Fire stops work at SWFC

18 March 2008

The Shanghai World Financial Centre (SWFC), Shanghai, China is now the tallest structure in the coun

The Shanghai World Financial Centre (SWFC), Shanghai, China is now the tallest structure in the country.

A fire at the Mori Building Co.'s 101 storey Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC) has stopped work on what will be the world's second-tallest skyscraper once completed in 2008.

The blaze started on the 26th floor of the building in Shanghai's financial district at about 4:30 pm on Wednesday 14 July.

Mori Building is investing YEN 105 billion (US$ 888 million) constructing China's tallest building.

Construction was halted in 1997 because of the Asian financial crisis and in 2005 political tensions led to the removal of a circular hole from the building's design amid concerns it resembled the Japanese flag.

The 377300 m2 tower is being built by a consortium of China State Construction Engineering and Shanghai General Construction Group.

Kohn Pedersen Fox is design architect and Leslie E. Robertson Associates is the structural designer.

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