CCTV headqaurters aka “Big Pants”
Art should serve the people, Xi Jinping says, and China’s weird and wonderful buildings – including a mobile phone building, an excessivley blinged-up hotel, and a penis tower – are evidently not good examples of “morally inspiring art”. Duh.
Ping An Insurance building in Lujiazui
Xi Jinping made these comments at a literary symposium in Beijing this week, according to WSJ Daily. He made the call for morally inspiring art that should “be like sunshine from the blue sky and the breeze in spring that will inspire minds, warm hearts, cultivate taste and clean up undesirable work styles.”
These disturbingly strange buildings, such as the monstrous “Big Pants” CCTV headquarters, don’t quite make the cut, and other similar buildings, many of them associated with state-owned institutions, should no longer appear in the city.
His remarks have spawned an online debate on Weibo. While most web users applauded the move, commenting that his remarks were targeted more at property owners than architects, others also wondered about the detrimental impact his remarks would have on creative freedom, reported AFP.
A look back at some of these strange buildings:
Cell phone building in Kunming
Sheraton hotel in Xiamen
Crazy-thin corner building on Ningbo Road
Formerly penis-shaped People’s Daily building
Also check out: Photos – China’s 10 ugliest buildings.