The main structure for China’s Shanghai Tower is almost completed and will be the nation’s tallest building, for now. Skyscrapers are getting taller and taller around the world, pushing architects to create better buildings. Shanghai Tower will be the tallest building in China until Sky City is built. However, one thing that the Shanghai Tower will still have is the world’s fastest elevator.
The Shanghai Tower needed an 18 foot deep foundation that required 63 hours of non-stop work to pour. Once the massive structure is finished, it will contain more than six million square feet of office and retail space that is expected to attract an estimated 16,000 people per day. While the building will only be China’s tallest until Sky City is finished, it is still a spectacle.
The tower’s 90 by 90 foot concrete core will be surrounded by a layer of glass that will insulate the building and regulate its energy consumption. There will be atriums with ceilings high enough to house trees as tall as 10 meters. There will be 121 floors, which guests will travel between in the world’s fastest elevator. The elevator will be able to reach speeds of 40 mph, getting riders to their desired floor faster than any other commercial elevator ever built.
Shanghai Tower (2,073 feet) will be the third tallest building in the world, behind the Burj Khalifa (2,717 feet) and Sky City (2,739 feet). It will be one amazing structure that will be able to boast it has the world’s fastest elevator.