Pictures of a pyramid-shaped high-rise building in Kunshan, a stone’s throw away from Shanghai in Jiangsu province have gone viral online in recent days, winning mixed praise from Chinese netizens. The giant mixed-use complex will house residential and small-office-home-office (SOHO) units.
The development, slated to open later this year, is part of China’s construction boom. In fact, it is predicted that one skyscraper is to be opened every five days for the next decade.
Replica buildings are extremely common in China. However, most of this ‘duplitecture’ mimics European and American architecture (such as these copycat Capitol Hills, English villages and Arc de Triomphe). This construction may herald a new wave of Egyptian inspired architecture.
However — despite stiff competition(pun intended) —we predict this will go far in China’s annual Ugliest Building competition.
[By Maea Lenei Buhre // Image credit: Xinhua]