The architect behind the new People’s Daily phallic-shaped headquarters is speaking out to remind us all that the finished product will not look like a giant golden penis torpedoing towards the sky, after all. Sigh.
“This is a coincidence between the angle and this particular stage of construction, I never thought the scaffolds on top of the building would last for so long,” said architect Zhou Qi in a China Daily report. “Now combined with the sexual connotation and the newly launched iPhone 5S, it’s totally understandable why people are so excited about it.”
According to the report:
The gold “plate” is in fact the inner coat of the building, which contains insulating materials. That will soon be covered by a layer of silvery liuli, an ancient Chinese glassware with porcelain-like texture. The cap on top of the shaft, which has been the center of public attention, is in fact scaffolding to help to install the double coats. The scaffolding will be removed in a month, Zhou says.
Maybe if you don’t want us getting so “excited” about the building, stop using words like “shaft”, “smooth” and “tender” in its description:
Zhou’s building team is using two different materials on the facade. Glass will be used on the concave walls “where the radiant is gentle” and where the radiant “runs more sharply”, over 220,000 liuli rods will be woven together to round the corner, reflecting blue sky and white clouds. The final product will be a “dynamic visual effect that resembles the blue and white porcelain.”
The smooth surface of the liuli net also allows the dust to fall onto the inside coat without sticking on the outer coat, which will be very difficult to clean.
“The building has to connect with the surrounding with tenderness. It has to coexist peacefully with the numerous skyscrapers that will soon be built in this area,” Zhou says.
We’ve heard enough.
The non-penis building is projected to be finished by March and handed over by May, Zhou says.