Skyscraper Waterfall


The still under construction Lieban International Building in Guiyang, China – a 121m tall tower block with a 106m waterfall designed into it.

Sadly, the projected annual running costs of €860,000 generated by 4 huge pumps and building maintenance means the waterfall will only flow a few times a year and not constantly, as envisaged by the designers.



15 thoughts on “Skyscraper Waterfall

      1. Rob_G

        I’d say the offices over which the waterfall flowed would end up with mildew and mold in them in short order.

      2. scottser

        Maybe they could plumb the toilets to the waterfall so you could.see your own pee falling over the side?

  1. Dhod

    Reminds me of the time my guttering was broken…well, it’s still broken we just haven’t got much rain/waterfalls lately

    1. Cian

      Annoyance – to both passers by, but also the owners – a bit of wind will ‘drain’ the water very quickly too.

  2. Studcat

    Do not, my friends, become addicted to water. It will take hold of you, and you will resent its absence.

  3. LeopoldGloom

    Yeah it’s silly, but it looks kinda cool. Better than any of the desperately bland architecture that gets approved over here too.

  4. Cornelius Winterbottom

    This “Liebian International Building” is appalling. It’s the perfect example of lazy international corporate architecture lacking any ingenuity or progressive design skills. It is a grotesque abuse of resources, which blithely ignores any environmental common sense in the name of some corporate vanity project. Poorly constructed generic skyscapers ubiquitous across Chinese cities are dreadful enough, but this is just two fingers to the planet. The architect, Xiamao, should be deeply ashamed. Alvar Alto is rolling in his (sleek, modernist ) grave. Uggggghhh. Simply awful.

  5. Rob

    I remember the chocolate bar, in the old pod complex that had the waterfall and a bridge going over the river of pish in the gents. was a good gimmick.

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