Timelapse Video Of A 30 Story Chinese Hotel Completed In 15 Days

Tyler Durden's picture

While we have seen these videos in the past they never cease to amaze, and confirm that when it comes to using raw materials to put together end products that absolutely nobody will likely ever want, the Chinese are second to none. We would love to juxtapose this video with a 'timelapse' of the the 10 years it will take New York construction workers to complete the Second Avenue subway.

About this video:

What can you accomplish in 360 hours?


The Chinese sustainable building company, Broad Group, has yet attempted another impossible feat, building a 30-story tall hotel prototype in 360 hours, after building a 15-story building in a week earlier in 2011.


You may ask why in a hurry, and is it safe? The statistics in the video an put you in good faith. Prefabricated modular buildings has many advantages over conventional buildings.


Higher precision in fabrication (+/- 0.2mm).
More coordinated on-site construction management.
Shorter construction time span.
Lower construction waste.
Also many other health and energy features are included in Broad Sustainable Buildings (BSB)


The building was built over last Christmas time and finished before New Years Eve of 2012.

h/t Clavin

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trav7777's picture

no thanks, even comped

I think I need to buy a gun's picture

chinese new year jan 23rd,,,,,,,,chinese stock market is bottoming,,,,,,gold revaluation

The Big Ching-aso's picture



Man who erect too fast satisfy woman last.



Harlequin001's picture

Something that has always puzzled me, how does the crane go up on its own?

Harbanger's picture

They Jack up the crane from it's top tier , the crane then lifts another segment and it's slid between the jacks. 

dlmaniac's picture

With this kinda efficiency who would not want to move factories over there?

Harbanger's picture

The (4) jacks lift the crane and are strong enough for the crane to function normally as if it were still bolted to it's support frame.  The next segment is attached and so on.  That's how I built the pyramids :) without help from aliens.

Oh regional Indian's picture

in haste, the spirit wearies. no good comes out of haste or a weary spirit.

Slow down, we move too fast....



Gohn Galt's picture

Good idea, we could build these overnight.  We'll call them liberation housing for the workers.  Will protect them by keeping them in safety zones and have community get togethers where workers will smile, look happy and share their stories of increasing happiness and the joys of serving.  Throw in the China reference and I bet we could have contract signed this week, building done the week after and full occupancy on the books.


JW n FL's picture




Vast new cities are being built across China at a rate of ten a year, but they remain almost completely uninhabited ghost towns. Racing to stay ahead of the world economy, is the superpower about to implode?
"There are around 64 million empty apartments in China," claims analyst Gillem Tulloch. It's all part of the Chinese government's efforts to keep its economy booming and there are plenty of people who would love to move in, but the properties are priced out of the market. It's after 2pm and in the new city of Dongguan shop owner Tian Yu Gao is yet to serve a single customer. "It's a bit boring," he sighs. His open shop is a rare sight in the Great Mall: once heralded by the New York Times as proof of China's astonishing consumer culture, today it is an eerie vista of emptiness. "It can't stay this way," insists Tulloch, "when the bubble bursts, it will impoverish vast numbers of people".

JW n FL's picture




China's juggernaut economy is the envy of the world, but at what cost to the country's people and environment?


if you think Mexico is bad.. as far as not drinking the water.. China is WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! Worse!

dont breath!

dont touch anything without Gloves..

dont go out without a hazmat suit on!

mediaprizm's picture

Almost everything, I mean dealing with literary works are influenced by this work. Because this work is a work of maestro.
Hotel Designers | Restaurant Designers

Harlequin001's picture

That is fucking ingenious. Thanks...

jaffa's picture

Larger hotels may operate with an extensive management structure consisting of a General Manager which serves as the head executive, department heads that oversee various departments, middle managers, administrative staff, and line level supervisors. Degree programs such as hospitality management studies, a business degree, and certification programs prepare hotel managers for industry practice. Thanks.
Houston fun restaurant

old naughty's picture

Naturally, you mean peter out...

