Jin Mao Tower Project Architecture

Jin Mao Tower

Shanghai | P.R. of China
Business Area
ARCHITECTSkidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)
The Concept

Located in the Pudong District in the city’s Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, the project is a multi-purpose building incorporating office and hotel space, retail facilities, service amenities and parking.

Standing at 420.5 m (1,380 ft), the 88-story tower is one of the most iconic buildings in the world.

The tower design is reminiscent of ancient Chinese pagodas, stepping back to create a rhythmic pattern as it rises. In the evening, when the tower is lit, it stands out as a beacon against the Shanghai skyline.

The building has several references to the number 8 such as the octagonal core and its 88 stories.


421 m / 1381 ft

88 stories tall

The heavily articulated façade, that gives the tower its distinctly ornamental exterior, comprises several types of systems. The podium features include: a thermally broken stick system façade with coated, insulated steel sheets; ventilated outer skin with aluminum sheets and stepped, offset granite slabs with stainless steel grilles and aluminum fins. From level 4 to 88 the system is based on unitized panels including double-glazed units with reflective silver coating for windows, toughened glass and stainless steel sheet cladding for the spandrel areas and vertical mullions in various widths with aluminum fins and 50 mm thick stainless steel rods. The spire base and the spire itself include prefabricated steel framework, double glazing and stainless steel sheets with highly polished decorative stainless steel globes for top corners. The project was designed applying advanced structural engineering concepts to withstand typhoon-force winds and seismic loads. The building was recognized as Finalist in the 2014 CTBUH Performance Award program and it is LEED Platinum® from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The Project
Scope of Work

100,000 sqm (1 million sq ft) of cladding and curtain wall.

Technical Details

DEVELOPER: China Shanghai Foreign Trade Centre Co., Ltd.

ARCHITECT: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

CONTRACTOR: Shanghai Jin Mao Contractor

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