Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Weird Building in China--The Gate of the Orient

By Haoyang Li

The Gate of the Orient is located in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China, a 301.8 (990 ft) meters high skyscraper building. Design by RMJM from UK.
The building have-North and south- two parts, looks like a huge door. Two parts are connected at 238 meters. The building have invested by serial company jointly together, totally investment amounting to 4.5 billion Yuan (734 million dollar), is expected to complete construction by the end of 2012, will be built with luxury hotels, apartments, office buildings, shopping malls, etc. a variety of functions.

Gate to the East, treat as "the world's first door", with a total height of 301.8 meters, need 160,000 cubic meters of hundreds of species glass curtain wall, construction area is 340,000 Sqm, the project is expected to overall completion by the end of 2014. The construction has been suspended in April 2013 cause of lack of money.
There is an amazing design on the top of the building. Architect designs a piece of garden on the top. As a common sense, Suzhou has called “City of Garden”. There are lots of beautiful garden from ancient time. The garden is already being a part of Suzhou’s culture. From the ground, people will never see this art piece. When you go to the garden you will have a feeling that you have go back to the history. When you have a cup of tea at the border, you can feel you are in the sky with the 300 meters height. This feeling really like you are in the heaven, fit in the philosophy of China.

This building is more popular of it “pants” look like. Almost all the media and citizen are talk about it when the plan has been process. Some people say the CCTV Headquarters not alone any more. (CCTV Headquarters also called “Big pants”) There are lots of photoshoped pictures upload to the Internet. Such as the “pants” have a different kinds of pants or connect with the really person.
Figure 2: Garden on Top 
Figure 3: Photoshop of "Pants"


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