China is constructing the latest in a series of innovative and inspiring skyscrapers, only this one has a giant waterfall built into its facade.
The Liebian International Building, which stands 121 metres tall, is in Guiyang, southwest China. Its celebrated skyscraper waterfall is 108 metres high. This majestic feature, which is one of the world’s largest artificial waterfalls and the tallest to be incorporated into a structure, is powered by four pumps drawing water from underground tanks of rainwater and runoff.
Ludi Industry Group is developing this dramatic building and skyscraper waterfall. It is not yet complete, but the water system has been operable for two years.
Although in-depth details about the Liebian International Building are not presently available, it is part of a complex that features another, equally high skyscraper that reaches for the sky from a podium. The towers will include a luxury hotel and offices while the podium structure will contain a shopping centre.
Cheng Xiamao, director of Ludi Industry Group, said that the architect designed the skyscraper to bring water into the city. He is quoted as saying that Guiyang is a city with many mountains and trees, like a forest, and the architect wanted to create an atmosphere of greenery and water, even in the midst of skyscrapers.