The world's tallest building took five years to reach its 828-meter, 2,716-foot height, but a Chinese company wants to leave the Burj Khalifa in the dust. Broad Sustainable Building, which already built a hotel in two weeks, aims to erect the new Sky City skyscraper within three months.
The 220-story building would be the tallest in the world by 10 meters, according to CNN, which first reported on the construction plans. It was designed by a Dubai architect, in an interesting twist. The company would use pre-fabrication methods to construct it in record time — 95 percent of the building will be built before the ribbon is cut at the ground-breaking ceremony.
Despite its gargantuan size, the building will supposedly use one-fifth the energy of a traditional edifice, because its 6-inch-thick walls and quadruple-glaze windows will provide better insulation. When it's complete, 104 elevators will connect 220 floors and 1 million square meters (10.7 million square feet) of usable space. This will include the world's tallest hotel, living space and potential office space.
In an interview with Xinhua, machine-translated from simplified Han Chinese, BSB chief executive officer Zhang Yue said the company wants to break ground in November, and that the tower will be completed in January 2013.
If this seems overly ambitious, note that BSB has apparently done it before, albeit not on this scale. In December of last year, the company erected a 30-story hotel in 360 hours; watch a time-lapse video below.
Government agencies still have to approve BSB's plans, but the Wangcheng district in Changsha, Hunan province, is already on board, CNN reports. We can't wait to see the time lapse video of this one.
I'm calling BS on this one...even if they do prefab the parts they won't get it done in 92 days.
On the off chance that they did manage it I would not want to be near the building EVER.
I don't agree with you caradoc01, there have been some major strides with prefab construction. What I don't understand is why our 'oh so mighty' capitalistic system is not in front of this. Why are the Chinese and Middle East blowing past our engineering feats?
Even if we don't build 'sky scrapers', why not use better tech in all the crappy strip malls, live/work/play complexes, and office towers that are still being put up across the country?
Corporate America is fat, sluggish and dated, and their leadership hides out in foreign countries. What are our great engineering feats of the 21st century?
My two cents - congrats to China, I'm glad someone is pushing the envelope.
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nandrews73 then your missing a lot! We have companies that are pushing engineering accomplishments into space such as SpaceX, We have the fastest super computer made by my company, IBM. These are just a few. No it takes more than building a sky scraper with prefabbed construction pieces to be 'pushing the envelope' as caradoc01 would say I would not want to stand near something like that.
I implicitly trust the technology of the chinese. Its their integrity I find questionable.
I wish these ever so tall buildings would be concentrated in one city, like Manhattan, this would be quite a sight.
I love legos! :D
Personally I've seen Chinese engineering, and I don't trust it.
Perhaps, before any society or country in the world, pats China on the backs for a great accomplishments, we should wait until they stop killing female babies, abandon on the streets and markets and selling babies as commodities from orphanages and forcing female’s harsh tortuous abortions.
Everybody will benefit from your building techniques advancements. I hope the building will last centuries and house many prosperous businesses.
Bravo! At last some company made obvious thing: building are easier to produce at factory rather than actually build on site. Just like the cars, planes and everything else. Anyone wants to build a home? You better hurry up, in 10 or 20 years no one will build them, they will be made (in China) and shipped to your doors. Well, no doors yet, they will be shipped to you. Unless someone starts growing (or printing) skyscrapers.
China is the next world power. They will surpass the west in technology in the next 50 years.
China will be fighting to stay a third rate power in 50 years, even Japan has learned that lesson.
Aldrons Last Hope,
Um, China has one little problem and it is equal to a box full of dynamite and soon or later a match will be tossed in the box. Socially and politely China is going to run into a monumental male problem and do not think the local population has a desire to become gay.
Until they discover killing female babies, leaving female babies alone in the market as trash or selling their female babies in adoption clinics, while abusing their adult woman with force violent abusive abortions, you should off you applause as being the next world power..
In 50 years, their population is going to collapse and between now and then socially the people might revolt.
@nandrewes73 "What I don't understand is why our 'oh so mighty' capitalistic system is not in front of this."
Because we don't allow slavery any more. Socialism is a couple hundred years behind on that. You could put up a pyramid in no time, if you had enough slaves. go socialism, rah rah.
Your sig love peace and soul is antithetically aligned to everything you believe is true. What happens when you figure that out. I don't know but I wouldn't want to be anywhere near you when you do.
