A Building for Crowded Cities

So there is this plan in Changsha (China) to build the tallest building in the world (838m) within 90 days. The trick is pre fabrication of “modules” in factories and assembling them at the construction site. This makes it much cheaper (1,500 USD per square meter vs. 15,000 USD per square meter for Burj Khalifa) and it’s environmentally friendlier as well.

Using modular technology – the 95% factory-prefabricated components will be assembled at a rate of five floors per day.

But the really exciting part is the idea behind it. The building is named “Sky City” and is supposed to be exactly that – a city. The buliding will hold up to 31,400 people. 83% would be residents of both low and high income. The other areas are used as schools, hospital, offices, hotels, shops and restaurants. The rest is reserved for the 104(!!) elevators.  This is a great idea, especially when the population grows bigger and more and more people live in the cities. Theoretically, you could live, work, eat, shop – all of it in the same building. With traffic jams like this, it is certainly an intriguing way to reduce cars. Of course you could wonder how the traffic would look around the buliding… those people need to get out sometimes as well, right?

The building will most probably not win any beauty contests, but it saves space, money and energy, I say it’s a good innovation!

Hopefully this is not just a publicity stunt by the company Broad Sustainable Building. They have not received OK from the Chinese government to build it yet, but check out this video which shows how they built a 30 floor building in 15 days.

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