China’s Waterfall Skyscraper

In a country where new buildings rise up every single day, it’s a challenge for architects to come up with original designs that stand out among the crowd of skyscrapers choking the skyline of Chinese cities. This has pushed some architects towards refreshingly new designs such as the moving façade of Shanghai’s Bund Finance Center. But nobody expected a waterfall.

So when the 397-foot-tall Liebian Building in Guiyang, China, turned the faucet for the first time, panicked residents called local newspapers to report a catastrophic water leak. The “leak” turned out to be an artificial waterfall incorporated into the building’s facade. The 350-foot tall waterfall cascading down the side of the building is probably the tallest artificial waterfalls in the world.

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Keeping the monstrous column of water running will cost the building’s owners about $118 per hour, which isn’t very eco-friendly, and has upset some forward-thinking citizens.

“Whose idea was it to put a waterfall on the building? It’s a terrible idea,” one resident told Kanka News. “They should really conserve energy instead of wasting it like that.”

In response, the building’s managers said that the waterfall will run only on special occasions—for just 10-20 minutes at a time—and will use recycled water from rain or the tap.

Still, a waterfall that runs only 10 to 20 minutes for a handful of special occasions a year, maybe, and which costs more than a hundred dollars per hour is such a waste.

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Huge Ancient Rock Tomb

Mada’in Saleh is an ancient city of pre-Islamic period located in northern Saudi Arabia, about 1,400 km to the north of capital Riyadh. It lies in a strategic position on one of the most important ancient trade routes, which linked the south of the Arabian peninsula to the north, as well as to the great economic and cultural centres of Mesopotamia, Syria and Egypt. It is considered one of the most important and oldest ancient cities in the country and the second largest city of the Nabateans who ruled in the first century AD. Today, Mada’in Saleh is an archeologically important site with majestic ruins that are often compared with those of Petra. The most stunning among these ruins and the most iconic symbol of Mada’in Saleh is Qasr al-Farid, rising four stories tall not far from the center of the ancient Nabataean city of Hegra.

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Outrageous Design For Proposed Super-Tall Skyscraper In New York City

The Big Bend is a proposed skyscraper to be constructed in New York City. The skyscraper, which was designed by the New York architecture firm Oiio Studio, has been described as the longest building in the world. With a height of at least 1,969 feet (600 m), it would also be the tallest building in New York. Reception to the proposal has been mixed.

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The Big Bend was designed by Ioannis Oikonomou of the architecture firm Oiio Studio. The proposal is most known for its distinctive U-shape, which would make it the longest building in the world—though not the tallest—if it were built. It would have a length of 4,000 feet (1,200 m) from one base to the top of the building to the other base. The proposal is a very tall and slender building, with a peak height above the ground that would be more than 1,969 feet (600 m). This would make it a megatall building, as well as the tallest building in New York City, surpassing One World Trade Center by 200 feet (61 m).

The structure is similar to the nearby “super-slender” 432 Park Avenue, with a grid of large windows, but would have even smaller floorplates.

Traversal of the Big Bend would be possible with an elevator that can travel in curves, as well as horizontally, in a continuous loop. Oiio Studio has stated that the technology for such an elevator is close to being a reality.

The Big Bend’s U-shape was conceived as an attempt to circumvent zoning regulations restricting skyscraper height in Manhattan, and also as a response to the proliferation of luxury supertall skyscrapers in the area. Ioannis Oikonomou has said that the building “can become a modest architectural solution to the height limitations of Manhattan.”

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The Big Bend would likely stand on West 57th Street—also known as Billionaires’ Row— in Manhattan, to the south of Central Park. The Calvary Baptist Church would be between the skyscraper’s two bases. The building’s two bases are currently occupied by a 77-story condo and a 7-story prewar building.

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Wrong Way Ray!

Silo Demolition Goes Awry in Denmark

The planned demolition of a silo in Denmark took a literal turn for the worse when it toppled the wrong way and smashed into a pair of nearby buildings.

The bizarre scene unfolded in the town of Vordingborg, where a crowd had gathered to see the 175-foot-tall tower brought down by explosives.

However, their delight at the sight quickly faded when they realized that the falling silo was going in the wrong direction and headed right for a library and music school located next to the tower.

Incredible footage of the mishap shows the silo slowly tipping over in an almost agonizing fashion, clipping the buildings and blasting them with debris.

Thankfully, the area around the silo had been cleared well ahead of time and, therefore, no one was injured due to the incident.