Dubai seen from the 144th floor of the Burj Khalifa, at roughly 540 m high. The Burj Khalifa the tallest man-made structure ever built at 828 m high. The observation deck is on the 124th floor at 442 m and is the highest outdoor observation deck in the world. (more…)
Days after our disapproval of the steel beams we decided to visit the sub-contractor that fabricated the steel. There was some confusion because the General Contractor took us to another workshop which was approved earlier. But the shock was still to come: there was not a single security, health or environmental precaution taken in this workshop. People working without the proper protection, no chemical storages and a chaotic workspace:
For a project in Shanghai the General Contractor submitted the following steel beams for approval. I always thought that steel beams are cast / formed in one piece but the Chinese way is welding the steel beams from virtually every left over piece of metal they have. And without the proper tools for welding, cutting, drilling and transporting things get really messy:
Bamboo is quite strong stuff and is used in various ways . . . even as scaffolding.
One of my fascinations I saw during a stroll through Shanghai: a bunker in the middle of the city. Probably it was a defense against a Japanese invasion. And with most of the bunkers; it is too expensive to demolish them. So people just plan and build around it…
The building boom in China is certainly not stopped by lack of modern equipment. Here an overview of the machines used to drive the piles in to the ground:
Sometimes I encounter strange sights during my work and life in China. Of course, because of my profession, I focus more on architecture. With the enormous pace of construction in China, things can easily go wrong and people just don’t care about esthetics. When the average life span of a building in China is only 15 years, it is easy to look the other way when things are not right.
*Note: PUR foam is used in China for construction, waterproofing, insulation and finishing*