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Serpentine skyscraper proposed by Russian billionaire

Serpentine skyscraper proposed...
Klyukin says the body of the snake could feature offices or apartments, while its jaws could boast a terrace for a restaurant or nightclub
Klyukin says the body of the snake could feature offices or apartments, while its jaws could boast a terrace for a restaurant or nightclub
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Klyukin says the body of the snake could feature offices or apartments, while its jaws could boast a terrace for a restaurant or nightclub
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Klyukin says the body of the snake could feature offices or apartments, while its jaws could boast a terrace for a restaurant or nightclub
Russian billionaire businessman and hobbyist architect Vasily Klyukin has a penchant for designing outlandish concepts
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Russian billionaire businessman and hobbyist architect Vasily Klyukin has a penchant for designing outlandish concepts
Klyukin's latest proposal consists of a bizarre cobra-shaped skyscraper conceived for the East
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Klyukin's latest proposal consists of a bizarre cobra-shaped skyscraper conceived for the East
The cobra-shaped skyscraper sports a coiled tail at its base and increases in width as it rises
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The cobra-shaped skyscraper sports a coiled tail at its base and increases in width as it rises
Its jaws could boast a terrace for a restaurant or nightclub
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Its jaws could boast a terrace for a restaurant or nightclub
Lighting on the facade allows it to change color
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Lighting on the facade allows it to change color
Lighting on the facade allows it to change color
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Lighting on the facade allows it to change color
Lighting on the facade allows it to change color
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Lighting on the facade allows it to change color
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Russian billionaire businessman and hobbyist architect Vasily Klyukin has a penchant for designing outlandish concepts. His latest proposal doesn't disappoint in the peculiarity stakes – it's a cobra-shaped skyscraper conceived for the East.

Klyukin, who also fills his time as a sci-fi author and explorer, sees the Asian Cobra Tower being situated in a location such as Japan or China. Given that China seems to be winding back on weird architectural projects, Japan might be a better option, or perhaps the almost anything goes architectural boomtown of Dubai.

The renders depict a coiled tail at the base of the skyscraper, while lighting installed on the facade would allow it to change color. Klyukin says the body of the snake could include offices or apartments and its jaws would house a terrace for a restaurant or nightclub.

Russian billionaire businessman and hobbyist architect Vasily Klyukin has a penchant for designing outlandish concepts
Russian billionaire businessman and hobbyist architect Vasily Klyukin has a penchant for designing outlandish concepts

"In Japan telling someone that he is a snake means a compliment," says Klyukin. "In China snakes and dragons often mean the same. The symbol of wisdom and eternal life, this tower would embellish any Eastern city."

Of course, the Asian Cobra Tower may never be built – which is perhaps not such a bad thing.

Source: Vasily Klyukin via Arch Daily

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4 comments
Paul Anthony
In the West a Cobra tower would represent the lair of the evil villain.
BrandonVirgin
If you have ever seen GI Joe, it's hard not to laugh and think that this looks like the new headquarters for Cobra Commander.
Fredrik Pettersen
Is it possible to design an even more tacky and ugly building then this. Probably not. They should get an international award in poor taste.
MattBurke
Would make a great secret Base for Cobra Commander