The World’s Tallest Building to be Built in China

The World’s Tallest Building to be Built in China

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Sky City, courtesy of AOL Real Estate

As it stands, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is currently the world’s tallest building, standing at 2,716 feet. China will top that, quite literally. In a matter of nine months, Broad Group (a Chinese construction company) has plans to build a multi-use building that is 2,749 ft. That may not be so shocking in itself, but the time frame in which they plan to do it is.

Nine months. That’s how long Broad Group is allowing for construction of “Sky City”, the aptly named skyscraper. Their secret? Pre-fabrication. They plan to engineer various elements of the building in their factories and then transport floors, ceilings, and ventilation shafts to the actual location, which will be in Changsha, in China’s Hunan province. Once all of the components are produced, the plan is to install them at a rate of about five storeys per day.

Broad Group became an internet sensation back in 2010, after producing a time-lapse video (shown below) of a 15-story hotel they built in just six days. They’ve also constructed a three story building in a matter of nine days. By comparison, the Burj Khalifa took about six years to complete.

The Ark Hotel

The Ark Hotel (15 story building), courtesy of The Fab Web

The burning question for construction at this speed is whether it’s safe. The company indicates that it’s techniques are in response to the Sichuan earthquake in 2008, which destroyed the area and many of the lives in it. They attest that Sky City, much like the 15-story hotel project, will have the capability to withstand a 9.0 earthquake, and can be evacuated within a 15 minute time frame.

Once constructed, Sky City will feature:

  • 220 floors
  • 104 elevators
  • Hotels
  • Shops
  • Restaurants
  • School
  • Hospital

80% of floor space will be devoted to housing, both luxury and low-income.

The building will be built under sustainable standards, with thick insulation, quadruple-paned windows, and other elements to help cut down on energy use.

Broad has recently received approval from the local government, but is now waiting on the final word from the central government. Once approved, however, expect the building to stand in no time at all.

Here’s the time lapse video of the 15-story building:

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