6:30 am. Pingan IFC construction site. Futian, Shenzhen.
I have previously written about the Pingan IFC, a construction project five minutes from my apartment that when completed will have the second tallest building in the world at 660 meters. I assumed construction had been halted the past six months; the construction site has been extremely quite and I heard rumors from friends that money was very tight and the project had been put on hold. I was sad upon hearing the news and thus hadn't thought much about it the past half year.
This week I read this extremely short article from the Economic Observer about China's current skyscraper projects which mentions Pingan IFC. I decided to check in with the Skyscraper City Forums to see if the construction was ever going to start again.
Well, it seems construction had never stopped. On the forum I found very recent photos (such as the one at the top of this post) of huge steel columns rising out of the basement/foundation. How have I missed this? We're these columns brought in while I was in the US in July? How has the construction site been so quiet all this time?
Lo and behold, last night I was walking by the site and there it was, the superstructure rising out of the ground:
Still at a lose how this all passed me by. I'm glad construction is ongoing and I now have renewed interest in it's progress. The below photos were uploaded yesterday to the Skyscraper City forums by user crazyboyxzy. Thank you crazyboy.
I have written previously about the Pingan IFC and its continued construction. I walked by the site for the first time in a month and it appears construction has entered a new phase. Hugh cranes have now been installed and I'm really excited to follow the building's progress in the next few months. As always, great photos and updates can be found on the SkyscraperCity forums.
Coco Park. Shenzhen, China
I just moved next door to the future second tallest building in the world and I didn't even know it.
I recently moved to a new part of Shenzhen, close to the Futian Coco Park mall. While it is an amazingly nice area, there has been a fairly large construction site next to the mall that has been an eyesore for the past few years. I haven't put much thought into what was being constructed until a week ago when I walked past the site and saw a graphical representation of the finished building. Seemed impressively tall, but then again most artistic renditions of future building projects are exaggerated and made to look more impressive then they will actually be. Every building looks like it will be the world's most impressive in early renderings, when in reality it may be a small 20 floor overpriced apartment building.
None the less I was intrigued. I got on my iPhone, typed in "Pingan IFC Shenzhen" into Google, and the second result made me say, out loud, "what the f***?"
The entry read, "Shenzhen, Ping'an International Finance Centre, 660m, 2165ft…"
I had just been to Shanghai for the first part of the mid-autumn holiday and spent time in Pudong. My friends and I went up to the 97th floor of China's current tallest building (Shanghai World Financial Center) and looking down we could see the foundation of the Shanghai Tower, due to be completed in 2014 and measure 632 meters in height. From the renderings, it looks to be a fantastic looking building (I would say possibly the most beautiful skyscraper in the world) and I believed it was scheduled to be the highest in China.
And then I just happened to find out that right across the highway from me is going to be an even higher skyscraper, which when completed will not only be the tallest in China, but the second-tallest in the world! My mind has just been officially blown.
The only unfortunate piece of news is its scheduled completion date of 2015 (according to Wikipedia, though a local taxi driver would only say 'two years'). I can only hope this is a conservative estimate as other sources point to 2014. Looking at pictures from the Skyscraper City forums, the foundation seems to be mostly complete (in my non-professional political science major opinion) so I hope they start to build the above ground structure soon. By the end it should reach all the way up to 115 floors.
The list of world's tallest skyscraper's has gradually shift in the past 20 years away from the West to the East, with China and the Middle East planning and completing more and more elaborate towers. The realization that the world's second tallest building is under construction 5 minutes away from me has rekindled my interest in the subject. Below are links to some interesting articles, plus some pictures I took of the construction site. In all of the world, it seems China is the new mecca for skyscraper construction. Not even Dubai, with its financial difficulties, will be able to keep pace. Glad I'm here to experience it (at least until the bubble strikes).
Below: Pictures of the construction site from last week. Not much to see yet.
China to get new skyscraper every five days for three years [Note: The picture in this article must be at least 5 years old. This is an article about skyscrapers and the picture they chose to include isn't even new enough to show the Shanghai World Financial Center? Weird. Plus Shenzhen Pingan IFC isn't even accounted for. It does say that Shenzhen has almost as many skyscrapers as Shanghai. Maybe they're all hiding from me, but I don't see them. Either that or I've become immune from noticing tall buildings.]
Skyscraper City Forum for Pingan IFC [Seems I'm not the only one living close to the construction site.]
China's Skyscraper Domination ["The shift is so drastic that North America's share of the 100 tallest buildings will fall from 80 percent in 1990 to 18 percent by 2012. By then, 45 of the tallest will be in Asia, with 34 of those in China alone." This is why when I visited New York City after being in China I thought, "where are all the tall buildings?" Compared to Shanghai, New York's skyline didn't seem so high anymore.]
Skyscrapers Are A Great Bubble Indicator [Article claims China will have #2, 3, 5, 9, and 10 tallest buildings in the world by 2015. Indication of a future bubble?]
Top 8 Skyscrapers That Will Push The Limits Of Design [Older article, but interesting that only one listed is in China. I'd put money on most of the Middle East towers not being built any time soon as some have already been delayed. That's the difference. They talk a big game. No delays here in China. Design them and build them, quick as you can.]
Golden Tower Becomes the Symbol of the New China [That is one ugly building.]