Shanghai Tower – The Vertical City


Paul Chong / Thursday, 13 November 2014

Shanghai Tower

The Shanghai Tower is a super tall skyscraper under construction in Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai. Construction work on the tower began in November 2008. Upon its completion in 2014, the building will stand approximately 632 metres (2,073 ft) high and will have 121 stories, with a total floor area of 380,000 m2 (4,090,000 sq ft).

The Shanghai Tower will be the tallest building in China and the second-tallest in the world, surpassed by the Burj Khalifa in the United Arab Emirates.

A mind boggling concept becoming a reality . . . was thought to be unbuildable . . . a superstructure uniquely its own . . . never been built or attempted by others before.

Polluted  Shanghai
Polluted Shanghai

Shanghai is the largest metropolis in the world, burdened with a teeming population of 23 millions & still growing. The concept of Shanghai Tower to accommodate millions vertically without the horizontal spread of the metropolis. It is designed:

  • to have people living, working & playing without the

    hassle of travelling by car.

  • to have gardens, parks & greenery with clean air

  • a city within a city to cope with accommodating

    its teeming population with shops, offices, hotels

    & restaurants all within easy reach at each level.

For more than a hundred years, Shanghai has been China’s super powerhouse. It is expanding unchecked and showing no sign of slowing down. The city is reaching a crisis point & some solutions have to be found & found quick before modern decay sets in.

Present city is a tough place to live, squalid, unhygienic & environmentally unfriendly . . . pointing in the direction of a radical change before life in Shanghai becomes unbearable.

Shanghai Bund is the famous old part of the city, a financial centre where people live, work , shop & relax. Shanghai Tower essentially is designed to be much like the Bund area but on a vertical scale. An excellent idea where land & space are of premium price.

Reaching for the sky . . .
Reaching for the sky . . .

When there is so limited space horizontally, the only sensible way is to build upwards . . . reach for the sky. Shanghai Tower is a solid core reaching up a third of a mile . . . a vision of standing tall & supreme above the squalid foul air below.



World’s Tallest Building – One Mile Tall ( Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)



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 Jonathan Paula discusses Saudi Arabia’s newest planned skyscraper – the “Kingdom Tower” which when finished will sit 5,280 feet high (over a mile tall)..

He shares his opinionated and enlightened view of the world with you, by way of an unfiltered and sometimes harsh stream-of-consciousness. Jonathan Paula is a 25-year-old professional YouTuber and creator of the hit web series, “Is It A Good Idea To Microwave This?”. He graduated from Emerson College in 2008 with a degree in Television Production and Radio Broadcasting. He currently lives in Rockingham, New Hampshire with his fiancée.


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How high does a tower need to reach before it’s considered too high? If you think relaxing up on top of the Burj Khalifa’s Atmosphere won’t give you vertigo, try Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower — a structure that will extend one mile upwards — almost twice the height of Dubai’s tallest.

Those Middle Eastern princes just can’t get enough of those insanely tall skyscrapers. Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal, head of Kingdom Holding Company recently gave his approval for construction of what will be billed as the world’s tallest man-made structure — the Kingdom Tower.

Screen shot 2013-07-30 at 12.51.49 AMPrince Al Waleed Bin Tala

The Kingdom Tower will be built in Saudi Arabia’s city of Jeddah. The tower will stretch one mile up into heavens and include 12 million cubic feet of space, several stories of office space, several stories for a hotel and four tiers of residential space, with the upper most tier reserved for “alternative energy generation” solutions (perhaps including a pendulum to keep the entire tower from collapsing).

The Kingdom Tower project is so large that it’ll cost $30 billion to construct. To get to the top from the ground floor, an elevator ride would take an estimated 12 minutes to ascend. That’s quite a journey for a view that is sure to be mostly sand and clouds.

As if it wasn’t already hard enough to keep the glass on the Burj Khalifa squeaky clean, think how much more difficult it’ll be to clean the dirt off windows twice as high up.

