Peek in­side China’s tallest build­ing

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHOU WENTING in Shang­hai zhouwent­ing@chi­nadaily. com.cn

China’s tallest build­ing, a 127-story su­per sky­scraper in down­town Shang­hai cost­ing 14.8 bil­lion yuan ($2.28 bil­lion) to build, opened its first doors to the public on Wed­nes­day.

The open­ing cer­e­mony for the Shang­hai Tower’s base­ment, which will house an ex­hi­bi­tion on sky­scrapers, and a five-story an­nex sig­nify the up­com­ing com­ple­tion of a build­ing that has taken nearly eight years to com­plete.

At 632 me­ters, it is the world’s sec­ond-tallest build­ing, af­ter the 828-me­ter Burj Khal­ifa in Dubai. The Shang­hai Tower will house of­fices, a ho­tel, mu­seum and art gallery, and will be a venue for con­fer­ences and ex­hi­bi­tions.

“Tens of thou­sands of peo­ple are ex­pected to work, visit and shop in the build­ing when it is fully open,” said Jian Da­nian, deputy head of Shang­hai’s Pudong New District.

Ge Qing, deputy gen­eral man­ager of Shang­hai Tower Construction and Devel­op­ment Co, the build­ing’s owner and de­vel­oper, said an ob­ser­va­tion deck on the 119th floor will open in a few months, ahead of the build­ing’s of­fi­cial open­ing later this year.

The world’s fastest el­e­va­tors, which can travel at speeds of more than 18 me­ters per sec­ond, will carry tourists to the ob­ser­va­tion deck in less than 55 sec­onds. Ticket prices for the deck, which will pro­vide a bird’s-eye view of the city, have yet to be set, Ge said.

The build­ing’s five-story an­nex is de­signed for con­fer­ences.

The Shang­hai Tower will also house China’s high­est res­tau­rant on the 120th floor, the high­est ho­tel lobby on the 101st floor, and the high­est swimming pool, with a view

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from the 84th floor. More than 20,000 pieces of glass cov­er­ing 220,000 square me­ters were used on the build­ing’s ex­te­rior.

It is the tallest green build­ing in the coun­try. The energy au­to­ma­tion sys­tem has a re­al­time elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion mon­i­tor­ing func­tion that can save up to 10 per­cent of to­tal energy use.

The build­ing is the lat­est among a clus­ter of su­per sky­scrapers in the city’s Lu­ji­azui Fi­nan­cial Area, which also houses the 468-me­ter Ori­en­tal Pearl Tele­vi­sion Tower, the 421-me­ter Jin Mao Tower and 492-me­ter Shang­hai World Fi­nan­cial Cen­ter.

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