Coin-inspired building attracts criticism

A 33-storey waterfront complex in Guangzhou, inspired by a ‘lucky’ golden coin, has received criticism in the Chinese and international media.

Designed by Italian architect Joseph di Pasquale for the Guangdong Plastics Exchange, the coin-shaped design is thought to be lucky in Cantonese culture.

Currently under construction, the brash design is quickly taking shape on the banks of the Pearl River.

Once completed later this year, the building will be used as a warehouse, public information space and research centre.

The building has attracted widespread criticism, with Shenzhen Daily publishing an article entitled ‘Thumbs down for “lucky” office in GZ’.

In the UK, The Telegraph questioned the design, suggesting that locals resent the effect that the structure will have on the city skyline.

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