I saw the pictures of REN building few years ago; I was so impressed with its design at that time. And today, someone sent me these pictures again, I am so impressed again and decided to share with those who had never seen this before because this building could be the new landmark for Shanghai.

The REN Building is a proposal for a hotel, sports and conference center for the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. The building is conceived as two buildings merging into one.

The first building, emerging from the water, is devoted to the activities of the body, and houses the sports and water culture center. The second building emerging from land, is devoted to the spirit and enlightment, and houses the conference center and meeting facilities.

The two buildings meet in a 1000 room hotel, a building for living. The building becomes the Chinese character REN (means “the people”) and a recognizable landmark for the World Expo in China.

In case you don’t know how is the Chinese character REN looks like, here is the answer: