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Shanghai World Financial Center


Shanghai World Financial Center
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Structure in General

existing [completed]
composite structure
curtain wall
light blue
bridged top


commercial office hotel museum shopping center
commercial office mercantile restaurant museum shop(s)


  • The circular aperture at the top of the original design represented heaven, and would have served to reduce wind load on the building.
  • Changes to the design resulted in extra costs of more than US$ 200 million due to the design refinements, including structural system re-design, foundation re-design and increased safety features, made as a consequence of September 11th 2001.
  • Located near the Jin Mao Tower in the financial district of Shanghai.
  • Due to the design change of the top opening from a circle to a trapezoid, the tram-car system that would travel vertically inside the big circle is cancelled.
  • The Consortium invested more than US$850 million for the project.
  • The design of the opening near the top of the tower changed in mid-October 2005 during the course of construction, from a circular to a rectangular opening. Architect and developer claim that it is cheaper and easier to implement the new design.
  • A widespread rumor in the world news media said the tower will surpass Taipei 101 as the world's tallest building at completion, but is not true.
  • The foundation stone was laid on August 27, 1997, but a fund shortage on the Japanese side caused by Asian financial crisis halted the project, and nothing had since been done to the projected structure.
  • The consortium funding the project is composed of more than 36 international companies, mainly banking corporations, insurance companies and developers from Japan.
  • The tallest building in the People's Republic of China, replacing Jin Mao Tower.
  • The observation bridge will be the highest outdoor observation deck in the world.
  • The height of this building has changed from its original plan - 94 stories at 460m to the current plan - 101 stories at 492m.
  • Construction finally resumed on February 13th, 2003.
  • Not implemented within two years, the project should have been canceled according to relevant regulations. However, because it is a project of huge investment and there have been no other suitable investors, the building remained, and in four years would finally rise up in Shanghai.
  • Glass and metal were covered on simple geometric bodies to create mysterious sight effects.
  • A 6-star hotel will be located near the top of the building, which will be the second highest hotel in the world after the one in International Commerce Centre.
  • The maximum elevator speed is 600 m/min.

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100 Century Avenue

Technical Data

1,621.82 ft
1,614.17 ft
1,599.11 ft
1,599.11 ft
1,555.09 ft
1,555.09 ft
1,555.09 ft
13.78 ft

Involved Companies


Also recorded for this building:

construction company, developer, elevator consultant, elevator supplier, facade consultant, facade maintenance system supplier, facade supplier, fire protection engineering, formwork supplier, steel supplier, structural engineering

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • Observation deck on roof
  • Observation floor is available
  • Public parking is available