you're reading...
Real Estate

China plans to build the world’s largest skyscraper in just 90 days

Sky City ChinaIf only constructing a skyscraper were as easy as stacking Legos. Then, we’d be throwing together 200-story towers in a matter of weeks, just clicking blocks together until we got bored. But the idea isn’t so far-fetched: if China’s Broad Sustainable Building Corp. is doing its math and crossing its ts properly, it could be topping out a 2,749-ft.-tall skyscraper — the world’s tallest — in just three months.

Starting in January, the race will be on against what seems to be an impossibly short deadline. Broad is allotting just 90 days to construct the 220-story tower, dubbed Sky City, in the city of Changsha, in China’s southeastern Hunan province — meaning the building will go up at a rate of about five stories a day, according to Construction Week Online.

It’s not only the speed, though; it’s the height. Upon completion, Sky City will be 32 ft. taller than the Burj Khalifa, the current tallest building in the world. It’ll also go up 24 times quicker. Upon completion, the tower will contain a school, hospital, 17 helipads and apartments for 30,000 people, according to online design magazine Dezeen. It’s unclear, though, if it will have a lobby — the regimented prefab construction has prohibited wide open spaces on the ground floor of previous Broad buildings, Wired explains.

Broad began as an air-conditioner manufacturer but diversified after developing a new method of constructing prefab skyscrapers, whose components slot together like Erector Set pieces. According to Wired, the company’s founder and chairman Zhang Yue was inspired by the immense devastation of the Sichuan earthquake in 2008, which killed more than 68,000 people, to develop quake-friendly building designs; the sturdy modular style Broad pioneered is 95% prefabricated in the company’s factories in Hunan province.

As of September, Broad had built 17 of the prefab structures, all but one in China, and fast: the company put up a 15-story hotel in just two days, and a 30-story tower in just 15. The structures are as bland as a Sears Catalogue Home, and as pretty as a stack of plywood, but for Zhang, it’s not about style. Broad’s buildings use less concrete in the floors and less steel in the support beams, reducing the weight and increasing its earthquake resilience — Zhang says his buildings are meant to withstand a 9.0-magnitude temblor.

Indeed, the towers’ blandness and adaptability is part of the plan: Broad plans to monetise its housing concept by licensing the technology to countries across the globe. Franchisees can then build the pieces locally to prevent the exorbitant cost of shipping the prefabricated pieces.

As for Sky City, Broad plans to start laying the foundation at the end of November, with the three-month race against the clock starting at the end of the year and running through March. Ladies and gentlemen, get out your stopwatches — this one could be a nail-biter.

Source: Time “China Plans to Build the World’s Largest Skyscraper in Just 90 Days”

About China News

China News is a collection of original and reposted news and articles about China, collected from the best sites around the web. It is also a place for writers about China to promote their own sites.


7 thoughts on “China plans to build the world’s largest skyscraper in just 90 days

  1. Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.


    Posted by OyiaBrown | December 8, 2012, 10:54 pm
  2. Good luck with that. I would like to see what happens when they find out this thing wasn’t engineered for that much weight.


    Posted by Kevin Luby | December 8, 2012, 11:14 pm
  3. 90 days is pretty fast, just wonder about the quality of the real esate


    Posted by charlestonscbroker | December 9, 2012, 5:49 am


  1. Pingback: China to flatten 700 mountains to build a city « China Daily Mail - December 9, 2012

  2. Pingback: Construction of China’s tallest building stopped because of corrosive salt in concrete | China Daily Mail - March 23, 2013

  3. Pingback: China: World’s tallest skyscrapers will also be pollution-eating | China Daily Mail - July 5, 2014

  4. Pingback: China’s “world-fastest” supercomputers sit idle and serve no useful purpose | China Daily Mail - July 16, 2014

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

China News

China News is not affiliated in any way with any publication in China or anywhere else.

Enter your email address to receive an email each time an article is published, or join our RSS feed. 100% FREE.

Join 3,886 other followers

Want to write for China News?

Read “Contributor Guidelines” above to join our team of 84 contributors. Write news or opinion about issues in China, or post photos and video. Promote your own site.

Recent Posts

China News Articles Have Been Featured In:

%d bloggers like this: