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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?

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  1. wow, it sure is high. Doesn’t really fit in with the skyline does it?

    February 22, 2016
    • Crazy high…but yeah, does not fit in at all with all the concrete apartment buildings around it. Seoul needs to work on it’s skylines a bit, I think…

      February 23, 2016
  2. No chance I would be able to work on such building to construct it!
    It is really sad that such constructions often have some fatalities. Usually it is not because missing safety but due to people overestimating their abilities/ limits 😦

    February 22, 2016
    • My feet get tingly every time I look at that building and think about the people working on it. I don’t know how people do those jobs. They built it so fast – the whole thing in 6 years…I can’t help but think that maybe some things got missed in the rush?

      February 23, 2016
      • Hard to say how much was caused by tight schedules and what was simply an accident. Working in that kind of business is so hard work and in the end they get paid so little

        February 23, 2016
        • And you know how in East Asia, everything is always such a rush. They’re under so much pressure to get everything done so quickly, it’s no wonder mistakes get made. 😦

          February 26, 2016
  3. I’m sort of afraid of heights. I wouldn’t want to be a builder for one of those skyscrapers. I’ve seen them walk along the beams so naturally as if they were walking on the ground! I would go to the top though and look around. I bet it was amazing seeing the build. 🙂 Have a great week. Koko

    February 23, 2016
    • Hey Koko…I’m with you on the heights. I think I maaaay be able to get myself up there to take a peek, but it’ll be scary for me, that’s for sure. My hubby on the other hand, says he could do that job no problem. I think he’s crazy. :p

      February 23, 2016
      • Hahaha! We can just wave at our men as they play monkey way up high! 🙂

        February 24, 2016
  4. Fascinating!
    I don’t know about the deaths, but the long process and time this project took is worth the while for the makers and architectures.
    I get shaky legs going up that high, but I don’t think I would mind the height. I would actually love to be there, and feel like a contestant of the Amazing Race. 😀

    February 27, 2016
    • It’s so high, I get vertigo every time I’m standing under it and looking up. It’s crazy. Just the thought of going up to the 123rd floor terrifies me…not sure if I’ll do it, though I’m sure hubby will drag me up, just as soon as he can. :p

      February 29, 2016
  5. What a great idea to have the tower image on different time and different season! I am afraid of height as well and I do have to compromise it..but certainly not going to compromise on outdoor working assignment at that height 🙂 – those construction workers are certainly brave people!

    March 1, 2016
    • Lol…I can’t help but take pictures of it. It’s directly in my view out my apartment window, and impossible to miss…plus is looks completely different depending on the season and weather. Will be interesting when it’s actually finished! And yes, I’m with you…there wouldn’t be enough money in the world to get me to work on something like that!!

      March 1, 2016

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