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Inside 'dystopian' flat block where its 20,000 residents never need to go outside

Inside 'dystopian' flat block where its 20,000 residents never need to go outside

There's everything you could imagine to never need to go outside.

Imagine living in a building so large, it had everything you needed in one place so you never needed to go outside.

Well, what sounds like a dream for some and a nightmare for others, is actually reality for at least 20,000 people in China.

In Qianjiang Century City, Hangzhou’s central business district, is a colossal complex called the Regent International.

And luckily for the residents living there, they have everything they need inside the building.

Unless you're craving a breath of fresh air, there's next to no point in going outside.


The S-shaped building stands at an impressive 675ft tall, and covers more than

260,000 square metres of space.

With a LOT of people to house, it comes as no supposed that it's one of the largest buildings in China.

(It can even accommodate 30,000 residents, a whole 10k more than current!)

Spread across the building, there's a variety of amenities and businesses situated across 36 to 39 floors - just like you'd find in any average town.

This includes a massive food court, swimming pools, barber shops, nail salons, medium-sized supermarkets, and internet cafes.

It might sound like a lot, but it's the blending of residential and recreational spaces under one roof has led some to label it 'the most sustainable living building on Earth.'


The building has gained a lot of attention on social media, with with users amazed at its impressive size and unique way of living.

One TikTok user showed the immensity of the building with drone footage, whilst

another TikToker even showed a brief tour inside the building, pointing out a restaurant on the 32nd floor that accommodates the entire building.

Social media users are speechless at the number of inhabitants it boards in one single building compared to their hometowns.

The building was designed by Alicia Loo, the chief designer of the world’s second seven-star hotel, the Singapore Sands Hotel, and was initially set to serve as a six-star hotel.

However, it was transformed into thousands of apartments, and is now an iconic part of Hangzhou’s cityscape.

Wondering who lives there? Well, it's mostly convenient for graduates, as well as students who are about to graduate, both of which take up the majority of residency.

Additionally, young working professionals, such as influencers and small business owners, are reportedly a common type of tenant.

The apartments aren't too unreasonably priced either.

Small apartments without windows usually go for around 1,500 RMB (£167) per month, according to Chinese news agency Sin.

Whilst larger units with balconies can be rented for up to 4,000 RMB (£445) per month.

Could you see yourself living somewhere like this?

Featured Image Credit: fatheristheone/TikTok