In 'terrifying if you have to work in it after it's constructed' news, China is planning on building the world's tallest building in only three months. The 220-story skyscraper, named Sky City, is being built by the same company (Broad Sustaining Building) that built this 30-story hotel in 15 days, all thanks to the prefabrication of modular pieces that are attached on site. Sky City will be built in a similar manner. Me? I'm built like a dumpy cave troll.
Sky City will use an astonishing 220,000 tons of steel. The structure will be able to house 31,400 people of both "high and low income communities". The company says that the residential area will use 83-percent of the building, while the rest will be offices, schools, hospitals, shops and restaurants. People will move up and down using 104 high speed elevators.
They also claim it will be able to sustain earthquakes of a 9.0 magnitude and be resistant to fire for "up to three hours," as well as be extremely energy efficient thanks to thermal insulation, four-panned windows and different air conditioning techniques that were already used in their previous constructions.
Hey, as long as it's safe, I'm impressed. If it's not safe, well, it will probably get covered up by the goverment. Admittedly, you couldn't get a building even a quarter that tall built here in the U.S. in three months. Ooh -- here's one for you: how many construction workers does it take to build the apartment building going up across the street from me? No clue, but there are at least four who are perpetually eating and wolf-whistling at me whenever I leave my place. I'm not a piece of meat you know! "You kind of are, GW." You know, I am kind of a filet mignon, aren't I? "No." A spicy lil' hot wing? "Nope." Boneless chicken tender? "Uh-uh." Chopped liver? "That's the one!" *MEGA SAD FACE*