Video: Ark Hotel

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Only in could we find a video featuring the construction of the 15 story Ark Hotel built in 6 days.  Located in  this building is level 9 earthquake resistant and incorporates some sustainable practices.

Cite: Minner, Kelly. "Video: Ark Hotel" 10 Nov 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 May 2015. <>
  • matof


  • voisindeville

    So you don’t care that people work during the night ?

    So you don’t care that people around can’t quietly sleep ?

    • chris

      Six days to construct. Probably not.

      To Archidaily:

      The location is Changsa not Shanghai.

      And although your disclaimer says

      * Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.

      In this case you were 875km off the mark. Gold star for find China on the map fellas

  • Mickey Mao

    impressive speed. no creativity.

    too bad it is ugly

    • beaq

      >>Mickey Ma

      Whatever they might lack in creativity in these modern times, they amply make up in ingenuity, determination and resources. Although the majority of Chinese architects excell when working from a mindset of practicality & efficiency, they’ll soon be competing with Architects from the west, on a creative side.

      To any architect in the west struggling to make ends meet since the economic crisis: China welcomes you!

      • Mickey Mao

        ingenuity? My experience is that most chinese architects and engineers lack ingenuity. It is necessary to teach a process step by step, and even then there is no creativity when one encounters a challenge slightly outside of their experience.

        when you say “they’ll soon be competing with Architects from the west on a creative side” I ask how soon? and what is this ubiquitous “west.” Why is the world divided as China and ‘the west’? The us vs. them mentality has suited China well for the past 1000 years, but it hinders their ability to be innovative and creative in the present age.

        I believe that there are Chinese architects who are creating interesting works of architecture. But this Ark Hotel project is only interesting due to the speed of construction. It is not architecture, it is industry.

      • manishsangani

        i very impresh

  • up_today_arch

    It is about business, not about architecture…

  • zhi

    In the video it indicates that the building doesn’t locate in Shanghai but in another city ‘Changsha’ in Hunan province…

  • mvb

    In McDonald’s, you can get a burger in a few seconds.

    • chris

      Would you like a restaurant with your order?

  • Jangster

    it’s possible because its box-type ugly design..
    but I can’t see they did pipe, duct and electric works.
    In addition it did not include basement construction.

  • hasenj

    wow, this is amazing!!