January 8, 2013
Zaha Hadid’s Wangjing SOHO in Beijing, under construction; Photo via Daily Mail
“Never meant to copy, only want to surpass.” That’s the official stance Chongqing Meiquan has adopted towards overcoming the controversy that has mired the developer’s Meiquan 22nd Century project. (Yes, this is the architecture of the next century.) The building’s design is considered by many to be a direct copy of Zaha Hadid Architect’s Wangjin SOHO complex in Beijing. Until now, we’ve only had renderings to compare, but newly surfaced construction photos reveal how closely the counterfeit clone resembles ZHA’s original. Click through for more.