The 800 apartments and office spaces in a new Chinese skyscraper go on sale next month, which wouldn’t be such big news if the building that can house some 4,000 people hadn’t been constructed in only 19 working days. You read that right — in less than three combined weeks, a Chinese company that claims to be the world’s fastest builder erected a 57-story structure in Hunan’s provincial capital.
USA Today reports that the fast-moving firm put up the glass-and-steel Mini Sky City using an innovative method of modular construction. “The Changsha-based company spent 4½ months fabricating the building’s 2,736 modules before construction began. The first 20 floors were completed last year, and the remaining 37 were built from Jan. 31 to Feb. 17 this year….”
And while the 57-story, rapid-rise skyscraper is impressive, the construction company’s next project is far more ambitious. USA Today notes that the Broad Sustainable Building Co. is now awaiting approval to start building its 220-floor Sky City. Company officials assure the public that such buildings are strong and safe enough to stand tall against earthquakes.
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A time-lapse video of the remarkable 57-story project in Changsha has become very popular among fascinated Chinese viewers. You can see it by clicking on the video above.