China's Stunning Green Buildings

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Gensler's super-tall, 128-story Shanghai Tower will be, for a moment at least, China's tallest building. It will also be highly green, featuring atriums and lush gardens in the tower, wind turbines on top, and a large green space below. The kicker in the tower's LEED-seeking argument is its highly efficent double glass insulation, the first to be used in a super tall building. The double skin, says architect Marshall Strabala, will make the spiraling tower “function much like a thermos bottle."

Expected completion 2014

Photo courtesy of Gensler