haochuan Lang, Shanghai Jianke…
Unique Aspects of Shanghai Tower
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Yi Zhu, Thornton Tomasetti
In order to construct an unprecedented building like the Shanghai Tower, creative structural solutions are required in order to distribute loads evenly and optimize the building’s lateral systems. The tower’s innovative and economically efficient…
Several Points about the Practical Application of BIM Technology in Projects
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Bin Zhao, Shanghai Tower Construction and Development
The 632-meter Shanghai Tower began construction in 2008 and is expected to begin operation in 2015. Throughout the growth of this building, building information management (BIM) technology was used to reduce design errors, improve design quality,…
A Review of the Shanghai Tower Structural Performance Monitoring Project
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Weining Song, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., Ltd.
The Shanghai Tower features performance monitoring systems that help dynamically observe risks, quality levels, and structural states under extreme weather conditions – both during construction and throughout the life of the building. This valuable…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Opening Plenary - Q & A
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Opening Plenary Questions & Answers session with speakers Antony Wood, CTBUH Executive Director / IIT / Tongji University, Jianping Gu, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., Ltd., Wai Ming (Thomas)…
Interview: Jianping Gu
17 Sep 2014 – 2014 Shanghai Conference Interviews; Jianping Gu, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development
Jianping Gu of Shanghai Tower Construction and Development is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2014 CTBUH Shanghai Conference at the Jin Mao Tower.
The ROI of User Experience
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Benedict Tranel & Xiaomei Lee, Gensler
Although there has been much research on the performance of double skin façades, there are still arguments that challenge their costs-effectiveness. Using the Shanghai Tower and The Tower at PNC Plaza as case studies, a counterargument will be made…
Moving Towards Sustainable Vertical Urbanism
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Xiaobo Chen, Shanghai Tower Construction and Development Co., Ltd.
To ensure the delivery of a comfortable and harmonious commercial atmosphere, special attention was paid to building management practices in the Shanghai Tower. This presentation will give an overview of the property management services that will…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Shanghai Tower Room, Session 1 - Q & A
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Shanghai Tower Room, Session 1 Questions & Answers session with speakers Jiang Wu, Tongji University, Benedict Tranel & Xiaomei Lee, Gensler , and Xiaobo Chen, Shanghai Tower Construction and Development Co.,…
Making Shanghai Tower the World’s Tallest Green Building
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Jihong Han, Shanghai Research Institute of Building Sciences
The Shanghai Tower represents a breakthrough for sustainable high-rise development in China. A technical overview of the building’s green infrastructure will be provided, along with a discussion of the challenges that must be addressed in order to…
Introduction of Shanghai Tower’s Electromechanical Key Technologies
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Zhenghong Liu, Shanghai Tower
The 632-meter Shanghai Tower targets both Green 3-Star and LEED Gold certifications, requiring inventive solutions in the design of the building’s electromechanical systems. These systems will be discussed along with their relationship to the…
The Making of a Vertical Intelligent Community
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Qi Hu, Jiankun Information & Technology
Advanced technology is used in the design and construction of buildings, but it can also play an important role during building operations. Using the latest technology, the Shanghai Tower will use an intelligent control system to collect large…
Application of Performance Based Fire Safety Design in Shanghai Tower
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Youdi Shen, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development
There are three general categories of fire safety design in tall buildings: fire prevention, fire suppression, and fire safety engineering. Based on the characteristics and functions of Shanghai Tower, a performance-based approach was used to…
Shanghai Tower Panel Discussion
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Discussion
2014 Shanghai International Conference Shanghai Tower Panel Discussion session with speakers Bin Zhao, Shanghai Tower Construction and Development, Yadong Li, Shanghai Jianke Engineering Consulting Co., Ltd., Jiliang Chen, Tongji Architectural…
Shanghai Tower: Building a Green, Vertical City in the Heart of Shanghai
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Jianping Gu, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development
The Shanghai Tower establishes a new paradigm for tall buildings and vertical urbanism. This presentation provides an overview of the strong role that innovation and new technology play in the superlative aesthetic, structural and environmental…
The Evolution of Building Evacuation Design in China
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Fang Li & James Antell, RJA Group
As a result of the events of September 11th and other natural and man-made disasters, building owners, designers and fire officials have become increasingly aware of the need to consider a wide variety of scenarios when evacuating tall buildings. As…
Matching Occupier and Landlord Needs: Supply and Demand in Tall Buildings
11 Jun 2013 – Presentation at CTBUH 2013 London Conference; Nigel Biggs & Nigel Smith, CBRE
As employee habits increasingly change and alternative workplace solutions become a reality, what do tenants want from their tall buildings and how is this affecting demand globally? Drawing on a wide global experience of leasing and managing tall…
Session 2: What Contributes Most to Sustainability in Tall Buildings?