@Gman46 I bet you money you have never visited a major Chinese city. I went to Shanghai on business a few months ago, and I was nothing but impressed with the city. It is the biggest city proper in the world. 640 square miles, home to 20 million people. I have to say, I stayed in the nicest hotel I have ever stayed at in my life, and most of the buildings I visited were the nicest buildings I have ever seen in my life. Marble everywhere. I ate dinner at the highest hotel in the World on Hyatt's 91st floor restaurant - which had 6 full kitchens in operation.
Also, they were building 6 new buildings outside my hotel window - nonstop! 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Welding crew out there at 4AM on Saturday and Sunday.
Now, I am not suggesting China is perfect at all, but they are a very serious world power. It scares me to think what they will be in just 10 years at the rate they are going.
@3DTOPO Actually I'm an ISO for a $2B company we have a company we 'bought' in Hong Kong, I say 'bought' since no one can actually own anything in China, it's more of a lease to the Government. It's my job to protect my company from the Chinese Government while we are there. This means policies like never taking any equipment, computer or cellphone or iPad when we go to Hong Kong. We provide our executives all devices while they are there and we have them immediately wipe them when they leave, we can't use AES encryption on any device , VPN or block encryption, why? because it's to hard for the Chinese Government to crack, seriously we are made to use 3DES because it's less secure. The average on having your cellphone hacked is 15 minutes, after you land in Hong Kong, this is why we provide local cellphones to our people and why we wipe computers, laptops almost continuously. We do know from experience that the Government will seize our equipment if they think they can get some important information. I have many colleagues who've had their computer systems seized by the government.
True the PRC tries to leave Hong Kong alone because it's such a cash cow for them, but as long as there is a PRC the likelihood that China becomes a world power is small, communism and freedom that capitalism provides just don't mix.
Some other facts that as a person who deals with Chinese knows, their growth is solely based on huge growth, China has debt that is as great as the U.S, if their growth slows to lower than 7% their economy will come crashing down. Most of the economy of China is actually foreign companies, such as my company for example, anything happens to these foreign countries it directly impacts the Chinese economy causing slow down.
There is a lot of real factors that people don't look at behind the scenes, don't always trust what is being told to you, Chinese Government is good at cooking the books, I know that personally.
Check here for signs that China is already encountering deflation. Add a http header to get the link.
Should have said CCP, we also deal with PRC on Taiwan.
You bought a company in China, obviously with the idea to make a profit. The terrain of which you, your associates are a swamp of hostility for you, with snakes and alligators, always ready to gobble you up, should something seem a bit tasty. As you further observe the terrain of which you work, you see the swap also being polluted with corruption constantly and this is typical in your sight.
I can only guess you get paid a lot, if you make a profit or not. The investors, who believe in you, are blinded with visions of greed. And as for 2 billion is a lot of money, it is most like not a loss for the investors, should they lose one day too.
What country do you and your investors originate from sir?
I'm in, as is my company, the U.S. We actually didn't purchase the company to make a profit directly, it just makes things easier for us since we have manufacturing there. We own several different companies, one in Canada as well, Japan is our next target possibly with a few hundred stores there. I can safely say dealing with different countries, China is far the worse and it isn't just because the job I do, but I do see it better than most. As our company see's China as a long-term temporary, ie. most likely we will be out of china in 10 to 20 year range as all China provides us is a cheap labor force and as we see, if it's no longer cheap there is no longer a reason to be there. In fact most foreign companies see China this way, as a temporary solution. Even now manufacturing has begun to be moved back to the U.S slowly, but in the next 10 to 20 years I imagine most of the manufacturing will have returned. Again this isn't a study but hard cold facts of what my company and other companies that we deal with or know.
Sorry Mycellium, you may want to actually read a history or economics book. Slavery didn't help the American south with their major feats of engineering. (what major feats of Engineering? - LOL) And it hasn't been proven that slaves were used to build the pyramids. The Romans did enslave most of Europe to build roads, aqueducts, bridges etc. But it seems that was more of an indentured servant arrangement.
Our labor costs are not prohibitive to progress and growth in the US. However, the ridiculous level of greed by CEOs and Board Members does prohibit/limit true R&D.
