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Shanghai Tower is a 632 metres tall skyscraper located in Shanghai, China and is currently the second tallest building in the world. Completed in 2015, it is also the tallest building in China, a country that has been actively building supertalls in recent decades. Designed by Gensler Architects, Shanghai Tower has 128 floors and is one of the three supertall buildings in the prime area in Pudong. The other two are the Shanghai World Financial Center (492 metres high) and Jin Mao Tower (421 metres high).Recently, the tower is named Best Tall Building Worldwide in 2016 by Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Besides that, the tower has also won the Emporis Skyscraper Award 2015. It’s a double joy for the tower. Shanghai Tower has accomplished such level of recognition due to many reasons. Some of them are its elegant spiraling cylindrical form, energy-efficient performance of the building, extraordinary double-skin facade, world’s fastest elevator, etc.Shanghai Tower prevailed over other winners in smaller categories in CTBUH Best Tall Buildings selection to take the top prize after winning the Best Tall Building Asia and Australasia. Best Tall Building Americas goes to VIA 57 West, Best Tall Building Europe goes to The White Walls and Best Tall Building Middle East and Africa goes to The Cube. As for the Emporis Skyscraper Award, Shanghai Tower topped the list of their 10 finalist selection. The other 9 in order from top to bottom are Evolution Tower in Russia (no.2), II Dritto in Italy (no.3), Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Central Plaza in China (no.4), ABODE 318 in Australia (no.5), Icon Bay in United States of America (no.6), D1 Tower in United Arab Emirates (no.7), 432 Park Avenue in United States of America (no.8), Citygate in Austria (no.9) and ICE II in Canada (no.10).I would love to visit Shanghai Tower and goes up to its observation deck to enjoy the panoramic view of the city and to purchase a replica model of the skyscraper. If you know me well, one of my hobbies is to collect replica models of famous buildings and towers around the world. This hobby is actually very costly, but what can I do since it’s my interest. I have not visited Shanghai before and I am looking forward for a trip to that city in near future. I think I would be very impressed not only by the supertalls in that city, but also by the overall magnificent skyline of the city.(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web) Leave a comment »‘Lord of Shanghai’ (梟雄) is a 2015 Hong Kong television pre-modern period drama by TVB, and it is the last of the four anniversary series marking the 48th birthday of the television station this year. It is also a grand production featuring heavyweight casts that include Anthony Wong (film king), Kent Tong (one of five ‘tigers’ of TVB in 1980s), Wayne Lai (triple TV king) taking on main roles accompanied by many supporting roles portrayed by Kenneth Ma, Myolie Wu, Ron Ng, Alice Chan, Louis So, Jade Leung, Eddie Kwan, Natalie Tong, Pierre Ngo, Lau Kong, etc. The drama with a total of 32 episodes is set in 1930’s divided Shanghai when many troubles hit and tells the story of three powerful business tycoons who are friends and also enemies within themselves. The story is loosely based on real people (the 3 tycoons) and events in Shanghai around that particular decade.When I first heard of the development of this drama about a year ago, I was very excited because Anthony Wong is in it. He had won multiple best actor and supporting actor nods in past film awards and it would be refreshing and cool to see him in small screen now (television). This is also Kent Tong’s first drama in 30 years. The storyline of the drama which is revealed not long ago also further put me in a position to anticipate desperately for it. Time flies. The series has now ended with the broadcast of its final episode just now. Maybe I came in with high expectation, and so in the end, I think the series is just good overall with nothing truly breathtaking as expected earlier. Even the ending is a bit ordinary but still a good conclusion to this drama.Before the drama began few weeks ago, this drama somehow reminds me of ‘Rosy Business’ and its unrelated sequel ‘No Regrets’, the two highly successful series few years back. However, ‘Lord of Shanghai’ failed to live up to the quality found in that two mentioned dramas despite having a huge cast of professional actors and actresses. The storyline is good but I’m slightly disappointed that there aren’t much climax-reaching parts in this drama. I remembered I enjoyed watching ‘Rosy Business’ very much because it has intense scenes in almost every episodes and I don’t find it here in ‘Lord of Shanghai’ to my surprise. I felt emotionless watching the series besides than enjoying the great performances by the cast. I’m only slightly more interested on the major flashback scenes depicting Kiu Ngo-tin in his younger days and how he eventually chosen the path to be a mean tycoon.Yes…the cast helped a lot on the series. Everyone from the major to minor characters contributed very well to the drama. Anthony Wong delivered subtle expressions and is very convincing as the main lead of the drama. His expressions are very minimal but displayed a lot of emotions. The only thing I’m not fine of him is his usage of Shanghai accent sometimes in his dialogues while no one else do the same. Wayne Lai on the other hand used exaggerated approach to convey his role as the main villain of the story. Some people disliked his overly done