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World’s second tallest building tops out in China – Straits Times
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SHANGHAI (AFP) – Work on the main structure of the world’s second tallest skyscraper was completed on Saturday, as the final beam was placed on the Shanghai Tower.

A crane placed the steel beam 580 metres above the ground in Shanghai, China’s commercial hub, as the building formally overtook Taiwan’s 509-metre tall Taipei 101 building to become the highest tower in Asia.

Globally it is second only to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which stands at 830 metres. The tower, which costs an estimated $ 14.8 billion yuan (S$ 3.05 billion), will reach over 630 metres when it is finally finished.

“It’s a landmark and it will change the skyline of Shanghai,” Mr Xia Jun from Gensler, the US firm which designed the tower, told a press conference on Saturday following a “topping out” ceremony.  “I don’t think the importance of an architecture lies entirely in its height,” he added.

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