China’s Toilet Shaped Building Defies Architecture Ban

A new university building that more than resembles a 12-story “toilet” recently unveiled in Henan province has slipped through the net of a ban by the Chinese government, announced in February, on structures that are “oversized,” “xenocentric,” or “weird.”

The purpose built hall of learning is in the campus of the North China University of Water Conservancy and Electric Power, “ an obvious nod to their industry, but more likely it’s an oversight.” The building which resembles a bowl and cistern has a blue roof that looks like toilet water.” The original commission was issued by the State Council, China’s cabinet, and the Communist Party. The building will house the Students’ Employment Centre at the North China University of Water Resources and Electric Power, reports the People’s Daily Online. The building is a new addition to the university and has not yet been put to use.  

The Times said the guidelines came “two months after a high-level meeting to address some of the problems that have arisen as a result of China’s rapid urbanization. The last such meeting was in 1978, when only 18 percent of China’s population lived in towns or cities.”

Students have been poking fun of a university building in Zhengzhou, China with internet users comparing it to a toilet. The image has gone viral.