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It seems like not so long ago Dubai's Burj Khalifa surpassed Toronto's CN Tower as the tallest freestanding structure in the world. The building's reign in that role may be very short lived, as Broad Sustainable Building, a Chinese-based construction firm, aims to surpass it by 10 meters in just 3 months with the SkyCity skyscraper in Shanghai.

This skyscraper, designed by a Dubai architect ironically enough, will span 220 stories and 838 meters in height. It's planned uses include the world's tallest hotel, residential and office space. It may seem a little ambitious to try to build all that in only 3 months, but the BSB has used pre-fabrication methods to achieve similar feats. For example, they were able to construct a 30-floor hotel in just two weeks. Sky City will offer a total of over 1 million square meters of usable space.

Not only will it be the tallest building in the world, but also extremely energy efficient for its size. That is because its 6 inch walls and quadruple-glazed windows provide better insulation, reducing the need for heating. 

Provided the Chinese government is on board (and some districts in some provinces already are), the construction is scheduled to begin in November of this year and the building should be fully erect by January 2013.

Source: CNN
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