Innovative architects at one university in Zhengzhou have created a structure that is one part “Tiananmen,” one part “White House,” and all parts hideous.
SIAS International University is the first solely American-owned post-secondary school in Central China. It combines Chinese and Western educational philosophies and aims to develop “sophisticated and specialized talents that can make contributions to the modernization and economic development of China.”
To help its students in this worthy mission, the school has created an international atmosphere that now includes a building whose northern side is built in a Western style and is apparently a recreation of the White House, while the southern side is designed in a Chinese style like Tiananmen.
Online, the structure has been largely met with derision from netizens:
“China is a country of innovation,” commented one netizen from Beijing.
Meanwhile, others worried that it wouldn’t please the aesthetic tastes of Chinese President Xi Jinping, who famously made a statement against China’s infamously “weird architecture” last year.
While Xi’s statement seems to have been largely successful in making architects rethink their designs for the last year or so, he must be getting worried about a new trend featuring East-West fusion designs that is beginning to emerge. Last week, pictures were posted online of the latest masterpiece constructed at a Hebei film studio that already includes the Great Sphinx of Giza and the Louvre Pyramid:
[Images via NetEase]