The Quest to Build a 128-Story, 5-Block Mega-Skyscraper in the Middle of Manhattan

If constructed in Manhattan's Chinatown neighborhood, the Zhongshan Center would stand 2173 feet tall, provide 15,000,000 square feet, house 130 elevators, 3,000 cars, a revolving restaurant, a shopping mall, and a "super-galactic hotel." But considering the proposal for this mammoth building—one that would occupy five square blocks—comes from a retired New York resident, it'll probably never happen.

Curbed dug up the proposal for the Zhongshan Center, which was dreamed up by one San Yan Wong, a Chinese Immigrant who fosters dreams of a building a structure which would usher in a utopian society where people from all walks of life would gather in the same space. In the same building as these luxury hotels and restaurants would be low-income housing, community spaces, and homes for those whose housing would be destroyed in the name of the Zhongshan Center. The plan would be to rejuvenate the American economy, promote green energy solutions, and provide the best technology for discovering bone disease (page 89 of the proposal). I mean, what isn't to love about this idea? [Wongbook via Curbed via Animal]