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CCTV Building, Beijing, China 
Wednesday 16 May 2012
 
Closed circuit 
 
Iwan Baan 
 
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19/03/13 Saoire, Boston
Nothing compared to Moshe Safdie's Marina Bay Sans
15/06/12 John M., Montreal
Beijing as so many iconic buildings. It's certainly one of the best cities in the world.
23/05/12 Synr, EastAsia
The Ministry of Truth...as a skewed window, fit for purpose indeed.
23/05/12 Mark, Toronto
I assume there will be no fireworks at the opening ceremony...
23/05/12 Iva, Sydney
Reminescent of a building in France as a result of the open centre, however the overall is a deforemd looking form that is not well balanced and shows sings of cracks perhaps, although it appears to be a real reflection of state of China and it's Communist China Television and Media!
 

Editorial

Iconic building reaches completion 


The Beijing CCTV tower, a building that has been iconic since its conception back in 2002, has officially been completed. The project which has been 10 years in the making saw its official construction completion marked with a ceremony today in Beijing.

The China Central Television Headquarters has become a famous landmark on the Beijing skyline, transforming it with the unique form and changing the way skyscrapers are traditionally perceived. The CCTV tower’s designers, OMA (Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren) began the ambitious project 10 years ago and since then the tower has been critically acclaimed for the innovative design and engineering challenges that were overcome in its construction.

Ole Scheeran, who led the project, has since moved on from OMA however this is still a landmark moment for him and the design team at OMA and gave this statement: “This is a truly special and momentous occasion to witness the final completion ceremony of the new CCTV headquarters which will enliven Beijing’s Central Business District. A decade since the beginning, it is tremendously rewarding to see our collective vision realised in a building that will now start to take its active place in this city and as the home to a global broadcaster.”

The CCTV Tower provides the infrastructure for the entire television production process, using the idea of a single continuous loop of interconnected activities throughout the building, creating a ‘three-dimensional experience of geometric and social continuity.’ Through the implementation of this looped network it will allow for the whole building to run simultaneously in a unified cycle, from start to finish, both architecturally and in terms to production.

There are future plans to open a ‘visitor’s loop’ in the tower, a path that allows the public to flow through the building as a tourist attraction, providing views across the entirety of Beijing and allowing the visitors to experience the production process in television in the building.

Matt Goodwill
Editorial

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Status Completed
Value Undisclosed(m€)
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