Amazing Buildings: Shanghai Style

Monday, December 17, 2007 8:17
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Following the post of a Youtube series highlighting some of Bejing’s architectural wonders, I went out and found a couple of clips on the World Financial Tower.

China’s tallest building, this structure has taken more than a decade to build. the Asia crisis stopped it, there were multiple design changes, and a little hole at the top created some negative public sentiment. However, as many of you will know, it was recently capped and is nearly completely encased in its glass shell… and it looks damn cool.

The first clip is one that you should run with the sound off as the background music is annoying, however the clip is really interesting. It is a computer generated clip that starts off with a couple minutes on the growth of Pudong from Pearl tower to 2010. It then takes viewers through a virtual map of the building..

[youtube width=”425″ height=”335″]http://youtube.com/watch?v=enRYzZIOUoA[/youtube]

The second clip is realy interesting as it brings together the architects and engineers to talk about the structure, the process of building it, and how the design incorporates various safety elements. .. before the clip cuts off
[youtube width=”425″ height=”335″]http://youtube.com/watch?v=XW-do4dEx7A[/youtube]

For me, while I find this building to be amazing, I have to admit that next to Jin Mao and across the street from the Lujiazui park, it is losing something for me. Lujiazui park with the various buildings surrounding offers an amazing panorama, and Jin Mao is just amazing all on its own, but throw it all together and I think each takes away from each other. Perhaps, they all add to each other, and I am not seeing it yet…

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One Response to “Amazing Buildings: Shanghai Style”

  1. Chris Devonshire-Ellis says:

    December 17th, 2007 at 9:32 pm

    Hey Rich, this is the Beijing equivalent – the new CCTV Tower going up in Chaoyang: http://www.chinaexpat.com/blog/ernie/2007/11/14/closing-loop.html

    There is some very cool architecture going up in China at the moment.