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avcellvs Mar 28, 2004 7:25 AM

SHANGHAI | World Financial Center | 1,614 FT / 492 M | 101 FLOORS
Construction has resumed. After preparatory works on the plot, first cranes made their apparition.

On this picture there is a circular road being created around the building base square. It was not there before.

On this later photo (february 2004), this road seems completed. (sorry no direct active link copy and past URL into a new browser window)
Smaller size :

A mars 2004 picture showing the first cranes.
Smaller size :

Similar first cranes in 1997 :

JACKinBeantown Mar 28, 2004 7:51 AM

Is that a golf driving range with the high fences to the right of Jin Mao?

Fabb Mar 28, 2004 7:54 AM

Good news. But I'm not entirely convinced though.

avcellvs Mar 28, 2004 7:55 AM

Hmmm! it does not look like an english lawn. :laugh:

avcellvs Mar 28, 2004 8:13 AM

On, which is mainly a pay access data base for building corporate societies it is classified as "under construction". Their informations must be reliable in oeder to sell them. The status of Shanghai constructions has been reactualised last week, spring cleaning.

The evolution of activities these pics show us confirms that. The latest pic is nearly one mounth old, let's wait for a next one and see. I don't think they are even diging right now but soon they will. These activities indicate that they are preparing to. The building is no more "on hold". It is going to be built . No more doubt.

I knew this was going to be a controversial thread...

avcellvs Mar 28, 2004 10:16 AM

A news that corroborates pictures :

2003-02-13 Reported by Thomas Jaehndel

News: Shanghai World Financial Center resumes construction

Shanghai: A grand ceremony earlier today marked the resumption of construction of what will be one of the tallest buildings in the world. The Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC) will be 492 meters tall and contain 97 floors of office space, hotel rooms and sightseeing areas as was stated in an official press conference today by the building's developer, Japan's Mori Building Corporation.

Construction of the SWFC started in August 1997 but was put on hold one year later when an enormous glut of office space hit the city's property market. Since most of this space is now being absorbed the developer is confident that the building will be a commercial success when opened on October 1st, 2007.

Industry insiders in Shanghai believe that SWFC's final height might even exceed 500 meters, a rumour Mori declined to comment on. Another contender for the title of the tallest building in the world, Taipei 101 in Taiwan's capital will be 508 meters tall.

avcellvs Mar 28, 2004 10:28 AM

An older (2001) info with details on what has already be done and the planned changes from the 1997 project :

2001-03-05 Reported by Janne Puustelli

News: Shanghai World Financial Center back on track

Shanghai: Designed by Kohn, Pedersen Fox Associated, New York, Shanghai World Financial Center started construction in August 27th, 1997 and completed the construction of the first phase of the construction in October 1998. First phase of the construction consisted of driving 2000 structural piles to the depth of 80 meters under ground to create the basis for the main tower of 94 storeys and 460 metres. After that Asian economical crisis forced the developer to put construction on hold for several years to come.

Kiyoshi Yoshikawa, Overseas Publicity Counselor at developer company Mori Building Corporation gave comments on the company's behalf about the latest plans for the project. Mori Building is still going to keep their ambitious plan to have the World's Tallest title for Shanghai World Financial Center by raising the original 2.70m floor-to-ceiling heights significantly and perhaps increasing the number of floors. Final structural height is yet to be seen.

The miraculous design, that won many international architecture competitions and prizes in 1990's, is kept virtually untouched. The cylindrical cut in the upper part of the tower is going to be the world's highest observation deck as originally planned. The construction is planned to resume in 2002 and last around four years, although the exact schedule is yet to be settled.

Fabb Mar 28, 2004 1:07 PM

OK. Not only do they give a year of completion, but also a date (Oct. 1st).

Insane Alex Mar 28, 2004 2:53 PM

Insane Alex Mar 28, 2004 2:55 PM

Insane Alex Mar 28, 2004 2:56 PM

JACKinBeantown Mar 28, 2004 4:48 PM

Alex, you're insane.

avcellvs Mar 28, 2004 7:55 PM

@ fabb : Too bad they did not give the hour and the weather conditions for the opening day. With a building of that size it's seems hard to predict that precisely the completion date. May be it's a special date in China of some $ymbolic or hi$toric dimen$ion ?

avcellvs Mar 28, 2004 8:06 PM

I did not know the first construction period has been that long (from august 97 to October 98) and that it had already achieved the building basis construction.

Will the new building heigh impact the utility of those first works?

Fabb Mar 28, 2004 8:25 PM

The foundations were made for a 460 m tower if I remember correctly. The height added represents 7 percent of the initial plan, but probably less than 7 percent of the weight.

Aboveday Mar 29, 2004 5:36 AM

1/10 is the national day of China .10/10 is for Taiwan.
I guess it will completed in 1/10 2008 ,after a further dalay in last year.

ztopp Mar 29, 2004 6:02 AM

Greats news then!

avcellvs Mar 29, 2004 8:22 AM

Thanks Aboveday for letting us know first of october is China national day. May be the date must be taken seriously then. They'll try to respect this deadline whatever happens (egyptian pyramids days...). Thank to national pride silliness the WFC might be delivered in time.

Aboveday Mar 29, 2004 2:08 PM

You are welcome,avcellvs.:)
Big construction projects in China ,were usually been used by the local government leader to show there administrative achievements to the Central government ,but in this case ,the project is not supported by the government ,so i think the developer(japanese)chose this day,is because they want to show there goodwill to Chinese.(because some people in China think that the hole on the tower represent the Red circle on the national flag of Japan,thus they hate this tower.....):rolleyes:

Fabb Mar 29, 2004 2:13 PM

I must say that when the connection was made between the giant, circular hole and the Japanese flag, it seemed so obvious that I couldn't get it out of my mind.

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