Guangzhou's extraordinary doughnut-shaped skyscraper is finally complete. The architects at A.M. Progetti, led by Joseph di Pasquale, drew inspiration from the ancient Chinese tradition of feng shui to create the 138-meter headquarters for Guangdong Hongda Xingye Group and GDPE Guangdong Exchange. The building references jade discs- royal symbols of an ancient Chinese dynasty-and casts a reflection on the river that looks like the infinity symbol.
The Milan-based architecture studio designed the building for an international competition held in 2009 and envisioned a 33-storey high hollow circular building.
The team wanted to avoid creating a copy of western skyscrapers, and decided to look to Chinese tradition for inspiration.
Their final design is something of an urban logo and works like an ideogram used in Chinese writing.
When reflected in the river, the building becomes a figure of eight-the infinity symbol.
The total height of the building is 138 meters and incorporates 85,000 square meters of floor area.
It features a giant hole with almost 50 meters in diameter.