Saturday, 13 January 2007

Skyscrapers-Shanghai World Financial Centre

The Shanghai World Financial Centre, to be completed next year, will soar 492 metres into the Shanghai sky. Once completed, it will be only 16 metres shorter than the current title-holder, Taipei 101. Like Taipei 101, the Shanghai World Financial Centre will have 101 storeys. The Shanghai World Financial Centre will have 377,300 square metres of office space.
The tower was nearly abandoned in 1996 over fears Shanghai had excess office space, making the tower unprofitable. Construction begun again in 2003. The building's most unique feature, the big hole at the top of the building, is intended to reduce wind pressure, making the tower more stable. More than 36 developers, banks and insurers have funded the tower.

The Shanghai World Financial Centre is being built in the Pudong district of Shanghai, close to other tall buildings like the 421 metre Jin Mao Tower, and the Oriental Pearl Tower on the Shanghai waterfront.

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