china completes the largest building in the world china completes the largest building in the world
jul 14, 2013

china completes the largest building in the world

‘new century global center’ chengdu, china
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it’s one of the superlatives destined for a record book: ‘what is the world’s largest building?’ a year ago the answer would have been dubai’s international airport terminal 3, but as of july 1st the new century global center in the fiercely-growing mega-city of chengdu undoubtedly takes the title.  with 1.2 million square feet spread out over 18 stories in a glass and steel structure, the program includes what one might expect for a building of this scale: a 14-screen imax theater, shops, restaurants, offices, hotels (yes, plural), the reconstruction of an entire mediterranean village, an artificial beach with realistic sunsets and sea breezes orchestrated by the help of an LED wall (in a contemporary ‘truman show’ fashion), and a 500,000 ft2 art center next door designed by none other than zaha hadid. to make some spatial comparisons, the building could comfortably house three pentagons or 20 sydney opera houses. it’s important to add as well that the entire structure was constructed in just a year, and stands as a testament to the will and ability of the chinese



promotional video © gochengdoo



image courtesy of telegraph



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interior lobby
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artificial beach
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hotel balconies
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workers on the large glass roof
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aerial view
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  • Sure looks nice and big with all hat blue around it. Wonder what the Coal Fired Generators are gonna make the environment look like? Hoo Hah Wonderment.

    Lightmaker says:
  • Such a huge and expensive project. I can’t understand how they use this kind of cheap promo graphics video. Weird.

    Leon says:
  • megalomanicism

    ervin says:
  • Architect not worth mentioning?

    Mass says:
  • Wooooooow, moor. than. Dreaming

    sami elbastawissi says:
  • Are you sure it is the largest? The Google Building (111 8th avenue) in Manhattan is 2,900,000 square feet and 55 Water Street in Manhattan is 3.5 million square feet, and the Pentagon is 6,636,360 square feet and many more are larger than the 1.2 million square feet of this China Building. In addition, One World Trade Center with its anticipated 3.5 million square feet. Am I missing something here? Please advise.

    John says:
  • Oh Dear.

    ACT says:
  • nothing subtle about it. waste of resources in my opinion.

    antony rieck says:
  • Whatever its faults, you should at least name-check the Design Team.

    mackenzie collins says:
  • It’s 1.8 million square meters, not feet.

    lego says:
  • who’s pea-brain idea and design was this?

    hrlv says:
  • Awsome.
    Could somebody kill the architects of this master piece? So they can’t repeat anymore any equally beautiful piece of art.

    Joan says:
  • sami: it’s actually 19 million square feet

    des says:
  • Just watched the video. Unbelievably artificial and impressive at the same time.

    Oh and the commentator might need vocab lessons.

    Tom says:
  • Just what we needed, another Vegas, Dubai style amusement park. Big, bigger, biggest. They used the word ‘replica’ a lot. Aesthetically it’s nothing more than pompous kitsch. What a waste of money! But that’s just my opinion.

    Piebe Jelle says:
  • Regarding the Architect and the lack of mention.
    This is China. The last thing that they are likely to do is bring an individual to attention. Quiet possibly that is why the building lacks much personality.

    Ron Smith says:
  • Look like the human starship in Wall-E…

    adrien c says:
  • What me to say??????????????????????

  • Don’t know your parameters for deciding the largest building. But be informed that there is an RCCG Church building in Mowe, Ogun State, Nigeria that is 1.5Km long and 600 meters wide. It is to be replaced by another structure that is 3km x 3km to be ready within the next 12 months. You and Wikipeadia should visit this place.

    komnavi sessi says:

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