Small Man Big Hair

It doesn’t matter how they start (but preferably with a good architect and a signed fee agreement) but Shanghai buildings tend to end in a real flourish. From delicate to whimsical to kinda fugly, there are all types of hairstyles on display…

#15
This one is actually in Beijing.  From one angle, it is set against a foreground of some kind of ‘cultural minority’ park, complete with totem poles and thatched roof cottages inspired by China’s ethnic diversity.

But, from any angle, it’ s just weird.

#14
Here’s an experiment.  Let’s add one crayzy rooftop (Pearl Tower) to another (some commercial building nearby) and see what eventuates.

    

That still look crayzy, but not super crayzy.

#13
I read in a book that people like to call this building Elvis (due to it’s distinct brushed-over style) but I’ve never heard anyone call it that.

#12
This ain’t really a building as such, but it is an inventive, albeit entirely ineffective, way to hide a telecommunications tower within a national park.  In fact, the fake pine tree (not really endemic to that area) draws more attention than an undressed tower would.

#11
The Benny Hill approach to architecture.  I’m not the only one who thought that, right?

#10
That sky is blue.  That building is pointy.

#9
Phew, that’s the sky I’m used to! Not to mention another rocket-topped building.

#8
A better view of the Marriott, showing the ball inside the claw.  Good feng shui, apparently.

#7
I call them Ball and Cone.  But, if you asked a Chinese architect to name them, you’d probably end up with Silver Moon World and The People’s Rocket.

#6
When you’re onto a bad idea … stick to it!  This is a typical apartment complex – buildings are the same design, oriented the same way and have the same pointless roof feature.

#5
The Jinmao Tower, an office building just up the road from my work.  It’s meant to be inspired by a pagoda.  Commerce has trumped spirituality, I guess.

#4
This is a largely forgettable office building in a place I can’t remember.  The rooftop is wrong on many levels – literally!

#3
The Marriott … the spikiest of forms gently leaning towards each other.

#2
The Bund Centre.  It’s like a big flower.

#1
This is the Radisson opposite People’s Park.  It looks a bit like a UFO, which is why a lot of people don’t like it and why I do.

4 Responses to Small Man Big Hair

  1. Dan Pretty says:

    you need to check out the very crayzy but very impressive terminator style building in Beijing and add it to the archi-pop collection!!
    I am loving the Doctors photos and stories…
    xox

  2. schorschi says:

    The number one is definetly #1

    Why didn’t we know about that when we were doing parramatta – extra push for the romantic bar…

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