expressions but I think that is what best for his role and he nailed it. Kent Tong’s character is a bit overshadowed by Anthony and Wayne. Alice Chan who resembles the late Anita Mui is also very good as Sister Kwai Sang. This is my first time seeing her and she is already that good. As for Kenneth Ma, first I was annoyed by the dubbing of his voice by other actor (why not use his original voice?) but his exceptional acting as the young Kiu Ngo-tin had me forgetting the voice. Ron Ng is given an ordinary role that turned evil out of sudden in the last one and a half episode that means nothing to me.The theme song named ‘Regretless’ by Alfred Hui is a good song to listen to and the score matches quite well to the series. In this drama, we also get to see many scenes depicting Shanghai back in 1930s and it do bring us back to that particular era, getting us more engaged to the setting of the story. Expected since it is a grand production. Overall, the series is still interesting to watch with top-notch acting performances and solid plot. However, in my personal opinion, ‘Captain of Destiny’ is still the best series in 2015 while ‘Lord of Shanghai’ is only my no.2 this year as the former surprised me in many ways while the latter ended up being just good and nothing spectacular. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Lord of Shanghai’ a total of 7.8. I still think this series is going to be the biggest competitor alongside with ‘Captain of Destiny’ for Best Series award in TVB Anniversary Awards next month. Let’s see which one will win…’Captain of Destiny’ had already won in Singapore and Malaysia. I guess Hong Kong one will be for ‘Lord of Shanghai’. What’s your thought on this? You can share it in the comment section below.(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web) Leave a comment »Shanghai Tower is a 632 metres tall skyscraper at Pudong District, Shanghai, China. The building is nearly completed and is scheduled to be opened later this year as the country’s tallest building as well as world’s second tallest building. It is situated in an enclave of three city’s tallest buildings, accompanying the other two; 492 metres tall Shanghai World Financial Center and 421 metres tall Jin Mao Tower. The architect behind the design of the Shanghai Tower is Gensler.I had wrote a number of blog posts regarding this supertall in the past, showing how much I love it. I’m impressed by not only the sky-reaching height of the tower, but also by one of its interesting architectural elements; the double-skin facade. What is meant by that? It means that the tower has two layers of cladding enveloping the habitable spaces inside the vertical structure of the building. Recently, I read an article, and in that article, Xiaomei Lee, Co-Managing Director of Gensler Shanghai, shared to us more details and the benefits of the double-skin facade of the striking tower;1. Blend public and private spaces. By creating a triangulated outer skin and a circular inner volume, we created a series of atria that could be accessed by the public. These vertical “sky gardens” will house all of the same programmatic diversity that one would find in a traditional, horizontal neighborhood of Shanghai. Our goal was to create 21 individual community anchors that allow the citizens of Shanghai and tenants of the tower to live out their lives on this vertically stacked plane.2. Insulate the inner volume of the tower and reduces the need for active HVAC systems to heat and cool the building. Eventually reduces electricity and operational costs of the building, and promotes sustainability in usage of the building.3. Helps deflect the amount of stress placed on the building’s structure. The outer skin’s 120-degree rotation and taper were able to reduce wind load stress by 24 percent, which reduced our client’s construction costs while simultaneously resolving the issue of typhoon winds.4. Outer skin is actually suspended in between the tower’s fire breaks, which allowed the contractor to assemble the tower much faster than a traditional building. Quicker construction; saves time and cost.5. The inherent flexibility in a hanging curtain wall system is another line of defense when dealing with high wind speed and sudden bursts of pressure from typhoons.6. Acts as a buffer for harsh solar glare, but still allows natural daylight to reach the tower’s interior.For full article, click here: http://architizer.com/blog/gensler-shanghai-tower-by-xiaomei-lee/. The article explains further on the design inspiration and also touched on the issue of demand for ‘vertical city’ in China.Breathtaking pictures…(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web) Leave a comment »The fame of being the most advanced and famous city in mainland China is no doubt belongs to the city of Shanghai. Due to that status, the city of near 25 million people has gone through massive and unparalleled economic growth over the years. Countless of highrise buildings sprawled within its vast urban areas, and that has helped the city to be easily ranked within top 5 in various rankings or polls online on evaluating best skyline cities across the globe.Its most impressive skyline feature is none other than the view across a river overlooking the Pudong district. The skyline of that particular district alone is already sufficient enough to pull off as the icon of this megacity. Most postcards representing the city will depicts that shot, and once you see it, you will know it’s Shanghai. What Pudong district am I talking about? It’s this… The first supertall that is located at Pudong is not a building, but