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China developer ‘copies’ star architect’s design

Published on Jan 3, 2013 9:17 PM
 

BEIJING (AFP) - Already famed for fake designer bags and pirated DVDs, imitation in China may have reached new heights with a set of towers that strongly resemble ones designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid.

A developer in the southwestern city of Chongqing is putting up buildings that share the distinctive round contours and white stripes of a 39-floor shopping and office complex conceived by the British-Iraqi designer and being built in Beijing.

The magazine China Intellectual Property noted that the “design sketch indeed shows certain similarities", and listed several buildings by the developer that resembled others elsewhere in China.