View Poll Results: Is the North Korean building nice/cool?

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  • Yes, one of the nicest/coolest buildings I have seen..

    18 16.22%
  • Yes, definetely..

    31 27.93%
  • Its ok..

    15 13.51%
  • Nothing special..

    7 6.31%
  • Nah, not nice/cool

    32 28.83%
  • Something else(explain)...

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Thread: Is this a cool building?

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    Re: Is this a cool building?

    It looks like a place skeletor would live if he lived in north korea.
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    Re: Is this a cool building?

    It looks like something out of Blade Runner kinda,

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    Re: Is this a cool building?

    Seems like people here cannot overlook the fact that the building is North Korean..

    I think the building on the picture looks rather cool and special. The article the picture is taken from btw, is an article about how North Korea is now putting glass on the building.
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    Re: Is this a cool building?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    No. It's an eyesore and a huge waste of money. I'm all for creative architecture for buildings (I'm a big fan of the "Dancing House" in Prague), but that only works if (A) the building is structurally sound, and (B) the architecture actually looks nice. This is built in the Stalinist Blah style.
    This is not a question about the feasibility of the building, but simply if you think it looks cool on the picture..
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    Re: Is this a cool building?

    It's OK I guess. The close ups are pretty ugly though.

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    Re: Is this a cool building?

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdog View Post
    It's OK I guess. The close ups are pretty ugly though.
    Which close ups? Of the building before they put glass on it(which is now an ongoing process)?
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    Re: Is this a cool building?

    The glass looks nice, but it is still and ugly eyesore because of all the concrete.

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    Re: Is this a cool building?

    Quote Originally Posted by Maximus Zeebra View Post
    Seems like people here cannot overlook the fact that the building is North Korean...
    No. That's what you WANT to believe, what you posted the poll to "prove," and what you're selectively reading the responses to confirm.

    This was transparent from the start.
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    Re: Is this a cool building?

    The Ryugyong's planned 3,000 rooms and seven revolving restaurants were scheduled to open in June 1989 for the World Festival of Youth and Students, but problems with building methods and materials delayed completion. Work ceased in 1992 due to electricity shortages, funding problems, the famine of 1990 and mainly because of the elevator engineering that had failed to provide service to the top floors. Japanese newspapers estimated the cost of construction was US$750 million[6]—equivalent to 2% of North Korea’s GDP. Official pictures of Pyongyang often show the building illuminated at night, but this is due to photo manipulation.[7]

    There had been some question about whether North Korea had the raw materials or energy for such a massive project.[2] A government official said in 2008 that construction had previously been halted when funds ran out. [8]

    [edit] Structural defects

    Though the basic structure was complete when construction came to a halt in 1992, the building shell has sat vacant and without windows, fixtures, or fittings for 16 years. To date, the hotel has not yet been certified safe for occupancy, and it is widely believed to suffer from major structural defects that render it unlikely to ever be so.[2][9]

    The original building plans called for a structural steel internal frame, a standard requirement for any building that large. The government was unwilling or unable to supply enough steel, and instead insisted the structure be constructed entirely from reinforced concrete in order to save money.[10] The concrete used was also a poor-quality domestic variety, mixed with cheap ingredients in order to meet the cost requirements. The combination resulted in a structure which proved itself to be defective before it was even fully erected. The sagging of the interior concrete structure is reportedly so severe that most of the building's vaunted elevators are permanently inoperable due to warping of the shafts.[9] The exterior concrete support structures can also be seen to be badly spalling, exposing large sections of rebar to corrosion from the elements.
    And aside from all that:

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    Re: Is this a cool building?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harshaw View Post
    No. That's what you WANT to believe, what you posted the poll to "prove," and what you're selectively reading the responses to confirm.

    This was transparent from the start.
    And not even a good example. He should have picked something gorgeous from the Soviet era, or a beautiful building in an Arab country.
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