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Old September 3rd, 2012, 01:34 PM   #641
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the top part needs a lot of time to build it seems
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Old September 4th, 2012, 12:00 PM   #642
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funny pics on today's weibo

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Old September 4th, 2012, 12:54 PM   #643
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That's so funny
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Old September 5th, 2012, 05:09 AM   #644
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This building is under hot discussion now on Chinese web sites. Sadly most people don't like it. They should wait and see when all cladding is put on.
maybe if people would see the masterplan, they would like it. alonethis tower looks quite random, but with the two taller towers it simply looks amazing
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Old September 5th, 2012, 10:24 PM   #645
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British-designed skyscraper resembles big pants, say angry Chinese

It was billed as China’s answer to the Arc de Triomphe — a spectacular Ł445m British-designed skyscraper paying homage to the Asian country’s turbo-charged economic rise.



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But even before the 74-storey Gate to the East is complete it has come under attack from critics who compare it not to the famous Parisian war memorial but to a pair of “giant underpants”.

Located in Suzhou, 45 miles west of Shanghai, the 270 yard-high skyscraper is the work of British architecture practice RMJM, founded in Edinburgh in 1956 by Sir Robert Matthew and Stirrat Johnson-Marshall.

According to the company bankrolling the project, Suzhou Chinaing Real Estate Co, the Gate to the East will be completed later this year becoming the largest gate-shaped structure in the world.

“The Gate to the East introduces a dramatic iconic 'gateway’ to the city of Suzhou and represents the significance of the China in the world today,” says a description on RMJM’s website.

The company is a leading global architecture force with offices across the globe including London, New York, Dubai, Moscow and Shanghai.

It designed Abu Dhabi’s Capital Gate skyscraper as well as the Okhta Center, the future St Petersburg HQ for Russian energy giant Gazprom.

The practice has also been doing brisk business in China where, as well as the Suzhou project it designed Beijing’s Olympic Green Convention Centre and the China Merchants Bank Tower in Shanghai.

Initially, the Chinese press agreed, labelling the project an “Arc de Triomphe of the East”. But the tone changed this week following a torrent of online criticism.

“Is it an arch or just plain pants?” wondered the front page of the Shanghai Daily. Headline-writers at state-run agency Xinhua were more direct. “New giant tower branded 'pants’,” they wrote.

“This should be called the Pants of the East, not the Gate of the East,” complained one user of China’s Twitter-like micro-blog Weibo.

Another micro-blogger suggested walking through the Gate of the East would be “humiliating”, “like being forced to crawl between someone else’s legs.”

Some were more risqué with their critiques, pointing out that London’s phallus-like “Little Cucumber” — Norman Foster’s 30 St Mary Axe or Gherkin project— would fit snuggly inside Suzhou’s Gate to the East.

“Together, together!” cooed one of the raunchier posts.

Other bloggers condemned the 4.5bn yuan construction as a further example of the increasingly odd foreign creations appearing on Chinese skylines.

“Any design that can not be sold in foreign countries can come to China and sell at a good price,” wrote one.

“Why does China look like the playground of foreign designers with laughable architecture ideas?” said another blogger quoted by Xinhua.

The Gate to the East is not the first foreign-designed building to fall foul of Weibo’s budding architecture critics. The recently completed Beijing HQ of television station CCTV also stirred up an online storm.

The building — created by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas — earned rave reviews in many architectural circles and a New York Times critic suggested it “may be the greatest work of architecture built in this century”. But Chinese internet users were unimpressed. They nicknamed Mr Koolhaas’ creation “Big Shorts” and posted online photo-mock-ups of the building likening it to a man perched on a toilet.

This week bloggers joked that Suzhou’s “Giant Underpants” fitted well with Beijing’s “Big Shorts”.

“I heard the CCTV Big Shorts now have company - an authentic pair of low-rise jeans.” Calls to the RMJM’s Shanghai office and the Suzhou real estate company went answered.
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Old September 6th, 2012, 01:44 AM   #646
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this is the masterplan folks

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Old September 6th, 2012, 02:35 AM   #647
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Looks nice, if half of it get's completed, I am a happy man.
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Old September 6th, 2012, 08:42 AM   #648
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Who knows, maybe the Chinese are building a giant robot to deal with the 2012 catastrophes
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Old September 7th, 2012, 01:35 AM   #649
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Old September 7th, 2012, 05:25 AM   #650
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this is the masterplan folks

whoa! impressive!
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Old September 7th, 2012, 06:06 PM   #651
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Old September 7th, 2012, 10:13 PM   #652
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finally some visible progress on the top. with the arches it probably reached it's final height!
so it's as good as topped-out
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Old September 8th, 2012, 12:51 PM   #653
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It may just be that this tower has reached a peak height it will never again attain: look at the cranes. :P
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Old September 8th, 2012, 02:57 PM   #654
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Old September 8th, 2012, 07:01 PM   #655
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awesome!! so exciting to see it topping out!
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Old September 8th, 2012, 07:32 PM   #656
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Now the cladding has a long way to catch up. Might be another year is thing beauty is actually complete.
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Old September 9th, 2012, 06:31 PM   #657
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wonderful toping out!!
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Old September 9th, 2012, 10:16 PM   #658
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Old September 10th, 2012, 02:49 PM   #659
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i do not consider it topped out. the spires are not up yet and it has not reached it's final height because of that. topping out means the structure reached it's final height or not? so before the spires are up it is not topped out.
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Hmm I think final design is without spires/antennas ?

Can someone post official final design please.
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