Ren; The People’s Building

To start off, all of you architects / know-it-alls [same thing, I know] out there need to suspend your criticism briefly to enjoy this project. Yes, it would be [somewhat] structurally complicated, and no, nobody seems to know how elevators and all that junk would work. But who cares? Point is, Ren, designed by the Danish firm PLOT [now split into BIG and JDS] is pretty sick looking.

The project is in the good ol’ People’s Republic of China, intended for the World Expo of 2010, which is set to take place in Shanghai. Here’s a description of the building from Eikongraphia, which I decided I wouldn’t bother rephrasing, since they were quoting it anyway:

‘The REN Building is a proposal for a hotel, sports and conference center for the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. The building is conceived as two buildings merging into one. The first building, emerging from the water, is devoted to the activities of the body, and houses the sports and water culture center. The second building emerging from land, is devoted to the spirit and enlightment, and houses the conference center and meeting facilities. The two buildings meet in a 1000 room hotel, a building for living. The building becomes the Chinese sign for ‘The People’, and a recognizable landmark for the World Expo in China.’


The most interesting aspect of this project [outside of the obvious interest in its form] is what it and the growing number of new projects in China suggest about communism and architecture. Discussions of form and all that aside, does communism promote ‘better’ architecture than capitalism? I mean, they’re not necessarily designing everything to be the cheapest project possible all the time [as the recent work there shows].

I’d suggest peeping the entire article here, at Eikongraphia, as its [pretty] interesting.
More on this project [and a bunch of others] at BIG and JDS [interesting side-note: they both worked for OMA, which MNP will look into some other time, before starting off on their own]

Posted: November 15th, 2006
at 8:20am by AMNP

Categories: architecture,towering pagodas

Comments: 21 comments


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  3. how exactly, is this going to happen?


    12 Sep 07 at 12:16 pm


  4. good design


    22 Oct 07 at 9:44 pm


  5. wow! it’s good idea!!!


    31 Oct 07 at 1:02 am


  6. […] "Ren, el edificio del pueblo" diseñado por la firma danesa Plot para la Expo 2010 en Shanghai. Cifras […]


  7. Why dey gotta be like dat? it is complicated design and it don’t look good. It would be ok as a ride in the amusement park but not in urban developments. I do not like and i criticize it whole heartedly. Da aquatics center in Pee-king (i intend to spell it this way), is 10 times nicer and less perplexed. Peace out.


    24 Jul 08 at 1:18 pm


  8. I Love this design, I’m happy to see China leaping into a grand new look [while also keeping to there spectacular traditional appearance], I applaud them in taking risks and taking on projects which are complex and intricately created.

    -I’ve never travelled before, but I know that when I do, China will be the first place I see.


    16 Aug 08 at 12:01 am


  9. See now, Allen, I feel you. While I have my personal issues with China or whatever, they’re no greater than my issues with any other country really. I’d love to see how the US was run if there were 1.6 billion people here or whatever. Shit’d be a mess. Meanwhile, everyone hates pretty severely on China for their new projects and all that…makes no sense. Hate on the treatment of workers if you want, but there’s nothing wrong with the Chinese wanting to build outlandish buildings.


    17 Aug 08 at 11:15 pm


  10. Most amazing historical/iconic buildings in the world have been build with slavery and other forms of exploitation. China is no different.

    I can’t suppress the feeling I would like to see this thing build though…


    17 Sep 08 at 12:50 pm


  11. you wont be the first country to build a spectacular, once im through mwahhahahah

    you dont want to know

    25 Sep 08 at 7:37 pm


  12. You people are huge idiots…


    26 Sep 08 at 11:02 am


  13. Which people? Everyone who commented? The Chinese? Man, racism isn’t cool…


    26 Sep 08 at 12:04 pm


  14. Alsomes


    9 Oct 08 at 1:40 am


  15. like pants u can live in


    26 Oct 08 at 5:46 am


  16. good job


    21 Nov 08 at 2:55 am


  17. rrrrrrruuuuuuuuuuubbbbbbbbbbbbiiiiiiiiiiiiiissssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh poopie


    17 Dec 08 at 10:48 am


  18. u guys suck i h8 u all pooopppy and poptarts

    thomas :)

    17 Dec 08 at 10:52 am


  19. “…does communism promote ‘better’ architecture than capitalism?”

    i dunno… what communism are you talking about? If you’re referring to the Chinese variety, they’re more capitalist than the west will ever be…

    Bob Bytchen

    13 Jan 09 at 2:29 am


  20. that is so cool


    9 Jul 09 at 7:06 pm


  21. its a realy good design but can you gays do it.


    17 Nov 09 at 9:06 pm



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