The facade of the new People’s Daily headquarters in Beijing is near completion and this author is sad to announce that the finished product does not take the form of a giant golden penis rocketing towards the cosmos.
The designer of the building, Zhou Qi, described its surface as having two layers: the rainproof golden inner layer, made up of aluminum alloy and rock wool and used for thermal insulation, and the outer layer, made up of silver colored glass rods.
We, however, fondly look back on the days of the building in its prime penis phase, when gold plating added to the exterior spurred delightful Goldmember jokes and photoshop jobs of copulating buildings ensued.
The excitement was hardly quelled by the architect’s insistence on using words like “shaft”, “smooth” and “tender” when describing the building.
Authorities even went into overdrive censoring the inevitable comparisons on Weibo, China’s micro-blogging platform, but it could not be stopped.
The entire building will reportedly be completed by March and handed over in May, according to Zhou. At least we’ll still have this phallus-shaped spectacle in Hainan.