Video: timelapse of 30-story building built in just 15 days

You won't believe your eyes as you watch this 30-story tall, 183,000 square foot hotel in China rise from ground to completion in just 15 days!

My first thought? How could a building that goes up so fast be safe? Especially given that the hotel is located near the Dongting Lake in the Hunan Province, China — a region that has been rocked by earthquakes in the past.

Apparently, hotel residents can rest easy as the video shows earthquake testing by the China Academy of Building Research. It was created using prefab modules mounted on a steel frame with diagonal steel bracing. The hotel tested at being able to resist a 9 magnitude earthquake — which is apparently five times more earthquake resistant than conventional buildings.

The hotel was constructed by a Chinese company specializing in sustainable architecture. The hotel is supposed to be five times more energy efficient that standard buildings, with six-inch thick glass curtain wall insulation and four-paned windows with built in shades. It also has a heat recovery system and a three-stage filtration air conditioning process to purify indoor air.

No doubt the video of the building is really cool. And the safety and sustainable features the builders are reporting would be a great step forward for any building project.

My question is why the rush to put up the building so fast? Was it just to create a record or is this the new standard for building in China to meet the demand for new buildings?

Is this the future of construction — mega-buildings at mega-speed?

Gizmodo, via Geekosystem

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