“The CCTV Headquarters” Completed in Beijin, by OMA
The CCTV headquarters in Beijing, China are finally completed. Designed by OMA, a leading international partnership practicing architecture, urbanism, and cultural analysis, the doors of the new construction will open this year.
The skyscraper forms a looping tower with a dramatic cantilever. The building of the 473,000 square meter structure started in 2004. Two leaning towers rose in the sky to merge with the 75-foot perpendicular extension. Once scattered around the city, the 234-meters high structure contains studios, offices, broadcasting and production facilities into a single location.
On the facade a web of diagonals becomes denser in areas needing additional support and more open within areas of less stress, placing the structural integrity of the building on display.
“CCTV proposes a truly three-dimensional experience, culminating in a canopy that symbolically embraces the entire city. The loop also facilitates an unprecedented degree of public access to the production of China’s media: visitors will be admitted to a dedicated path circulating through the building, connecting all elements of the program and offering spectacular views from the multiple facades towards the CBD, the Forbidden City, and the rest of Beijing.”