The last beams are hoisted up at the Shanghai Tower before being topped out in the Lujiazui Financial District in Pudong, Shanghai, China, 3 Aug 2013. A topping-out ceremony was held Saturday for Chinas tallest building in the financial hub of Shanghai when the final beam was hoisted to the top of the skyscraper and installed in a flag-waving ritual. At 632 meters (2,073 feet), the Shanghai Tower in the citys Pudong district is the worlds second-tallest building, surpassed only by Dubais Burj Khalifa, which soars 829.8 meters (2,722 feet). After the ceremony, workers will move onto the buildings interior construction. Once it is completed next year, the Shanghai Tower will have retail and office space, a luxury hotel and likely a museum. Designed by U.S. architectural firm Gensler, the glass-and-steel, 121-story building takes on a transparent and spiral form.
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