Chinese Architecture

Posted: October 22, 2014 by Chynnie in Architecture, Musings
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I was reading through, one of my best online architectural magazine, and i saw this News  Chinese president Xi Jinping has called for an end to the “weird architecture” that has come as a result of China’s construction boom. I agree with president Xi Jinping. China has lots of beautiful architecture and lots more weird architecture. This is interesting to me because i was going to write on building characters and then i saw this. Click on link above to read the news on dezeen. I am not writing on Chinese architecture, you can read all and more from, but i just want to show you some of the weird architecture in China.


This is the China Central Television Headquarters in Beijing by architects OMA. The CCTV building comprises two towers that lean towards one another and are bridged at both the top and bottom to form a distorted loop. Critics actually  nicknamed this “big pants” in reference to its trouser-like shape. reading through the design features, i think the concept was quite functional, but this facade……is this an example of form follows function or function follows form?

What does this remind you of?

This is headquarters for the Chinese state newspaper People’s Daily, which has been compared to a giant penis. Okay, this was actually while it was under construction with scaffolds at the top. The end result didn’t actually look so bad, especially the pictures of the other views. You should check it out.

This is a skyscraper shaped like a giant doughnut in Guangzhou. I would love to know the concept behind this design. Maybe the architect is one of the strong believers in form follows function or probably client wanted a building that looks like a doughnut. I would definitely find out, and would let you know when i do.


This is a retail and office complex, for real-estate developer Soho China, comprises three large pebble-shaped buildings positioned beside the main road leading from Beijing Capital Airport to the city center. Zaha Hadid Architects compared it to a trio of Chinese fans that “appear to move around each other in an intricate dance”. “This interplay creates a vibrant architectural complex that is enhanced by an equally dynamic external skin, which continuously varies in density creating a shimmering, exciting presence,” said the studio.

I personally like this one, in as much as it has been listed as weird. The pebble shape is awesome. I would love to see this for real. I really need to start travelling around the world.

China president Xi Jinping said, “Fine art works should be like sunshine from the blue sky and the breeze in spring that will inspire minds, warm hearts, cultivate taste and clean up undesirable work styles,”. I agree with him too.

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