China Says No More 'Weird' Buildings That Look Like Pants & Guitars
China is going to put a halt to the construction of oddly-shaped buildings, Shepard Smith reported this afternoon.
Here are some famous examples:
This skyscraper, under construction for more than a decade in Suzhou city, is known as the "pants building."
Just visited Suzhou for lunch and had a nice view of the pants building. When will it be finished?? pic.twitter.com/bHBP3zVokQ
— Hunter McGregor (@LinkChinaGlobal) January 30, 2016
A Sheraton hotel is shaped like a horseshoe.
Another popular tourist attraction is this guitar building in Huainan, Anhui province.
— Lisa (@aerolisa1) October 4, 2013
The new guidelines specify that buildings should look more like the neighborhood in which they're being built.
— Scott Spark (@scottspark) February 23, 2016
According to The Telegraph, Chinese leaders are looking to curb the Western influence on architecture in the country.
A report by Xinhua news agency termed it "a phenomenon that buildings in cities are attempting to be large, western-orientated and weird."
In 2014, President Xi Jinping made headlines with criticism of the trend toward “weird architecture."
they are building the world largest bottle opener in China pic.twitter.com/GHQkgI2dvo
— mack mcfarland (@kinetocast) January 6, 2015