The world’s biggest building officially opened in Chengdu, China earlier this week. The New Century Global Centre is four times the size of Vatican City and is large enough to fit the Sydney Opera House in it 20 times over.
The gigantic building is 100 metres high, 500 metres long and 400 metres wide. Further, its floor space, which covers 19 million square feet, is almost the same size as the whole county of Monaco. However, it’s not just the size of the structure which is impressive, the colossal building also includes a pirate ship, ice skating rink, faux Mediterranean village, multiple hotels and 15,000 parking spaces.
Arguable the most impressive feature of this mammoth complex though is its artificial sun. The 100 metre high glass ceiling contains an artificial sun which provides light and heat 24 hours a day, meaning shoppers need never stop exploring the 400,000 square metres of shops and boutiques found in the building.
According to officials the New Century Global Centre is the largest freestanding building in the world and it took just three years to complete. It is located in the heart of Chengdu next to the Chengdu Contemporary Arts Centre, which was designed by British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid.
Chengdu is one of China’s largest and most populous cities. It is the capital of Sichuan province and home to around 14 million people. The new building is just one of many new developments popping up in Chengdu, with a software park currently being built with the hopes of creating the city’s own ‘Silicon Valley.’
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