Shanghai Tower


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SpecificationsSKU: 90493Size: 8 x 12″ Portrait Pages: 184 Binding: Hard Bound Publication Date: Fall 2015 ISBN: 978-1-935935-12-4 World Rights: Available
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Shanghai Tower is the compelling story of the making of China’s tallest building, the 632-meter-tall (2,073 feet) centerpiece of Shanghai’s Lujiazui commercial district. A spiraling glass column that tapers as it rises, the tower expresses the dream of transcendence—honoring the past, acknowledging the present, and pointing to a promising future.

This visually driven volume captures the emotion and spirit of a tower that is transformative in nature, setting new precedents for how public spaces can be integrated throughout super-tall buildings. In the tower, designed by Gensler, references to nature and Chinese cultural traditions are fused—recast vertically in a form inspired by the traditional lane houses that are unique to Shanghai. Brief essays by company founder Art Gensler and principals Jun Xia, Xiaomei Lee, and Dan Winey provide meaningful context to the tower, by which the commission was won in an international design competition.

Arthur Gensler, architect and entrepreneur, founded Gensler in 1965. This practice has thrived for fifty years, growing from a three-person office to the largest design firm in the world, with forty-six offices across the globe. Gensler’s success is based on a combination of exceptional design services, innovative leadership, and team-oriented infrastructure. A graduate of Cornell University, Gensler has earned many honors, including Ernst & Young’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dan Winey served as the Executive Principal on the Shanghai Tower. In his role as Regional Managing Principal for Gensler’s U.S. Northwest and Asia Pacific offices, Winey directs Gensler’s design practices across twelve offices. His thirty-year career reflects his passion for responsible planning and international business leadership. In addition to lecturing internationally on “Creating Livable Cities,” Winey has provided resources to the San Francisco Mayor’s Green Building Task Force.

Jun Xia was the Design Principal for Shanghai Tower. He was born and raised in Shanghai, and his vision for the city brought him back to China after beginning his Gensler career in Denver. His commitment to innovation and client relationships fostered the launch of Gensler Shanghai, the firm’s regional hub in Asia. As Regional Design Director, Xia brings a deep understanding of local context combined with an international perspective that informs the work of the office.

As a Managing Director of Gensler Shanghai, Xiaomei Lee has more than twenty years of experience in architecture and interior projects across Asia. She has been instrumental in advancing the firm’s Tall Buildings practice, and she served as Project Director for the Shanghai Tower. Lee is a member of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the Urban Land Institute, and the Council on International Exchange Affairs of Tall Buildings of the Architectural Society of China

Weight 6 lbs
Dimensions 13 × 12 × 3 in

8 x 12" Portrait




Hard Bound

Publication date

Fall 2015



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