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Ecuador Enters the Mega Skyscraper Race

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Ecuador plans to build a mile-high skyscraper near the equator. The project could cost $200 million to build, but initial global investors have visited the site. It would be called the Tower of the Sun.

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Ecuador Plans a Mile-high Skyscraper Near Equator

Not far from Ecuador’s capital, tourists flock to a line etched in the ground and straddle it so they’ve got one foot on either side of the equator.
A 100 foot obelisk marks the spot. Now, the provincial governor, thinking much bigger and grander, wants to build a mile-high skyscraper there.
Besides drawing more visitors to what would be the world’s tallest building, the structure would honor the Quitu-Cara, an indigenous culture credited with being the first to define the line marking the planet’s waistband, said deputy governor Marcela Costales.

Promotors say the building would cost $200 million to erect. Its main backer is Gustavo Baroja, governor of Pichincha province, which includes Quito.

Contacts have been established with potential investors in the United States and Europe, and a delegation from Qatar that’s interested in the tower has visited Ecuador, Costales said.

The obelisk now stands at a site called Ciudad Mitad del Mundo, or Half-the-World City, about 8 miles from Quito. The spot draws about 900,000 visitors a year.

The mile-high structure would be called the Tower of the Sun and could draw three times that number, Baroja said.

That monument was a product of its time “but in the new millennium, with mankind’s awakening, this zeal to find new energies, Half-the-World City has a greater value,” Costales said.

“We want it to be a global icon reflecting what we are,” said Baroja.
Currently the world’s tallest building is Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which rises 2,716.5 feet high.

A first draft model of the proposed new building more than twice that height has been done by Uruguayan architect Rafael Vinoly.
It is not without critics.

Alberto Andino, president of the Pichincha Architectural Association, said the idea smacks of what he called Dubai-style runaway urban development at the expense of respect for nature.

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