Monday, January 22, 2007

Building Speeding

A co-worker emailed me the photos of the newly-opened Baiyun Convention Center in Guangzhou. Believe or not, this 3-million S.F. building complex was done 16 months after the competition winner ( BUROII from Belgium) was selected. It may break a Guinness World Record! Just imagine the amount of work behind the completion: the tremendous collaboration and coordination among multiple firms.
In spite of the bleeding schedule, the team didn't go for the conventional construction technology. To create the rough texture requested by the designer, a new exterior wall system was invented. It utilized a special red stone related to the rocks in the region. It is said that 10,000 different sizes of stone were used.

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