Shanghai World Financial Center Project Canvas
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Shanghai World Financial Center

Shanghai | P.R. of China
Business Area
Design ArchitectKohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Project Architect & EngineerMori Building Co., Ltd.
Executive ArchitectIrie Miyake Architects & Engineers
Architect of RecordShanghai Modern Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd.
Architect of RecordECADI
Ph.: Permasteelisa Group
The Concept

Located in the heart of the Lujiazui Financial and Trade Zone in Pudong, Shanghai and adjacent to the Jin Mao Tower, this 101-story project has a unique monolithic simplicity that sets it apart from the surrounding dusting of skyscrapers. The 492 m (1,614 ft) tall Shanghai World Financial Center was completed in August 2008 and has three observation decks located on the 94th, 97th, 100th floors.


492 m / 1614 ft

101 stories tall

The curtain wall system is designed to facilitate future glass replacement and cleaning as the mullion-and-transom frame’s form and cover can be removed from the inside. This means that when a pane of lite glass needs to be replaced, the cover is simply removed, the glass changed and the cover replaced. Each lite glass pane has been treated with ClearShield, a chemical compound that acts as a permanent self-cleaning surface barrier. The outside of the windows employs anodized aluminum decorations that reflect light and enhance external lighting effect at night. The multi-layer glass curtain wall improves air conditioning system efficiency and effectively prevents hot outside air from entering the building; moreover, it also provides the needed internal heat distribution, thus ensuring efficient use of energy and resources.

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Ph.: Courtesy of Mori Building
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The Project
Scope of Work

120,000 sqm (1.3 million sq ft) of curtain wall.

Technical Details

DEVELOPER: Mori Building Co., Ltd.

DESIGN ARCHITECT: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates


EXECUTIVE ARCHITECT: Irie Miyake Architects & Engineers

ARCHITECT OF RECORD: Shanghai Modern Architecture Design (Group) Co., Ltd. / ECADI

CONTRACTOR: Shanghai Construction Group & China State Construction Engineering Corporation

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