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It's official: Gensler's Shanghai Tower is world's second tallest building

Gensler's Shanghai Tower
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Gensler’s Shanghai Tower has become the latest super-tall skyscraper completed in the Far East – the burgeoning hotbed for the planet’s new wave of high-rise giants   

Released this month, the latest update to the official list of the tallest buildings in the world produced by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, neatly exemplifies the world’s shifting economic centre of gravity.

Gensler’s Shanghai Tower, completed at the end of last year, has pushed SOM’s 442m Willis Tower (originally Sears Tower) in Chicago, out of the official Top 10 list for the first time in 41 years.

At 632m, the Shanghai Tower is now the tallest building in China and second in the world only to the 828m-tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai, also by SOM.

The council says that the news ‘represents yet another indicator of the tall building surge in Asia and the extreme heights that are more commonly being realised in the tall building industry’. However, fans of the Willis Tower might be justified in feeling a little miffed, given that Kuala Lumpur’s twin Petronas Towers count as two separate entries in the chart.

Despite being western Europe’s tallest tower and boasting an impressive 309m ground to floor height, Renzo Piano’s Shard in London only makes 79th position in the rankings.

The globe's tallest buildings - January 2016

The globe’s tallest buildings - January 2016

 

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