China’s new Lotus Flower building

A lotus flower: a universal sign of happiness and bloom. But have you ever seen it quite like this?

This is the Wujin Lotus Conference Center — a government building that opened last year in China, masterfully designed by Australian firm studio505. The building immediately reminded me of Sydney’s Opera House as I drew parallels to the iconic shell popping up over Sydney Harbour.

Do you see the parallels to the Sydney Opera House?

Do you see the parallels to the Sydney Opera House?

In comparison, Wujin’s “petals” look  on top of the water, creating a greater illusion that is especially evident when the Conference Center is lit up with varying neon colors at night.

The Wujin Lotus Conference Center changes color at night.

The Wujin Lotus Conference Center changes color at night.

studio505 describes the Wujin Lotus Conference Center as an “intensely sensual and feminine blending of sculptural and biological form.” And, even though that’s a fluffy way to describe it, it’s actually quite perfect. The glimpses of the interior put this building over the top for me, as my first thought of a cathedral ceiling was later confirmed by (once again) more colorful diction by studio505, “a revelation of space, cathedral-like and immensely uplifting,” with “varied white, sand, and stainless steel hexagon mosaic finishes.”

The interior, cathedral-like space of the Wujin Lotus Conference Center.

The interior, cathedral-like space of the Wujin Lotus Conference Center.

One last closing thought: Wale & Miguel’s “Lotus Flower Bomb” is playing over the loudspeakers during these government meetings, right?!

h/t Complex, Curbed, & Architizer