La tour de Shanghai relève la barre des gratte-ciel économes en énergie

Bien que sa hauteur impressionnante et son design emblématique en «tire-bouchon» attirent certainement l’attention, ce sont les références vertes incomparables de la tour de Shanghai qui seront son véritable héritage.

Dominating the Shanghai skyline, the world’s second tallest tower stands at 632m and comprises 128 floors divided vertically into nine zones, including shops, offices, hotels, and observation decks offering unparalleled views of the cityscape.

Designed by architecture firm Gensler, the tower’s form twists and curves by 120° over its full height to give a beautiful corkscrew effect. This is no mere aesthetic choice, however, with the design thoroughly verified in a series of wind tunnel tests to produce a structure that reduces wind load by 24 per cent. This means the tower can pierce the clouds while standing firm against the powerful typhoons which swoop in from the East China Sea.