11 Jun 2013 – Presentation at CTBUH 2013 London Conference; Dennis Poon, Neville Glanville, Klaus Lother & David Malott
The next generation of tall buildings will be judged on more than sheer height or aesthetic appearance. In the context of sustainability, they will also be judged on more than just their energy consumption. They will be judged on their contribution…
Fazlur Kahn Lifetime Achievement Medal: A Lifetime’s Engineering Collaboration
18 Oct 2012 – CTBUH "11th Annual Awards"; Charles Thornton & Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti
The partnership between Charles Thornton and Richard Tomasetti has provided the backbone for many of the most dramatic and innovative tall buildings around the world. Their legacy includes Taiwan’s Taipei 101, the Petronas Towers in Malaysia and the…
Interview: Public Space
21 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; Robert Pratt, Tishman Speyer
Robert Pratt of Tishman Speyer is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. Robert discusses the changing wants of building occupiers and the emergence of green and public space within tall buildings…
Advanced Supertall Building Design in Hot-Summer and Cold-Winter Climates
21 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Jianqiang Li, ISA Architecture
Climate adaptive design is a prerequisite for designing sustainable tall buildings. This presentation seeks to investigate currently available advanced design techniques and technologies by studying the latest tall buildings developed in the hot-…
Mitsubishi Elevator Equipment in Shanghai Tower
21 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Jack Qiao, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation Inazawa Works
Shanghai Tower will contain 106 elevator units upon completion. Several world-records will be broken by the system, including: (1) the fastest single deck elevator at 18 meters per second, (2) the fastest double deck elevator at 10 meters per second…
High-rise Construction Risk Control Technology and Management
21 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Yu Huang, Shanghai Jian Ke Engineering
Modern supertall buildings have become one of the most significant examples of iconic economic development and urbanization underway in mainland China as well as one of the major focuses in China’s construction industry. This presentation reviews the…
BIM Applications in the Shanghai Tower Construction
21 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Qing Ge, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development
The construction of supertall mixed-use projects is a complex and integrated activity which has been a significant challenge to construction management due to its wide interdisciplinary collaborations, branch system complexities, and strict quality…
Interview: Biomimicry
20 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; Kenneth Drucker, HOK
Kenneth Drucker of HOK is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. Kenneth discusses biomimicry and its use in making greener and more natural buildings.
Interview: Management of Tall Buildings
20 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; Tony Long, CBRE
Tony Long of CBRE is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. Tony talks about the management of tall buildings and how changing needs have transformed tall buildings.
Interview: Constructing the Shanghai Tower
20 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; Jun Xia, Gensler
Jun Xia of Gensler is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. Jun discusses the design and construction of The Shanghai Tower including the relationship to the neighboring Jin Mao Building and…
Interview: Design of Shanghai Tower
19 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; Jian Ping Gu, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development
Jian Ping Gu of Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co Ltd. is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. Jian Ping Gu discusses several motivations behind the design of the Shanghai Tower and…
Interview: Efficiency and Functionality in Building Systems
19 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; Mehdi Jalayerian, Environmental Systems Design
Mehdi Jalayerian of Environmental Systems Design is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. Mehdi discusses the MEP systems in tall buildings and some of the challenges that building tall poses to…
Interview: Marketing of Tall Buildings
19 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; William Murray, Wordsearch
William Murray of Wordsearch is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. William discusses the marketing of tall buildings and the importance of skyscrapers to the cities they inhabit. He also…
Spatially Suspending and Twisting Curtain Walls’ Design Essentials
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; BaoLiGao MengGen, Shenyang Yuanda Aluminium Industry
Due to the multi-level flexible suspension system in the Shanghai Tower, as well as the project’s complex and twisting form, the requirements of the curtain wall design were particularly challenging. This presentation discusses the systematic problem…
Selling Tall: The Branding and Marketing of Tall Buildings
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; William Murray Wordsearch
Tall buildings are important brands – creating both value and recognition for the cities and countries that create them. We have a duty to ensure that the messaging, marketing and communications match the importance, complexity, professionalism, hard…
Shanghai Tower: Re-thinking the Vertical City
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Jianping Gu, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development
More important than Shanghai Tower’s shear height is the innovation it delivers - in its twisting, crystalline form; in the vertical zones of rich multi-functions; in the communal skygardens throughout its height; in its unique environmental…
Plenary 1: Asia Tall Q & A
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Panel Questions & Answers
Plenary 1 panelists including Jianping Gu, President, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development and Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture take questions from delegates.
