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Strange But True, Changsha, China

Monday 06 Dec 2010

16 storeys, 136 hours

Strange But True by WAN Editorial in Changsha, China
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10/01/11 fenry, shanghai
my god
In my point of view this building is really inspiring !
07/12/10 justin, brisbane
It's not pretty - but maybe this construction type could aid in rebuilding devastated places in need like Haiti
07/12/10 Peter Eedy, Brisbane
Remarkable effort, however I saw no evidence of fire-proofing of the steel structure

I assume the fitout was with 'pods' (I didn't watch closely enough!)

Building itself is rather bland ...
07/12/10 sam, Bakersfield
impressive speed...not impressive in looks...looks like a lego house sort of...did they complete the plumbing and interior work? or just the shell in this short time?

pretty cool considering all though....
07/12/10 Belles Architecture, Chicago
The speed of this project is AMAZING. I would really like to visit and see the quality of construction. I do, however, question the "design" or lack one. It would be difficult to be more bland and boring-it appears designed by the contractors and engineers with speed and cost as the ONLY design influences. This is a shame because of the fantastic design that has come out of China. As a U.S. architect: http://www.bellesarchitecture.com I DO think this is notable, and DO believe it will have an impact on future construction both in China, and the rest of the world. Kind of reminds me of Habitat on steroids.
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Broad Sustainable Building construct a 16 storey hotel in less than 6 days 

Construction workers in China have erected a hotel in Hunan province in just under 136 hours, putting lengthy contractors the world over to shame. Using largely pre-fabricated parts, developer Broad Sustainable Building managed to complete the scarlet New Ark Hotel in only five days and 16 hours.

Allegedly the building is sound proof, thermal insulted and able to withstand a magnitude nine earthquake, with no injuries reported throughout the entire construction process. The YouTube film below clearly demonstrates the speed kept up by workers onsite, who continued until 10pm each night until completion.

The media attention surrounding the speedy build has not all been glowing, with a blogger at allvoices.com attacking its ‘show-off-y efficiency’ and centurychina.com joking ‘it's easy to imagine the disorientation of Changsha residents who'd gone away, or who just hadn't recently ventured into the downtown neighborhood of the new Ark Hotel: "Honey, I don't remember a hotel there, do you?"’

A step in the right direction maybe, but would you stay there…?

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