We’ve heard our skyline compared to Blade Runner and an equally sci-fi term: “the future.” Basically always, they’re referring to Lujiazui. One company is adamant about changing that: Ping An Insurance.
I now present to you, the ugliest, tackiest, most backwards looking building in the Lujiazui financial district: the almost finished Ping An Insurance Shanghai headquarters. We first took a stupefied gander at it when walking to Southern Barbarian for the first time. Every time since, we’ve cursed not having a camera on us… until now.
According to its blurb on DDMap, the China Ping An Financial Tower (中国平安金融大厦) is a “high-grade” commercial office building that mixed European classical style with high-tech energy-efficient building materials. It cost 2.7 billion RMB to build and covers 27,000 square meters of prime real estate. With the dome included, it rises 203 meters into the air.
But apparently 2.7 billion RMB dedicated to a “mixed European classical style” in someone’s mind represents a mish mash of columns upon columns upon gigantic columns. This is the most column-y building I have ever seen in my life, as well as being an absolute travesty to the architectural profession.
Think I’m being unduly harsh? Shanghai’s netizens echo my disgust, pointing out that it looks weird because it’s ancient Greek for the podium, neo-Gothic for the main building and Roman for the dome. Another pointed out that the reflection it casts on the building behind it makes it look like a condom. See for yourself up above.