The Parametric Design of Shanghai Tower’s Form and Façade
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Jun Xia & Michael Peng, Gensler
The realization of one of the most sustainable supertall towers in the world was only made possible by using innovative design ideas, integrated technology, and advanced tools. This presentation is centered around the Shanghai Tower as a case study…
Structural Design Challenges of Shanghai Tower
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Yi Zhu & Steve Zuo, Thornton Tomasetti
The team behind Shanghai Tower faced a number of unique structural challenges which required innovative solutions in the design and construction of the 632m-tall tower. In this presentation we learn of some of these challenges and solutions,…
Design of Flexible Hanging Curtain Wall Support Structures
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Jiemin Ding, CEO, Tongji Architectural Design Group
Shanghai Tower’s unique inner and outer curtain wall system, which creates an inhabitable “double-skin” zone, made the technical aspects of the façade a challenging task. This presentation discusses the many varied aspects of the envelope system,…
Key Technologies in the Structure of Shanghai Tower
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Jian Gong, Shanghai Construction Group
The Shanghai Tower, at 121 floors and 632 meters, will be the tallest building in China when completed in 2015, and likely the second tallest building in the world. The project’s innovative design solution required the development of an equally…
Track 2: Shanghai Tower in Detail Q & A
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Panel Questions & Answers
Panel consisting of: Jun Xia & Michael Peng, Gensler; Yi Zhu & Steve Zuo, Thornton Tomasetti; Jiemin Ding, Tongji Architectural Design Group; and Jian Gong, Shanghai Construction Group take questions from delegates.
Interview: Shanghai Tower
19 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; Jiemin Ding, Tongji Architectural Design Group
Jiemin Ding of Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co. is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. Jiemin Ding discusses his involvement in the design of the Shanghai Tower and the multiple issues…
Interview: Tall Construction in China
18 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; Timothy Johnson, NBBJ
Timothy Johnson of NBBJ is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. Timothy discusses the future of tall construction in China and the role the Council will play in this expanding economy.
Interview: Shanghai Tower and Ping An Finance Center
18 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti
Dennis Poon of Thornton Tomasetti is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. Dennis discusses two megatall towers under construction in China, the 632 m (2,073 ft) Shanghai Tower and the 660 m (2,…
Curtain Wall Design and Construction of Shanghai Tower
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Tony Wang, Shenyang Yuanda Aluminum Industry Engineering
An introduction to the curtain wall of the landmark building in Shanghai named Shanghai Tower, including the building composition; design key points, application of BIM system, construction method as well as some other aspects in this project.
Movements in The Worlds Tallest Double Skin Building
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Marshall Strabala, 2DEFINE Architecture
The Shanghai Tower: the world’s tallest double skin building creates a challenge that needs to accommodate an unprecedented amount of movement. This presentation will be on the perceived movement of the tower and the actual impacts of real movement…
Shanghai 2014: Vertical, Sustainable and Humane
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Benedict J. Tranel, Gensler
Density, complexity and sustainability are intricately interconnected in developing Chinese cities. Current horizontal development is destructive and unsustainable. Tall buildings have a significant role to play in more effective development model;…
Sustainable World Cities: Shanghai Looking Forward
3 Feb 2010 – Presentation at CTBUH 2010 Mumbai Conference; Michel St. Pierre, Gensler
While the world notes Shanghai’s prosperity, the city’s vision may provide a model for other global cities to follow. The Shanghai 2010 expo theme emphasizes sustainability and livability. The challenge for Shanghai’s 21st Century planning and urban…
Interview: Shanghai Tower
22 Oct 2009 – 2009 Chicago Conference Interviews; Arthur Gensler, Gensler
Arthur Gensler of Gensler Architects is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2009 CTBUH Chicago Conference at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Arthur talks about the Shanghai Tower project which at 632 meters will become the tallest…
Shanghai Tower: Completing a Supertall Trio
22 Oct 2009 – Presentation at CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference; Arthur Gensler, Gensler
Located in the Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone in the heart of Shanghai’s Pudong neighborhood, Shanghai Tower rises to complete a trio of towers including the adjacent Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center. Together, these three will form…

Papers/Research

Foundation Differential Settlement Included Time-dependent Elevation Control for Supertall Structures
1 Mar 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 1; Xin Zhao, Tongji University; Shehong Liu, Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd.
