As building boom keeps its momentum, China sees more bizarre, oddly-looking but sometimes wonderful buildings erected across the country.
After ‘big underpants’ (China Central Television Headquarters) in Beijing, ‘long johns’ (Gate of the East Building) in Suzhou, Shanghai builds ‘riding boots’ to show it does not want to left behind.
The riding boot shaped building is actually called Hisayoshi Center. Located on Zunyi Road in Hongqiao District, the business center of Shanghai, the building will be used as commercial center for global luxury brands.
The riding boots shaped building is in the last phase to be finished. Workers are taking shift to furnish it so that the developer can open it in the second half year of 2013. The Hisayoshi Center is a 34-floor building with 4 underground floors. With a height of 134 meters, the building occupies a total area of 140,000 square meters, among which 47,000 square meters are as business offices, 49,000 for commercial usage.
The building is said to be co-invested by world's leading fashion houses Louis Vuitton (LV). When fully opened up later this year, all the 14 brands of the LV group will be displayed and sold in it and other global luxury brands will join in one after another.
Architects thought of making the building look like the capital letter L from all directions to embody its brand name LV. But shortly after its pictures uploaded onto Chinese internet, Chinese netizens’ first impression is that it looks more like a riding boots.