Archinect - News 2017-09-24T12:02:56-04:00 Rumors circulate around world's largest unoccupied building in North Korea as the country tests its second missile Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-01T16:21:00-04:00 >2017-08-01T16:22:25-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>For nearly 30 years, the 105-story tower has been a mystery. Located in Pyongyang, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">North Korea</a>, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ryugyong Hotel</a> was billed to be the world's tallest hotel but has yet to host a guest, making it instead, the world's largest unoccupied building. But, on Friday, the country took down some walls around the construction area causing many to speculate that the building might finally open in the near future.&nbsp;</p> <p>Dubbed the "Hotel of Doom" by Western media, the building broke ground way back in 1987, with construction expected to take only two years. An overly optimistic goal from the get-go, construction dragged on until 1992 when it was halted by a major economic crisis in North Korea caused by the fall of the Soviet Union. In 2008, construction on the hotel's exterior resumed with Egypt's Orascom Telecommunications Holdings injecting $30 million into the project. Upon completion of the buildings' exterior in 2011, the international mobile network company supported another $15 million to ...</p> North Korea Ryugyong 'Hotel of Doom' may open next year Archinect 2012-11-05T15:30:00-05:00 >2012-11-12T09:22:36-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>A delegation from the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Korea, which inspected the building almost 15 years ago, concluded it was beyond repair and its lift shafts crooked. But in 2008 an Egyptian company, Orascom Telecom, which operates a mobile network in North Korea, began equipping the building. Mr Wittwer said the hotel will "partially, probably" open for business next year. But original plans for 3,000 hotel rooms and three revolving restaurants have been greatly scaled back.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>