Copying Architecture
   2013-01-14 20:35:47    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Xing Yihang

 

Real estate developer Soho China has filed a lawsuit against Chongqing Meiquan Property over a replica of its Wangjing Soho development in Beijing that is designed by British architect Zaha Hadid.

Soho China CEO Pan Shiyi has warned Meiquan via his official weibo last May and demanded Meiquan to change the exterior of the building and offer a public apology. Recently, architect Zaha Hadid's lawyer announced similar demand, with added request that the copycats cease construction immediately and provide compensation.

Meiquan responds that the shape of their building had been inspired by cobblestones on the Yangtze River and not by Hadid's creation in Beijing.
Is this a copycat architecture? Will Soho China's demand be backed up by the court?

Pan Shiyi [File Photo: House.ifeng.com]

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