It took nearly 8 years to build the Shanghai Tower, the second tallest building in the world and the tallest in China. The 137-story building stands at a height of 632 meters. But, it seems like its hard-earned titles might not last forever.
The Shenzhen government has started a project to renovate and build new buildings in the city’s Luohu District. This includes the construction of a 739 meter tall building.
Yesterday, they released some design pictures of the project and the proposed building — which looks like a skinnier, taller, un-spiraled Shanghai Tower. Some netizens have commented on how ugly it looks.
739 meters would still put it behind the world’s tallest building right now, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, standing at 830 meters tall. The Jeddah Tower is currently under construction in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and who knows how tall that thing will be when it’s finished. Shenzhen is already home to the world’s 4th tallest, the Ping An Finance Centre (600m); 15th tallest, the KK100 (442m); and 27th tallest buildings, Shun Hing Square (384m).
The government hasn’t announced when they will begin construction on this new project. Though, authorities had better start preparing now for the future onslaught of daredevil rooftoppers.
Back in 2013, Changsha started construction on what was to be the world’s tallest skyscraper, but stopped work just two months later. Turns out they were trying to build on a protected wetland. Oops! Hopefully, Shenzhen doesn’t make the mistake.
By Sarah Lin
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