The Shanghai Tower is a super tall skyscraper under construction in Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai. Construction work on the tower began in November 2008. Upon its completion in 2014, the building will stand approximately 632 metres (2,073 ft) high and will have 121 stories, with a total floor area of 380,000 m2 (4,090,000 sq ft). The Shanghai Tower is the tallest building in China and the second-tallest in the world, surpassed by the Burj Khalifa in the United Arab Emirates.
UPDATE: Here’s John Graham’s comment and picture, brought up from below:
Some context: the tower sits in an area of Pudong that has virtually no services at street level and nothing you could walk to, so there’s good reason to build community into the building because there’s nothing else around. Here’s a photograph with the tower under construction in the background:
Each time I go to Shanghai I ride to the top of “the world’s second tallest building”, and each time it’s a different building — the Jin Mao tower, then the World Trade Centre, and when I go next time it will be this one. And every time the streetscape gets worse because there’s nothing happening except traffic and construction.
But here’s the irony: the people who work in the buildings almost uniformly come from low apartment buildings in small towns or villages teeming with street life, right down to the guys sitting beside the road mending zippers while you wait. This kind of building is even more foreign to them than it is to us. In fact, when I took my translator up to the top of the WTC building, she was petrified — not because of the height but because she had never ridden in an elevator before.