China Builds Complete 57-Storey Skyscraper In Record 19 Days

Wow, China builds complete 57-story skyscraper in record 19 days

Gizmodo reader Xian Min Zhang sent us the latest timelapse video of the construction of his latest building: A 57-floor 80,000 square metre skyscraper fully built with energy-efficient, factory-produced Lego-like blocks. He claims that they are now building these at a record three floors per day!

The company keeps increasing their building speed and size of these buildings at an impressive rate. It is still not the 220-storey skyscraper they claimed they were going to build, but it is amazing nonetheless.

This building has 19 10m-high atriums, 800 apartments, and office space for 4000 people. Zhang claims that the use of modules reduced the use of concrete by 15,000 trucks, which he says almost eliminated all the release of dust in the air, an important advantage in pollution-ridden China. Talking about pollution: He claims that all of the air inside is 99.9 per cent pure thanks to the tight construction and built-in air conditioning system. The building has quadruple-pane glass and, he says, is so energy efficient it will save over 10,000 tonnes of CO2 emission compared to a building of the same size and use.


    Probably like most Chinese products will fall apart 1 months after the warranty expired.

      The iPhone is only "designed in California" but is still "made in China". Heck, almost everything is now made in China. Even if it only one product that you admire, look for the label that says made in china :)

      I think we can do away with stereotyping already :)

      Last edited 10/03/15 5:50 pm

        I personally believe that the "designed in California" part is still pretty important ... most of the products I admire and are made in China are still designed somewhere else.

        And unfortunately there are cases of collapsed buildings: or or or

    I came here to taste sour grapes.

    I get the improvements offered by well-organised JIT delivery of pre-built components, and having eight cranes working 24 hours a day helps too, but I'd still feel uneasy being inside that building.

      Forget inside, I'd feel uneasy being within a 1KM radius of the building.

    Makes me think of the old paradigm: Speed, Quality and Price. Pick two.

    Last edited 10/03/15 2:50 pm

    article didnt say anything about cheap though

    Although we always bag Chinese construction (well they do have a poor record) this type of tech in construction is a step forward for costs, wastage and of course pollution reduction.

    People keep bitching about Chinese stuff falling apart.
    Name one Chinese skyscraper that fell down!

      There ya go bud...

    Looks like it is only one car park type ramp for every 3 floors.
    Smoke and mirrors marketing for the whole building.

    A split level apartment in every home and you won't need pillows on your bed (if you could call it home) of course it does help drainage.

    Text at the end is translated as follows:
    The tower was stopped at 20 stories for one year due to the height
    restriction within 10km of the airport. In the end 97 stories were
    lowered to 57.

    Hmmm something is not right there ... so it wasn't built in 19 days?

    i'll huff and i'll puff and i will blow your skyscraper down

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