Shanghai Arch
Shanghai China
Height 143.7 m / 471 ft
Floors 29
Official Name

The current legal building name.

Shanghai Arch
Other Names

Other names the building has commonly been known as, including former names, common informal names, local names, etc.

Jin Hongqiao International Center - Phase I

CTBUH collects data on two major types of tall structures: 'Buildings' and 'Telecommunications / Observation Towers.' A 'Building' is a structure where at least 50% of the height is occupied by usable floor area. A 'Telecommunications / Observation Tower' is a structure where less than 50% of the structure's height is occupied by usable floor area. Only 'Buildings' are eligible for the CTBUH 'Tallest Buildings' lists.

Architecturally Topped Out
Structurally Topped Out
Under Construction
On Hold
Never Completed
Competition Entry
Proposed Renovation
Under Renovation
Under Demolition
Completed, 2014

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The CTBUH follows the United Nations's definition of City, and thus uses the lists and codes established by that organization.

Postal Code

A single-function tall building is defined as one where 85% or more of its usable floor area is dedicated to a single usage. Thus a building with 90% office floor area would be said to be an "office" building, irrespective of other minor functions it may also contain.

A mixed-use tall building contains two or more functions (or uses), where each of the functions occupy a significant proportion of the tower's total space. Support areas such as car parks and mechanical plant space do not constitute mixed-use functions. Functions are denoted on CTBUH "Tallest Building" lists in descending order, e.g., "hotel/office" indicates hotel function above office function.

Structural Material

Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning systems are constructed from steel. Note that a building of steel construction with a floor system of concrete planks or concrete slab on top of steel beams is still considered a “steel” structure as the concrete elements are not acting as the primary structure.

Reinforced Concrete
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning systems are constructed from concrete which has been cast in place and utilizes steel reinforcement bars.

Precast Concrete
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning system are constructed from steel reinforced concrete which has been precast as individual components and assembled together on-site.

Utilizes distinct systems (e.g. steel, concrete, timber), one on top of the other. For example, a steel/concrete indicates a steel structural system located on top of a concrete structural system, with the opposite true of concrete/steel.

A combination of materials (e.g. steel, concrete, timber) are used together in the main structural elements. Examples include buildings which utilize: steel columns with a floor system of reinforced concrete beams; a steel frame system with a concrete core; concrete-encased steel columns; concrete-filled steel tubes; etc. Where known, the CTBUH database breaks out the materials used in a composite building’s core, columns, and floor spanning separately.

Official Website

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building, including spires, but not including antennae, signage, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment. This measurement is the most widely utilized and is employed to define the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) rankings of the "World's Tallest Buildings."

143.7 m / 471 ft
To Tip
143.7 m / 471 ft
130.5 m / 428 ft
Floors Above Ground

The number of floors above ground should include the ground floor level and be the number of main floors above ground, including any significant mezzanine floors and major mechanical plant floors. Mechanical mezzanines should not be included if they have a significantly smaller floor area than the major floors below. Similarly, mechanical penthouses or plant rooms protruding above the general roof area should not be counted. Note: CTBUH floor counts may differ from published accounts, as it is common in some regions of the world for certain floor levels not to be included (e.g., the level 4, 14, 24, etc. in Hong Kong).

Floors Below Ground

The number of floors below ground should include all major floors located below the ground floor level.

# of Parking Spaces

Number of Parking Spaces refers to the total number of car parking spaces contained within a particular building.

# of Elevators

Number of Elevators refers to the total number of elevator cars (not shafts) contained within a particular building (including public, private and freight elevators).

Tower GFA

Tower GFA refers to the total gross floor area within the tower footprint, not including adjoining podiums, connected buildings or other towers within the development.

142,880 m² / 1,537,948 ft²
Construction Schedule



Construction Start



Shanghai Jin Hong Qiao International Property Co. Ltd
John Portman & Associates
Structural Engineer
John Portman & Associates
MEP Engineer
Newcomb & Boyd
Shanghai No. 7 Construction Co., Ltd


Arnold Associates

Vertical Transportation

Fortune Consultants, Ltd.


CTBUH Initiatives

Shanghai Arch Technical Tour Report

19 September 2014 - Building Tour

About Shanghai Arch

The site for the Jin Hongqiao International Center, ideally suited as a gateway to this dynamic area, gave birth to the "portal" design of the Shanghai Arch. This signature office building is the first of three components that make up the Jin Hongqiao International Center. The office tower acts as a portal into the other project components, as well as the entire Hongqiao Expansion Business Zone.

Rising up as two separate towers, it is joined at the 23rd floor by a seven-story sky bridge that creates a dynamic “gate” into the pedestrian-friendly retail promenade. The east wall is curved with overlapped glass, to create a “fish scale” appearance. The “drapery” effect of the building is strengthened by the extended glass fins beyond the building massing on the east and west elevations. The glazing at street level blurs the line between indoors and outside, complemented by the flow of the plaza landscaping and water features that "pass through" the office building.

19 September 2014

Shanghai Arch Technical Tour Report

The tour of the Shanghai Arch began with a brief look at the building’s exterior, followed by visiting the footbridge to the main entrance, the skygarden, and the Shanghai Arch Village.