New Century Global Center is a new architectural colossus located in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, which features a population of 12 million people. It is now the main competition for Dubai, which is famous for its extravagant buildings.
Although the expression “the biggest building in the world” makes us think at a skyscraper, this time the Chinese have extended horizontally and have erected a building that could include three pentagons, measuring 500 meters long, 400 meters wide and 100 meters high.
The mega structure of 1.7 million square feet, built in a special area named Tainfu New District, was inaugurated on the 28th of June and is like a marine themed mini-city, where there are offices, conference rooms, five star hotels, cinemas, shopping centers, an artificial beach, an ice skating rink, a Mediterranean village and other attractions for families with children such as the water park named Paradise Island. Almost 400.000 square meters from the surface are dedicated to shopping. New Century Global Center is so big that is has its own sun, made in Japan that shines 24 hours a day.
The construction of the building started in 2010 and overlooks the Chengdu Contemporary Arts Centre, another complex architectural project which involved the famous Iranian-British architect Zara Hadid, and which included different mini-structures for entertainment, such as an opera, theatres and museums.
Chengdu, which is extending its railway network and intents to build an airport until 2020, reflects the ambition of the Chinese to transform the city into an economical and cultural capital of West China. It hosted the Fortune Global Forum on June 6 – 8, an annually business event, where they’ve invited the owners of some of the largest companies in the world.
According the Chinese state media Xinhua Company, Chengdu’s GDP in 2012, was $130 billion.