PROJECT Shanghai Tower
LEED Platinum Certified
4,090,300 square feet
Shanghai Tower hosts whole neighborhoods within its 128 floors. China’s tallest building and the second tallest in the world, it has nine vertical zones, each 12 to 15 floors, that house offices, hotels, observation decks, and gardens. Using 80% less energy for its heating and cooling than equivalent towers, it’s the first Passivhaus-certified office tower.
The tower’s shell has transparent double walls that insulate, allow for air ventilation, and let in sunlight. You’ll also find green spaces in and around the building, with extensive landscaping that comprises one-third of the space. The tower may be in one of the most polluted places, but this project maximizes its sustainability.
Shanghai Tower’s many strategies will reduce its carbon footprint by 25,000 metric tons per year. Within the façade are 270 wind turbines, which power the exterior lighting.