Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Those afraid of snakes won't find this skyscraper that appealing to the eyes

Asia is home to some of the world's weirdest buildings, and Russian billionaire slash architect Vasily Klyukin believes his massive serpentine skyscraper could fit into any skyline in the Far East. 

In a recent blog post, Klyukin shared his vision for what he's dubbed the Asian Cobra Tower: "Tourists, fascinated, would look at this immense cobra, its jaws serving a terrace would be a restaurant or a night club and its body could contain offices or apartments." The renders depict a coiled tail at the base of the glass building, while lighting installed on the facade would allow it to change color.

The Monaco-based tycoon believes his unique skyscraper would most likely entice developers in cities in China and Japan, where snakes are seen as a "symbol of wisdom and eternal life." But just last month, China's central government reportedly called for an end to strange-looking structures being built in the country, particularly in Beijing. The urban planning blueprint notes that architecture should be "suitable, economic, green and pleasing to the eye", in contrast to the "oversized, xenocentric, weird" buildings that have sprung up in mainland cities.

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