Shanghai Tower

Shanghai Tower

Citation of Merit

Design Architect: Gensler

AOR: Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd. (TJAD)

Client: Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., Ltd.

Contractor: Shanghai Construction Group

Consultants: Thornton Tomasetti, Cosentini Associates, SWA

Photos: Blackstation and Connie Zhou

“This is the runway model of today’s skyscraper,” commented one juror about Gensler’s Shanghai Tower. The tallest building in China, the Shanghai Tower features a double-curtain wall made from 20,000 individual panels made with combinations of 7,000 unique shapes. The juror continued, “Like a model, the secondary curtain wall looks like a delicate dress.”

The building’s shape helps it to withstand Shanghai’s high winds, and that exterior “dress” insulates the building as a primary sustainability feature. “It’s a tour-de-force,” said one juror.

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