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CCTV Headquarters / OMA

  • 01:00 - 21 May, 2012
CCTV Headquarters / OMA
CCTV Headquarters / OMA, Courtesy of OMA
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  • Architects

  • Location

    China, Beijing, Dongcheng, 天下第一城 邮政编码: 100006
  • Area

    473000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of OMA
Courtesy of OMA
Courtesy of OMA

From the architect. This past wednesday, OMA participated in the official construction completion ceremony for the China Central Television (CCTV) Headquarters in Beijing, which will start to be used later this year. Designed by OMA as a reinvention of the skyscraper as a loop, construction on the building began in 2004. At approximately 473, 000m2, CCTV – accommodating TV studios, offices, broadcasting and production facilities – is OMA’s largest ever project and its first major building in China.

Courtesy of OMA
Courtesy of OMA

CCTV defies the skyscraper’s typical quest for ultimate height. Rising from a common platform, two towers lean towards each other and eventually merge in a perpendicular, 75- metre cantilever. The design combines the entire process of TV-making – formerly scattered in various locations across the city – into a loop of interconnected activities.

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The structure of the CCTV Headquarters, and the forces at work within it, is visible on its façade: a web of diagonals that becomes dense in areas of greater stress, looser and more open in areas requiring less support. The façade itself becomes a visual manifestation of the building’s structure.

Courtesy of OMA
Courtesy of OMA
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Courtesy of OMA

The CCTV project was led by OMA / Rem Koolhaas, former OMA partner Ole Scheeren (until 2010), OMA partner David Gianotten and project manager Dongmei Yao in close collaboration with partners Shohei Shigematsu, Ellen van Loon and Victor van der Chijs. The design team consisted of project architects Anu Leinonen, Charles Berman and Adrianne Fisher together with a team of over 100 architects from OMA.

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Courtesy of OMA
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The structural and MEP design was provided by Cecil Balmond and Arup, while ECADI (East China Architectural Design & Research Institute) functioned as the Local Design Institute. Design Consultants included Front INC, Inside/Outside, DHV, DMJMH+N, Lerch Bates & Associates, LPA, Sandy Brown Associates and Romano Gatland NY.

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Courtesy of OMA
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Manuel Valle · January 31, 2013

Master Piece

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Actif Studio · May 22, 2012

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Alberto · May 22, 2012

One of the worse buildings of OMA, the form is impressive, but the interior is quite so-so. The section is as normal than anoter tower. I think that is one of the reasons that there is not any picture of the interior of the building

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Jack · May 21, 2012

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David Basulto · May 21, 2012

George,

The building was just completed and will be start being used for the 2012 Olympics broadcast. I think that it will surely take some time to move in before it is working at 100%.

George Lee · May 21, 2012

It is my understanding this building lies empty and used an immense unusual amount of steel in the construction. Although a cool sculpture, also an example of a sort of "modern Pruitt-Igoe" when you look at practically any other measure of success for Architecture.

AST · May 22, 2012 09:16 PM

Yes, this structure is very inefficient. The enormous amounts of extra steel needed to support the cantilevered sections is inheremtly wasteful and irresponsible these days. It would be forgivable if the design had greatness, but this one does not. It already looks like a tired gimmick leftover from 2004. Even worse, it might be mistaken for a Daniel Libeskind design!

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