Oh regional Indian's picture

Aha ON, now I see why you got your handle... :-)


LeBalance's picture

more apropos as young naughty, old naughty would be yucking it up only about Power and Ruling.

The Big Ching-aso's picture



Natural Man's avatar looks like someone who has a hand firmly on the controls.

Ruffcut's picture

Are they calling it the LEGO hotel?

Alot of prebuilt modular sections that told weeks to build. OOPS, I forgot to put in stairs and an elevator.

RockyRacoon's picture

Why is the time it takes to manufacture the "modules" not included in the elapsed time to build?  Why don't they just put people (guests) into the hotel module and count the building as "Open for Business" with the first floor set in place?  Add a couple of porta-potties for convenience, of course.

Thanks for the video post of the way the cranes are elevated.     What do they do with the left-overs (the cantilevered stuff) at the top of the building when it's done?  Just wondering.

collon88's picture

Old architects never die, they just lose their erections.

Neoconfucius Jr.

flacon's picture

Let's hope for a revaluation, and this time let's not go from like $22 to $35. Let's be realistic - $40,000 should be close to being adequate to continue the ponzi, but I would be happy with $50,000. You gotta take what you can get in this cold world. 

Harlequin001's picture

Not until we have a derivatives fail will we see those kind of revaluations, but I see where you're coming from...

Urban Roman's picture

It's ...

It's full of melamine!

The_Dude's picture

Nothing new...I'll build you a house in a day....



Taint Boil's picture

Yeah, but it broke in six months and we had to take it back to K-Mart.

Dollar Bill Hiccup's picture

The IRONY here?

China has more or less done the Devil's dirty work with one thing in mind, creating jobs for its huge agrarian population. The cost of the labor force hurled into the fray has been somewhat akin to "slave" or "free" depending on what side of the fence you view it from. Apple makes iPad in Shanghai, workers cost zip, high value added is in design and a developed world marketplace which can afford it, Apple arbs tax regulations and keeps cash stashed offshore, US Government actually pays for your iPad since the "99%" are floundering financially and were hoodwinked by the loan sharks (ahem) I mean banks into borrowing / spending away their futures, now that future burden will circle back to kids and grand kids etc., but the migrant worker in Shanghai is still working for free from "our" perspective ... wash, rinse, repeat. Tis a grand game really. All those $ in foreign reserves are so much confetti really. But the objective was achieved, not a profit but JOBS.

But ... WAIT !

This building is pre-fabbed in what appears to be a Great Wall of China - Esque factory space, which then enables the lego like speed and perfection of assembly, Henry Ford bless you.  But HOW MANY GUYS did you see working?

As China enables greater technological innovation and production efficiencies, WHERE DO THE WORKERS THEN WORK?

You don't need them. Or not many of them. Their jobs have been arbed away by production efficiencies. Now you have a 30 story building that no one needs created in record time, but the workers with no more jobs can't ascend the middle class ladder to stay there. It's a recursive process.



Another Texan's picture

Ahhh, your intelligent beyond your years. Curse innovation and efficiency. As someone who is in the commercial construction field, if this is legit, this is wild. I will be doing some research into this. tard.

Dollar Bill Hiccup's picture

I was struck by the efficiencies and wondered to myself whether this was a practical alternative in the US.

You would obviously have more knowledge about that and it would be interesting to see what you find upon further inquiry.

My point was not about another possibly crappy building going up, nor about the wonder of the process itself and its potential benefits, but that China may be leap frogging its own population as it marries technological innovation to the labor force and theu leaves the labor force behind. You simply do not need too many workers to put up this type of building. It's not too long ago that they were using bamboo scaffolding. Now?

China can either increase exports, where global aggregate demand is not what it once was given the bursting of a financial bubble and the bill for the bursting now firmly plastered in government paper, or they can increase domestic consumption, but if they use real estate and construction as the primary vehicle to drive domestic consumption, much as it has been in the US for years, the farmer in the field is not going to get to wear a hard hat when the buildings are preassembled on a factory line and simply plugged together on site. Jobs will be cannabalized in China faster than they can be created.

