Russian architect Vasily Klyukin unveils design for Asian Cobra Tower

The skyscraper, which can change colors and would house a nightclub in its "mouth," is the latest idea from an unconventional thinker.

March 07, 2016 |
Russian architect Vasily Klyukin unveils design for Asian Cobra Tower

Renderings courtesy Vasily Klyukin (click here for larger view).

There aren’t many things more alarming that an upright cobra ready to strike. A tower shaped like a cobra, therefore, will command a skyline.

Russian architect Vasily Klyukin released renderings for the Asian Cobra Tower, a metallic high-rise that takes the shape of the hooded venomous snake.

Though specific plans for the tower—square footage, location, construction timetable—are unknown, Klyukin and his firm said that the building could have a restaurant or night club in the cobra’s mouth, at top of the structure, and that the rest of the floors could contain offices or apartments. 

Since snakes can change their skin, the Cobra Tower would be able to alter its colors, illuminating both red and blue.

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

Klyukin is a bit of an eccentric. He’s also a wealthy real estate developer, poker player, and art philanthropist. In 2013, he bid $1.5 million to take a trip to outer space with Leonardo DiCaprio.

As for the tower, no word yet if any rival firms are planning a nearby skyscraper shaped like a mongoose. 

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