China tower named 'Best Tall Building'

China tower named 'Best Tall Building'

The US-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) awards jury has named Shanghai Tower in China as ‘Best Tall Building Worldwide’ at the annual awards ceremony held at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago recently.

Shanghai Tower was chosen from among four regional Best Tall Building winners, including Shanghai Tower (Best Tall Building, Asia and Australasia), VIA 57 West (Best Tall Building, Americas), The White Walls (Best Tall Building, Europe) and The Cube (Best Tall Building, Middle East & Africa). The final decision was the result of a year-long selection process that saw 132 entries from 27 countries around the globe.

The winning project, Shanghai Tower, impressed the jury for a variety of reasons. It incorporates stunning multi-storey atria between the tower’s pioneering double-skin facade The twisting profile of the development works in conjunction with its innovative exterior to provide a sustainably minded design, leading to a 24% reduction in wind loading.

Construction work on Shanghai Tower began in November 2008 and the high-rise was ‘topped out’ in August 2013. The tower was completed in late 2015 at a height of 632 metres, becoming the third building in the world to achieve the ‘mega-tall’ (600-plus metres) designation by CTBUH.

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