World's tallest building to complete this year
Broad Sustainable Building chief says Sky City to finish in December
The Chinese multi-millionaire who has been touting the prospect of building a tower taller than the Burj Khalifa has said that it will be complete this year.
“We will be finished by December,” Zhang Yue, the owner of Broad Sustainable Building, told the AFP news agency. “I could make an even taller building.”
Zhang, who has made a fortune estimated to be worth $180mn through selling air conditioners, has developed a method for modular building which he has claimed will be able to erect the world's tallest tower within 90 days.
The company has previously built a 30-storey hotel in China's Hunan Province in just 15 days, and a 16-storey residential block in under a week.
However, plans for the world's tallest tower have not been as smooth. The company first announced its plan in July 2012 and was meant to break ground on the site initially in November 2012, with completion set for January 2013.
A series of other start dates have come and gone, and Zhang has said his plan has faced strong opposition.
“There are not many people who support us,” he said. “There are too many bad people.”
He has also previously cited delays in gaining permits for a lack of momentum on the project, which is set to contain a hospital, shops, schools, a 1,000-room hotel and housing for up to 31,400 people.
A promotional video the company launched to showcase the project states that the building is highliy sustainable, as its density means that a typical resident will only use one-hundredth of the average land occupied per person, and that a typical resident's CO2 use will fall to 2 tons, compared with an average of 5.5 tons.
The total built-up area of the tower is said to be more than 1km2.