Gensler won the Shanghai Tower project back in 2008. Every day since then the project team—led by Jun Xia from our Shanghai office but comprised of over 200 people from across the firm—has worked tirelessly to solve the many challenges inherent in building a supertall building. Arthur says that they have learned a lot along the way. From the beginning, tehy was committed to assembling the best and brightest minds from across our 46 offices for this project, and the resulting building is tangible evidence of what collaborative efforts can yield.
Gensler’s design team anticipated three important strategies – the tower’s asymmetrical for, its tapering profile, and its rounded corners . would allow the building to withstand the typhoon- force winds commun to Shanghai. Using wind tunnel tests, Gensler and structural engineer Thornton Tomasetti refined the tower’s form, which reduced building wind loads by 24%. The result is a lighter structure that saved 58 million dollares in costly materials.
“With the topping out of Shanghai Tower, the trio of superball buildings is a stunning representation of our past, our present, and China’s boundless future” Jun Xia, design leader, Gensler Shangai