The Shangai World Financial Center (SWFC) is located in China. It was designed by Eugene Khon and William Pedersen from Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. William Pedersen is one of the best North American Architects. The structural engineers have been Leskie E. Robertson Associates (LERA).
This project has been named the 2008 Best Tall Building Overall, by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).
It is one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world, 492.0 meters (1,614.2 ft) tall. It is currently the world's tallest completed building by roof.
The aperture at the peak was originally circular. But this changed because on the one hand it was difficult to build and on the hand it was too similar to the rising sun of their economic rival's flag: Japan. Finally, they decided chose a trapezoidal hold. Some people say that it looks like a giant bottle opener. In my opinion, it´s a really elegant and supertall skyscraper.
Its construction began on 1997 but was it interrupted by the Asian Financial crisis. Finally, the construction restarted on 2003 and it was inagurated on the 28th of August of 2008.
5 videos showing how it was constructed, 1 video showing the observatory nowadays and 1 video showing the 2 auto shock absorbers of the skyscraper.
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The observatory of the Shangai World Financial Center
The 2 auto shock absorbers of the SWFC
From: Youtube and wikipedia