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Guzhen, China Dreams of Jeannie

GuzhenScheduled for completion by the 2008 Beijing Olympics, a gigantic tower shaped like an oil lamp will soon be the centerpiece of China's "lighting capital" Guzhen. They wanted a monument that would be as fitting a symbol for their city as the Eiffel Tower is to Paris:

"...the $38 million Century Giant Lamp Tower will stretch 430,560 square feet over 48 floors, with an immense glass chimney on which an array of images will be projected at night from inside. With an observation deck at its crown, the building has a base that will contain shops, restaurants, and a museum to document 'humanity’s quest for light against darkness.'"

It's also the only building that, when rubbed, releases a colossal replica of Barbara Eden.

The Century Giant Lamp Tower [bldg blog]

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  1. Yeah, add to that their colossal electric bill and their growing desire to pollute the earth and destroy the enviroment with utter disregard for humanity, pets, people's lives and OH, waitaminute. Sounds like home.

    Posted by: fizziekruntNT | Dec 18, 2006 4:46:04 PM

  2. Ewww.

    Now I know what $38 million of pure tacky looks like. Surely Donald Trump is involved.

    Posted by: Rich | Dec 18, 2006 4:55:28 PM

  3. What. Are. They. Thinking.

    Posted by: Rob (lrdarystar) | Dec 18, 2006 5:00:32 PM

  4. "...and a museum to document 'humanity’s quest for light against darkness.'"

    Can't believe I totally skipped over that the first time. LMAO. Who's the architect on that one, some Brit who wants his money back out of Hong Kong? Hilarious.

    Posted by: FizziekruntNT | Dec 18, 2006 5:22:36 PM

  5. What, IM Pei wasn't available??

    Posted by: gabe | Dec 18, 2006 5:23:50 PM

  6. OH GOD, it's hideous.

    I mean hideous as in not even redeemable as an avant garde experimentation hideous.

    As in a velvet elvis hideous.

    Whoa.. is this the sign of the downfall of civilization?

    Posted by: Trey | Dec 18, 2006 5:34:05 PM

  7. I think it looks more like a Giant HOOKAH instead of an oil lamp


    king Kong's hookah pipe.....Coollllllll mannnnnnnnnnn

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Dec 18, 2006 5:51:31 PM

  8. jimmyboyo, I think you're right.

    Posted by: Rob (lrdarystar) | Dec 18, 2006 7:09:37 PM

  9. rob


    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Dec 18, 2006 7:18:44 PM

  10. I came to the site and saw the post above, with the English wedding and the fancy dress party and thought "that's so gay!" but then I scrolled a little further down the page and saw this monstrosity of kitsch... Are they trying to compete with Las Vegas?

    Posted by: John T | Dec 18, 2006 9:34:26 PM

  11. They have the oldest civilization on earth and this is their best?

    Posted by: mark m | Dec 18, 2006 9:42:07 PM

  12. Holy Sh*t! What a gawd awful building! That monstrosity single handedly redefines the term CRAP!

    Posted by: Robert In WeHo | Dec 18, 2006 10:06:50 PM

  13. Man, it's so bad it's almost good. I guess there is room for bad taste after all the international talents are there too.
    Thank Postmodernity's late arrival?

    Posted by: Jason | Dec 19, 2006 2:51:02 AM

  14. I like it. It's kitsch. Have a sense of humour people.

    Posted by: max | Dec 19, 2006 3:40:50 AM

  15. Um, that looks like a tampon, or an anal probe... talk amongst yourselves ;)

    Posted by: Wayne | Dec 19, 2006 8:19:04 AM

  16. Where's Chairman Mao when we need him!!!

    Posted by: Brett | Dec 19, 2006 8:59:32 AM

  17. Hookah? no - however, it indeed is a Mega-Bong...

    Posted by: ExGrifter | Dec 19, 2006 9:04:09 AM

  18. It reminds me of those old oil lamps that you see at your grandma's house.

    Posted by: Matt | Dec 19, 2006 9:25:07 AM

  19. That's one, big, fucking bong.

    Posted by: Rad | Dec 19, 2006 9:36:09 AM

  20. perhaps they should add a round deck just below the cinch point and call it the "observation bowl" for this the most giant of bongs

    Posted by: Bryant | Dec 19, 2006 12:08:12 PM

  21. I work for the Chinese, and yes, they would think this is a marvel of cleverness and ingenuity....they'll be tripping all over themselves to get photos of family and friends, front and center, when it's completed. As they say 'It's keen'.

    Posted by: Rob | Dec 19, 2006 7:44:21 PM

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