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Shanghai World Financial Center

General Information:
Height: 491.9m
Floors: 101
Year (foundation start): August 27, 1997
Year (start): February 13, 2003
Year (end): 2008
GFA: 377,300 m²
Elevators: 31
Escalators: 33
Costs at completion: $850,000,000
Location: Pudong/Lujiazui, Shanghai, China

Two architect firms is involved in the project, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and East China Architectural Design & Research Institute Co. Ltd. The
foundation stone was laid on August 27, 1997. In the late 1990s the Japanese Mori Building Corporation (the developer of SWFC) had a fund shortage
caused by the Asian financial crisis, which halted the project after the foundations were completed. Construction finally resumed on February 13th,
2003.

The original plann was a 460m, 94 story tall building, and it was supose to be completed in 2001, and become the world tallest building two years before
the completion of Taipei 101. But the design was changed in 2003 to a 491.9m and 101 stories tall building with a 50m wide and tall rectangular opening
on the top of the building. Mori Building Corporation actually proposed to raise the building up to 510m so it could surpass Taipei 101's 508m as the
world's No. 1 skyscraper, but this was declined by local authorities in Shanghai saying the city has a limit to building heights and an overall consideration
of the skylines on both sides of the Huangpu River. The design of the opening near the top of the tower was changed in mid-October, 2005; from a
circular to a rectangular opening. Architect and developer claim that it is cheaper and easier to implement the new design.

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Previous Shanghai World Financial Center threads:

> Link to Shanghai World Financial Center (Part 10)
Older threads > (Part 9) (Part 8) (Part 7) (Part 6) (Part 5) (Part 4) (Part 3) (Part 2) (Part 1)
 

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"Mori Building Corporation actually proposed to raise the building up to 510m so it could surpass Taipei 101's 508m as the world's No. 1 skyscraper, but this was declined by local authorities in Shanghai saying the city has a limit to building heights"

hopefully this will happen. but what's with the limit?? i've thought they'll build the Shanghai Center, and this will be definetly over 500m tall
 

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Am I the only one that doesn't quite like the cladding?

It feels a bit 1980s...
 

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I've been spoiled by TTC's cladding awesomeness, but I wouldn't say the cladding of SWFC is bad. Not just as good...
 

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It's a stunning design. Not sure about the cladding just yet. We really need to see it finished before we judge... it does seem a bit dated, but it could be the picture. The progress is great.
 

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Yes, just the one. Why don't you write to Management, lodge a complaint, and demand your money back?
i ment what made him go with his camera there ... would make him take many pics from different angles ... in addition i asked him not u :bash: :bash:
 

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For a communist nation, this is one hell of a building. Not disgustingly pretentious but at the same time not utterly forgettable.
 
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