Year of 2017

The Shanghai World Financial Center in China

This 101-story skyscraper would be a striking feature of the Shanghai skyline even without the aperture at the top. As of this writing, it’s the ninth-tallest building in the world. Though construction on the tower began in 1997, the Asian financial crisis that began in July of that same year put a temporary halt to the project. But by 2003, construction resumed, and the Shanghai World Financial Center was complete and open for business five years later. If you’re celebrating Skyscraper Day today, as we are, add this one to your ‘must see’ list.

The Shanghai World Financial Center is a supertall skyscraper located in the Pudong district of Shanghai, China. It was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox and developed by the Mori Building Company, with Leslie E. Robertson Associates as its structural engineer and China State Construction Engineering Corp and Shanghai Construction General Co. as its main contractor. It is a mixed-use skyscraper, consisting of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and ground-floor shopping malls. Park Hyatt Shanghai is the tower’s hotel component, comprising 174 rooms and suites occupying the 79th to the 93rd floors, which at the time of completion was the highest hotel in the world. It is now the third-highest hotel in the world after the Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, which occupies floors 102 to 108 of the International Commerce Centre.
Opened: Aug 28, 2008
Floors: 101
Height: 1,614 feet (492 m) (Architectural) · 1,614 feet (492 m) (Tip)
Architect: William Pedersen
Architecture firm: Kohn Pedersen Fox
Engineer: Leslie E. Robertson
Shanghai International Financial Center (上海国际金融中心)