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Hoodrat
Jun 16, 2006, 4:59 AM
wow!

nice shot.

Fabb
Jun 16, 2006, 6:02 AM
About six floors of cladding. Good !

choyak1
Jun 16, 2006, 6:17 AM
No why does the WFC appear skinnier than Jin Mao? at least it appears that way, or is it just the perspective??

giallo
Jun 16, 2006, 6:24 AM
Someone posted the width of the two buildings a few pages back and I think they were almost the exact same with SWFC being a tad wider.

giallo
Jun 20, 2006, 7:45 AM
Jun 19


You can now see the zipper

http://www.inclearimage.com/giallo/jun19swfc.jpg




http://www.inclearimage.com/giallo/jun19swfc3.jpg

Fabb
Jun 20, 2006, 8:50 AM
The construction may accelerate as the tower gets thinner.

bobdreamz
Jun 20, 2006, 9:11 AM
thanks for the pics giallo...the tower is getting interesting now with the zipper!

NEWNANGuy
Jun 20, 2006, 3:33 PM
hey guys i have not been constantly following this one, so im sure this is old news but: is it just me or does anyone else like the old design with the circular hole more than the new one with the rectangular hole. when did they change the design and was there any particular reason why?

starvinggryphon
Jun 20, 2006, 6:50 PM
I believe it's because the old tower design with the circular opening looked a little too Japanese in design (the rising sun evident on the flag), and if you remember what the Empire of Japan did to China in the last century leading up to WWII........well let's just say it wasn't a good thing. The redesign incorporates a more Chinese approach. Well anyway, this is what I heard.

Fabb
Jun 20, 2006, 8:44 PM
I also suspect technical considerations about the feasibility (or the cost) of the circular opening.

HomeInMyShoes
Jun 20, 2006, 8:53 PM
I thought I heard the change was due to costs associated with the circular opening. I liked the circular opening more. Emporis (those bastards) still have the designers saying costs and easier implementation.

witchypoo
Jun 20, 2006, 9:09 PM
Maybe there'll be a surprise design change for the top, only to be revealed in the construction itself. :)

Chad
Jun 21, 2006, 7:58 AM
Increadible.

giallo
Jun 29, 2006, 2:07 PM
Jun 29


The core is eye level with the Hyatt lobby at the 54th floor of the Jin Mao Tower

http://www.inclearimage.com/giallo/jun29swfc.jpg




http://www.inclearimage.com/giallo/jun29swfc2.jpg




http://www.inclearimage.com/giallo/jun29swfc3.jpg

Biff
Jun 29, 2006, 5:29 PM
Jun 29


http://www.inclearimage.com/giallo/jun29swfc3.jpg
It still seems that the amount of floor space available is pretty small compared the the size of the building. Maybe it's just the way it looks, but the the floor space to core ratio looks pretty even.

http://www.inclearimage.com/giallo/jun19swfc3.jpg

Man...this building is going to appear skinny. If you compare it to the height of Jin Mao knowing that it will be a fair bit taller. Sheesh...what an amazing building.:tup:

Fabb
Jun 29, 2006, 7:28 PM
The view from the Hyatt lobby is amazing !

blueberry
Jun 29, 2006, 10:45 PM
wow. just wow.

i love this supertall. i don't care if it's not the tallest, it's definitely going to be the sexiest tower for a long time.

and i may be a minority here, but i actually like the revised, trapezoidal opening much better than the circle. the circle was cool at first but then they muddled it up with the skybridge, and i think it would have looked a bit kitsche. also, i think the circle would have lessened the vertical impact of the tower. the trapezoidal opening "blends" better in my opinion.

but wow, the tower is going up super fast. congrats to shanghai.

WonderlandPark
Jun 30, 2006, 1:21 AM
Wow, moving fast now. That view is amazing, what a tower.

soonermeteor
Jun 30, 2006, 1:54 AM
I had no idea it was going to be a twin of Jin Mao...... a picture of the two together will be incredible when the WFC is finished.

