Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Largest Building in the World Opens


The world's largest building as just opened in the Chinese mega-city of Chengdu.  The Guardian gives a preview:

A 100m tall cliff-face of blue mirrored glass, stretching 500m along a triumphal plaza, the New Century Global Centre houses an entire seaside resort, along with a 14-screen Imax cinema, Olympic-sized ice rink, two five-star hotels and its own Mediterranean shopping village – all wrapped with a vast ribbon of offices. Sprawling for 1.7m square metres, it could fit 20 Sydney Opera Houses beneath its glass roof. It is declared by its creators to be "a landmark which commands the world and is looked upon by the world with respect," a pleasure dome that Kubla Khan could only dream of.

Steve Clowney


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The Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center is no longer the largest building in the world? That's a bummer! I could understand why VAB was so large/tall. What was the reason for this building's 100m tall roof, I wonder? 80% of the indoor volume, from the looks of it, is just wasted. I'm guessing "just because we can" could be a good enough reason but boy, what a waste of air conditioning energy!

Posted by: Humble Homeowner | Jul 19, 2013 11:55:38 AM

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