China is now challenging Dubai to the claim to be the tallest as a new tower receives final approval to be built, with planned ground-breaking in June 2013. The building is said to be an answer to the growing population in a sustainable and eco-friendly way, being praised as a “pragmatic” building, designed for efficiency, affordability, replicability.

World’s tallest building to be built in Changsha

The new build is claimed as "a way of development for higher life quality and lower impact on the environment." BSC, the developer, claims that their buildings are five times more energy efficient than conventional ones

The new build is “a way of development for higher life quality and lower impact on the environment.” BSC, the developer, claims that their buildings are five times more energy efficient than conventional ones.

China will soon be home to the world’s tallest building.

Broad Sustainable Construction (BSC), known for constructing a 30-story building in fifteen days, has just gained approval to start construction on one of their biggest projects – a 838-meter or 2,749 feet tall building called Sky City, Treehugger reports.

Its height puts it about 10 meters over the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the current tallest building in the world, according to Quartz.

This new monolith is meant to address China’s rapidly urbanizing and still growing population. It will have 92 elevators, a 6-mile long ramp running between the floors, and even a hotel.

The company says construction will take about 7 months. Construction for the Burj Khalifa took approximately 6 years.

The building will have 202 floors and will be built in the middle of a field in Changsha.

From the Shanghaiist, full article here.

Highlights of the new building:

  • There is six mile long ramp running from the first to the 170th floor. Beside the ramp are 56 different 30 foot high courtyards used for basketball, tennis, swimming, theatres, and 930,000 square feet of interior vertical organic farms.
  • In this one building, there will be accommodation for 4450 families in apartments ranging from 645 SF to 5,000 SF, 250 hotel rooms, 100,000 SF of school, hospital and office space, totalling over eleven million square feet.
  • The building is designed to be earthquake resistant to Magnitude 9, and to a 3 hour fire resistance rating, provided by ceramics installed around the structure.
  • 16,000 part time and 3,000 full time workers will prefabricate the building for four months and assemble on site in three months.

Read more about the plans for the world’s tallest building from treehugger, here.

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