Slugbelch
Jun 30, 2006, 3:18 AM
Please don't fall. No delays!
http://img523.imageshack.us/img523/3603/swfc8lf.jpg

Lord Baphomet
Jul 7, 2006, 2:53 AM
July 1st:
http://i.pbase.com/o4/45/599045/1/62975169.d2PdF4cq.IMG_3773copy.jpg

Razqal
Jul 7, 2006, 4:48 AM
ya it's pretty skinny. i thought it was going to be wider. looks like core takes up most of floor space.

tuy
Jul 7, 2006, 5:20 AM
I am looking forward to the day when I can stand between Jin Mao and SWFC and look up at both towers. They will be the greatest pair of skyscrapers when SWFC is finished. I should see SWFC again in two weeks. I will be in Shanghai for less than a week, so don't know if I will make it to the site this trip. It will be interesting to see the changes from January when I was there last.

giallo
Jul 7, 2006, 4:02 PM
July 6


http://www.inclearimage.com/giallo/july6swfc.jpg




http://www.inclearimage.com/giallo/july6swfc2.jpg



The shape is starting to set back

http://www.inclearimage.com/giallo/july6swfc3.jpg

Slugbelch
Jul 7, 2006, 8:10 PM
Movin' on up :tup:

Slugbelch
Jul 10, 2006, 5:59 PM
July 1st:
http://i.pbase.com/o4/45/599045/1/62975169.d2PdF4cq.IMG_3773copy.jpg
http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/7657/swfc6ff.jpg
-xingar-

Fabb
Jul 10, 2006, 6:23 PM
Beautiful night views.
From some angles, it's not so slender.

giallo
Jul 12, 2006, 12:52 PM
July 12


http://www.inclearimage.com/giallo/july12swfc.jpg

ouaouaron
Jul 12, 2006, 2:34 PM
wow this is so exciting :)

colemonkee
Jul 12, 2006, 4:28 PM
July 12


http://www.inclearimage.com/giallo/july12swfc.jpg
Now that's what I'm talkin' about! Great shot, giallo!! :yes:

staff
Jul 12, 2006, 4:35 PM
Great shot, g.

Fabb
Jul 12, 2006, 6:56 PM
Three diagonal bracings, and counting !

-GR2NY-
Jul 12, 2006, 8:43 PM
Pretty frustrating when you've browsed 18 pages on this thread and cannot find a rendering. wtf?

Lord Baphomet
Jul 13, 2006, 2:39 AM
Super shot G. More from July 12th:

http://i.pbase.com/o4/45/599045/1/63403915.TZAsIFmL.IMG_3798.jpg

http://i.pbase.com/o4/45/599045/1/63404231.1nMaKLWH.IMG_3819.jpg

blueberry
Jul 13, 2006, 3:22 AM
shanghai's skyline is getting that much better every second.....

love that latest pudong skyline shot!

xiahoudun
Jul 13, 2006, 2:27 PM
great picture from waitan, Giallo

giallo
Jul 19, 2006, 4:46 AM
July 19



http://www.inclearimage.com/giallo/july19swfc.jpg



They have started putting glass up in the gapped corner. It looks great.

http://www.inclearimage.com/giallo/july19swfc2.jpg




Jin Mao is now showing up in the reflective glass

http://www.inclearimage.com/giallo/july19swfc3.jpg



A new angle

http://www.inclearimage.com/giallo/july19swfc4.jpg




http://www.inclearimage.com/giallo/july19swfc5.jpg

Fabb
Jul 19, 2006, 7:35 AM
The floor plates seem to be progressing faster than the concrete core.

staff
Jul 19, 2006, 8:14 AM
I love the dark colour the glass facade seems to have from this angle. I will look awesome when the tower is finished.
http://www.inclearimage.com/giallo/july19swfc5.jpg

Fabb
Jul 19, 2006, 8:31 AM
I love the dark colour the glass facade seems to have from this angle.

That's right. It'll look darker than Jin Mao. That will add to its overwhelming presence.

tuy
Jul 19, 2006, 11:45 AM
Looking great. I have been in Shanghai since Sunday, and not had a chance to see the building yet. Hopefully tomorrow night before I fly home on Friday I will see it. I am staying way out in Eastern Pudong. You can see Jin Mao and the Pearl Tower from here, but very faintly the Smog has really been bad. I am staying on the 24th floor of the Crowne Plaza. There is a great panoramic view of the area from the 27th floor lounge. You can see the docks area, and all the large cranes for unloading ships. With the rain tonight though, you can't even see downtown Pudong.

giallo
Jul 24, 2006, 10:25 AM
Here's some different views taken today from Puxi. It's to the point now that you can see it from almost anywhere near the Huangpu River.

