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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  • diamondkid
    diamondkidFriday, February 27, 2015 at 5:25 pm
    Interesting!
    • animefan3
      animefan3Friday, February 20, 2015 at 7:03 am
      Wow a circle house hmmm I would like there
      • bigmelo
        bigmeloFriday, February 20, 2015 at 5:26 am
        Fascinating! One day, I'll travel to China & see all of its amazing monumental structures. :)
        • nikukyu
          nikukyuFriday, February 20, 2015 at 3:13 am
          I know it's good luck but they shouldn't be using that much of money...Don't they have better things to spend on, such as charity?
          • crystalmori
            crystalmoriFriday, February 20, 2015 at 3:44 pm
            You have a very good point, nikukyu. Maybe they could use the building as a homeless shelter! That would be awesome.
          • 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)!
              • aphphilippines
                aphphilippinesThursday, February 19, 2015 at 11:54 am
                Me,too!Maybe we can be roomies.
              • 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

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