By Benjamin Cost
Not a month after they revealed their newest landmark would be a pretty blatant knockoff of some other building, Chongqing is drawing ridicule once again for copycat architecture. Its newest project is a 280-meter, 70-floor tower on the bank of the Yangtze river to be completed in 2017. Designed to imitate a pair of rapturous figures posing in the form of “庆,” Chongqing’s second character meaning “celebration,” the design is being compared to Beijing’s CCTV tower.
And that’s easily the nicest of the comments. Netizens have also equated its garish aesthetics to the eye-rape that is Chongqing’s Grand Theater, and its campiness to Kate Winslet and Leonardo Dicaprio’s iconic pose from Titanic.
On a cruder note, many have compared it to a sexual position, while some even view the proposed monument as a form of compensation, stating “they’re [Chongqing] just jealous of the big pants Beijing wears.” Or sarcastically: “”the people of Chongqing are clearly the ‘top balls'”.
Beyond just hating on its laughably conspicuous appearance, observers do question its practicality and cost-efficiency; especially when it comes to maintaining and cleaning it in such a polluted, dust-ridden city.
Chongqing’s architectural curriculum clearly requires a total rewrite if the city’s landmarks are to finally stand on their own two big-pantsed ball-topped feet.