CHINA’S newest superstructure is legging it into the ranks of the world’s strangest skyscrapers, along with an elephant-shaped building in Thailand and the UK’s famous Gherkin.
The $700 million Gate to the East skyscraper in Suzhou has been mocked for its striking resemblance to a giant pair of pants.
The building was meant to be a “dramatic, iconic gateway to the East” that would outshine Paris’s iconic Arc de Triomphe.
The 74-storey building, which is supposed to be shaped like an archway, has been the subject of much criticism online.
“This should be called the Pants of the East, not the Gate of the East,” said one user on China’s blogging website Weibo.
The Shanghai Daily questioned: “Is it an arch or just plain pants?”.
The brainchild of UK architecture firm RMJM, the arch was designed to “represent the significance of China in the world today”.
It is due to be completed by the end of the year.