The World’s Largest Building

28/12/2012 10:57 pm


The 100-metre-high New Century Global Centre in Chengdu is a symbol of the spread of China's growing boom, 500m long and 400m wide, with 1.7 million square metres of floor space according to local authorities.

By comparison the Pentagon in Washington, on of the world's largest office buildings, is barely a third of the size with a mere 600,000 sqm of floor space.

The city of 14 million people plans to expand its subway from two lines to 10 by 2020, build a new airport and become a new Silicon Valley.

The Global Centre will house offices, conference rooms, a university complex, two commercial centres, two five star hotels, an IMAX cinema, a "Mediterranean village", a skating rink and a pirate ship, among other attractions. About 400,000 sqm will be devoted to shopping, most of the outlets high-end luxury brands.

The main attraction will be a 5000 sqm artificial beach, to include a rafting course and a "seafront" promenade, complete with parasols and seafood outlets that can accommodate 6000 people.

The exterior facade is near completion and an army of workers are working to finish the Chinese-designed building in time for a June 2013 international forum hosted by US magazine Fortune.

For more details vist the post from SMH