Due to the time-dependent properties of materials, structures, and loads, accurate time-dependent effects analysis and precise construction controls are very significant for rational analysis and design and saving project cost. Elevation control is…
Mixed Use Tall Buildings – The Challenges and Benefits of Vertical Urbanization
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Samuel So, Colin Dowall & Michael George, JLL
China is the global epicenter of mankind’s mass urbanization and the exploding growth of global cities. China is the unrivaled leader in the development of tall buildings on an unprecedented scale in terms of their number, geographic distribution,…
Humanizing the Giants
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Swinal Samant, National University of Singapore
The rise in sustainable skyscrapers and large-scale mixed-use buildings has seen the proliferation of atria and sky-courts worldwide due to their ability to simultaneously contribute to aesthetic, socio-cultural, economic and environmental functions.…
Cities to Megacities: Perspectives
Oct 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue IV; CTBUH 2016 Conference Speakers
The CTBUH 2016 International Conference is being held in the three cities of the Pearl River Delta, the world’s largest “megacity,” projected to have 120 million inhabitants by 2050. The conference brings together some of the leading thinkers on…
Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2015
Jan 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue I; Jason Gabel, Marty Carver & Marshall Gerometta, CTBUH
CTBUH has determined that 106 buildings of 200 meters’ height or greater were completed around the world in 2015 – setting a new record for annual tall building completions.
Numerical Simulation of Temperature Gradients for the Mass Concrete Foundation Slab of Shanghai Tower
Dec 2015 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 4 Number 4; Jian Gong & Xiaoping Wu, Shanghai Construction Group; Weijiu Cui & Yong Yuan, Tongji University
Crack control remains a primary concern for mass concrete structures, where the majority of cracking is caused by temperature changes during the hydration process. One-time pouring is a useful construction method for mass concrete structures. The…
Shanghai Tower: Building a Green, Vertical City in the Heart of Shanghai
26 Oct 2015 – Asia & Australasia: A Selection of Written Works on the World's Tall Building Forefront; Jianping Gu, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., Ltd.
The Shanghai Tower establishes a new paradigm for tall buildings and vertical urbanism. Innovation and new technology play a strong role in the superlative aesthetic, structural, and environmental achievements of this “disruptive” building, while…
Context, Climate, Culture – Investigating Place in Tall Building Design
26 Oct 2015 – Context, Climate, Culture – Investigating Place in Tall Building Design; Robert Goodwin, Perkins + Will
Should a tower in Moscow look like one in Dubai? Once one entered a city and marveled at the unique magic of its architecture – the pastel classicism of St. Petersburg; the cobbled cortile of Siena; the delicate mashrabiya of Cairo – and there was a…
The New Structural Design Process of Supertall Buildings in China
1 Sep 2015 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 4 Number 3; Bao Lianjin, Chen Jianxing, Qian Peng, et al., ECADI
By the end of 2014, the number of completed and under-construction supertall buildings above 250 meters in China reached 90 and 129, respectively. China has become one of the centers of supertall buildings in the world. Supertall buildings in China…
Tall Buildings in Numbers: World’s Highest Observation Decks
Aug 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue III; CTBUH Research
Perhaps no element of a tall building is more closely related to the pure pleasure of standing high in the sky and taking in the view of one’s surroundings than observation decks. Often adding an important source of revenue for the structures that…
Structural Health Monitoring of Shanghai Tower Considering Time-dependent Effects
1 Mar 2015 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings 2015 Number 1; Qilin Zhang, Bin Yang, Tao Liu & Han Li, Tongji University; and Jia Lv, East China Architectural Design & Research Institute Co.
