ALERT Breakout EDU:
A Brief Pause to Take Note
Breakout EDU is an educational tool of powerful potential, but it would not be responsible to rush through the puzzles and not take note of the rich architectural connections you and your teammates could make today.
Consider for a moment Shanghai Tower, one of the skyscrapers you encountered on your GeoGuessr world tour.
The Shanghai Tower is a spiraling form that rises 128 stories--632 meters (2074 feet)--to become Shanghai's, and China's, tallest skyscraper. The structure is described by its government client as "a symbol of a nation whose future is filled with limitless opportunities."
Organized in nine cylindrical sections, the segments are placed atop of one another, the tower has a double-skin facade that encloses the stacked buildings, while a triangular exterior layer creates the second skin, which rotates as it rises. The spaces between the two facades create nine atrium sky gardens. Thornton Tomasetti, the structural engineers on the project, describe the exterior of the tower as a "gently twisting triangle that tapers with height and drapes around an inner concrete structure."
Shanghai Tower emphasizes sustainable design and innovative high-performance features. The asymmetrical outer facade lowers the wind load by 24 percent, making possible a lighter, simpler structure and double skin that defines usable interstitial space. The circular inner facade reduces its glazing by 12 percent compared to a conventional rectilinear building. Amenity floors make use of the dual-skin and soaring atrium spaces to define each community of the different programs of vertical neighborhoods they serve.
Developer: Shanghai Tower Construction Development Co.
Design Architects: Jun Xia, Marshall Strabala, Arthur Gensler
In collaboration with the Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tongji University
2074 ft | 632 m | 128 floors
Willis, Carol. “Shanghai Tower.” Future City 2021, The Skyscraper Museum, 2017,
Now that you have taken some time to review the text, diagrams, and charts, you are welcome to resume your Breakout challenge. Best wishes for your observational powers in discovering your 3-digit code for the final lockbox!