This tower is being built in the former British zone of Tianjin. So they thought it would be a nice feature if they reflected that local history by making it look more British. So it think your argument looses out here as there exists a local connection of some sort to this style. Its not random.^^
I was specifically referring to the skyscraper. The square is pretty gorgeous but I think a Chinese plaza would be much more beautiful. This Europeanization of cities has gotten insane to the point where parks and plaza are made to look like those in Madrid and Paris. Not good imo.
I see your point. There are plenty of cheaply-designed, feaux-classic architecture buildings in shopping centers and hotels around America. You're right, they do look tacky. But the renderings for this building look decent enough for me to be optimistic. I have seen modern university buildings, or renovated ones in the classic architecture that look good. Check out this thread for new buildings built with traditional architecture: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1022349Yeah but those old classic buildings are, how do I say, authentic. They are old, monumental structures. They have worn with age and are considered cultural treasures. This Tianjin project will be considered tacky for the next 100 years till the buildings actually become classic. That's why I prefer modern for a city like Tianjin.