Posted: 02 Oct 2012 10:45 AM PDT
The pants-shaped building received much interest again when it is seen putting on “shoes” now.
The $700 million Gate to the East (东方之门, or Gate of the Orient) that is under construction in Suzhou city has been mocked by Chinese netizens, as it resembles a giant pair of long underpants or jeans.
The awkward shape, designed by British architecture practice RMJM, was chosen among many other designs from more than 10 international architecture firms, because, according to Chinese authority, it “uses simple geometric lines to reflect the outlines of a traditional Chinese vase-shaped gate and city gate”.
The U.K. architecture firm is pleased with their design as well, saying the skyscraper “introduces a dramatic iconic ‘gateway’ to the city of Suzhou.”
But Chinese netizens were not impressed.
They prefer to call it Pants of the East, not the Gate to the East. And they often compared it with the CCTV headquarters, joking that Suzhou’s “Giant Pants” fitted well with Beijing’s “Big Shorts”.
The 301.8-meter building is due to be completed by the end of this year reportedly, to become a Suzhou landmark. Upon its completion, it’ll be the largest arch-shaped building in the world with 69 stores, a luxury hotel, offices and shopping mall.
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