Building Nmae – : Ryugyong Hotel
Location -: Pyongyang, North Korea
Architect -: Baikdoosan Architects & Engineers
Year of Start -: 1987
Year of End -: Unfinished
- It is an unfinished pyramid shaped skyscraper.
- It consists 105 storey has a height of 330 meters(1080 ft).
- It consists of three wings, each measuring 100 meters (330 ft) long, 18 meters (59 ft) wide, and sloped at a 75‑degree angle, which converge at a common point to form a pinnacle.
- The building is topped by a truncated cone 40 meters (130 ft) wide, consisting of eight floors that are intended to rotate, topped by a further six static floors.
- The structure was originally intended to house five revolving restaurants, and either 3,000 or 7,665 guest rooms.
- It is a mixture of hotel accommodation, apartments, business facilities, revolving restaurant, casino etc.
- Construction began in 1987 under the regime of Kim Jong-Un’s grandfather, Kim II-Sung.
- The hotel was scheduled to open in June 1989 for the ’13th World Festival of Youth and Students’, but problems with building methods and materials delayed completion.
- In 1992, after the building had reached its full architectural height, work was halted due to the economic crisis in North Korea following the collapse of the Soviet bloc. Japanese newspapers estimated the cost of construction was $750 million, consuming 2 percent of North Korea’s GDP.
- In the late 1990s, the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Korea inspected the building and concluded that the structure was irreparable and it should be torn down because of its poor-quality concrete and crooked elevator shafts.
- In April 2008, after 16 years of inactivity, work on the building was restarted by the Egyptian company Orascom Group after reportedly signing a $400 million deal to establish a mobile phone network in North Korea.
- In July 2011, it was reported that the exterior work was completed. Its concrete was strengthened and its exterior coated in £111 million worth of glass, which lights up with furnace-like brilliance when it catches the sun. Orascom installed the dazzling glass panels along with telecom antennae.
- In November 2012, international hotel operator Kempinski announced it would be running the hotel which was expected to partially open in mid-2013 but abandoned.
- The Ryugyong Hotel is currently the world’s 49th tallest building in terms of total height and has the 7th highest number of floors.
- The halt in construction, the rumours of problems and the mystery about its future led foreign media sources to dub it “The Worst Building in the World”,”Hotel of Doom” and “Phantom Hotel”.
- According to me it is the world tallest abandoned building.