This paper presents the structural health monitoring (SHM) of Shanghai Tower. In order to provide useful information for safety evaluation and regular maintenance under construction and in-service condition, a comprehensive structural health…
Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2014
Dec 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue I; Daniel Safarik, Antony Wood, Marty Carver & Marshall Gerometta, CTBUH
An All-Time Record 97 Buildings of 200 Meters or Higher Completed in 2014 and 2014 showed further shifts towards Asia, and also surprising developments in building functions and structural materials.
Closing the Gap between Fantasy and Reality: Pushing Current Technologies Into the Future
Sep 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue III; Terri Meyer Boake, University of Waterloo
The tall building is a discrete architectural type. The causal aspects of its evolution can assist in determining which aspects will be of the most benefit in pushing the idea forward. If tower-type buildings are symbols of the ideals and aspirations…
Shanghai Tower: Building a Green, Vertical City in the Heart of Shanghai
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Jianping Gu, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., Ltd.
The Shanghai Tower establishes a new paradigm for tall buildings and vertical urbanism. This paper provides an overview of the strong role that innovation and new technology play in the superlative aesthetic, structural and environmental achievements…
The Evolution of Building Evacuation Design in China
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Fang Li, James Antell & Martin Reiss, RJA Group
As a result of the events of September 11th and other natural and man-made disasters, building owners, designers and fire officials have become increasingly aware of the need to consider a wide variety of scenarios when evacuating tall buildings. As…
Property Management: Moving Towards Sustainable Vertical Urbanism
16 Sep 2014 – Shanghai Tower: In Detail; Xiaobo Chen, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., Ltd
As the highest tower in Shanghai, and at the forefront of a new generation of supertall towers nationwide, Shanghai Tower will anchor the city’s Lujiazui district, which has emerged as one of East Asia’s leading financial centers. The following…
Construction Technology and Management Innovation
16 Sep 2014 – Shanghai Tower: In Detail; Zhenfeng Gao & Duanxue Shi, Shanghai Construction Group Co., Ltd.
This project adopts a double glass curtain wall system. A vertical atrium is formed between internal and external curtain walls which cause the external curtain wall system to be operated in midair. The height of concrete rises more than 600 meters,…
Making the World’s Greenest Tall Building
16 Sep 2014 – Shanghai Tower: In Detail; Jihong Han & Hongwu Fan, Shanghai Research Institute of Building Sciences
Shanghai Tower is poised to become the world’s tallest green building after receiving the Chinese 3-star green building design label and the U.S. LEED-CS Gold Pre-qualification. This chapter will introduce how to realize similar achievements in the…
Curtain-Wall System Design
16 Sep 2014 – Shanghai Tower: In Detail; Zhijun He, Jiemin Ding & Jiupeng Li, Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd.
A unique flexible suspended curtain wall support structure (CWSS) was ultimately developed to suit the exterior curtain wall system of Shanghai Tower. Because of the large and varying distance from the exterior curtain wall to the main structural…
The Making of a Vertical Intelligent Community Through Information Systems
16 Sep 2014 – Shanghai Tower: In Detail; Qi Hu, Jiankun Information and Technology Co., Ltd.
Shanghai Tower is devoted to creating a vertical intelligent community. From the detailed demands of the stakeholders, the owner’s team clarified the direction of intelligent applications, demonstrated the rational top-level design architecture,…
The Construction Supervision Process
16 Sep 2014 – Shanghai Tower: In Detail; Yadong Li, Haochuan Lang, Jing Sun & Xiangdong Xu, Shanghai Jianke Engineering Consulting Co., Ltd.
