China’s Feng Shui Circular Skyscraper
China is home to many innovative and original buildings, from the Beijing airport which has been said to resemble a woman’s open private area to a university building which mimics a large toilet bowl.
Recently a circular shaped skyscraper, dubbed the Circle Mansion, was completed in the city of Guangzhou, China. It is the latest addition to China’s unique architecture and carries a large significance for the surrounding people.
Joseph Di Pasquale is the architect behind the building and claims the challenges were not related to the technicalities of building such a structure but rather the psychological challenges. “When I proposed the design, the client was both attracted and hypnotized by the shape, but at the same time they were afraid of it.” He explains the reason he was chosen to build the Guangzhou Circle was due to “its circular shape and multi-layered meanings.”
The circle mansion has already become known for its strong resemblance to the iconic jade disk, a royal symbol representing the ancient Chinese dynasty, and was said to be inspired by the numerological traditions of Feng Shui, a Chinese philosophical system of being harmonized with the surrounding environment.
In a further effort to harmonize with the environment, the building reflects in the nearby river to create the number 8, which is considered a lucky number within the Chinese culture, such a lucky number that the Beijing Olympics began at exactly 8.08am on the 8th of the 8th month in 2008.
The building will be used as headquarters for Guangdong Hongda Xingye Group and GDPE Guangdong Plastic Exchange.