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Chinese Company Builds 30-Story Hotel in 15 Days

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- A Chinese company has seemingly accomplished the impossible, putting up a 30-story building in half as many days.  Broad Sustainable Building finished construction on the 30-story hotel prototype in the city of Changsha after only 15 days of construction.

The construction was able to proceed so fast because the foundation was laid ahead of time and the building was largely factory manufactured. Once the pieces were shipped to the site all that was left was for the construction workers to put it all together, which they did at record speed.

According to Broad Sustainable Building’s website, the building was 93 percent factory made, a process which they say eliminates the risks associated with design and construction quality, budget and construction delays.

Critics, however, question the safety the building, pointing to the lack of oversight and pace at which it went up.

Broad Sustainable Building has attempted projects like this before, building a 15-story hotel in just a week as well as a six-story pavilion in less than a day. However, this is the first time they have attempted a project of this magnitude.

The company claims that their building method is environmentally efficient, reducing waste and greenhouse gas emissions.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Anger Builds Over Tower Design Resembling 9/11 Explosion

James Hardy/PhotoAlto Agency RF Collections/Getty Images(ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands) -- A new building design created by Dutch architectural firm MVRDV is angering people who say the structure evokes the World Trade Center attack during 9/11.

The new luxury building, slated for completion in 2015 in Seoul, South Korea, will featured a “cloud” connecting two towers at the 27th floor.  But some say that The Cloud, which will feature a large connecting atrium, a wellness center, various pools, restaurants and cafes, looks far too similar to the explosion at the World Trade Center on 9/11 after two planes flew directly into the twin towers.

“A real media storm has started and we receive threatening emails and calls of angry people calling us al Qaeda lovers or worse,” the company posted on its Facebook page.

Hundreds of outraged commenters took to the company’s Facebook page, such as Lance Henley, who wrote, “It looks like the WTC exploding on impact, how could anyone be such a moron…if it goes up it’ll come down just as fast.”

But others suggested the comparison was far-fetched.

“Everyone should remember that the World doesn’t revolve around the US or 9/11. They have their own things going on to think about and worry about to honestly remember what the buildings looked like coming down and all that. Stop acting like the world revolves around the US,” wrote Ricky Arellano.

The Cloud was reportedly inspired by a drawing of two towers with a cloud covering the center of the skyscraper.

On their website, the company wrote, “MVRDV regrets deeply any connotations The Cloud projects evokes regarding 9/11.  It was not our intention to create an image resembling the attacks nor did we see the resemblance during the design process.  We sincerely apologize to anyone whose feelings we have hurt, it was not our intention.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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