July 24


http://www.inclearimage.com/giallo/july24swfc.jpg




http://www.inclearimage.com/giallo/july24swfc2.jpg




http://www.inclearimage.com/giallo/july24swfc3.jpg

Fabb
Jul 24, 2006, 3:39 PM
Fantastic !

Lecom
Jul 24, 2006, 5:37 PM
Damn, red x's.

Dougall5505
Jul 24, 2006, 5:45 PM
they aren't working for me either

xiahoudun
Jul 25, 2006, 4:34 AM
contruction seems to go fast :D Thanks Giallo

solongfullerton
Jul 25, 2006, 5:21 AM
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/blinkertx/1China06235.jpg

Heres a pick I snapped in Shanghai when I was there last week.

Bergenser
Jul 25, 2006, 12:14 PM
wow! can't wait to see it buildt! :tup:

ArchMadness
Jul 25, 2006, 5:17 PM
Great update photos. This building will certainly make its presence known.

giallo
Jul 26, 2006, 10:21 AM
July 26


http://www.inclearimage.com/giallo/july26swfc.jpg

Lord Baphomet
Jul 28, 2006, 12:58 AM
July 27th, some of these are a bit large for detail purposes:

http://i.pbase.com/o4/45/599045/1/64194033.ItgQGt1n.IMG_3836.jpg

http://i.pbase.com/o4/45/599045/1/64194032.XMBQ6iRv.IMG_3833.jpg

http://i.pbase.com/o4/45/599045/1/64194031.vPfs8OVy.IMG_3832.jpg

http://i.pbase.com/o4/45/599045/1/64194034.uA0HMqbQ.IMG_3848.jpg

http://i.pbase.com/o4/45/599045/1/64194035.6mHZJYjz.IMG_3850.jpg

Slugbelch
Jul 28, 2006, 1:10 AM
A little wider shot:

http://img93.imageshack.us/img93/7701/swfc72006rs9.jpg
-h01211-

WonderlandPark
Jul 28, 2006, 1:44 AM
^^^ It's THAT high already?

Looks to be 60%+ of the height of Jin Mao.

Lord Baphomet
Jul 29, 2006, 11:09 AM
July 29th, the steel is beginning to change shape:

http://i.pbase.com/o4/45/599045/1/64249017.UFy8ewT9.IMG_3885.jpg

http://i.pbase.com/o4/45/599045/1/64249018.l6pwP7wi.IMG_3887.jpg

Fabb
Jul 29, 2006, 12:29 PM
July 29th, the steel is beginning to change shape:

Right.
It's no longer an ordinary box. It's getting some character.

staff
Jul 30, 2006, 5:13 PM
Wow, the growth is really breathtaking!

Bergenser
Jul 30, 2006, 5:24 PM
with this tower buildt, Shanghai can compete with Hong Kong about China's best skyline.

Lecom
Jul 30, 2006, 5:44 PM
Great angle of Jin Mao, and great shot overa;;L

http://i.pbase.com/o4/45/599045/1/64194034.uA0HMqbQ.IMG_3848.jpg

The tower's already tallet than I thought it would be at this point. Wow, it's still kind of hard to believe, in a good way, that SWFC is FINALLY rising.

Slugbelch
Jul 31, 2006, 11:18 AM
^ That is a great shot.

This one taken July 29th:
http://img397.imageshack.us/img397/6351/swfc72906ka1.jpg
-timrob-

staff
Jul 31, 2006, 12:13 PM
It's so damn massive. It will litterally dwarf the Jin Mao tower in the beginning of next year!

And by the way, Jin Mao has never looked better than it does on your night shots, Anton!

Fabb
Jul 31, 2006, 12:46 PM
^Big photo. I love it !

Stratosphere
Aug 1, 2006, 5:33 AM
It's sad that the menacing-looking Jin Mao Tower will lose its China's Tallest Building title in a few more months.

giallo
Aug 1, 2006, 4:11 PM
July 31

http://www.inclearimage.com/giallo/july31swfc.jpg

Fabb
Aug 1, 2006, 4:52 PM
Nice photo, taken from an unusual vantage point.

tuy
Aug 1, 2006, 8:16 PM
It's sad that the menacing-looking Jin Mao Tower will lose its China's Tallest Building title in a few more months.

I thought that Taepei 101 was the tallest in China.

