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China is already home to the largest building in the world, and now, it appears China will also claim the title of having the tallest building in the world as well. Yup, that’s right folks. Upon completion the tower dubbed ‘Sky City One’ will even beat out Dubai’s massive 829 meter Burj Khalifa skyscraper by ten meters. To be constructed entirely with a prefabricated process, a method of construction which is much safer, quicker and cost effective, the elephantine edifice to be located in Changsha, China, will boast an incredible 220 stories, be resilient enough to withstand a 9.0 earthquake, and for the icing on the incredibly tall cake,  will be energy efficient to boot claiming a carbon footprint of two tons (this number sounds like a lot, and it is, but is more attractive when compared to the 5.5 ton norm).

Pretty incredible stuff, eh? The previously mentioned record-holding Burj Khalifa tower took six years to build. Sky City One’s estimated completion time? Seven measly months. Granted, given the speed of it’s production, understandable concerns arise in terms of it’s construction quality. These concerns are also compounded by the sheer size of the project along with China’s previously questionable construction record, but Broad Sustainable Building, the company developing Sky City One calms these concerns with the quality of their 17 previous projects and their aforementioned prefabricated method of building. Think of any time you may have pieced together some unassembled furniture. You would know you hadn’t finished or done it correctly if there were a few screws or pieces left over, right? That’s how this method of construction is carried out, leaving very little room for error or cutting corners. Found here is a very good read from Wired.com, detailing this incredible structural undertaking as well as the inspirational man and company behind it’s construction.

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