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Skyscraper City Dims Speed Record

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

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China has quietly backed off its much-trumpeted plan to build the world's tallest structure in the shortest time: more than 200 stories, in less than 90 days.

But only the speed of the plan has changed—the breathtaking scope, so far, has not.

Just six months ago, the state-owned Broad Sustainable Building Co. announced plans to construct a 220-story, 2,749-foot-tall skyscraper in Changsha City in Hunan Province, China, in record-breaking time.

Images: Broad Sustainable Building

At 202 stories, Sky City will house residential, office, school, hospital, hotel, mall, business and entertainment space.

The project was supposed to be started and completed early in 2013. Now, those plans have changed, although they certainly remain ambitious.

In a new video, the company says it will build what is essentially an entire city within a single skyscraper in seven months, using prefabricated construction techniques.

The complex will include residential, office, school, hospital, hotel, mall, business and entertainment space in one 202-story, 838-meter-tall structure.

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Not only that, but the structure—containing more than one million square meters of space—will be energy efficient, have a minimal footprint, and will "not collapse even in a 9 magnitude earthquake," the company's video says.

Sky City Sky City

The video is short on details but suggests bee-swarm-intensity pre-fab construction (right) by its own labor crews (left).

The company bills Sky City as a "safe, practical, affordable" answer to urban living ("a life filled with unwanted transportation and stress") and resource-devouring developments that are "eating away on natural habitats."

The four-minute, time-lapse, animated video suggests bee-swarm-like construction but offers no project details, including cost, start or completion date (or even year), or information on contractors or building materials.

Still, prefab construction of skyscrapers is BSB's purported specialty.

In 2010, the company built a 15-story hotel in 48 hours. In 2011, it erected a six-story dormitory in five days. And last year, the company built a 30-story hotel in 15 days—a project captured in a time-lapse video.

   

Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Commercial Construction; Construction; Good Technical Practice; Hotels; Office Buildings; Prefabrication; Residential Construction

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