I remember reading blogs from people who had traveled to NK and toured the area around this building. I laughed when I read the part where the tour guide said that this building would be the tallest hotel when completed. I thought "How delusional can one be to think a building that has been on hold for 16 years can resume construction?'' I feel kind of stupid now.
Anyway, I hope it's safe and that the concrete hasn't been compromised.
from ZimasterX at SSC.
Wow. the lack of automobile traffic is shocking.
__________________ The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.
John Kenneth Galbraith
I like how so many on here are structural engineering experts able to accurately determine weakness and deficiencies of structures from photographs taken over a kilometer away. I heard it quite often in the Burj Dubai threads on how it is insanely tall and hopefully they have done wind load testing because there is no way it could withstand a sand storm or that it would surely collapse on itself under all that weight.
....the world is full of rouge construction companies running around building structures from a napkin sketch and some concrete.
It's interesting to think that this building started construction 9 years before SkyscraperPage was founded. We've all set here looking at the unfinished project and have sort of mocked it. It's strange seeing it actually being worked on after all these years. This thing started construction in 1986! I was 7 years old when they started it.
I absolutely love that this building is under construction again!
Such an intriguing tower, and all irrelevant politics aside - there are few building in the world that look as massive and intimidating as this one. I have to say I love it.