China Could Soon Get 1km-Tall Tower
Phoenix Towers would have a purpose beyond height, says UK architect
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2014 9:35 AM CDT
The proposed Phoenix Towers by Chetwoods.   (Chetwoods)

(Newser) – China may soon lay claim to the tallest buildings in the world, a pair that could save the planet—or at least make a dent in the city of Wuhan's pollution. The Creators Project reports that a London-based architect has revealed plans for the two mammoth buildings, the tallest of which will reach 3,281 feet, or a full kilometer, into the air. But they won't just soar above Dubai's 2,717-foot Burj Khalifa for the heck of it. The Phoenix Towers' taller building would actually filter Wuhan's air, as well as water from its polluted lake, using a mechanical system designed to harness solar, wind, and hydrogen power. The buildings will also harvest rainwater and feature a huge vertical garden.

"In China if you come up with a slightly mad idea, it's almost not mad enough," the founder of Chetwoods Architects tells Dezeen. "They wanted to take the Eiffel Tower experience on a stage further. It doesn't just stand there and become an iconic symbol of Wuhan, it has to do a job." He adds the design is based on the mythological Chinese phoenix, a pair of birds—the tallest tower will be the male, the shorter the female—and could break ground in the next year, assuming the mayor approves the plan. It'll take at least three years to complete at a cost of more than $2 billion, the Guardian notes.

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Jun 20, 2014 1:48 PM CDT
Soon we will all live in sky high dwellings above the clouds on a single pole. Each will get a robotic smart mouth maid too. I'm looking forward to that single button job.
Jun 19, 2014 10:06 PM CDT
This is the kind of thing the U.S. used to do before we lost our sense of enterprise and before we had a Tea Party congress that won't spend tax money on anything other than wars in the Middle East.
Jun 19, 2014 8:41 PM CDT
Singapore has these giant fake trees about 100 times larger than real trees covered with millions of plants that collect rainwater and light up in crazy colors at night. Some of them are connected by a walkway in the sky. They also have three 50 story tall buildings that hold up a 1200 foot long SkyPark that has an enormous outdoor swimming pool with a view of the city, and ultra chic bar, and some restaurants. But, not to be outdone, my town in America has a brand new fancy homeless shelter that is three times larger than the old one, with a new much larger parking lot 'cause most of the people who live there work 40 hours a week.