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Which Building Has the World's Fastest-Moving Elevator?

09:30 - 23 September, 2017
Which Building Has the World's Fastest-Moving Elevator?, via Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
via Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

The targeted maximum wait time in office building elevators is 20 seconds—it just feels like 2 minutes when you’re in a rush. But how quickly are the elevators actually moving?

The fastest installed elevator reaches speeds of 67 feet per second (20.5 meters per second), or 46 miles per hour (73.8 kilometers per hour) in the Shanghai Tower. Not only does the Gensler-designed Shanghai Tower boast the fastest elevator, but also the longest continuous run of 1,898 feet of the 2,073-foot tower (578.5 of 632 meters), as revealed in a recent study by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). At these speeds, you can reach the 119th floor in 55 seconds.

via Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat via Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat via Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat via Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat + 6

The World’s 10 Tallest New Buildings of 2015

01:00 - 13 November, 2014

The following list, originally published on BuzzBuzzHome, is based on data from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the recognized authority on skyscraper height.

With the number of officially “tall” buildings — at least 656 feet (200 meters) — doubling over the next ten years, and the number of “megatall” buildings — at least 1,969 feet (600 meters) — expected to jump from two to 10 by 2020, building construction around the world is literally reaching new heights.

Indeed, next year alone 10 new skyscrapers of at least 1,110 feet (338 meters) will be completed. They are 2015's tallest buildings…

Shanghai Tower Enters Final Stage of Construction

00:00 - 7 August, 2014
Shanghai Tower Enters Final Stage of Construction, Climbing skyward, Shanghai Tower (center) is seen in Shanghai (July 2014), in the final stage of construction. Situated in Shanghai’s fast-growing Pudong District, Shanghai Tower is located adjacent to the Jin Mao Tower (left) and the Shanghai World Financial Center (right). Image © Nick Almasy Photography
Climbing skyward, Shanghai Tower (center) is seen in Shanghai (July 2014), in the final stage of construction. Situated in Shanghai’s fast-growing Pudong District, Shanghai Tower is located adjacent to the Jin Mao Tower (left) and the Shanghai World Financial Center (right). Image © Nick Almasy Photography

After nearly eight years of design and construction, what will soon be China’s tallest and the world’s second tallest building has entered into its final phase of construction. Designed by Gensler, the 632-meter (2,073 feet) spiraling Shanghai Tower is now set to be completed in 2015, becoming the centerpiece of the city’s Lujiazui commercial district.

In light of the tower reaching its final phase of construction, Marshall Strabala, the Chief Architect of the building, has unveiled new photos of the construction process. Enjoy these photos as well as a video interview with Strabala on the construction process after the break…

VIDEO: Watch Two Men Scale the World's 2nd Tallest Tower

00:00 - 13 February, 2014

"We prepared carefully and picked an appropriate date, the Chinese New Year day. At that time the security was less watchful, workers were on vacations, and cranes did not work. We got to the crane at around midnight. [...] The result you can see in our new video."

Those are the rather unassuming words of Vitaliy Raskalov, a Ukrainian "roof-hacker, urban-explorer, blogger" who has just pulled off an extraordinary, jaw-dropping stunt (way more incredible than his humble words would suggest).

Raskalov and Russian photographer Vadim Mahora broke into and climbed the Gensler-designed Shanghai Tower, soon to be China’s tallest and the world’s second tallest skyscraper at 632 meters (2,074 feet) high. Although the tower will eventually boast the world's fastest elevators (reaching 40mph), the pair had to climb the 120 flights of stairs by foot (taking them about two hours); they then spent another 18 hours sleeping and waiting for the weather to clear. The staggering resulting images show not just the dizzying heights, but also fantastic views of the adjacent Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center (together, the trio of buildings that are re-defining the Shanghai skyline).

Check out the incredible images, after the break.

View of the Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center from the Shanghai Tower. Image © Vitaliy Raskalov, ontheroofscom@gmail.com View from the Shanghai Tower. Image © Vitaliy Raskalov, ontheroofscom@gmail.com View of the Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center from the Shanghai Tower. Image © Vitaliy Raskalov, ontheroofscom@gmail.com View of the Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center from the Shanghai Tower. Image © Vitaliy Raskalov, ontheroofscom@gmail.com + 14