Guangzhou Circle

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Guangzhou Circle
Guangzhou Circle 3.jpg
General information
TypeCommercial offices
LocationGuangzhou, Guangdong, China
Coordinates23°03′09″N 113°15′13″E / 23.05250°N 113.25361°E / 23.05250; 113.25361Coordinates: 23°03′09″N 113°15′13″E / 23.05250°N 113.25361°E / 23.05250; 113.25361
Construction started2013
OwnerHongda Xingye Group
Roof138 m (453 ft)
Technical details
Floor count33
Floor area85,000 m2 (910,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
ArchitectJoseph di Pasquale
AM Project[1]

Guangzhou Circle (Chinese: 广州圆大厦) is a landmark building located in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China. It is the headquarters of the Hongda Xingye Group [2] and the new home of Guangdong Plastic Exchange (GDPE), the world's largest trading centre for raw plastic material with more than 25 billions euros of annual turnover in 2012.[3][4]


The building was designed by Italian architect Joseph di Pasquale. The total height is 138 meters for 33 stories.[5] The building consists of a total area of 85.000 square metres and about 1 billion RMB[6][7] (150 million dollars) of global investment.


Located at the south west boundary of the city, the building stands on the bank of the Pearl River. It is a sort of south gate of the city for people who arrive at the new south high speed railway station of the city.


The building is similar to another circular building in Shenyang,[8] although, unlike the other, the central core is open, with no glass. It is the world's tallest circular building[6][9] and with the unique feature of its almost fifty meters wide empty hole in the center (48 mt).

The designer stated he was looking for a design based on Oriental psychology and perception, finding in the Chinese use of logographic symbols sinogram in its writing, as an inspiration. In fact, the building is also called an "urban ideogram".[10]

Many other meanings are linked with the building: the iconic value of jade discs and numerological tradition of Fengshui. In particular, the double disc of jade (bi-disk) is an ancient royal symbol of a Chinese dynasty which ruled in this area around 2000 years ago. The building reflection in the water of the river creates the same type of image: a double jade bi-disc.[11] This figure also corresponds to the number 8 and infinity symbol which Chinese culture has a strong propitiatory value.[12]

The building also takes a reference from an idea of the Italian Renaissance; "quadratura del cerchio" (squaring the circle). The two circular facades contain and support suspended groups of storeys which are "squaring" the perfect circumference of the facades in order to make the interior space orthogonal and habitable.

The public areas of the building are not yet open, although the public plaza in front is open.[8] The nearest metro stop is Xilang.

In 2014, CNN listed the building as one of the 10 most interesting buildings worldwide.[13]

Some critics believe that Guangzhou Circle is one of the most bizarre buildings in China.[14]

In the years following its construction, the Guangzhou Circle was identified as one of the most iconic buildings of the city of Guangzhou. Its image has been used on various occasions for information posters in public places and for advertising campaigns.

The Guangzhou Circle (bottom center) used as a symbol of the city for the poster of the nineteenth congress of the Communist Party of the city of Guangzhou on October 19, 2017.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ AM Project Archived 2016-08-18 at the Wayback Machine AM Project
  2. ^ 鸿达兴业集团,
  3. ^ La Provincia di Como Architetto comasco firma edificio di 33 piani in Cina
  4. ^ Corriere di Como Archistar lariana in Cina
  5. ^ Skyscraperpage Drawings of GDPE Landmark Building
  6. ^ a b Life of Guangzhou Guangzhou Circle Opens
  7. ^ Gizmag Innovative "lucky coin" building under way in China
  8. ^ a b "Guangzhou Circle building - what, where, how". Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  9. ^ Designboom AM project rounds out double disk guangzhou circle mansion
  10. ^ AM Project Archived 2016-08-18 at the Wayback Machine Guangzhou Circle internet gallery
  11. ^ BBC News The building boring a hole through public opinion in China
  12. ^ Dogo News Unusual 'Lucky Coin' Building Soon To Dot China's Skyline
  13. ^ CNN 10 eye-popping new buildings that you'll see in 2014
  14. ^ Xie, Jenny. "Why China Loves to Hate Its Newest Skyscraper, Shaped Like a Giant Gold Doughnut". CityLab. Retrieved 2019-03-04.

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