The “New Century Global Centre” is claimed by Chinese officials to be “the world’s largest standalone structure.”
though Dubai boasts the tallest building in the world, Chengdu in southwest China is now home to what Chinese officials are calling “the largest building in the world.”
Situated in the capital city of Sichuan province, one of China’s rapidly growing metropolises and home to over 14 million people, the New Century Global Center is a colossus of glass and steel. Opened on June 28 and developed by the Exhibition and Travel Group, the standalone building measures 500 meters long, 1640 feet wide and 328 feet high. It’s large enough to hold 20 Sydney Opera Houses and, with about 5.5 million square feet of floor space, has three times the square footage of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
But what makes the New Century Global Center grandiose isn’t just its size. The structure, whose construction began in 2010, will house not only offices and conference rooms but also southwest China’s biggest shopping and entertainment mall, two 1,000-room five-star hotels, an ice-skating rink, a 14-screen IMAX theater, and an artificial beach.