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It is not everyday that an architect finds him- or herself pit against a design suspiciously close to his or her own, but that is exactly the position renowned architect Zaha Hadid is in with her 11th building in China, the Wangjing Soho shopping center. In a world where copycats are thriving more than ever thanks to the immediacy of information and inspiration, the Wangjing Soho will soon have a sister building in Meiquan 22nd Century.
Nevertheless, while some focus on this ‘competition’ to the finish line as a plagerism scandal, Hadid doesn’t view the Wangjing Soho as an exact replica of the Wangjing Soho. First of all, it involves two towers rather than three. Secondly, the Meiquan 22nd Century developers have commented on the similarities, cheekily observing they “never meant to copy, only want to surpass.” To which Hadid sportingly notes any improvements “could be quite exciting”