Ryugyong Hotel Building North Korea Took 20 Years?

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The Ryugyong Hotel located in North Korea was designed in 1987 yet looks modern to this day. The fact that it essentially took 20 years to complete this building shocks me. After the Soviet Union collapsed, so did the North Korean economy, therefore the construction for the Ryugyong Hotel halted in 1992. After many years without windows, construction resumed in 2008, yet it is still unknown when the completion will actually come… The first completion date was supposed to be in 1989, and many more have been placed since. It was reported in 2012 that the majority of the exterior was completed, that’s good at least.

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Quick Facts about the Ryugyong Hotel:

  • Location: Pyongyang, North Korea
  • Floors: 105
  • Architect: Baikdoosan Architects & Engineers

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The Ryugyong Hotel is by far the tallest building in North Korea, and was estimated by Japanese newspapers to cost $750 million. The building consists of three different quarters that measure 100 meters. The sides of the building measure 75 degrees. The building is topped with a cone that peaks out of the clouds. Besides the economic failures, this building exceeds my architectural expectations.

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