Unusual 'Lucky Coin' Building Soon To Dot China's Skyline

By Meera Dolasia on February 23, 2012

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Guangzhou, the capital and largest city of China's Guandong Province is known for its amazing skyscrapers including, the country's tallest tower. If all goes according to plan, by the end of the year, it will also be known for the country's and possibly the world's most unusual structure - a cylindrical coin-shaped building that is currently being constructed on the banks of the Pearl River.

Commissioned by the Guangdong Plastics Exchange, the 453 foot tall building that sports a 154-foot donut hole, is designed to resemble an old Chinese jade, water wheel or gold coin - All believed to bring good Feng Shui - or good luck and fortune. In addition to the shape, the location of the building, right next to the water (Shui), is also considered to be extremely fortuitous in the Chinese culture.

The brainchild of Italian architect Joseph di Pasquale, the unusual building that artfully blends in the ancient beliefs of the local people with the amenities found in a modern western building, is expected to cost one billion Yuan ($159 mm USD). When completed, it will be used as a warehouse, public information space and research center.

The Chinese people are big believers in Feng Shui - An ancient form of art and science that allegedly brings good luck to practitioners. While applying it to perfection involves some complicated rules, given that the term means wind (Feng) and water (Shui), anything related to the two is bound to bring good fortune. We sure hope it brings a lot of luck to all the people who work inside and to the thousands that are bound to come to view this rather unusual structure.

Resources: worldarchitecturenews.com, gizmag.com

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  • loverTuesday, September 30, 2014 at 10:18 am
    that is so cool
    • kell-bell
      kell-bellWednesday, November 20, 2013 at 8:35 am
      Wow! I want a house like that (of course smaller)!
      • Daniel᳻Monday, September 2, 2013 at 11:11 pm
        So they can report about it.
        • DanielFriday, August 23, 2013 at 5:29 pm
          I never knew someone could build awesome and fascinating buildings!!
          • george♥Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 7:50 pm
            it will take up lots of space for other things unless you wanted no more room and filled it up whith exeptional creations!
            • emmaMonday, November 5, 2012 at 7:21 am
              That is so cool
              • andrewMonday, October 22, 2012 at 7:38 am
                Wow that is an amazing stucture i would love to go inside the giaint coin.
                • nice girlWednesday, October 17, 2012 at 6:59 am
                  nice
                  • purpleowlFriday, October 5, 2012 at 7:42 am
                    so peaceful but the building is not
                    • ddw
                      ddwSunday, April 15, 2012 at 4:33 am
                      so r ppl like gonna work insid it or something???

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