The Chemist
Aug 1, 2006, 8:45 PM
I thought that Taepei 101 was the tallest in China.

I don't want to open a can of worms here, butTaipei is not in China (the People's Republic of, that is), much as the communist leadership believes that it should be.

JACKinBeantown
Aug 1, 2006, 8:49 PM
Taiwan is a 200-mile-long country off the eastern coast of China.

yuli0819
Aug 2, 2006, 1:02 AM
Taiwan is a 200-mile-long country off the eastern coast of China.
...........OTL..................

Lord Baphomet
Aug 4, 2006, 12:12 PM
August 4th:
http://i.pbase.com/o4/45/599045/1/64591960.tQS4zkGl.IMG_3910.jpg

Fabb
Aug 4, 2006, 1:18 PM
That's the first time the curves are so visible.

starvinggryphon
Aug 4, 2006, 8:58 PM
That's the first time the curves are so visible.


I remember saying that once.............:cheers:

http://www.askmen.com/specials/2005_top_99/celebs/27_lindsay_lohan.jpg

Slugbelch
Aug 5, 2006, 7:13 AM
http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/3928/swfcwt4.jpg
-peterliu-
July 12
http://www.inclearimage.com/giallo/july12swfc.jpg

Lord Baphomet
Aug 5, 2006, 7:23 AM
^
Life imitates art...

Fabb
Aug 5, 2006, 7:32 AM
^That's about six floors in 24 days.
Therefore, the current rate is roughly one floor every four days.
The progress of the core looks slower though.

giallo
Aug 5, 2006, 10:26 AM
Hehe. Stop riding my coat tails, peterliu! ;)


Aug 5


This big one is for you, Fabb


http://www.inclearimage.com/giallo/aug5swfc.jpg

Fabb
Aug 5, 2006, 2:12 PM
Thanks !
I'm ecstatic. I realize I've kept watching it for about six minutes in a row.

TREPYE
Aug 5, 2006, 3:42 PM
This tower is beautiful! But its hard undestand how this could from the same architects that build nothing but pure crap garbage in NYC. :shrug:

Fabb
Aug 5, 2006, 3:59 PM
This tower is beautiful! But its hard undestand how this could from the same architects that build nothing but pure crap garbage in NYC. :shrug:

505, 5th Avenue, Lehman Brothers, 5 Times Square, not to mention a couple of failed projects. Their work in NY is not so bad.



http://www.inclearimage.com/giallo/aug5swfc.jpg

^This photo deserves a better place than the last post of the previous page.

Slugbelch
Aug 7, 2006, 6:53 AM
^That's ok. I was going to start it off with some mass anyway: ;)

http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/2377/208771298lh6.jpg

http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/3448/208771302qd0.jpg
danieldwu

Fabb
Aug 7, 2006, 7:15 AM
That's ... massive !
The core is ahead by only three floors.
I'm starting to be worried about that.

xiahoudun
Aug 7, 2006, 10:46 AM
Very nice pics :D You can see the concrete sides expanding. It's taking shape.

staff
Aug 7, 2006, 11:33 AM
I don't want to open a can of worms here, butTaipei is not in China (the People's Republic of, that is), much as the communist leadership believes that it should be.
Says who? You?
As far as I know - most countries in the world have not recognized Taiwan as a nation.
But yeah, let's not open that can of worms.

Lord Baphomet
Aug 7, 2006, 4:45 PM
I have a worm in my pants--but we probably shouldn't open it here.

TREPYE
Aug 7, 2006, 9:01 PM
Their work in NY is not so bad.


Are you referring to SOM?? They have built some of the most hated buildings in NYC. If so, what "not so bad" skyscraper work are u referring to?

Lecom
Aug 7, 2006, 9:53 PM
Are you referring to SOM?? They have built some of the most hated buildings in NYC. If so, what "not so bad" skyscraper work are u referring to?
1) Give examples of those "most hated" works

2) Attest that they are "some of the most hated" by the city, not just by you personally

3) SOM began most of its skyscraper work in the NYC in the 60's. Give me examples of some of the city's "most beloved" designs built in the 60's and onwards

I know that I may be biased on such a post for obvious reasons, and SOM is not responsible for masterpieces like Hearst Tower, but I'd still like to have those questions answered.

