Shanghai Tower is a 632-meter, 121-story building in the heart of Shanghai’s Luijiazui Finance and Trade Zone, adjacent to the Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center. When construction is completed in early 2015, Shanghai Tower’s distinctive transparent spiral form will showcase cutting-edge sustainable strategies and public spaces that wrap its perimeter from crown to base.
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Sustainable design is at the core of Shanghai Tower’s development. From the outset, the design team targeted LEED Gold and China 3 Star ratings. Some of the sustainable features are:
- The façade’s taper, texture and asymmetry work in partnership to reduce wind loads on the building by 24 percent and subsequently reduces the structural cost by $63 million
- The building’s spiraling parapet collects rainwater, which is used for the tower’s heating and air conditioning systems
- The landscaped atria improve indoor air quality
- Wind turbines at the top will generate 54,000 kWh a year in energy that will power the outer lighting
- The 2,200 kW cogeneration unit will generate power and 640 tons of heat or cooling for the lower floors
The landmark building incorporates several additional sustainable features that will lower its energy usage: