After two years of construction, the Guangxi New Media Center was completed last month in Nanning, according to the Guangxi News Agency. Local media outlets have said the building was designed to mimic the beautiful rice terraces that sprawl out over Guangxi and Yunnan.
Design is one thing, execution is another.
The building has received a fair bit of attention, being heavily criticized and mocked for its clear resemblance to the male member. Worse yet, the ‘terraces’ kinda make the tower look like it is wearing a ribbed condom…
The situation got even weirder on Sunday when the building allegedly played host to a fireworks display, with the pyrotechnics launched from the top floor of the new media fortress to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival.
Watch the somewhat inappropriate firework show below (VPN off):
One 'staff member' told Pear Video that the video was "PS," meaning Photoshopped. While we’re no experts in video doctoring, we have to admit the footage does look suspect and we’re inclined to believe there's a film editor out there somewhere who is having quite the laugh. (Note: the Pear Video report does not clarify where the ‘staff member’ worked, so it’s possible the interviewed individual is a McDonald’s janitor and has nothing to do with the penis building… just sayin').
This above video resulted in a comical chain of comments on Weibo, with people tagging their friends and sharing in the architect's probable dismay (but who knows?).
Admittedly, not everyone thinks the building looks like a penis. One netizen had a different point of view, referring to the new building as an "anti-aircraft gun."
[Cover image: screengrab via Weibo]