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.

"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.

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