It seems like the latest development plans by China lend credence to the claim that it may have used more cement in the past three years than the United States did in the entire 20th century. Interestingly enough, Middle Kingdom already hosts the world’s largest building. With great assistance from UK-based Chetwoods Architects it would now make Middle Kingdom home to the world’s tallest towers. The quest for bigger and better never seems to end, right? Since you asked so politely, the height of the larger tower is 3,280 feet. Currently the tallest building in the UAE Burj Khalifa is 2,722 feet so that’s a difference of nearly 500 feet.
As far as the occupied area is concerned, it is 17 acres of ground on a massive 116 acres plot. What makes it an even more interesting prospect is the fact that it rests on an island in a lake. Chetwoods went one step ahead in terms of the design and symbolized the larger tower as the Feng (male Chinese Phoenix) while the smaller tower as the Huang (female Chinese Phoenix). The mention of the Chinese mythological bird Fenghuang keeps the towers relevant to the local culture. Come to think of it, that’s a pretty clever trick.
The tower tops will receive special environmental technology treatment. Chetwoods has decided to go so far as to name check green tech such as thermal chimneys, water harvesting, biodynamic pollution-absorbing coatings, wind turbines and hydrogen fuel cells. These would allow for sufficient energy generation for the two towers. Just so that any chance of the smaller tower falling short of energy can be eliminated, the larger tower would transfer some of its energy to it. Talk about playing the big brother. Energy will also be supplied to the surrounding area which is expected to be in shape of an export to the local grid. Remember the Nazi bunker that was changed into an ‘Energy Bunker’?
Architects await the approval of Mayor of Wuhan for the project that is budgeted at $1.2 billion and requires atleast three years for construction.