Saturday, August 29, 2009
Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai, China
Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai, China (492 m): The foundation stone was laid on August 27, 1997. On February 13, 2003, the Mori Group increased the buildings height to 492 meters and 101 stories from the initial plans for a 460-meter, 94 story building. The Shanghai World Financial Center was planned to be the tallest building in the world when it was designed in 1997. The 97 Story building would surpass the spires of the Petronas Towers in Malaysia. However, Plans where changed but the Tower couldn't be built any higher than its present height at 492 meters since the already done foundation was meant to support a 460 meter tall building. At 480 meters, the Shanghai World Financial Center is the second tallest building in the world as of 2008. It is 16 meters shorter than the 508 meter Taipei 101 in Taiwan.