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The 人 REN Building Takes the Form of a Sloping Chinese Character

Posted By Tylene Levesque On February 15, 2011 @ 1:05 pm In Architecture | 35 Comments

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Architecture in China never ceases to amaze us—case in point—the REN Building. Copenhagen’s Bjarke Ingels Group [2](BIG) proposed this eye-catching design over a year ago to coincide with Shanghai’s “Better City, Better Life” 2010 World Expo [3]. The building takes its form from the Chinese character for person 人 (“ren”) and combines two buildings (one symbolic of mind and the other symbolic of body). We love the poetic inspiration that reflects both site and cultural sensitivity.



Ren Building, Bjarke Ingels Group, Shanghai Proposal [4]

“The first building, emerging from the water, is devoted to the activities of the body, and houses the sports and water culture center. The second building emerging from land, is devoted to the spirit and enlightenment, and houses the conference center and meeting facilities. The two buildings meet in a 1000 room hotel, a building for living.”

It’ll be exciting to see if the plans for the project are approved. Check out more views and an animated fly-through of the project below.

+ REN BUILDING [2]


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[3] 2010 World Expo : http://www.expo2010china.com/expo/expoenglish/index.html

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