World's Coolest New Tourist Attractions 2014
Joseph di Pasquale - AM project
Guangzhou Circle, Guangzhou, China
Whether it looks like a donut or just some “flashy rich people’s circle” (as the local Guangzhou residents have dubbed it), at 453 feet tall, the world’s highest circular skyscraper sure makes a copper-plated impression as it glitters on the banks of the Pearl (Zhujiang) River in southern China. Visitors will eventually be able to contemplate the huge 164-foot hole from cafés and restaurants inside of it. When reflected in the water, architect Joseph di Pasquale’s design—based on ancient jade discs known as bi—also forms a figure eight, considered lucky in Chinese numerology (and hopefully lowering the chances it will roll away).