Seven modern wonders in the world: Beijing airport ranks the first
From Britain to the Middle East and China, engineers and architects are pushing the boundaries of possibility as they strive to create the biggest and the best. The Guardian recently selected seven wonders to-be in the modern world which are near completion. Among these, Beijing Daxing Airport ranks the first and Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge ranks the third. ((Photos source: The Guardian)
No.1 Beijing Daxing Airport, China
Beijing Daxing Airport, which is set to be the biggest airport in the world, is designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid. The new Terminal One will have a radial-like plan, designed to reduce passenger travel distances. The construction of the new airport started in 2015 and it is planned to be put into use in 2019.
No.2 Kingdom Tower, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Adrian Smith, the architect who has designed the highest structure in the world, the 828m-high Buij Khalifa in Dubai is now working on his new project which will smash his own record by this over a kilometer high Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
No.3 Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, China
At 50km long, Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridgewill take the title of the longest water span in the world from another of China’s bridges in Jiaozhou Bay. The construction started in 2009 and completes the first session in 2017.
No.4 Chernobyl reactor, Ukraine
The engineers of the USSR who fought to bring the Chernobyl disaster under control built a concrete sarcophagus to cover the hole that had opened up above the destroyed reactor. A new steel arched structure is being built, to be rolled on rails over the reactor, from which point demolition work can begin using cranes suspended from the new roof.
No.5 Hotel AbrajKudai, Mecca
Every hajj, Mecca receives more than two million pilgrims from all over the world. New buildings are being built to accommodate these pilgrims. The Abraj Kudai cluster of towers will hold more than 10,000 hotel rooms.
No.6 Crossrail, London
Crossrail is built to link east and west London through the sewers, cables, and the city’s foundations. After its completion in 2017, it is expected to alleviate traffic jamin London.
No.7 FFR Grand Stade, Paris
FFR Grand Stade is design especiallyfor the French Rugby Federation. The stadium can accommodate 82,000 fans and is dotted with retractable pitch. A retractable roof apparatus is capable of turning the stadium into a giant interior.