CCTV Headquarters, designed by OMA as a reinvention of
the skyscraper as a loop, defies the skyscraper's typical quest for
The design combines the entire process of TV-making, formerly scattered in various locations across the city, into a loop of interconnected activities.
The building is visible from most of Beijing; it sometimes comes across as big and sometimes small, from some angles strong and from others soft.
The forces at work within the structure are rendered visible on the facade: a web of triangulated steel tubes - diagrids - that, instead of forming a regular pattern of diamonds, become dense in areas of greater stress, looser and more open in areas requiring less support. The facade itself becomes a visual manifestation of the building's structure.
The self-supporting hybrid facade structure features high performance glass panels with a sun shading of 70 percent open ceramic frit, creating the soft silver-grey color that gives the building a surprisingly subtle presence in the Beijing skyline.
Rising from a common platform the two towers lean towards each other and eventually merge in a perpendicular, 75-meter cantilever.
The innovative structure of the building is the result of long term collaboration between European and Chinese engineers to achieve new possibilities for the high-rise.
I am very happy, after years of intense collaboration, that the CCTV building will soon begin to perform its role in the way it is intended./ Rem Koolhaas
Facts about CCTV Headquarters
Total Area: 599,548 m2
CCTV Tower: 473,000 m2
1st tower: 234 m
2nd tower: 210 m
China Central Television (CCTV)
Ole Scheeren (until 2010)
Ellen van Loon
Victor van der Chijs
Plus Team of 100 architects from OMA
Local Design Institute:
ECADI (East China Architectural Design & Research Institute)
Cecil Balmond and Arup
Facade Engineering and Design Consultancy:
Front Inc, New York
Lighting Planners Associates, Tokyo
DHV Building and Industry, Eindhoven
Vertical Transportation Consultants:
Lerch, Bates & Associates, London
High Rise Consultant:
DMJMH+N, Los Angeles
Last updated: December 19, 2013
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