A Super-Tower for all Seasons
For the last few years, out my apartment window, I’ve watched one of the world’s latest super-towers being built, floor, by precarious floor.
Being rather terrified of heights myself, it’s been painful to imagine the daredevil workers that brave the seasons and their threats of rain, wind, snow and heat, in the name of architectural progress.
It’s not that anyone’s plunged to their death during construction (well, just the one), but the building hasn’t exactly been accident free. Three workers have lost their lives, there’s a mysterious loss of water in nearby Seokchon Lake, and what about the sinkholes magically appearing in adjacent neighbourhoods?
Despite all that, the building has soldiered on, and after 13 years of planning, preparation and approvals, and 5 years of construction, the final 123rd floor was topped out just this past December 22nd…meaning that this super-tall skyscraper will be completed in a mere 6 years.
Pure insanity, if you ask me.
When finally finished, the Lotte World Tower, will literally scrape the sky with it’s 555 metre height. It’ll be the tallest building in the OECD and have the highest observation deck in the world. And while hubby can’t wait to get his feet onto the 123rd floor to have a peek, I’m quaking in my boots at the thought…
Are you afraid of heights? Would you visit the highest observation deck in the world?