Shanghai Tower: China’s Urban Jungle

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“Maybe you’re the runner up 
But the first one to lose the race 
Almost only really counts in 
Horseshoes and hand grenades”

– Green Day – “Horseshoes and Handgrenades”

Many people will tell you that second place is really just the first loser but the Shanghai Tower in the Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone of China hasn’t let that keep them down.

Taking out the metaphorical silver medal in the World’s Tallest Building Awards, Shanghai Tower is 632 meters tall and has 128 floors above ground and five more below.

It is beaten only by Dubai’s Burj Khalifa which stands 828 meters tall with 163 levels.

If you’re feeling bad for the Shanghai Tower, fear not because while they may not be the tallest kid on the block, they do have the world’s fastest elevator and some other pretty amazing features.

Clocking in at 20.5 meters per second in the speed trial, the unit was designed by Mitsubishi Electric and nabbed three world records: tallest elevator in a building, world’s fastest elevator and fastest double-deck elevator.

In 2017, Mitsubishi told The Washington Post that the elevators drew the exclusive attention of forty workers, which is hardly surprising when you consider how technologically advanced the contraptions must be to pressurize correctly and operate smoothly at that speed.

While Shanghai Tower also holds plenty more records, we’re going to focus on the green aspects of the skyscraper since this piece is the first in our sustainability series.

The twisted structure, often referred to as the “Crystal Spire”, incorporates more than 40 energy saving features making it incredibly environmentally friendly.

So much so, in fact, that it was the first structure higher than four hundred meters to receive a platinum LEED rating and is often considered the world’s ‘greenest’ skyscraper.

The building’s design is wind resistant and features double layered insulation to improve climate control efficiency. Additionally, over twenty internal gardens provide green spaces for residents, which have been proven to have a myriad of health benefits as well as environmental ones.

Essentially, this allows Shanghai Tower to create and maintain its own miniature ecosystem which lays the foundation for self-sufficiency.

Further reducing the building’s environmental footprint are additions such as water catchment and recycling systems, which utilize the rooftop garden to maximize the amount of rainfall which can be repurposed for use within the building.

When these features are paired with the structure’s collection of wind turbines and solar panels for optimal energy generation, it can be argued that Shanghai Tower is the standard which all new developments should aim for.

Over the coming weeks we’ll be digging a bit deeper into these concepts but for the time being, I’d like to know your opinions on sustainability in relation to buildings and construction.

Let me know what you think in the comments and drop me a line if you want me to write about anything specific.

I created this post as part of my duties as a Junior Marketing Manager and Lifestyle Editor at SiteSupervisor.
SiteSupervisor is a SaaS platform helping the construction industry communicate and collaborate effectively.
I am currently managing their social media and content output and as such felt obliged to declare this as sponsored/affiliate content.

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