TREPYE
Aug 8, 2006, 9:19 AM
1) Give examples of those "most hated" works

2) Attest that they are "some of the most hated" by the city, not just by you personally

3) SOM began most of its skyscraper work in the NYC in the 60's. Give me examples of some of the city's "most beloved" designs built in the 60's and onwards

I know that I may be biased on such a post for obvious reasons, and SOM is not responsible for masterpieces like Hearst Tower, but I'd still like to have those questions answered.

SOM work in other cities is much better than what they produce in NYC. Including chicago but from what I understand its a different divison.

1) To name a few hated ones:
One Liberty Plaza
One Chase Plaza
JP Morgan Chase World Headquarters
Metrotech

2) I'm not going to spend hours on end researching articles and posts and polls that speak of the most hated scrapers but you know very well that most people (not all) are not too crazy about the aforementioned buildings.

3) Most beloved

Citicorp Building

Slugbelch
Aug 8, 2006, 2:18 PM
July 31st:
http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/3350/208599280lu4.jpg
Danieldoman

Lord Baphomet
Aug 10, 2006, 12:09 PM
The ole shot again, August 10th, the clouds are most likely blow-offs from the nasty typhoon striking south of here:

http://i.pbase.com/o4/45/599045/1/64931864.yQQTLZ9K.IMG_3912.jpg

Slugbelch
Aug 12, 2006, 7:00 PM
Aug 12th:

http://img238.imageshack.us/img238/3215/swfc812062pq1.jpg.http://img60.imageshack.us/img60/613/swfc812061ye8.jpg
Photomaniac

Dougall5505
Aug 12, 2006, 7:22 PM
nice shots

Fabb
Aug 12, 2006, 8:26 PM
Are you referring to SOM?? They have built some of the most hated buildings in NYC. If so, what "not so bad" skyscraper work are u referring to?

No.
I was referring to KPF.

TREPYE
Aug 13, 2006, 1:48 AM
:previous: Oh ok. But SOM desined this tower. Didn't they? http://skyscraperpage.com/cities/?buildingID=9

Lecom
Aug 13, 2006, 2:41 AM
Aug 12th:

http://img60.imageshack.us/img60/613/swfc812061ye8.jpg
Photomaniac
Ill. Looks like a rendering.

By the way, when the hell did the tower shoot up so high? It already towers over the skyline plateau.

giallo
Aug 14, 2006, 2:22 PM
I forgot to post these. Better late than never.

Aug 11


http://www.inclearimage.com/giallo/aug11swfc.jpg




http://www.inclearimage.com/giallo/aug11swfc2.jpg

Lecom
Aug 14, 2006, 2:47 PM
Nice shots, the facade looks sleek already.

Slugbelch
Aug 16, 2006, 2:05 PM
I also found a couple older ones:

http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/3808/swfc812062gt7.jpg

http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/7941/swfc81206tt4.jpg

Slugbelch
Aug 17, 2006, 2:13 AM
If they only knew :frog:

http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/5350/swfc7906ly2.jpg

Slugbelch
Aug 17, 2006, 3:17 AM
Well, might as well end this page with some mass:

July 9 2006______________________________________________________________________________________________August 12th
http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/8000/swfc7920062sm0.jpghttp://img484.imageshack.us/img484/5440/swfc812062tp7.jpg
Aug 12:
http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/7408/swfc81220062px1.jpghttp://img484.imageshack.us/img484/4039/swfc812063no7.jpg

http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/3259/swfc81220062iq7.jpg.http://img99.imageshack.us/img99/3364/swfc81220063uh6.jpg
Nambo

STR
Aug 17, 2006, 5:26 AM
:previous: Oh ok. But SOM desined this tower. Didn't they? http://skyscraperpage.com/cities/?buildingID=9

Not the NYC SOM. Jin Mao, as well as Burj Dubai, Trump Tower Chicago, the Master Plan for Millennium Park in Chicago were designed by Adrian Smith of the SOM Chicago office. Earlier works like the Sears Tower, Hancock Center and others by the team of Bruce Graham & engineer Fazlur Khan as well as some stuff by John Zils.

SOM NYC hasn't made a major building since the original Lever Bldg.

Slugbelch
Aug 17, 2006, 1:31 PM
Found an early one to go with the set:

June 9:
http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/6140/swfc692006xj4.jpg
July 12
http://www.inclearimage.com/giallo/july12swfc.jpg
Aug. 5:
http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/3928/swfcwt4.jpg
-peterliu-