The & # 39; Lord of the Rings & # 39; towers in China: the skyscraper complex with three 350 ft high-rise buildings and a circular glass corridor of 2,060 tons at the top is inspired by fantasy film series
- The impressive complex is part of a £ 1.6 billion technology park in Chongqing
- A circular corridor connects the tops of three towers in a nod to the trilogy
- The gravity-defying platform weighs 2,060 tons and is 327ft high
- Time-lapse recordings show how the glass-bottomed corridor is positioned
Lord of the Rings is one of the best-selling novels, not only in the West but also in the Far East.
The fantasy trilogy and the Hollywood blockbusters based on it have proved hugely popular in China – so much so that employees there are building a trio of skyscrapers in a nod to J.R.R. Tolkien & # 39; s masterpiece.
The complex, part of a £ 1.6 billion real estate project, consists of three 107-meter high (350-foot) high-rise buildings and a massive ring-shaped corridor at the top – just like the eye of Sauron on top of the dark tower.
Chinese workers are building a complex in a nod to popular fantasy novel and films The Lord of the Rings. Three skyscrapers, each 350 feet long, are connected by a huge & # 39; ring & # 39; at the upper side
Footage released by the state broadcaster CCTV shows the circular platform being lifted to its place
The corridor sits on top of the complex, just like the Eye of Sauron on top of the Dark Tower
Located in Chongqing in southwest China, the architectural venture is announced as & # 39; The Lord of the Rings & # 39; towers by engineers in the Middle Kingdom in honor of the fictional world of Middle-earth created by Tolkien.
& # 39; Lord of the Rings & # 39; is translated into Chinese as the & # 39; Magic Ring Trilogy & # 39; and the compound's crown jewel is its own & # 39; magic ring & # 39; a gravity-defying round glass corridor.
The observation deck weighs no less than 2,060 tons and is 99.8 meters (327 feet) above the ground, supported by the three towers.
China MCC5 Group, a state-owned company responsible for construction, has shared imagery to show how workers have brought the enormous structure to the top of the complex.
Technicians used 15,300 meters (50,196 feet) of prestressed concrete steel cord and 12 hydraulic jacks to transport the 2,060 ton annular platform to the top of the towers
The glass-bottomed corridor with gravity was built to pay homage to J.R.R. Tolkiens novel
The transparent roof platform has an outside diameter of 32.6 meters (107 feet) and an inside diameter of 20.6 meters (67.5 feet).
To transport it safely and on time, technicians used 15,300 meters (50,196 feet) of prestressed concrete steel cord and 12 hydraulic jacks, according to chief engineer Jiang Yourong.
Another time-lapse video released by state broadcaster CCTV shows the entire hoisting process that was carried out last Friday.
The corridor was lifted last Friday by employees of the MCC5 group in China
The impressive skyscraper complex is used as an office after completion.
It is part of Chongqing & Xiantao's Big Data Valley, a technology park of two square kilometers or about two-thirds the size of Central Park in New York.
The technology park, with a total budget of 14.4 billion yuan (£ 1.6 billion), is expected to accommodate more than 350 companies and will also include flats and hotels.
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