Friday, August 23, 2013

China Goes Green With Plans for New 200-Story Shanghai Tower

The second-tallest building in the world does not sound much like a showplace for public parkland, sustainability and green technology.  But the new 200-story Shanghai Tower will be a public space like you've never seen, with vast, airy 14 story public atriums, indoor parks featuring landscaping themes from tropical to grassland, and a full third of the building's interior devoted to green space. In the West, financial and economic considerations preclude this kind of construction, since so much of the space will not be available for rental income, but China is looking to define the arrival of Shanghai as a financial center and herald the emergence of China as a major world power.

Hunter Communications Original News Source:
Fast | Co.Exist

Link to article:
The New Second Tallest Building In The World Is An Urban Green Space Wonderland

Excerpt: "The second tallest building in the world is more like a vertical city than a building. Think of it like this: the 632-meter tall Shanghai Tower is a bustling mixed-use metropolis with more green space (and even more people) than many cities on the ground can boast of having.

The statistics on the building, which ranks only behind Dubai’s Burj Khalifa in height, are staggering: 521,000 meters squared of floor space, 106 elevators, a weight of 1,200 metric tons, the ability to hold 30,000 people (it really is like a small city), and the kicker--one-third of the building is dedicated entirely to green space.

'Our client essentially is the government,' says Dan Winey, who leads Gensler’s Asia region (Gensler designed the building, which just held its topping-out ceremony this month). ' The government is looking for a symbol of the emergence of China, the development of Shanghai as a major financial center. If you look at the history of Shanghai, it’s a city of parks.'

Shanghai Tower is also a city of parks. Winey explains: 'When you come into the building, on the first couple floors are gardens and green walls, and every 14 floors there’s what I would consider to be a city park. There are also three 14-story atrium spaces.' Sky gardens line the perimeter of the building, which is carved up into nine 12-to-15 story high vertical zones (hotels, offices, retail space, an observation tower, etc.).

Each park is different, both in shape and landscaping. As the building rises higher, it tapers and twists, and the parks are adjusted accordingly. At the lower levels, the parks are close to 50,000 square feet.

They’re also designed to have different themes--one is more tropical, for example, and another showcases native grasses (landscape design was completed by SWA). According to Winey, the parks will contain cafes, food service, cultural events, and even art fairs. 'The idea is to bring people into the building, to go into public spaces to experience events,' he says."

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