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Duplitecture

Duplitecture is an intentional, functioning copy of a pre-existing, and often familiar, piece of architecture. That describes duplicated architecture, replicated architecture or copycat architecture. This form of architectural mimicry is primarily found in China. Some examples of duplitecture are as follows:


1. SKY CITY :

Sky City or Tianducheng, is a Chinese replica of Paris. Modelled on the French capital.

They have French neoclassical buildings, a fountain in the Luxembourg Gardens and the centerpiece of the city, a 108-metre-tall replica of the Eiffel Tower. There’s also a replica of the Champs-Élysées.


2. AUSTRIAN VILLAGE :

In 2012, Hallstatt had been recreated in the suburbs of Huizhou in China’s Guangdong Province. The town features old-looking Austrian farmhouses and replicas of the parish church, the fountain and various other objects from the original Hallstatt town centre.


3. THAMES TOWN :

Thames Town is modelled on a traditional British-style market town. Located around 19 miles from central Shanghai, it’s complete with mock Tudor buildings, cobbled streets, an English-style church, a pub, red telephone boxes and even a bronze statue of James Bond built in 2006.


4. SWEDEN TOWN :

Located on the outskirts of Shanghai. It’s based on the Swedish town of Sigtuna. The central area of the town features a lake inspired by Sweden’s Lake Mälaren. The town also features residential units styled with a Nordic architectural theme and, bizarrely, statues of naked Scandinavians posing.


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