Ryugyong Hotel Construction Resumes
Construction has resumed on what has been singularly the most hideous building I have ever seen. This is the pyramidal Hotel Ryugyong in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea.
More than two decades ago…
North Korea reportedly hired a firm called Baikdoosan Architects and Engineers to build a 4-million-square-foot, 3,000-room hotel on a hilltop overlooking the country’s capital, Pyongyang. The 105-story, rocket-shaped building—dubbed Ryugyong, or Capital of Willows—was to be a world-class destination, with luxury suites, casinos and seven revolving restaurants. At 1,082 feet in height, it would have been the tallest single-use hotel in the world, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Some estimates put the project’s cost at $750 million. [link]