Even though the Chinese government has officially prohibited “weird architecture,” somehow people keep getting away with putting up wacky buildings all over China.
The latest example comes from Zhengzhou, the flooded capital of Henan province, where a set of pictures show three residential buildings in a row that appear to have been made randomly from Tetris blocks.
The buildings’ interesting design has aroused interest online where netizens have, surprisingly enough, praised the creativity of its creator.
“I must say, I’m impressed. It shows that the architect is really creative, who would have thought that someone would construct an innovative building like that?” one web user wondered.
Still, there were some naysayers out there:
“It’s actually really ugly! Whomever built this should take the drainage system into consideration. When it’s raining, I’m afraid that the water will flood the flat surfaces,” another architect-in-training warned.
“To be honest, it just looks odd. Why can’t architects just build normal residential buildings?” one netizen agreed.
This is the question that Chinese President Xi Jinping has been asking himself for some time now. Back in 2014, he said that China’s weird and occasionally wonderful buildings were not an example of “morally inspiring art.” Earlier this year, Beijing finally said enough is enough and called for a moratorium on all “oversized, xenocentric and weird” structures.
And yet, just last month we got a building that looks like a giant toilet.
Plumbers' paradise: North China University of Water Conservancy and Electric Power's Zhengzhou campus. pic.twitter.com/Xh8ycmCAa7
— Shanghaiist.com (@shanghaiist) July 2, 2016
By Katie Ngai
[Images via NetEase / People’s Daily / Weibo]