With 19 atriums, 800 apartments and office space for 4,000 workers, 1,200 employees of the Broad Sustainable Building Co. erected a 57-story modular skyscraper in 19 working days in Hunan’s provincial capital, Changsha, China, according to ca.news.china.
The 2,736 modules that make up Mini Sky City were fabricated in 4 1/2 months before construction began on the rectangular glass and steel edifice, which the workers assembled at the rate of three floors a day. The structure can withstand earthquakes, according to the builder.
Liu Peng, associate director of the engineering consulting firm ARUP Beijing, says it it a safe and reliable way to build skyscrapers. “But it is not perfect, and it does not meet all kinds of personalized demands,” Liu said. “People nowadays want more personalized architecture.”
As MHPronews posted July 26, 2013, the same company has plans to build the world’s tallest building in Changsha, 220 stories, also using modular construction. Broad is awaiting government approval for the project. ##
(Photo credit: Canadian Press–57 story modular skyscraper in Changsha, China)
Article submitted by Matthew J. Silver to Daily Business News-MHProNews.