The CCTV Headquarters in Beijing is not a traditional tower, but a loop of six horizontal and vertical sections covering 473,000 m2.
The building has become architecturally famous all over the world for its unique and innovative style. It serves as the headquarters for China Central Television (CCTV. It is a 234-metre (768 ft), 51-story skyscraper on East Third Ring Road, Guanghua Road in the Beijing Central Business District (CBD).
Groundbreaking took place on 1 June 2004 and the building’s facade was completed in January 2008, when I took these pictures.
Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren of OMA were the architects in charge for the building, while Cecil Balmond at Arup provided the complex engineering design. This building was chosen by ‘The Times’ as one of the 10 most ambitious architectural projects of 2007 and was completed just in time for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
CCTV headquarters images
CHINA-UNDERGROUND. Matteo Damiani is an Italian sinologist, photographer, author and motion designer. Matteo lived and worked for ten years in China. Founder of CinaOggi.it and China-underground.com.