This chapter summarizes innovative management methods in the construction supervision process of Shanghai Tower, outlining the implementation process and application results. It includes key steps of the construction supervision process, acceptance…
Introduction of MEP Technologies
16 Sep 2014 – Shanghai Tower: In Detail; Zhenghong Liu, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., Ltd.
This chapter explains that, in addition to Shanghai Tower’s peculiar height and unique architectural style, the project also targets a Green 3-Star and a LEED Gold certification. The complexity of its electromechanical system required advanced…
Application of Performance-Based Fire Safety Design
16 Sep 2014 – Shanghai Tower: In Detail; Youdi Shen, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., Ltd.
It is well known that fire problems in super high-rise buildings are common issues throughout the world. Fire technology covers fire prevention, fire suppression, and fire safety engineering. The application of science and engineering principles can…
The Payoff for Investing in the Human Experience
16 Sep 2014 – Shanghai Tower: In Detail; Benedict Tranel & Xiaomei Lee, Gensler
In this chapter, Shanghai Tower is introduced along side The Tower at PNC Plaza, to posit that economic propositions for double-façade design solutions must go beyond energy considerations and incorporate the value of human experience. The design…
A Review of the Structural Performance Monitoring Project
16 Sep 2014 – Shanghai Tower: In Detail; Song Weining, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., Ltd.
Through a comprehensive discussion of the systematic application of structural performance monitoring in construction, operation and maintenance of the Shanghai Tower, the author illustrates that structural performance monitoring and information…
The Parametric Design of Shanghai Tower’s Form and Façade
16 Sep 2014 – Shanghai Tower: In Detail; Jun Xia & Michael Peng, Gensler
The Shanghai Tower was only made possible by using innovative design ideas, integrated technology, and advanced tools. This paper is centered around the project as a case study on the parametric design platform utilized by the design team to bring…
Practical Application of BIM Technology
16 Sep 2014 – Shanghai Tower: In Detail; Bin Zhao, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., Ltd.
Using Shanghai Tower as an example, this chapter introduces the effective applications of BIM technology in project design and construction along with the positive results achieved. The chapter also summarizes some problems encountered during the…
Unique Structural Design Aspects
16 Sep 2014 – Shanghai Tower: In Detail; Yi Zhu, Dennis Poon, Qing (Steve) Zuo & Paul Fu, Thornton Tomasetti Inc.
This chapter discusses the unique structural solutions for the 632m tall Shanghai Tower. An innovative “Core-Outrigger-Mega Frame” lateral system is adopted to meet China’s conservative code requirements for lateral stiffness and member capacities to…
Shaking Table Model Test of Shanghai Tower
1 Mar 2013 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 2 Number 1; Xilin Lu, Yuanjun Mao, Wensheng Lu & Liping Kang, Tongji University
Shaking table test is an important and useful method to help structural engineers get better knowledge about the seismic performance of the buildings with complex structure, just like Shanghai tower. According to Chinese seismic design guidelines,…
Tall Buildings in Numbers: The Tallest 15 Cities in China
Sep 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue III; CTBUH Research
With over 1.3 billion citizens and a rapidly urbanizing population, China is developing tall buildings more than any other country globally. Currently it has 239 buildings 200 meters or more in height under construction.
Shanghai Tower: Re-Thinking the Vertical City
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Jian Ping Gu, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development
The construction of the Shanghai Tower breaks through conventional design methods and explores the possibilities of future supertall architectural approaches. These approaches bring the project to a new height of being “naturalistic, technological,…
High-Rise Construction Risk Control Technology and Management
19 Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Yadong Li, Yu Huang, Haochuan Lang & Wenxin Zhai, Shanghai Jianke Engineering Consulting Co., Ltd
According to the characteristics of the Shanghai Tower, this paper will study construction risks in the construction process by means of WBS and RBS methods and then conclude with a list of risks and risk factors in the construction process. The…
Supertall Building Pile-Raft Foundation Designs on Soft Soil
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Chao Si & Wenhui Jiang, Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd; Yong Cui & Jianlong He, Tongji University
The design improvements and optimizations of super high-rise building pile-raft foundations on soft soil have been made as below: considerations of the impact in the whole construction process on the upper structural system, consideration of combined…
BIM Applications in the Shanghai Tower Construction
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Qing Ge, Shanghai Tower Construction & Development
The construction of supertall mixed-use projects is a complex and integrated activity which has been a big challenge to construction management due to its wide interdisciplinary collaborations, branch system complexities, and strict quality…
Mitsubishi Elevator Equipment in Shanghai Tower
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Ikuo Nakazawa, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation Inazawa Works
Shanghai Tower has a height of more than 600 meters above the ground and consists of five zones of skirt building zone, office zone, hotel zone, boutique office zone and observation zone. The concept of transportation is to, utilizing the shuttle…
Advanced Supertall Building Design in Hot-Summer and Cold- Winter Climates
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Jianqiang Li, ISA Architecture
Climate adaptive design is a prerequisite for designing sustainable tall buildings. With rapid globalization and urbanization, different kinds of techniques and technologies developed abroad are introduced and applied to tall buildings in a region…
Shanghai Tower’s Versatile Energy Management System
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Zhongli Chen & Lei Shi, ISA Architecture
This paper will discuss the idea of controlling and managing the central air conditioning system of skyscrapers during the entire building life cycle. Taking the Shanghai Tower as a case study, this paper will use building load prediction technology…
Spatially Suspending and Twisting Curtain walls' Design Essential
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Bao Li Gao Meng Gen, Shuguo Zhao, Yongjun Li & Hang Liu, Shenyang Yuanda Aluminium Industry Engineering Co.,Ltd.
