The 220-floor tower will reach up 838 meters and will feature residential space, office space, organic farms, recreation spaces, schools, a hospital, retail stores and much more.

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China is certainly on a pathway to being #1 with another potential first, where the Sky City, a prefabricated skyscraper is set to create a world record of the world's tallest structure. Not only that, it is also said to be completed in record time, too. We are talking about a total scheduled build time of just seven months for the Sky City, and if you were to break it down, it would approximately be 13 feet per day, which is an incredibly ambitious goal by any means.

Sky City will be prefabricated off-site in three months and it will then be assembled in just seven months. Reaching up 838 meters (2,749 feet), the 220-floor tower will feature residential space, office space, organic farms, recreation spaces, schools, a hospital, retail stores and much more. The tower will house 4,450 families in apartments ranging from 645 square feet to 5,000 square feet with 92 elevators at your disposal to reach them. As its name suggest, Sky City will be a vertical city that will accommodate 100,000 people and offer all necessities — water, electricity, sewage and more.

The tower will be surrounded by parks, meaning that every resident will have access to open space. The prefabricated tower will include many energy efficient strategies like 8-inch thick insulated walls, triple glazing, exterior shading that cuts down on cooling by 30% and a co-generation plant that will use waste heat from power generation for heating and cooling. Transportation will be provided by low-energy elevators and for those who want to walk there is a six-mile-long ramp running from the first to the 170th floor.

The rapid pace of construction and the overall design for such a massive skyscraper could be a cause of concern, but if it is pulled off, it may show the world how sustainable density can be achieved on a massive scale. The builder assures that the building will be able to withstand a Magnitude 9 earthquake and will have a three-hour fire resistance rating.But it is the logical extension of the Edward Glaeser/David Owen thesis that the way to go green is to go up, reducing the amount of land used per person and the distances people travel. A resident of Sky City will use 1/100th the average land per person as a regular global resident and will use only 2 tons of carbon-dioxide compared to 5.5 per capita.

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