American companies are profitable, but the level of reinvestment in the surrounding communities and their own R&D is absymal compared to the end of the 19th to the mid 20th centuries.
China has MANY well documented social, political, environmental, financial, etc weaknesses. I don't understand why our US firms seem to be stagnant - relatively speaking. And they are building some quality stuff over there. Travel a bit - don't get all of your info from the 6 o'clock news.
SpaceX was cool, I know we are still ahead in several areas - it just seems our established firms should be doing more 'big' stuff. Instead, they evade paying taxes and waste $$ on undeserved bonuses and golden parachutes.
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@Robot, your comments are border line derogatory. You talk about dead babies. The U.S.A aborts about 1.4 million babies a year…so that’s 14 million “dead babies” a decade. What do you have to say about that?
U.S.A is in a tail spin economically, if it wasn’t for cheap labor in China the economy would be in a depression. China has come A LONG way in the last 20 years. Before “made in china” was synonymous with cheap crap. But now it means high quality goods. They are hard workers…and trus me they are the next super power.
Why should the people revolt? What about you, should you revolt? Look at what the government is doing, they are taking all the tips from China how to monitor, lie, scare, control the people. You think you are in a democracy, but that ended when JFK was assassinated.
From this thread alone you see the U.S companies have no loyalty to their citizens, they are world citizens now and would rather do business in China. Why? Because they are efficient, very efficient.
The Chinese (and others) are turning out mechanical, electrical, civil engineers and scientists in medicine etc while American schools are producing social engineers, union leaders, politicians and environmental scientists. But we are the leaders in razor blade technology. (the 5 bladed razor is still tops,isn't it?)
@Aldron's last hope - He's not talking about aborted babies. In the US we don't abort a baby because it's a female, we abort a baby because the parents are not ready for a child financially or emotionally. He's talking about the fact that they knowingly kill or abandon female babies simply because they're female. Those are comparable, right? Wrong.
Also, I don't know what goods you're talking about when you say "made in china" means high quality goods. It's still cheap and crappy for the most part. A fair amount of Chinese technology that isn't crappy is stolen from outside sources like Gman46 was saying. From personal experience in the battery/power/energy field, chinese companies often come to information sharing conferences and simply try to steal ideas of other companies and individuals. You'll see them in the back taking pictures with their iPhones of every single slide of every single presentation.
I'm not trying to say nothing good comes from China, but it seems as if most people have put China on some huge pedestal. Yes they have amazing cities and are rising quickly, but most forget they still have millions and millions of people who bucket water from a stream and live without electricity.
Usually these stories are bogus. Even the video of building the hotel in 360 hours is bogus. The clock stops at 360 and there are several floors of windows still going in. I guess they built 30 floors of structure in 360. Is it me or is Chinese culture just engrained with dishonesty?
@a2011 yes it is the same…especially if its government funded, like “Obama care”. Government funded baby murder. My wife is pregnant, and our baby was alive from conception. You may not value a baby that’s only 26 weeks old in the womb but I do. P.S over 90% of abortion clinics are in poor areas, minority areas..that’s a form of population control….read abou the eugenics movement and who started it (hint U.S.A and Hitler). But that’s the west for you….you can rob me and assault me…just dress it up so I don’t notice.
I’m in Canada so don’t know the stores you have over there, but go into home outfitters, bed bath and beyond, sears…they sell quality goods and 90% comes from…wait for it….CHINA! :D
I by no means would put china on a pedestal, their human right violations are horrendous….the U.S.A goes to war with smaller countries for much much less, but those countries don’t have trillions to lend the U.S. Politics is a dirty game.
We had the G20 meeting here in Toronto 2 years ago, and China sat in on the G8 meeting. In the streets you’d think we were in China the amount of police, military, fences, cameras out there. And here we have the leader of Canada probably getting techniques on how to control the population from China and Russia WTF is that??
I don’t WANT china to be the next world power, but economically, they will be. Capitalism can’t compete with cheap slave labor..sad but ture.
Aldrons Last Hope,
You just a shit kicker.... making a mess and not helping.
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I spent 20 years in the building trades, and I wouldn't step anywhere within a 1000 meter radius of a building that size put up that quickly. There's no way they could build it safely, prefab or not. It's just an architectural impossibility, no matter how good the engineering.
As for these comments: Popcorn anyone?
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@Robot, what ever Bubba. Facts are Facts.