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Creating the Scorpion Tower’s Silky Aesthetic

The exoskeleton of Zaha Hadid’s Scorpion Tower, officially known as One Thousand Museum, is created using glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC). Typically used as a decorative covering, these GFRC panels are instead being used as formwork — a mold for the concrete — to help support the structure and to create the smooth, luxurious finish from Hadid’s design.

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ABOUT IMPOSSIBLE BUILDS

"Impossible Builds" is an all-access look at the creation of some of the world’s most ambitious, complex and technologically advanced construction projects. From subaquatic homes and the ultimate in billionaire luxury to futuristic towers and pencil-thin skyscrapers, these are the structures they said could never be built. But now, using revolutionary technology and cutting-edge construction materials, three previously impossible builds are taking shape across the world. 

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