The OMA-designed CCTV Headquarters in Beijing has been revealed as the Best Tall Building Worldwide by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). Announced at the Awards Dinner following the CTBUH Awards Symposium last night (7 November) in Chicago, the CCTV Headquarters was selected from four shortlisted buildings, the others being: The Bow in Calgary by Foster + Partners; The Shard in London by Renzo Piano; and Sowwah Square in Abu Dhabi by Goettsch Partners.
During the symposium, Rem Koolhaas, founder of OMA, gave a presentation entitled ‘A New Typology for the Skyscraper’, in which he stated: “When I published my last book, Content, in 2003, one chapter was called ‘Kill the Skyscraper'. Basically it was an expression of disappointment at the way the skyscraper typology was used and applied. I didn’t think there was a lot of creative life left in skyscrapers. Therefore, I tried to launch a campaign against the skyscraper in its more uninspired form.
“The fact that I am standing on this stage now, in this position, meant that my declaration of war went completely unnoted, and that my campaign was completely unsuccessful,” Koolhaas joked, concluding, “Being here, it is quite moving - to be part of a community that is trying to make skyscrapers more interesting. I am deeply grateful, and thank all my partners.”