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Jin Mao Tower

Jin Mao Tower

The concept for the Jin Mao Tower was to create a soaring modern tower that would become the central focal point of the Pudong District welcoming all who approach it. In a symbolic way, it is reminiscent of the ancient Chinese pagoda.

Jin Mao Tower is a 3 million square foot multi-use development, and is currently the world’s tallest mixed-use building. It houses a 555-room Grand Hyatt Hotel in the top 38 stories, affording impressive views of the city and the surrounding region. Office floors are in the lower 50 stories. Jin Mao’s six-story podium houses hotel function areas, a conference and exhibition center, a cinema auditorium, and a 226,000 square foot retail galleria. The base of the tower is surrounded by a landscaped courtyard with a reflecting pool and seating, offering visitors a peaceful retreat from Shanghai’s busy street activity.

In addition to the tower and podium, Jin Mao incorporates three below-grade levels with a total area of 615,000 square feet. These levels accommodate parking for 993 cars and 1,000 bicycles, hotel service facilities, additional retail space, a food court, an observatory elevator lobby, and building systems equipment areas. Above the 88th floor observatory are several floors for mechanical and maintenance equipment. The tower reaches a total height of 421 meters and is the tallest building in China.

jan 11  | That's Shanghai
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15 aug 08 | The Chicago Tribune
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14 aug 08 | The Chicago Tribune
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13 aug 08 | The Chicago Tribune
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12 aug 08 | The Chicago Tribune
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11 aug 08 | The Chicago Tribune
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5 Aug 08 | The Chicago Tribune
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Architect
Adrian Smith, Design Partner
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Client
China Jin Mao Group Co.

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