Tag Archives: architecture

“and merriness passed among the tourists”

China has opened what is now the largest building in the world. It’s called the “New Century Global Center” and it has a beach. Honest.

The Center is practically an enclosed city. From The Guardian:

[It’s] . . .  an entire seaside resort, along with a 14-screen Imax cinema, Olympic-sized ice rink, two five-star hotels and its own Mediterranean shopping village – all wrapped with a vast ribbon of offices. Sprawling for 1.7m square metres, it could fit 20 Sydney Opera Houses beneath its glass roof.

They’re billing it as a business center and resort destination where – well, let’s hear it from them: “where recreation has become the core value of modern business concepts and business will become a way of life.”

This is a video tour of the place (The headline comes from the English language voice-over script – so very Chinese, so very “all your data are belong to us”.)

Don’t bother watching it all – the tour starts at 6:44.

Architectural malpractice

If seeking medical help for hallucinations or delusions, I think this is exactly what I’d want to see. Exactly.

What are they smoking in Korea?

According to the Weekly Standard (I know, sometimes too rapid linky-linky lands me in strange places), this is the architectural rendering of a pair of residential towers proposed for Seoul with what they’re calling a ‘cloud feature’ connecting the buildings. I’m speechless.