New Century Global Centre, acclaimed to be the world’s largest building is a vast wavy rectangular box of glass and steel that will house shops, hotels, offices and a faux ocean beach with a huge LED screen for video sunsets.
Pacing ahead of Dubai in terms of largest building, China is on the path of growth and development. Opened last month in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu, New Century Global Centre has 19 million square feet of floor space equivalent to 329 football fields, emerging above Dubai’s airport, the previous record holder. This building is about a third of a mile long, more than 1300 feet wide and about 328 feet high.
The New Century Project illustrates that China’s growth has spread from the country’s more prosperous eastern and southern regions to the west, where wages are lower and the central government has encouraged development with subsidies and tax breaks. The construction of the building is backed by local governments and this largest building aims to boost the global stature of the capital city of Sichuan province, known for its spicy cuisine.
According to the plan, the building once completed will comprise of a water park with a 1300-foot coast and beaches under a gigantic glass dome, as its central piece and a 492-foot-by-131-foot LED screen above a section of water playing videos of an ocean horizon. The building is so large that up to 6,000 visitors will be able to sunbathe, play in a wave pool, sip cocktails or feast on seafood at a time.
It will also consist of two five star hotels, 14-screen movie theater and an ice rink. In addition, set in a facsimile of a Mediterranean town under faux blue skies, the building will also comprise of high end boutiques. The shopping section in the building has been accessible to the public since June and the building’s office space has been occupied for some time.