Saturday, August 03, 2013

China’s tallest building nears finish in Shanghai (video YT)

Visitors get a good view of the Pudong financial district with the Shanghai Tower (right), which is undergoing construction and scheduled to finish by the end of 2014. (Reuters)
SHANGHAI: A topping out ceremony has been held for China’s tallest building in the financial hub of Shanghai.
At 632 meters (2,073 feet), the Shanghai Tower in the city’s Pudong district is the world’s second-tallest building, surpassed only by Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, which soars 829.8 meters (2,722 feet).

Topping out means the final beam has been placed at the top of the building. Once completed next year, the Shanghai Tower will have retail and office space, and a luxury hotel. It was designed by the US architectural firm Gensler.

China’s booming economy has fueled a building frenzy, including some of the world’s tallest buildings. The Shanghai Tower replaces the Shanghai World Financial Center — completed in 2007 — as the country’s highest building.

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  1. China tallest building, Shanghai Tower, gets final beam...

    Work on the main structure of China's tallest building, the Shanghai Tower, has been completed.

    A flag-waving ceremony took place as the last steel beam was hoisted and installed at the top of the skyscraper.

    Once completed, the structure will reach over 630m, making it the second-tallest building in the world after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

    It is the last in a group of newly-built towers in Shanghai's financial district amid China's economic boom.

    It will become part of the city's Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, which includes the Shanghai World Financial Center and Jin Mao Tower, both among the tallest in the world.

    After the final beam was installed, the Shanghai Tower formally overtook Taiwan's 509m Taipei 101 building to become the tallest in Asia.

    It will still stand some 200m shorter than the Burj Khalifa, which soars to a height of almost 830m.

    The Shanghai tower cost an estimated 14.8bn yuan ($2.4 bn, £1.6 bn) and is due to be completed in 2014.

    Work on the tower began in 2008; it was designed by the US firm, Gensler. ....


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