Growth would then call for another solution. A solution of which, I have not a clue.

pan-the-ist's picture

Exactly, the job of the modern government seems to be to make the population chase it's tail.  The smart ones know this and profit.

bahaar's picture

The idea is to move all the wealth into the pockets of the select few.  Be it American entrapreuners or Chinese CEOs.  China (and India) provided jobs for it's millions because people's labor (and countries' environment) is the only thing their elite class could exploit.  Unlike Africa or Middle East-- lands which are full of natural resources.  In the end the masses everywhere lose. 

bahaar's picture

The idea is to move all the wealth into the pockets of the select few.  Be it American entrapreuners or Chinese CEOs.  China (and India) provided jobs for it's millions because people's labor (and countries' environment) is the only thing their elite class could exploit.  Unlike Africa or Middle East-- lands which are full of natural resources.  In the end the masses everywhere lose. 

vato poco's picture

Hmm. Well, let's see: Cheapest possible (possibly toxic, but it won't show up for 6 months so it's cool) bldg materials, hollowed-out 24" main support columns, cheapest possible labor means they're guessing as they go during installation, (especially minor systems like electrical and plumbing: everyone knows that shit's really easy), QC inspection ignored because it costs too much, safety/fire options halfassed or ignored, (costs too much), unskilled labor cuts even more corners than usual because they're going balls to the wall, aaaannnnnnd govt/engineering inspectors and auditors get bribed to see nothing. Wonder if they may have changed architectural/engineering specs on the fly (without mentioning it to anybody) to save a yuan or 2? They wouldn't do that, would they?

What could possibly go wrong? Say, apropos of nothing, does China ever have earthquakes?

The Big Dig took forever, had "inspectors" out the ass, and it's disintegrating before them damn yankees' eyes. Wonder how Deathtrap Towers will fare?

Blankman's picture

Are you talking about Chicago or China?

mr1963's picture

I see your points, but not certain. A lot of connections for electrical etc. can be made on site and pre-engineered, and based on the tolerances they say they get through the manufacturing process, they could pull it off. However, it won't be there in 100 years like some of these old buildings around Chicago.

homer8043's picture

The video looked and sounded really good. I assure you this building will under perform and have issues, if it isn't a total disaster.

One, the ten time purer air is silly. It may not be with China's level of air pollution but I'll continue. The air filtering they describe is typically used for light medical a lab applications. They are wasting energy with so much air filtration.

Second, they are way beyond the economic point of diminishing returns on insulation. Tell that to anyone designing super green buildings. Their features wouldn't fly in most buildings in the US because they are too expensive. In China, I can only speculate they could be less expensive due to quality.

Third, there's no way the US could get a building up that quick. Getting US construction workers to work 24/7 for 15 days would be prohibitively expensive, especially to get the guys on site that know what they are doing.

Fourth, the modularity and standardization actually is a good idea. It gets used rarely but hardly ever flys in the US due to everyone wanting their own features and specialization.

I guess I had a point but it became a few disjointed ideas.

Willzyx's picture

The 10x cleaner air claim may just be valid, given the high level of air pollution in 2nd and 3rd tier Chinese cities.  Coal is mined in the region, and Changsha is the center of China's aluminum industry.

ACP's picture

And how long before it collapses?

tmosley's picture

Just after the demolition charges are triggered.

Give it a couple of weeks.

ACP's picture

Who called Greenspan???

Build it, blow it up, then build it again. It's a real economy. An economy I want to be remembered by.

Manthong's picture

Actually, that's Krugmanian economics.

pan-the-ist's picture

What bothers me about your comment is that you seem to be defending greenspan.

boiltherich's picture

It will collapse as soon as some Islamic nutjob decides China is the bad guy.

General Decline's picture

By "Islamic nut job" do you mean the CIA and Mossad?

_ConanTheLibertarian_'s picture

They even thought about that. It collapses in record time. So they can quickly build another one. Brilliant huh! ;-)