A Chinese company built a 57-storey tower in 19 days

You know you're building fast when you measure progress by the hour. Image: Broad Sustainable Building.

The Shard, Western Europe’s tallest building, took three years to build. The Burj Khalifa, tallest building in the world, took nearly six. 

But a new 57-storey tower in the Chinese city of Changshan, while not quite as tall as these monoliths, was just completed in only 19 days. That breaks down to exactly three floors a day. Which is quite an achievement.  

The tower contains 800 apartments, office space for 4,500 people, 19 large atriums to be used as public squares, and a ramp system in addition elevators, so residents can walk or ride bikes to and from their homes and offices. The building's ventilation system will also pump out pollution-free air.

It's the work of construction firm Broad Sustainable Building. The company, which specialises in eco-friendly, pre-fabricated builds, managed the amazing speed of construction by pre-building blocks in factories, then stacking and screwing them together on site – a bit like giant Lego blocks. 

Broad Sustainable Building is presumably hoping this achievement will raise their profile: it's currently angling to build Sky City,  the world's tallest skyscraper, using similar techniques, but progress has been delayed by spiraling costs.

If it goes ahead, the company claims it could spit out the 200-storey skyscraper in just 90 days. 

This timelapse video shows the insane rate of construction, along with an hour-by-hour timer: 

And if that doesn't impress you, here's an unpromising image of what those blocks look like before construction begins. 

Image: Broad Sustainable Building. 


Here are all the names of London tube stations that we’ve just stopped noticing are weird

What the hell. Swiss Cottage. Image: Oxyman/Wikipedia Commons.


 “The next station is Gnome. Change here for Elf, Cherubim and Gnome.”


Would be a lot less weird if it wasn’t a good eight miles away from where they actually built the arsenal.


It’s like something from a kid’s picture book where everything is labelled incredibly literally. Was even sillier when the next station along was still called Post Office. (It’s St Paul’s now.)


Disappointing lack of doggos.


Same, also a surprisingly long way from Barking.


But not by Bromley which, once again, is eight bloody miles awy.

Canada Water


Chalk Farm

Chalk isn’t a plant, lads.



Elephant & Castle


Grange Hill.


Hang on, that’s in Belgium isn’t it?


There are literally horns no the church, to be fair.

Kentish Town

Actually in Middlesex, nowhere near Kent.


Not only no knights, but no bridge either.


Might as well have a station called “oblong” or “dodecahedon”.

Oxford Circus

Plenty of clowns though, amirite?


Does any other London suburb promise such a vertiginous drop between name and reality?


To be honest the name’s fine, I just wish people knew how to pronounce it.

Roding Valley

The river’s more than 30 miles long, guys, this doesn’t narrow it down.

Seven Sisters

None that I’ve noticed.

Shepherd’s Bush

“Now where are those sheep hiding now?”

Shepherd’s Bush Market

Because one bush is never enough.


1. That’s not how that combination of letters should sound. 2. That’s not where Southwark is. Other than that you’re fine.

Swiss Cottage

Sure, let’s name a station after a novelty drinking establishment, why the hell not.


Okay, this one is definitely in Belgium.

Jonn Elledge is the editor of CityMetric. He is on Twitter as @jonnelledge and also has a Facebook page now for some reason. 

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