World’s Largest Building Opens in China – Complete with Indoor Seaside [Video]

NEW YORK | Thursday, July 11th, 2013 6:27pm EDT

The world’s largest freestanding building was opened in China.

Dubai may have boasted the tallest building in the world, but Chengdu, China, can now be proud of being home to what Chinese officials are calling “the largest building in the world.”

New Century Global Center is situated in the capital city of Sichuan province, one of China’s rapidly growing metropolises and home to over 14 million people.

The colossus of steel and glass was opened on June 28 and was constructed by the Exhibition and Travel Group. According to its developers, the building is 500 meters long, 1640 feet wide and 328 feet high.

It’s so large that can hold 20 Sydney Opera Houses and, with about 5.5 million square feet of floor space, has three times the square footage of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C, reports NBC News.

However, the world’s largest building impresses not only due to its size, but also because of the structure, whose construction began in 2010.

New Central Global Center became house for numerous offices, conference rooms, China’s biggest shopping and entertainment mall, two 1,000-room five-star hotels, an ice-skating rink, a 14-screen theater, and an artificial beach.

“This faux seaside town offers 1,312 feet of “coastline,” the world’s largest artificial waves, and displays of sunrises and sunsets thanks to the world’s largest LED screen–the 492 foot long and 131 foot tall backdrop of this ersatz resort,” NBC News claims.

“The artificial coastal area can accommodate 6,000 people and serves as the main attraction of the New Century Global Center,” the source adds.

Despite the fact that the area where the  building is situated suffers from smog, visitors to the center need not worry about the climate.

“We have borrowed a Japanese technique,” guide Liu Xun told the Sydney Morning Herald. “There will be an artificial sun that will shine 24 hours a day and allow for a comfortable temperature.”

From the promotional video distributed by GoChengdoo.com it’s seen that the New Century Global Center is “themed with a comprehensive and profound oceanic culture and inspired by the design concept of sailing seagulls and undulating waves.”

Liu told reporters of the expansive structure, “This is an ocean city built by man. There will be 1000 rooms (in the hotel) and all will have seaside views.”

The closest natural beach is situated about 621 miles away from the building. However, the purpose of the New Century Global Center isn’t just to court leisure tourists.

By the way, the largest building in the world is just a step towars putting Sichuan’s capital city on the map, as next to the giant complex will be opened additional buildings including Zaha Hadid’s 656,000 square foot Chengdu Contemporary Arts Centre.

According to architectors’ plans, the city’s subway will be expanded from two lines to ten by 2020, as well as a new airport will be built.

The video boasts that the New Century Global Center is a success, “transforming Chengdu into a world-class, modern city of idyllic beauty where recreation has become the core value of modern business concepts and business will become a way of life.”

It is, the video says, “a landmark which commands the world and is looked upon by the world with respect”.

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