Walking building in China

A school in Shanghai was rotated and moved using a “walking machine” technology. The 85 year old primary school was lifted from the ground and relocated about 200 feet. Engineers attached nearly 200 mobile supports under the five-story, 7,600 ton building.


The “robot legs” rise up and down and use a wheel system to move forward. The primary school was moved to make space for a new commercial and office complex. This is the first time Shanghai has used the “walking machine” method to relocate a building. The building’s irregular shape meant that traditional methods of pulling or sliding may have not worked.

The 85-year-old primary school in Shanghai was lifted off the ground — in its entirety — and relocated using new technology dubbed the “walking machine.” 

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