Tuesday, January 10, 2012


This hotel is completely finished and ready for occupancy using prefabricated construction methods that I don't think we even have in the USGreat video except that it repeats itself.

What’s surprising is just how fast – less than 15 days, to be precise. The Ark Hotel in China’s south-central Hunan province, a 183,000 square foot hotel standing 30 stories, was erected in an incredible 360 hours. What’s more, the building is designed to withstand up a 9.0 earthquake – and even boasts energy-efficient building techniques.


Anonymous said...

I watched the video and realize that it will only be a matter of time until that Chinese factory either starts shipping commercial buildings to the US or they open a factory here. Nobody that I know in the US can match this type of construction.

William said...

Is this really modular? To me it is a floor system with panelized walls that are then put together on site.
When I first saw your post, before viewing the video, I thought this was a typical honeycomb deal with superstructure in place and modular units then slipped into the openings and mechanicals connected.
Nevertheless, very inventive.

Heywood said...

I totally disagrgee with Anonymous. I think there are companies in the US that could do this. NRB in Lancaster County, PA comes to mind.