Ark Hotel

What is it?

A 15-storey hotel in Changsha, China, built in a total of 6 days – check out a timelapse video of its construction here.

What do we think?

ArchDaily, where this video was posted, notes that the building is “level 9 earthquake resistant and incorporates some sustainable practices”. From what we can see, the latter is limited to wall insulation and thermally-broken window frames, further let down by a wholly uninspiring building form. Neverthless, it is undoubtedly an impressive feat of construction, facilitated by clever use of pre-fabrication processes. We particularly like the continuation of construction during the night – clearly the developers just weren’t satisfied with a 12 day building programme.

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