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Old October 11th, 2015, 05:13 AM   #16861
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Weren't the safety nettings gone at one point, how come they've reinstalled them? Or was that a different side?
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Old October 12th, 2015, 02:34 AM   #16862
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Old October 12th, 2015, 07:55 AM   #16863
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Blue plastic is almost entirely gone. I am looking foreward to see it in finished state.
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Old October 12th, 2015, 08:44 AM   #16864
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Weren't the safety nettings gone at one point, how come they've reinstalled them? Or was that a different side?
Safety.
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Old October 12th, 2015, 11:04 AM   #16865
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Old October 12th, 2015, 05:58 PM   #16866
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Old October 12th, 2015, 06:56 PM   #16867
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Old October 12th, 2015, 07:52 PM   #16868
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From this morning (click pics for full size)....

Some work on the 2nd drum from the top:


Current state of the east face of the tower, top to bottom:






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Old October 12th, 2015, 07:58 PM   #16869
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Whats the purpose for those drums?
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Old October 12th, 2015, 08:12 PM   #16870
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Whats the purpose for those drums?
You mean aside from housing the elevator shafts and utilities that need to run through the entire building?

That they're disguised as a round corrugated drum is just a decorative choice.
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Old October 12th, 2015, 09:23 PM   #16871
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You mean aside from housing the elevator shafts and utilities that need to run through the entire building?

That they're disguised as a round corrugated drum is just a decorative choice.
From what I heard the main reason for the open double floors with drums inside every 15 floors is to allow for airflow. Therefore reducing sway in addition to a tuned mass damper up top.
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Old October 13th, 2015, 12:49 AM   #16872
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Old October 13th, 2015, 01:49 AM   #16873
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Old October 13th, 2015, 02:40 AM   #16874
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From what I heard the main reason for the open double floors with drums inside every 15 floors is to allow for airflow. Therefore reducing sway in addition to a tuned mass damper up top.
This is correct. Curbed has a pretty concise breakdown of the reasoning behind Viñoly's design in this article:

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So he decided to carve the superscraper up into six chunks, each of which are 12 stories. These pieces are separated by gaps that help create a collecting pool for the wind, and so reduce the effects of the wind on the building.
I can't find the other article where it explains why the drums are round, but to paraphrase an engineer, flat surfaces create more wind resistance and in particular the kind of vortexes that buffet skyscrapers at high altitudes. Using a rounded shape for the drums essentially lets the wind pass over smoothly, rather than slamming into the flat sides of the core.
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Old October 13th, 2015, 07:43 AM   #16875
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Old October 13th, 2015, 09:41 AM   #16876
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Old October 13th, 2015, 12:21 PM   #16877
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It is an amazing looking building in my opinion, part of the best and most unmistakable skyline in the world.

The only minus is that what stood there before was so impressive too. It's a shame they couldn't save those and build this somewhere else (London, on the Pinnacle site would do for me!).
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Old October 13th, 2015, 04:28 PM   #16878
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The only minus is that what stood there before was so impressive too. It's a shame they couldn't save those and build this somewhere else.
They could have. They just chose not to.
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Old October 14th, 2015, 12:20 AM   #16879
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Most of the orange netting down on the second drum from the top (click pic for full size):

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Old October 14th, 2015, 06:48 AM   #16880
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That same the Taipei 101 Ball ?? on the top
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