Ryugyong Hotel, 3D Model, Pyongyang, North KoreaBegun in 1987 to mark the occasion of the world youth games, and to this day unfinished (apparently for financial reasons), the Ryugyong Hotel is a pyramid 330 metres high (9th tallest bldg in world), 105 floors, 3000 rooms, $750 million (which is about 2% of North Korea's GDP).
It has a Y-shaped base and stands on a hill at the centre of Pyongyang. When operative, the building was to house the 105 floors of an international hotel, a rounded slab of services on the ground floor, and three sloping elevators along the pyramid’s oblique lateral walls, plus a series of rings to contain revolving restaurants at the apex.
Interesting fact: A rusty construction crane remains at the very top of the building and has remained there since 1992, permanently gracing the PyongYang skyline. Can you see it?
DOMUS magazine ran a controversial competition last year for the reuse of the tower.
3D Model by team at pivnice
Download KMZ file here.
See Google Earth Community post here.