a tower. The Oriental Pearl Tower that stands at 468 metres is a telecommunication and sightseeing tower on a forefront location just by the edge of the river. After that, came the dream of building three supertall skyscrapers within a zone in Pudong. It’s simply called ‘The Big 3’. The first to be built under this ambition is the Jin Mao Tower. It’s a 421 metres building completed in late 1990s, just few metres shorter than the 452m Petronas Twin Towers which were the tallest buildings in the world back then.Many years later, finally another supertall skyscraper is built besides Jin Mao Tower. Jin Mao Tower is no longer alone after a decade. Completed in late 2000s, the Shanghai World Financial Center then took the title as the country’s tallest building at 492 metres. The building is also the world’s tallest building to top of roof (defeating Taipei 101 which has spire that pushed its height to 508 metres). However, the title didn’t remain long once Burj Khalifa is completed not long after that claimed all the ‘tallest’ titles easily at 828 metres. The Big 3 is not completed yet. One more skyscraper to go. And now, this ambition is going to be fulfilled very soon, as the latest and last addition to this Big 3 has topped out recently and will be opened to public next year. There you go….closer day and night view of the Big 3.It’s the Shanghai Tower. Stands at 632 metres, this massive building towers above the rest of the surrounding buildings with huge margin. It even makes the neighbouring Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center look tiny (eventhough the two are already very tall on their own too). These three skyscrapers that sit next to each other are simply beautiful. The whole Big Three is epic. All three of them would be iconic landmarks in any other city yet they stand next to each other. Just speechless.Beautiful, isn’t it? I would love to sit there (in image above) for hours without any intention of leaving. Would be great enjoying the skyline from that spot. Would really love to visit Shanghai very soon. I have been to Beijing, Tianjin, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and Yunnan but never to Shanghai before.(Images in this post are recently taken and are from various sources throughout the world wide web) Leave a comment »To all skyscrapers’ fans, this is a great news. After nearly six years of construction, the Shanghai Tower has finally topped out officially when it reached its full height on its construction early this month. It has topped out a year ago, but only reached its final height when the last part of the roof is secured in place. And its final height now stands at 632 metres (2 073 feet).If you are still unsure of how high that is, then imagine it’s double the height of Paris’ Eiffel Tower. Only behind Burj Khalifa (828 metres), Shanghai Tower is now the world’s second tallest building. It is also China’s tallest building, and is one of the three buildings in the world (not including TV towers) that stood above 600 metres mark. Looking up to the top of the building may break your neck.So, what isn’t better than showing here some most recent images of the tower. Spectacular building in a spectacular city. Shanghai Tower’s impressive height made it stood out easily above the rest of the many buildings in Shanghai that are already tall including its neighbours, the Shanghai World Financial Center (492m) and Jin Mao Tower (421m). I’m not only amazed by its height, but also by its free-flowing undulating design as the building’s form rises from the ground to the top. Clean, neat and fluid facade.Here’s some interesting data regarding Shanghai Tower:Height, architectural: 632 metres.Height, to top of roof / tip: 632 metres.Height, to highest occupied floor: 561 metres. Floors above ground: 128.Floors below ground: 5.No. of elevators: 106.Tower’s General Floor Area: 420 000 metre square.Building function: Hotel, office.Energy Label: LEED Gold.Architect: Gensler (Marshall Strabala as Chief Architect)More data here: http://www.skyscrapercenter.com/shanghai/shanghai-tower/.Also not to forget that I like how this building addresses multiple ‘green’ / sustainability issues on its design (hence certified as LEED Gold) which should be seen as an example by others. Set to be completed and opened next year, I’m looking forward to visit this building soon. Going up to its observatory which will be the world’s tallest observatory (even taller than the one in Burj Khalifa that is only at about 400m level) would be certainly an overwhelming experience especially the opportunity to view the city’s skyline from this crazy height.Shanghai Tower is going to be epic when the lighting is on soon. Looking from this angle (image above), the city can still cater for more supertall skyscrapers in near future since its economy is rapidly booming and the escalating interest on building big and tall in China.