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China Slides 100-Year-Old Building to New Home

China never ceases to exceed our expectations when it comes to buildings. From monster bridge-building machines to the 19-day construction of a 57-story skyscraper to 3D printing a mansion, the country is pretty serious about creating new structures – and keeping its old ones.

Last month, the city of Wuhan relocated a historic 100-year-old, three-story building by sliding it over 90 meters form its original location, reports the South China Morning Post. The red brick-and-wood house was carefully wrapped in a steel and scaffolding cage before it was lifted up and slid to its new home.

Six steel-and-concrete rails were built benaeth the building to guarantee that there would be no damage to the structure during its move. The house was then lifted 1.4 meters off the ground and moved.

The building was constructed during the Republic of China (1912-1949) and was taken over by the Wuhan fire service after the People’s Republic of China was established in 1949.

[Photo via South China Morning Post]


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