Futuristic designer Pierre Cardin has been revealing his plans for his Palais Lumiere in Venice and his intention of replicating the idea in China. The structure will have 3 glass towers soaring 240m (780 ft) connected by a series of 6 discs which will contain restaurants, 1500 apartments, gardens, lakes and pools, cinemas, shops and even a university. His design draws inspiration from a floral display of 3 stems in a vase.
The Venice construction is due to start in September and will take between 4 and 5 years to complete. Costs are estimated at 1.5billion Euros or $2 billion. Cardin's popularity and enthusiasm for China has spurred him to try to create a similar construction within China's booming economy.
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