The Wall Street journal reported that the plans for China’s Sky City included 80% of it being dedicated to housing 174,000 people.
Once it’s done, Sky City will boast 220 floors, 1 million square meters of floor space and 104 elevators, according to the preliminary plans. More than 80% of the floor area will be devoted to housing for 174,000 people, with a hotel, school, hospital, offices, shops and restaurants taking up the remainder. The building would use up 200,000 tones of steel and be able to accommodate as many as 314,000 people at any given time, Broad said, adding that the official plans will be released around August.
Now, I’m not so sure. The National Post summarises it as:
“It’s another frontier — on Earth,” said Mr. Beaudet, who teaches at the University of Ottawa’s School of International Development and Global Studies. “It proves their capabilities … It’s symbolic.”
The 90-day challenge starts in January, when the 220-storey tower will sprout module-by-module from a piece of farmland in the southeastern Chinese city of Changsha. Although Broad and its chairman Zhang Yue have stunned the world before — first in 2010 by building a 15-storey hotel in 48 hours and again a year later by stacking together a 30-storey tower in just 15 days — this latest creation, nicknamed Sky City, is the most audacious and aptly named: After the modules are stacked at a rate of roughly five storeys per day, Sky City will boast a hospital, a school, 17 helipads, and enough apartments to house 30,000.