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china completes the largest building in the world

china completes the largest building in the world | Inspired By Design |

it's one of the superlatives destined for a record book: 'what is the world's largest building?' a year ago the answer would have been dubai's international airport terminal 3, but as of july 1st the new century global center in the fiercely-growing mega-city of chengdu undoubtedly takes the title.  with 1.2 million square feet spread out over 18 stories in a glass and steel structure, the program includes what one might expect for a building of this scale: a 14-screen imax theater, shops, restaurants, offices, hotels (yes, plural), the reconstruction of an entire mediterranean village, an artificial beach with realistic sunsets and sea breezes orchestrated by the help of an LED wall (in a contemporary 'truman show' fashion), and a 500,000 ft2 art center next door designed by none other than zaha hadid. to make some spatial comparisons, the building could comfortably house three pentagons or 20 sydney opera houses. it's important to add as well that the entire structure was constructed in just a year, and stands as a testament to the will and ability of the chinese

Keven Holt's curator insight, July 15, 2013 11:15 AM

Is bigger always better? 

Rakhi Rajani's comment, July 15, 2013 6:05 PM
It mighty well end up like the other ghost cities. Can't rely on architecture to create a community on its own.
Jesús Hernández's comment, July 16, 2013 6:44 PM
Thanks for your great comments!!! :-)