The Shanghai Tower exterior curtain wall has a complex twisting form with a multi-level flexible suspended support system. The curtain wall design is unique and difficult to execute. There are some challenging conditions, such as various panel sizes…
Key Technologioes in the Structure of Shanghai Tower
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Jian Gong, Shanghai Construction Group Co. Ltd; Hong Zhou, Shanghai No.1 Construction Co. Ltd
As the tallest building in China and the second tallest building in the world, Shanghai Tower is a high-rise building with complicated structures which are very difficult to construct and require innovative building solutions. With a view to…
Design of Flexible Hanging Curtain Wall Support Structures
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Jiemin Ding, Jiupeng Li, Zhijun He & Yin Hu, Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tongji
The 126-story, 632-meter tall Shanghai Tower is sited in Shanghai’s Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, with a structural height of 580 meters. It will be the landmark of Shanghai once completed. The tower has a unique design with a “double-skin”…
Structural Design Challenges of Shanghai Tower
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Yi Zhu, Dennis Poon, Steve Zuo & Guoyong Fu, Thornton Tomasetti
This paper discusses the structural challenges and solutions of the 632m tall Shanghai Tower. A unique “Core-Outrigger-Mega Frame” lateral system is used to meet China code requirements. The exterior perimeter Mega frame provides additional stiff…
The Parametric Design of Shanghai Tower's Form and Façade
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Jun Xia & Michael Peng, Gensler
The most sustainable super-tall tower in the world was only made possible by using innovative design ideas, integrated technology, and advanced tools. This paper is centered around the Shanghai Tower as a case study on the parametric design platform…
Shaking Table Test and Seismic Performance Evaluation of Shanghai Tower
Sep 2012 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 1 Number 3; Tian Chunyu, Xiao Congzhen, Zhang Hong, & Cao Jinzhe, China Academy of Building Research
Shanghai Tower is a super high-rise building of 632 m height with ‘mega frame-core- outrigger truss’ structure system. Due to the complexity and irregularity of structure, shaking table test was carried out to investigate its seismic performance. A 1…
The Tallest 20 in 2020: Entering the Era of the Megatall
Jan 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue I; CTBUH Research
Within this decade we will likely witness not only the world’s first kilometer-tall building, but also the completion of a significant number of buildings over 600 meters (around 2,000 feet) – that’s twice the height of the Eiffel Tower.
Elasto-Plastic Time-History Analysis of the Shanghai Tower Under Rare Earthquakes
Oct 2011 – CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Hao Qin, Xianzhong Zhao, Yiyi Chen & Ben Wang, Tongji University
The Shanghai Tower, designed to be 124 stories of 636m height and currently under construction, will be the tallest building in China. The structure of the building involves mega frames, core wall and outrigger trusses. The method of structural…
Case Study: Shanghai Tower
Apr 2010 – CTBUH Journal, 2010 Issue II; Jun Xia, Gensler; Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti; Douglas C. Mass, Cosentini Associates
As the third tower in the trio of supertall buildings at the heart of Shanghai’s new Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, Shanghai Tower embodies a new prototype for tall buildings. The 121-story mixed-use tower offers a sustainable way of living in…

Tall Buildings Involving Shanghai Tower Construction & Development

1   Shanghai Tower 2015 632 m Shanghai
  Completed   Arch. Topped Out   Struct. Topped Out   Under Constr.