February 13, 2015 11:37
The architects behind the troubled new Lotte World mall on Thursday claimed the structure is safe, despite a string of accidents and flaws that have recently made headlines.
The head of structural engineering firm Leslie E. Robertson Associates told reporters in Seoul the structural design of the second Lotte World, including Lotte World Tower, boasts the highest level of safety in the world.
James Sze Wang Cho of the U.K.'s ARUP Group, which also took part in the project, said all ultra high-rise buildings cause the foundations to sink. But he added the foundations of the new Lotte World are expected to sink 39 mm, less than half those of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
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