The dragon deity is intimately connected to the development of Chinese culture and holds a unique place in the heart of the country. The powers of the dragon-god are linked with those of the great bodies of water, along which China's largest cities are located, with Shanghai being the greatest of these Chinese 'dragon' port-cities. The architects behind "Sity", a theoretical project for a dense swathe of Shanghai, thought it thus appropriate to insert into the city this infrastructural steel chimera whose sinuous, looping form recalls the coiled body of a Chinese dragon.
The 60-story structure loops over a manmade river and new park, its shimmering whorls touching down at alternating points where pedestrians may enter or exit the building. The junctions have also been designed to connect subway lines to the upper floors of the "Sity", which is connected by "internal vertical/horizontal transport" systems to circulate traffic within the complex. The mixed-use structure is designed to host all manner of activity and enterprise, though it's unclear how these various programs are consolidated in section. The project seems more like a giant display of public art--think a distorted St Louis arch, multiplied and winding its way through downtown while cars and river boats navigate the spindly course at ground level.