The design for the Gate of the Orient was inspired by the combined Chinese traditions and western influences of the projects two lead designers.
The result is a mix of westernised pure form and Chinese subtlety. The project introduces a dramatic iconic ‘gateway’ to the city of Suzhou and represents the significance of the China in the world today. As the focal point of the new central business district, the Gate of the Orient has drawn inspiration from the historic and cultural references of the traditional famous Gardens of Suzhou. The Gate of the Orient stands almost 300m high and sits directly above a major underground rail interchange, which is fully integrated into the building.