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Height: Occupied
246 m / 807 ft
Height: To Tip
333.3 m / 1,094 ft
Height: Architectural
333.3 m / 1,094 ft
Shimao International Plaza Outline
Floors Above Ground
Floors Below Ground
Tower GFA
91,600 m² / 985,974 ft²
# of Parking Spaces


Official Name Shimao International Plaza
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country China
City Shanghai
Street Address & Map 829 Nanjing Dong Lu, Huangpu
Building Function hotel / office / retail
Structural Material concrete
Construction Start 2001
Completion 2006
Rankings Click arrows to view the next taller/shorter buildings
Global Ranking #81 Tallest in the World
Regional Ranking #49 Tallest in Asia
National Ranking #41 Tallest in China
City Ranking #4 Tallest in Shanghai

About Shimao International Plaza

Located in Shanghai’s Huangpu District, Shimao International Plaza is at the center of the city’s traditional urban core. The building lies on Nanjing Road, the largest commercial street in China with approximately 1.5 million daily users, and is situated next to the People’s Square, the symbolic heart of urban Shanghai. The nearby People’s Garden offers another attractive destination that draws people to the area. With its central location, Shimao International Plaza is a commanding presence in the city. Originally designed in 1995, the building is predecessor to the current wave of supertall skyscraper construction in China.

The building—unique for its repeated triangular geometry—consists of three distinct, interconnected architectural units: the main tower, a retail podium, and an open plaza. The northwestern and southwestern façades meet at an orthogonal point, while the eastern façade rises monolithically, with the rest of the tower hidden behind it. The building sets back and narrows as it rises, adding to its perceived height. The angles that are created through these setbacks augment the triangular design of the building. This pattern appears throughout the design: the two spires rising from the top of the building are held up by angular supports that share a triangular relationship with the roof, and a design accent beneath the spires is appropriately wedge-shaped.

Though clad in glass, light-colored accents showcase the building’s form on all sides. At night, LED lights illuminate the tower’s corners and spires, which allow the building, and its unique presence, to be displayed prominently on the skyline. As a visually distinctive tower that heralded the recent Chinese skyscraper construction boom, Shimao International Plaza has earned its status as a Shanghai landmark.

CTBUH Initiatives

CTBUH Study Examines Tallest Buildings with Dampers
22 Aug 2018 – CTBUH Research

Top Company Rankings: The World’s 100 Tallest Buildings
13 Oct 2016 – CTBUH Research

CTBUH / Nakheel Asia Tour Report
19-29 Apr 2007 – Tour Report

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CTBUH Initiatives Related to Shimao International Plaza

CTBUH Study Examines Tallest Buildings with Dampers
22 Aug 2018, Chicago – CTBUH Research
CTBUH has released a Tall Buildings in Numbers (TBIN) interactive data study on the world's tallest buildings with dampers.
Top Company Rankings: The World’s 100 Tallest Buildings
13 Oct 2016, Chicago – CTBUH Research
The Council is pleased to announce the Top Company Rankings for numerous disciplines as derived from the list of projects appearing in 100 of the World’s Tallest Buildings.
CTBUH / Nakheel Asia Tour Report
19-29 Apr 2007, Shanghai – Tour Report
CTBUH collaborated with the Dubai-based developer Nakheel and architects Woods Bagot to facilitate a 5-nation tour of seminal tall buildings in south-east Asia.
CTBUH Plaques & Signboards Initiative Begun
Oct 2004, Chicago – Event Report
CTBUH believes public skyscraper signs are a powerful and lasting way to inform the world about the official recognition of the achievements and merits of new and existing tall buildings.

Research Papers

The Global Tall Building Picture: Impact of 2018
Jan 2019 – CTBUH Journal 2019 Issue I

The Global Tall Building Picture: Impact of 2017
Feb 2018 – CTBUH Journal, 2018 Issue I

Seismic Model Test of a Hybrid High-rise Building in Shanghai
Oct 2004 – CTBUH 2004 Seoul Conference

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