Folly Friday: GDPE Guangdong Plastic Exchange Building
This is week we are straying from follies to ambitious architecture that holds folly-like qualities; If follies become purposeful, this is how they might come into being.
This magnificent Donut like structure is GDPE Guangdong Plastic Exchange Building by Di Pasquale of Milan, 2013.
The building sits on the edge of the Pearl River in China and was built as the headquarters of two companies; Guangdong Hongda Xingye Group and GDPE Guangdong Plastic Exchange. The building is 50 meters in width and rises to 33 stories. When the circle is reflected in the river it forms a figure of 8 – a lucky number in Chinese Culture.
Joseph Di Pasquale describes the structure as:
‘a sort of “urban logo” that works as a landmark in the same way that ideograms are used in the Chinese writing, instead of the alphabet. The architectural concept intends to design landmark building that will be immediately perceived as a native Chinese Landmark Building using a closed and central structure instead of the usual western skyscrapers stereotype. Therefore the architecture is fully defined, and iconic, very close to the Chinese way of perceiving and understanding.
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