Is it a chamber pot? Is it a penguin? Is it a … phallus?
In an interview earlier this year, the architect, Zhou Qi, said he knew of some of the comparisons being drawn between his building and other objects.
“People say it’s like a chamber pot, or a penguin. So what. There are always these voices. I don’t mind a bit,” he told the news Web site news.xinmin.cn.
“When new things come out people always view them negatively, this is a broad social attitude. But I’m confident that when it’s finished and people see it, they will embrace it,” he said.
That’s a penis.
— Bill Bishop (@niubi) October 15, 2013
(Also see: Offbeat China)