The rise of a super skyscraper: Amazing four-year time-lapse video shows how the 121-storey Shanghai Tower is being built
An incredible time-lapse video has emerged showing the building process of the second tallest building in the world, the Shanghai Tower.
The footage was filmed over four years by China-based American filmmaker, Joe Nafis. It gives an unprecedented view of the construction of the skyscraper, which stands 2,073 feet tall.
After eight years of construction, the 121-storey structure, nicknamed the ‘thermos flask’, is set to grand open this year. It will contain an observation deck along with luxury hotels, offices and shops
The tower, which is about 700 feet shorter than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, is due to break several world records.
The lofty wonder will contain Chinese-run J Hotel, billed as the world’s highest hotel, between the 84th and 110th floors.
It will also offer the longest single elevator journey in the world, which will transport visitors from the ground floor to the observation deck on the 119th floor in 55 seconds, according to the People’s Daily Online.
Its two neighbours are the 1,614-foot-tall Shanghai World Financial Centre, completed in 2008, and the 1,378-foot-tall Jin Mao Tower completed in 1999.