The Second Tallest Building On Earth Has Officially Topped Out

Workers put the last beam on the 2,073ft. 125-story Shanghai Tower. posted on

1. The Shanghai Tower rises high above a forest of skyscrapers

With a total of 121 stories, this self-contained city designed by Gensler is the tallest structure in China and the second tallest tower in the world.

Gensler

2. Nine buildings tall

The tower is designed as nine buildings stacked one on top of the other. Between each stack are open-air gardens, that give visitors the feeling of being outside.

Gensler

3. Shanghai Tower will be one of the most sustainable and advanced towers in the world

Wind turbines in the tower will generate power, while the double skin-glass facade of the structure will help with insulation.

Gensler

4. Rainwater keeps it cool (and hot)

The spiral shaped design makes it able to collect rainwater that can be used throughout the heating and air conditioning systems.

Gensler

5. Shanghai’s typhoon-force winds are no match for this tower

This design was tested and approved in wind tunnels.

6. Jet to the top using the world’s fastest elevators

Mitsubishi designed elevators that go up to 40 miles per hour.

Gensler

7. The last beam is now in place

The tower opens in 2014.

Gensler

Learn more about Gensler.

This is one of many exhibits featured in the Autodesk Gallery, learn more about Autodesk.

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