02 July 2009

Building Laying Down

You've probably seen this already, but it is so fascinating to me, I just had to comment. Somehow a building was built in China with poor foundations on quicksand like soil, and tipped over like a domino while still under construction. The layers of safety, permits, engineering reports, insurance requirements and special required inspections guarantee that nothing this flimsy could ever be built in this country:
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Weird hollow tube footings:
 

7 comments:

Paul Wilham said...

What's facinating is the building actually held together as it fell over! How would you like to be living in a building built by the same builder?

Randy Simes said...

That's absolutely incredible.

Anonymous said...

Makes you wonder about the other two buildings in the same complex there.

Brad said...

It reminds me of a book from my childhood, "Sideways Stories from Wayside School." Of course, in that story they took a long single-story building and accidentally built it on its end... this would be just the opposite.

Thank goodness these weren't closer together, since it could have really been a domino effect.

CityKin said...

^ I was thinking the same thing.

Cincinnati NAMjA said...

Thanks for sharing...this is the first that I have seen this.

DP said...

Ok, so the geotech engineer is in deep #@%^. But the whoever designed the above ground portion is about to be in serious demand.

How does that thing not crush itself?