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Shanghai Tower
上海中心大厦
Zånhe Tsonshin Dasa
Shanghai Tower in 2015
Former names Shanghai Centre
General information
Status Completed
Type Mixed-use
Location 501 Yincheng Middle Rd, Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai
Coordinates 31°14′08″N 121°30′04″E / 31.2355°N 121.501°E / 31.2355; 121.501Coordinates: 31°14′08″N 121°30′04″E / 31.2355°N 121.501°E / 31.2355; 121.501
Construction started 29 November 2008
Completed 6 September 2014
Inaugurated 18 February 2015
Cost CN¥15.7 billion
Height
Top floor 587.4 m (1,927 ft) (Level 127)
Technical details
Floor count 128 above ground
5 below ground
Floor area 380,000 m2 (4,090,300 sq ft) above grade
170 m2 (1,800 sq ft) below grade
Elevators 106
Design and construction
Owner Shanghai Tower Construction and Development
Main contractor Shanghai Construction Group
Architect Jun Xia (Gensler)
TJAD
Engineer Thornton Tomasetti
Cosentini Associates
I.DEA Ecological Solutions

The Shanghai Tower (Chinese: 上海中心大厦; pinyin: Shànghǎi Zhōngxīn Dàshà; Shanghainese: Zånhe Tsonshin Dasa; literally "Shanghai Center Building") is a 632-metre (2,073 ft), 128-story megatall skyscraper in Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai. It shares the record (along with the Ping An Finance Center) of having the world's highest observation deck within a building or structure at 562 m, and the world's second-fastest elevators at a top speed of 20.5 metres per second (74 km/h; 46 mph). It is the world's second-tallest building by height to architectural top. However, the title of the world's fastest elevator now belongs to the Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, with a top speed of 21 metres per second (76 km/h; 47 mph) achieved in 2017.

Designed by international design firm Gensler and owned by the Shanghai city government, it is the tallest of the world's first triple-adjacent supertall buildings in Pudong, the other two being the Jin Mao Tower and the Shanghai World Financial Centre. Its tiered construction, designed for high energy efficiency, provides nine separate zones divided between office, retail and leisure use.

Construction work on the tower began in November 2008 and topped out on 3 August 2013. The exterior was completed in summer 2015, and work was considered complete in September 2015. Although the building was originally scheduled to open to the public in November 2014, the actual public-use date slipped considerably. The observation deck was opened to visitors in July 2016; the period from July through September 2016 was termed a "test run" or "commissioning" period. Since April 26, 2017, the sightseeing deck on the 118th floor has been open to the public.

Shanghai Tower is the winner of Tien-yow Jeme Civil Engineering Prize of 2018.

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