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Shanghai World Financial Center

Shanghai World Financial Center

Park Hyatt Shanghai

One of KPF’s most highly recognized and award-winning projects, the Shanghai World Financial Center has stood as a symbol of commerce and culture since its completion in 2008.

A virtual city within a city, the supertall structure houses a mix of office and retail uses, as well as the Park Hyatt Shanghai on the 79th to 93rd floors. Occupying the tower’s uppermost floors, the SWFC Sky Arena offers visitors aerial views of the historic Lujiazui and winding river below and the chance to walk almost 500 meters above the city via the 100th floor Sky Walk.

A square prism, the symbol used by the ancient Chinese to represent the earth, is intersected by two cosmic arcs, representing the heavens, as the tower ascends in gesture to the sky. The interaction between these two realms gives rise to the building’s form, carving a square sky portal at the top of the tower that lends balance to the structure and links the two opposing elements, the heavens and the earth.

The collaboration with the project’s structural engineer, Leslie E. Robertson Associates, the team arrived at an innovative structural solution that abandoned the original concrete frame structure in favor of a diagonal-braced frame with outrigger trusses coupled to the columns of the mega-structure. This enabled the weight of the building to be reduced by more than 10%, consequently reducing the use of materials and resulting in a more transparent structure in visual and conceptual harmony with the tower’s elegant form.

Read about KPF's commitment to responsible supertall design here.


Shanghai China


Mori Building Company


Shanghai Modern (Architect of Record), Irie Miyake (Executive Architect), Tony Chi (Interior Designer)


공공시설 + 문화시설, 호텔 및 숙박시설, 복합시설, 업무시설, 상업시설, 초고층


381,600 m2 / 4,107,600 ft2


492 m / 1,614 ft


174 Rooms


Architecture Honor Award (AIA Hong Kong 2008), Design Award: Architecture Honor Award (AIA New York 2009), Design Award (AIA New York State 1995), Design Excellence Award (AIA New York State 2009), Merit Award: International (AIA New York State, 2009) Years), Annual Design Review: Works ("Architecture Magazine", 2009), Best International Real Estate Project Award (2003, Meeting Point, Barcelona), Good Design is Good Business China: Best Commercial Project (2010 Business Week / Building Record)), Best Tall Building in Asia and Australia (CTBUH 2008), Best Tall Building in the World (CTBUH 2008), Highest Observatory (2009 Guinness World Records), Nominated for the International Tall Building Awards-(2010), Awards : Commercial Center Nomination-(MIPIM 2009), Award: China Project (MIPIM Asia 2009), Award: Mixed Use Building (MIPIM 2009), Participant's Choice Award (MIPIM Asia 2009), Best High-rise Urban Building (NAIOP 2009), Professional Design Award: Commercial and Office Building (SARA 2009), Award for Excellence (2009, New York AIA), winner of the Ten Year Award (CTBUH 2018)
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Project Type:초고층
Project Location:아시아 태평양