Having made my opinions on certain superscrapers clear, it is refreshing to report that there seems to be a new era dawning on the industry constructing architectural giants. At first it seemed that the Burj Khalifa had set the precedent for a boastful display of wealth, and forgot the cultural significance of what it was trying to achieve pretty early on.
The waters are often muddied by finance but, in some instances, there is outstanding benefit to magnificently large skyscrapers. The likes of the Petronas Towers taught us that a cultural watchtower over a buzzing city could help shape an economy and provide a single visual entity for Kuala Lumpur’s international face.
We are now on the verge of seeing the next tallest building in the world, ‘Sky City‘, which is springing up in Changshu, China. Work begins on the 828 metre, 220 floor tower next month and had a projected completion time of 90 days – yes, you read that right. This estimate has been pushed to 210 days which is still close to 10 times fast than the Burj Khalifa and less than half as pricey ($628 million compared to the Burj’s final cost of $1.5 billion).
As you would expect, the height of the building offers immense space – 1,000,000 m2 of it in total – and the 100,000 residential spaces available in a vertical setting will help to minimise the use of land and improve the CO2 per capita levels. The building is kitted with 15-inch walls to bolster this dedication to greener living and positions Sky City as one of the greenest, quickest and cheapest of the super scrapers.
Be impressed, be very impressed.