A new skyscraper was unveiled several days ago on the banks of the Pearl river of the Chinese city of Guangzhou. Its peculiar shape was meant to represent a jade discus, a traditional Chinese object symbolizing high social status. But fans have already jokingly coined the name golden doughnut.
The world of architecture is eagerly awaiting the construction of Chinese Sky City a 838-meter building that is scheduled to be erected in just 210 days. But that s not all that s in the works at the skyscraper construction department. Nearly every day, another high-rise project is being conceived there. The project that has garnered the most attention as of late is the Guangzhou building, developed by the Italian A.M. Progetti studio.
The building is 138 meters tall, covering 80 thousand square meters, consisting of residential, office, and commercial space, as well as conference halls, an entertainment center, and an indoor garden.
However, the most distinguishing feature of this skyscraper lies in its appearance rather than its internal layout, seeing as it resembles a circle with a 50-meter hole in the middle.
It was the author s conception that this shape symbolize a traditional object of the Chinese nobility a jade discus. It was used to represent high social rank, strong moral character, and a spiritual link to one s ancestors.
A small jade discus was incorporated into the medals at the Olympic games of 2008 in Peking. In 2014, the 33-story skyscraper in Guangzhou was given the same exact shape.
It is worth noting that the doughnut-shaped skyscraper sits on the banks of the Pearl river and, reflecting in its waters, turns into the infinity symbol. A government representative was so impressed with the building that he promised to include the jade discus on the new city emblem.