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Shanghai Tower: Counteracting the Sway Inherent to Supertall Buildings

The Shanghai Tower’s Eddy Current Damper uses a series of copper plates and magnets (pictured above) to help reduce building movement. Image © Noah Sheldon

With only the final scaffolding remaining on the Shanghai Tower’s crown and the upper most beam in place, we can now fully visualize the building’s complete silhouette. As visually stunning as the curved tower is, the special features hiding within the silhouette, especially in the tower’s crown, are just as exciting. The tops of most buildings only feature observation zones for tourists, while masking the less interesting but mandatory mechanical elements with opaque glazing. The Shanghai Tower’s crown will of course encourage visitors to enjoy the unparalleled views of Shanghai, but it will also direct gazes towards the inner workings of the building itself and provide glimpses of wind turbines, a rain water collection system and two types of dampening systems: a Tuned Mass Damper (TMD) with Eddy current damping applied. These last two are both near completion.

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Shanghai Tower Rising

Image © Noah Sheldon

Shanghai Tower has entered its final construction phase, and the construction team is reaching key milestones every week. The team recently began putting the final touches on the inventive double skin facade and prepared the very top of the Tower for the crown, which will hold the Tower's wind turbines and Tuned Mass Damper. The site has also become a point of interest with foreign visitors: Max Baucus, the United States Ambassador to China, toured the Tower during a recent trip to Shanghai.

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Shanghai Tower: The Cranes Come Down

View of the Shanghai Tower from one of the cranes. Image © The Telegraph

Since construction on the Shanghai Tower began in 2008, cranes have perched on top of, and surrounded the growing super tall building, allowing crews to put various pieces of the structure in place and becoming part of the Shanghai’s skyline in the process.

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Shanghai Tower: A View from the Top

Few vistas are more breathtaking than an urban landscape seen from above.

Amateur photographer Wei Gensheng, a crane operator working on the construction crew of Shanghai Tower, China’s tallest building, reminded the world of this truth last week when his breathtaking photos of Shanghai took second prize in the Shanghai City Photography Competition.

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Shanghai Tower Tops Out 

Image © Gensler

Last week I had the opportunity to return to China for a very special milestone - the topping out of the Shanghai Tower. It seems like yesterday, but in fact it was five years ago, that we won the design competition for the tower. Besting Foster & Partners, KPF, and a host of other world-class firms for the honor of constructing China's largest, and the world's second tallest building, gave us our first opportunity to build in the super-tall realm. I knew then how important it would be to call upon our best talent from China and around the world to bring the project to fruition.

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