Gallery: Sky City: Chinese Company BSB to Build the World’s Tallest Bui...


Even since the current world’s tallest builing – the Burj Khalifa in Dubai – was completed, there has been a constant battle to build the world’s next tallest building. The current record holder stands tall at 828 meters and took five years to build, but a Chinese company called Broad Sustainable Building (BSB) aims to smash that record by building the 838 meter eco-friendly Sky City tower, in Changsa, China in a mere 90 days – and they’re planning to use prefab building techniques to construct the skyscraper so quickly!

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  1. Blue Tongue September 25, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Yes I don’t think that a rapid build time is a positive thing in the world’s tallest building. Quality, safety, beauty. These are things to aspire to.

  2. soros June 23, 2012 at 4:27 am

    The question of erecting buildings this quickly isn’t the speed at which it is done but how well it is done. I’ve lived in China. Most of the buildings I became familiar with are substandard in quality, with little thought to safety of the inhabitants. Parts start to fall off, others disintegrate for lack of proper composition; cement cracks in heat or cold. Jerry built as they say. Too many Chinese want to get into the Guiness Book of World records. Few understand what quality in anything is.

  3. GreenKiran June 22, 2012 at 4:48 am

    This looks very square and ugly – do we really want an ugly building as the worlds tallest building? At least make it so tourists can gaze at the beauty of the building like the Burj Khalifa

  4. scicdb3 June 21, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Would you trust a company that can’t be bothered to run a basic English check on their promotional materials?

  5. lucky2bhere June 21, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    The biggest concern is not them making their deadline. It is constructing a building of such magnitude that it is as safe as a traditionally built structure – of that magnitude.

    It is one thing to create a 30-story hotel, and another to create an infrastructure robust enough to withstand the enormous forces it must deal with; not to mention the systems within that need to work absolutely reliably and safely daily.

    Their dangerous wreck-of-a high speed train system is an example of a similar approach (bigger, faster) that should be kept in mind before, during and after this project.

    I won’t be moving in very soon.

  6. David Bofinger June 19, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    squashmequickly, they do judge buildings on multiple criteria. One of them is “highest occupied floor”. But the Burj al-Khalifa is so extravagantly tall that it’s taken all of the records. It’s in a class of its own.

  7. squashmequickly June 19, 2012 at 5:34 am

    They should start judging building heights by highest usable office/living space.
    Putting a longer antenna/decoration/air-condition unit shouldn’t count.

  8. anothervoice June 18, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Mmmmmm, Poetic.

  9. feline74 June 18, 2012 at 6:03 am

    It’ll be cool if they can pull it off, but it’s almost impossible to overstate the consequences of a screw-up . . .

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