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Sunday, November 14, 2010

homes and hotels

source: Gizmodo webpage

This Chinese hotel, made from all prefabricated materials, was built in six days. According to the builders, there were no injuries and virtually no waste, due to the prefab materials.

There are buildings in my neighborhood that have been under construction six years, let alone six days.

Yes, that was it. Like in the Genesis. Six days. Completed on June 11 2010.
That's how long it took to build this level 9 Earthquake-resistant, sound-proofed, thermal-insulated 15-story hotel in Changsha, complete with everything, from the cabling to three-pane windows. The foundations were already built, but it's just impressive.
The wonders of prefabricated construction modules and modern construction techniques will never cease to amaze me. I just can't understand why every single building is not pre-made in factories first, for optimal energy, material and time savings, not to talk about a more efficient and cheaper end result and, in the case of the Ark Hotel, only 1% construction waste.

EXAMPLE 2. Broad pavilion, 

Expo pavilion built in 24 hours
By WEI TIAN (China Daily)

Broad pavilion, one of 17 corporate pavilions at the Shanghai Expo, was completed within 24 hours. provided to china daily

Group builds 6-story energy efficient Expo pavilion in less than a day, presenting a model for the future of residential communities, offices and hotels

Rome wasn't built in a day, but a Shanghai Expo pavilion can be as contractors proved this month by having the Broad pavilion up and running in just 24 hours.

The Broad pavilion was the 17th and final corporate pavilion at the Expo site.

"We've been preparing for two months, but producing the prefabricated parts took us less than a week," said Fu Lixin, the man in charge of the six-story, 3,200-sq-m pavilion.

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