This Concept Skyscraper Is Shaped Like a Towering Cobra

Vasily Klyukin
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Skyscrapers are getting taller, flashier, and more creative with each passing decade. And if Russian architect Vasily Klyukin has his way, they'll also be more attention-grabbing. Klyukin designed a cobra-shaped tower that may be gracing a city's skyline in the future, according to the Daily Mail.

Klyukin has a knack for dreaming up out-of-this-world skyscraper designs. In 2014, the billionaire and former banker released Designing Legends, a book of 50 concept buildings that included a rocket-shaped skyscraper and a tower modeled after the Venus de Milo sculpture. His latest design is a futuristic structure that rises from a circular base, gradually widening to a cobra head-shaped pinnacle complete with red eyes and a fanged sneer. Its open jaws could be used as the site of a terraced restaurant or nightclub, while the viper's body could house offices or residential units, Klyukin told the Daily Mail.

The concept art shows the tower lighting up in different colors at night, from red and gold to electric blue. Klyukin imagines the skyscraper going up in a large city in the Eastern part of the world, as most of his inspiration was drawn from the culture of the region.

"In China snakes and dragons often mean the same," he wrote on his website. "The diamond-shaped pattern on the back of the snake is the symbol of Yang and Yin, duality and reunification of the Sun and the Moon, male and female principles, conciliation of opposites, and androgyny."

You can check out more concept designs for the Cobra Tower below.

Images via Vasily Klyukin.

[h/t Daily Mail]