(Images in this post are from skyscrapercity.com) Leave a comment »I believe many of you have seen the video above right? If you didn’t see it, it’s about two masked men filming how they trespassed the construction site of Shanghai Tower and climb to the top of the highest crane for a breathtaking view looking down below. It has been widely shared throughout Facebook. The video had just been published on Youtube for two days and had now garnered over 7 million views already. It’s a big hit. It would be weird if this clip didn’t get your attention.The two in the video are Russian adventurers; Vitaliy Raskalov and Vadim Makhorov. They can easily sneaked into the construction site with no people around noticing. I guessed they did this during Chinese New Year when all the construction workers were in holiday and that they enter during midnight, hence no one saw them. But the most daring thing they have done was that they climbed to the crane located at the top of the tower with bare hands. No safety gear or rope. No safety measures at all. If they made a small careless step, they could have fall down over 600 metres to the ground and died. Furthermore, strong wind up there could easily makes them off balance too.If I was them, I would have been very satisfied reaching the top of the building. They did one step further by climbing the crane too, till the top end of it where they were approximately 650 metres above ground. I would have fainted. This video is not for those fear of height. They were truly daredevils. Some may call them insane too. But the panorama offered from that point of view is truly magnificent! Amazing bird-eye view. Really cool! They were smart to have brought high-definition camera to capture some amazing views to share to the world. Even the neighbouring skyscrapers; Shanghai World Financial Center and Jin Mao Tower look small here. Shanghai Tower is really a massive supertall building. Once completed (expected completion next year), Shanghai Tower will be the second tallest building in the world (just behind Burj Khalifa) with a height of 632 metres. I always love this skyscraper and I do keep in touch with its construction progress over the years.On the other hand, it’s both Valentine’s Day and Chap Goh Meh today! Chap Goh Meh, the fifteenth day (last day of celebration) of Chinese New Year festival is also regarded as Chinese Valentine’s Day. It’s also my last day to collect angpows! And coincidentally, for this year, it falls on 14th February, the same day as the Valentine’s Day. This occurrence only happened once every 19 years. Next will be on year 2033. Anyway, Happy Valentine’s Day to all the loving couples and Happy Chap Goh Meh to all Chinese!(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web) Leave a comment »From now on, I think I couldn’t get my eyes off the updates on the under-construction Shanghai Tower at least for once in a month. I have been frequently visiting the Skyscrapercity forum websites to check on construction progress of several supertalls and Shanghai Tower now got the most of my attention. The tower has recently had its structure topped out at an approximate height of 600 metres above ground, but it will few months later that the glass crown will finish the tower to final astonishing height of 632 metres.I think I had written quite a lot of posts regarding this very impressive-looking tower on this year alone. In previous years, the building’s construction was still at early stage and was no where to be seen in the midst of Pudong skyline, Shanghai. However from this year onwards, the building started to get noticeable even from very far distance as it continues to rise up quickly and towering all other surrounding buildings including its’ two neighbouring supertalls; 492m Shanghai World Financial Center and 421m Jin Mao Tower. Even when it’s now not completed yet, but Shanghai Tower had already bring about a strong visual or impact to Shanghai’s breathtaking city skyline.The skyscraper which is designed by Gensler, is now already the tallest building in China, and once fully completed next year, it will be officially the tallest structure in China too (surpassing Canton Tower, Guangzhou which stands at a height of 600 metres) and also becoming the world’s second tallest building (only behind 828 metres tall Burj Khalifa, Dubai). When completed, the Shanghai Tower will join the Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center to form the world’s first adjacent grouping of three supertall buildings. Three supertalls in one area alone plus the Oriental Pearl Tower nearby too. Awesome!Shanghai Tower will consists of 12 floors of Class-A office space, retail, a luxury hotel and cultural venues. The uppermost floors will feature the world’s highest non-enclosed observation deck which will then surely offers wonderful panoramic views of the city while making things on the ground level appear as tiny as an insect. The luxury hotel in the tower will be called Jin Jiang Hotel and is located between the 84th and 110th floors, which will then also be the tallest hotel in the world at the time of its completion. The tower will also hold records for the fastest single-deck and double-deck elevators, as well as world’s furthest-travelling single elevator at 578.5 metres, surpassing record held by Burj Khalifa.Besides than its awesome height that could easily pierce the clouds (I think so)- (from the image above, you can see even the tower’s shadow crosses over the river to the other side of the city too, proving its impressive height), it is also the tower’s smooth flowing design that caught my interest. Well, Chinese symbolism regards it as a dragon twisting and flying to the sky. Hmm…a blue dragon then. Its’ double layer glass concept is also interesting and is already visible in one of the images shown in this post. Now, after looking at those beautiful images of the tower, I felt like I couldn’t wait any longer to visit the city soon so that I could be there on my own and enjoy looking and visiting the tower once it is completed and opened to public. Shanghai Tower has now been one of my most favourite skyscrapers in recent years.(All images in this post are from skyscrapercity forum website pages discussing on this particular tower.) 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