Despite the numerous references to local symbols, Ellerbe Becket
has explained a fundamentally important point: his project does not reproduce the characteristics of traditional Chinese architecture, but merely makes reference to a number of features that are typical of the uses and customs of the area. In the words of a member of the project design team, Sabatini, "it was more important to say something about Guangzou, than about its architecture": meaning by this that they preferred to underline the natural wonders of the place, rather than copy the Chinese architectural characteristics.
The dynamism that emerges from the forms of this building is an authentic challenge to conventional modes of design, in that new ideas outside the norm have been put forward and tried, giving rise to one of the most original examples of contemporary architecture, which at the same time represents the symbol of a new and proud China.
Floriana De Rosa