The 632-meter (2,073 ft) tower has now opened after a two year delay over safety making it China’s tallest building and the world’s second tallest.
The $2.4 billion tower, the most expensive building ever built in China, will house over 60 companies on its 128 floors and adds 2.37 million square feet of office space to Shanghai. The tower can hold up to 34,767 people.
The building also boasts the world’s fastest elevator and some of the most advanced architectural software and technology ever seen in a building of this kind.
“There was a constant sort of push-pull during the project where we would design something for which there was no code, so we would need to write a code, and this went back and forth for nearly seven years,” said Dan Winey, chief operating officer of Gensler, the firm that designed the tower.
The impressive structure is made out of 20,000 twisted glass panels and the building can generate power using its 270 wind turbines.