Ping An International Finance Center One of the tallest Building in the World

Ping An International Finance Center One of the tallest Building in te World

Ping An International Finance Center is a skyscraper located in the city of Shenzhen, China. It was completed in 2017 and stands at a height of 599 meters (1,965 feet), making it the fourth tallest building in the world and the second tallest in China, after the Shanghai Tower.

The building was designed by the architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and features a unique silhouette that is inspired by the shape of a bamboo shoot. The tower has 115 floors above ground and five below ground, and it houses a variety of commercial and office spaces.The lower levels of the building feature a shopping mall, while the upper floors are home to office spaces, luxury apartments, and a hotel. The tower also includes an observation deck on the 116th floor, offering visitors panoramic views of the surrounding cityscape.

One of the unique features of Ping An International Finance Center is its sustainable design. The building was awarded LEED Gold certification for its energy efficiency and sustainability, thanks to its use of advanced technologies such as triple-glazed low-emissivity glass, rainwater harvesting, and a ventilation system that reduces the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling.


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photo by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

San Francisco, a City Built on Ships

“San Francisco, a City Built on Ships.”

During California’s golden age, hopeful prospectors flocked to California from all over the world. As soon as they arrived, many sailors, including the captains, abandoned their ships, hoping to strike the city because they thought was rich in gold fields.

Because real estate in San Francisco was at a premium (even then!), the ships were repurposed as prisons, homes, or hotels. Some rotted and sank in the harbor or were burned in the fire of 1851. Therefore, entrepreneurs and builders continued to build, right on top of the sunken ships.

When digging tunnels for the Bay Area Railroad in 1994, crews discovered a completely intact ship, The Rome. Too big to move, they just kept tunneling, meaning the J, K, L, M, N and T trains travel right through the ship’s hull.

About 70 ships are located under some of the most expensive real estate in the world.



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