Acrophobics of Shenzhen: be afraid. An international design contest to create a new skyscraper for one of China’s biggest cities awarded this interconnected maze called “Cloud Citizen” as its winner.
Its three central towers stand at a dizzying 680 meters (2,231 feet), making the structure second in height only to the 829.8-meter-tall (2,717 feet) Burj Khalifa in Dubai (currently the 632-meter-high Shanghai Tower holds the title of the world’s second-tallest skyscraper, soon to be dethroned by the 660-meter Ping’an International Financial Center in Shenzhen upon its completion in 2016).
The structure will spread over 18.3 million square feet, or two-thirds of a square mile, because the city has had so much success with other colossal building projects. People will come for the living modules, green space, cultural facilities, office spaces, rainwater basins, and energy plants, but stay for the magnificent view of grey smog on especially polluted days.
It’s an awfully ambitious project if construction were to begin soon, or at all. But from the looks of it, this monolithic monstrosity would bring Shenzhen one step closer to looking like the futuristic dystopia of your nightmares.
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By Briel Waxman
[via CityLab // Photos from UFO Facebook]