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Entries in Tall Building Design (12)

Monday
Oct262015

Shanghai Tower: A Tower for China’s Current Moment 

Image © Blackstation

When I was a graduate student of architecture at Columbia, one of my professors, Yehuda Safran, told me, “You are young, and when you are young, history appears to be flat. As you get older, history takes on more topography.” As Shanghai Tower nears completion, I’ve been thinking about Yehuda’s remark. I knew at the time that even if what he was saying was true, I couldn’t fully appreciate it. Since then I’ve come to a deeper understanding of what he meant.

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Tuesday
Oct062015

The Tower at PNC Plaza – A Breath of Fresh Air

The Tower at PNC Plaza. Image © Gensler

On October 1, The Tower at PNC Plaza opened to the public, completing a five year design and construction process that started with a powerful and singular vision: create the world’s greenest skyrise. The Tower represents the culmination of a 10 year journey Gensler has taken with PNC, beginning with the first high-rise erected in Pittsburgh in decades (the mixed-use Three PNC Plaza) and followed by the first LEED Platinum office building in Washington, D.C., a net-zero bank branch building, and countless LEED-certified workplaces and bank branches across the country.

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Thursday
Sep042014

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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Friday
Feb152013

Shanghai Tower: The 4th Anniversary of Construction

Photo credit: Gensler

At 425 meters and 90 floors, Shanghai Tower has just surpassed the neighboring Jinmao Tower, the first of the trio of supertalls in Pudong.

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Thursday
Jan102013

Design and Manufacturing: Together Again

Photo Copyright 2012 Solar Innovations, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Last month, I had an eye opening trip to Pine Grove, Pa. There, I visited a factory for Solar Innovations, the company that is building the wood curtain wall and custom doors that will be an integral part of the façade of The Tower at PNC Plaza.

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