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The Shanghai Tower

The Shanghai Tower (right) rises 632 metres above Shanghai’s financial district and claims to be the world’s greenest skyscraper. Awarded the top platinum rating by US green building certification body LEED, the tower – whose 121 storeys house offices, retail and hotel space – has 200 wind turbines which generate about 10% of its electricity. It collects and reuses rainwater, is wrapped in two layers of glass for natural cooling and ventilation and has nine plant-filled “sky lobbies”.

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