world's tallest building, sky city will break ground next month in china
 
world's tallest building, sky city will break ground next month in china
may 21, 2013

world's tallest building, sky city will break ground next month in china

the world’s tallest building, sky city in changsha, china images courtesy of broad group / different energy

 

 

update (26 july 2013): the broad group, the chinese developers of the anticipated tallest building in the world, made waves with their initial announcement that they would complete the aptly named ‘sky city‘ in 90 days. in march 2013, they announced a new timeline of 7 months for the nearly 3,ooo-foot skyscraper, and the groundbreaking occurred on july 20th, 2013. just four days later, construction ground to a halt as chinese officials claim that the developers failed to get the proper governmental permissions and permits for anything besides obtaining 22 acres of land.

 

the broad group has already had success with the prefab skyscraper method with its 15 storey s9 building in shanghai: they delivered and assembled the 30 storey hotel structure in a mere 15 days. the extreme productivity is mainly due to a system of modules and prefabricated parts combined with a back-breaking timeline.

 

located just outside changsha, the rapidly developing waterfront area that will soon house a zaha hadid theater complex, the mixed use residential complex will house 31,000 people inside. approximately 83% of the vertical complex will be exclusively residential, while 3% will be reserved for office use. a hotel with a thousand person capacity and a school set to educate 4600 children is also planned for the veritable urban complex.

 

broad developers and broad sustainable development express and act on a serious concern for sustainable building technologies and CO2 emission reduction, touting many manifestos about green lifestyle tips and techniques. mechanisms to protect against solar gain and a network of green roofs express a commitment to the green cause, irrespective of scale. the 220 storey is set to top out at a height of 838 meters and cost a relative small sum of 628 million USD; a fraction of the cost of the current tallest building in the world, dubai’s burj khalifa. that mega structure cost about 1.5 billion USD and was built in an already extraordinarily fast five years. sky city ‘s statistics are particularly remarkable because the project aims to posit a solution to a larger goal of extreme urbanization and population growth both cheaply and with regard to environmental concerns. the site selection alone proposes a long-term metropolitan spread, with the assumption that changsha’s urban trajectory will engulf the megastructure. perhaps 200,000 tons of prefabricated steel components will result in a resolution to long-standing problems in urban development and alter the profession and priorities in architecture at large.  

 

 

a walkthrough of the project video © different energy

 

 

world's tallest building, sky city will break ground next month in china

view up toward the tower

 

 

world's tallest building, sky city will break ground next month in china

in a committment ot CO2 emission reduction and a sustainable lifestyle, mechanisms to guard against solar heat gain will be in place

 

 

world's tallest building, sky city will break ground next month in china

a network of rooftop gardens is in line with the green lifestyle proposed

 

 

world's tallest building, sky city will break ground next month in china

trees are envisioned all too many stories in the air

 

 

world's tallest building, sky city will break ground next month in china

view down at the green roof

 

 

world's tallest building, sky city will break ground next month in china

 

 

world's tallest building, sky city will break ground next month in china

sky city posits a solution to mass urbanization by anticipation urban sprawl

 

 

world's tallest building, sky city will break ground next month in china

the mega tower as it would stand in the present natural landscape

 

 

world's tallest building, sky city will break ground next month in china

night view

 

 

world's tallest building, sky city will break ground next month in china

a graphic created by the national post diagrammatically shows a construction timeline, assembly and individual modules

 

 

world's tallest building, sky city will break ground next month in china

the relative scale of the building compared to the tallest structures in the world to dateimage via

  • Certainly the Changsha region economy will support this enterprise plus the future Hadid complex. China has seen enough ghost buildings and complexes brought about by rapid economic growth and ironically lack of economic feasibility studies relative to some very ambitious and spectacular projects. Hopefully this sky city project fulfills its creators’ objectives and escapes being another ghost building, world’s tallest at that.

    nelsondreyes architect
  • It might be good if you were storing boxes or something. But for real people to live in a building like that, I am not entirely convinced.

    idle_crane
  • OMG,, a much bigger, but worse version of the empire state building. If this building will stay for hundreds of years or so,, why building it up so quickly, but careless about the design? After all, people in the city will have to stare at it everyday…. If the client wants to save money, build it lower. Having 10 thousand windows that looks exactly the same isn’t the solution.

    twny
  • It will be exactly as described, a lego building. There is a difference between constructing a prefabricated home and a home with more sophisticated design elements. Which would you want to live in?
    Also, why do this? I particularly enjoy the rotten text using the words sustainability and ‘green roof’.
    Absurd.

    Ron Smith
  • Awful… but interesting!

    d. pi
  • The world’s tallest, dullest building.

    jumt
  • the Chinese Version (Made in China) of Burj Khalifa!!

    Alain
  • it’s not how, but why?

    s. lee
  • Tallest tower of the world in just 7 months….. unbelievable. .. construction will be complete in 90 days…. wow.. amazing.
    its going to be part of all the record books.

    amod
  • big and blaaaah

    dbkii

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