A Chinese construction company is claiming to be the world’s fastest builder after constructing a 57-storey skyscraper in no fewer than 19 working days. The company called Broad Sustainable Building erected the rectangular, glass and steel “Mini Sky City” in Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province.
Three floors were assembled each day using a modular method of construction which focuses on assembling the blocks rather than the traditional method of “brick by brick” building. Modular methods have been used for high-rise building elsewhere in China, as well as in the UK and America.
However, critics have suggested that this method gives rise to overly uniform architecture without the “personalised” touch that many house buyers are looking for. The rectangular, glass and steel building has 19 atriums, 800 apartments and office space for 4,000 people. Remarkably, the construction works were interrupted by bad weather. The company now intends to build the world’s tallest skyscraper, at 220 floors, in only three months.