Though the housing construction markets may have stalled around the world, commercial skyscraper construction is in high gear. In Asia, the United States and Europe, countries are competing for the bragging rights of the largest skyscrapers.
Following the August opening of the 74 story China World Tower, the tallest building in Beijing, China has set its sights on the construction of Sky City, which will be the 2nd tallest building in the world when complete.
The Changsha Broad Air Conditioning Company has unveiled designs for the 200-storey Sky City tower, a sustainable mixed use project. At 666 meters tall, the building will house 1.2 million square meters of space for residential apartments, retail, offices, restaurants, schools and a myriad of other facilities. The building will be manufactured in a factory and assembled on the construction site. Additionally, the tower will have the capacity for 70,000 to 110,000 residents.
In the United States, construction on One World Trade Center in New York City is humming along. The building has already reached an impressive 44 stories. By the time it opens in 2013, it will be 104 stories high or 1,776 feet, making it the tallest building in New York City and the United States. One World Trade Center will steal the crown of the nation’s tallest tower from the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower in Chicago, which is 1,451 feet high and touts a skydeck on the 103rd floor.
London is bustling with the construction of four pivotal skyscraper projects: Leadenhall skyscraper, the “Walkie Talkie” Tower, the Shard and Heron Tower projects. The projects promise to contribute the urban revitalization of the city, while creating jobs and enticing more businesses to set up shop in London.
Source: People’s Daily Online, LoHud.com