No matter how you look at it, the Kingdom Tower reeks of excess, but who cares when you’re rolling in money?

. . .  demonstrating clearly the stupidity of man . . . always attempting to go where even the devil fear to tread.

China Builds ‘World’s Tallest Building’ in Changsha, Hunan Province

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China builds ‘world’s tallest building 

Sky City” in Changsha, Hunan Province, China will be world’s tallest skyscraper building by April 2014.

Heights Comparison It will be 220 floors above ground with a total height of 838 meters; will have a planned construction time of only 10 months; and cost 1.5 billion US$.

This will stand tallest at 838 meters/2749 ft. till the “Kingdom Tower” of Saudi Arabia is finally constructed. Its proposed height is 5,280 ft. which will be more than twice the height of Changsha’s structure at 2,749 ft.

Screen shot 2013-07-28 at 10.55.53 PM Screen shot 2013-07-28 at 10.57.00 PMThere will be 104 high-speed elevators; 10 fires escape routes, which can evacuate people each floor within 15 minutes; the building will be fire-resistant for up to three hours.

It will also have 17 helipads.

Sport facilities will include 6 basketball courts, 10 tennis courts.

Plans include preserving green space around the building.

Sky City at Night

This “city” building will house shops, restaurants, offices, 5 schools, an elderly care centre, and a hospital on the lower levels; while 31,400 people apartments and 1,000 guests’ hotels would make up the upper levels.

The 4-layered glass windows will keep the temperature of the building constant between 20 to 27°C.

The air indoors will be filtered to 20 times cleaner than the outside air.

The lamps used in the building will be energy saving LED.

The building is designed against earthquakes of up to 9.0 on the Richter Scale.

800 meters in 6 months: Sky City Tower


The World’s Tallest Tower

Diagram comparing the height of Burj Khalifa t...
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Diagram comparing the height of Burj  Khalifa to other towers & structures

The Burj Khalifa, originally named Burj Dubai, and currently the tallest tower in the world, officially opened in Dubai on Jan. 4 2010 amid an impressive pyrotechnics display that highlighted the tower’s 2716.5-feet of aluminum and steel, and its 26,000 hand-cut glass panels. The Burj Khalifa blows away the next-nearest skyscraper, which is Taiwan’s 1670-foot Taipei 101, and the building has even surpassed ultra-tall, ground-cable-supported radio antennas.

Architects’ vertical leapfrogging, however, isn’t likely to stop at the Burj Khalifa. While the tower will be a tough one to beat, it is likely to remain at the pinnacle for only about another half-dozen years. Developers around the world have proposed numerous new skyscrapers. Some projects have leapt off the drawing boards, though plans for many record-breaking towers have been scuttled because of the global economic spasms of the past couple of years.

The original name of the Burj Khalifa, the Burj Dubai, was changed at the last minute to recognize United Arab Emirates president Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, who as emir of Abu Dhabi gave struggling Dubai a $10 billion bailout last month.

So what buildings could be the next to rise up and steal the Burj Khalifa’s crown? Here in the chart below are some of the tallest towers that have been dwarfed: Taipei 101 (Taiwan) as mentioned, Shanghai World Financial Centre (China), Petronas Towers (Malaysia) & Sears Tower (USA).

Waiting to compete for the prized crown are eight more on the drawing board:

1. Burj Mubarak al Kabir – 3,284 ft. Location: Madinal Al Hareer (City of Slk), Kuwait

2.1 Dubai – Three towers: 1969 ft., 2625 ft. and 3281 ft. Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

3. Miapolis – 3000 to 3281 ft. Location: Miami, USA

4. Nakheel Tower – 3281 to 4593 ft. Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

5. Sky City 1000 – 3281 ft. Location: Tokyo, Japan

6. Bionic Tower – 4029 ft. Location: Shanghai, China (As originally propoased)

7. Kingdom Tower – 3281 ft. Location: Jeddah, Saudi Arab

8. Millennium Challenge Tower – 6067 ft. Possible Location: Kuwait