Big Boxer Shorts
From China Digital Space
dà kùchǎ 大裤衩
Slang term given to the CCTV building designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. The building is said to variously resemble a pair of walking legs, a person squatting over a toilet, and female genitalia. In response to criticism over the building's design, the architect has denied any impure motives.
CCTV launched a large public relations campaign to popularize a more respectful nickname for the building. However, this effort only increased the popularity of “big boxer shorts.”
Beijing has been called an architect’s playground due to the large number of oddly-shaped modern buildings that have been recently erected there. The city is also home to the Beijing National Stadium, known as the “Bird’s Nest,” and the National Centre for the Performing Arts, known as the “Giant Egg.”
Xiwangzairenjian-feng (@希望在人间-风): With only a few hours of free time in Beijing, I went to several neighborhoods with highrises, saw the big boxer shorts, the World Trade Center, explored 81 Chaoyangmen Inner Street, and then returned home. (May 27, 2015)