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Old October 31st, 2006, 01:37 AM   #201
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Greatest update yet!

This building is my favorite in the world. The architect is going to build in my home town as well. No renders yet. But of course the nimby's are already trying to stop him.
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Old October 31st, 2006, 02:36 AM   #202
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very cool
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Old November 6th, 2006, 05:52 PM   #203
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Hi! I need help..has anyone an image of the TVCC plan or functional scheme? Not the CCTV (the biggest one) but the little one sitted behind.

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Old November 7th, 2006, 02:06 PM   #204
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Old November 7th, 2006, 03:27 PM   #205
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Hi! I need help..has anyone an image of the TVCC plan or functional scheme? Not the CCTV (the biggest one) but the little one sitted behind.

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I took these photo with my mobilephone 6months ago,look carefully you can find the TVCC(although only 159m) is very unusual and so wonderfull
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Old November 7th, 2006, 03:41 PM   #206
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Hi! I need help..has anyone an image of the TVCC plan or functional scheme? Not the CCTV (the biggest one) but the little one sitted behind.

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OK ,2 months ago,some about the complexe structure
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Old November 7th, 2006, 04:56 PM   #207
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how excited when i see my favorite building rising up!
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Old November 7th, 2006, 05:02 PM   #208
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this is awosome!
the construction field seems take a half street lenght.
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Old November 8th, 2006, 03:10 AM   #209
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Totally Cool Project. Thanks for posting the pictures.
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Old November 10th, 2006, 07:14 AM   #210
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Old November 10th, 2006, 10:18 AM   #211
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great update, it's going forward on the site
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Old November 10th, 2006, 11:39 AM   #212
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Old November 16th, 2006, 10:19 AM   #213
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This building has now an exposition in MoMa:

http://moma.org/exhibitions/2006/cctv.html


OMA in Beijing: China Central Television Headquarters by Ole Scheeren and Rem Koolhaas
Architecture and Design Galleries

November 15, 2006–February 26, 2007




This exhibition presents one of the most innovative architecture projects under construction today. Scheduled to open for the Beijing Olympics in 2008, the complex, which comprises three buildings and a media park situated on a site east of Beijing's Forbidden City, embodies a proposal for social and urban change through a rethinking of the tall building. CCTV is a private building that will have a uniquely public Visitor's Loop, while its mirror image—TVCC, or the Television Cultural Center—is a public structure housing a state-of-the-art broadcasting theater, cultural facilities, and a five-star hotel.

The international architectural partnership Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) won the competition for its design in 2002, and the project broke ground in 2004, with OMA partner Ole Scheeren leading its design and execution. The immersive installation explores the project's internal complexity and richness, its integration of public and private uses, and its structural innovation through an array of graphics, renderings, and explanatory texts as well as large- and small-scale models,many of them presented publicly here for the first time. A selection of architectural drawings from MoMA's collection will situate the project as one of the most visionary undertakings in the history of modern architecture.

Organized by Tina di Carlo, Assistant Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, and Alexandra Quantrill, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design.
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Old November 16th, 2006, 10:22 AM   #214
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And here you can find some update pictures:

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Old November 16th, 2006, 04:29 PM   #215
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Embracing Koolhaas’s Friendly Skyscraper

November 16, 2006
Embracing Koolhaas’s Friendly Skyscraper
By ROBIN POGREBIN from the New York Times



Set on a site that’s about as large as 37 football fields, Rem Koolhaas’s television authority headquarters in Beijing may initially seem intimidating. This 54-story tower leans and looms like some kind of science-fiction creature poised to stomp all over the surrounding central business district.

But if the five-million-square-foot building is one of the largest ever constructed, its architect sees it as a people-friendly reinvention of the skyscraper.

“Awe is not usually a condition our buildings inspire,” Mr. Koolhaas said in an interview at the Museum of Modern Art, where a show devoted to the Central Chinese Television building — known as CCTV — opened yesterday. “Amidst all the skyscrapers there, it’s relatively low. It will feel accessible.”

Tina di Carlo, an assistant curator in MoMA’s architecture and design department, said the goal of the exhibition was not so much to bring the CCTV design to people’s attention; the building is already something of a phenomenon in architectural circles. She said she and Mr. Koolhaas’s firm set out to address the preconceptions that people bring to an enormous tower. “It’s a radical rethinking of the tall building typography,” she said.

The television building is essentially an upside down U with right angles, an office tower bent out of shape. Ole Scheeren, the partner in charge of the CCTV project at Mr. Koolhaas’ firm, the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, said the structure might be frightening “if it was a pure gesture.”

“But since it’s actually a circuit of life inside, it’s a huge social catalyst,” he said.

Since the Chinese government chose Mr. Koolhaas’s design in a competition in 2002, rumors have circulated that the building was too ambitious to ever get built. But construction photos on view at the show, taken as recently as last month, suggest that it may well be completed on schedule in 2008. “It confirms it’s actually going forward,” Ms. di Carlo said. “There were so many rumors that it wasn’t.”

Through models, drawings and extensive wall text, the exhibition — “OMA in Beijing” — explains the various activities that will unfold inside the tower, detailing circulation patterns that encourage staff members and visitors to intersect; amenities like restaurants and health clubs; even a small hospital. “It’s a fiendishly complex building in terms of program and structure,” Mr. Koolhaas said.

The show juxtaposes the Beijing project with images from MoMA’s collection, from Mies van der Rohe’s first glass skyscraper to the mechanical structures of Peter Cook to the organic growth of Kisho Kurokawa.

The exhibition represents a new effort by the Modern to explore architectural projects that have yet to be completed; the first was last year’s show about the High Line, an abandoned elevated railway that is being converted into a landscaped park. The goal is to present architecture in new ways, “to get away from plan, section, elevation,” Ms. di Carlo said.

The architects insist that practical concerns drive their design but note that it is also upending tradition. “Hardly any building really engages space,” Mr. Scheeren said. “Most skyscrapers exhaust space. This building leaves open the space it encapsulates. It activates the ground. It draws activities into the building.”

The architects could have created a campus with each of the company’s various functions in a building of its own. Instead they decided to unite them in a single structure, with everyone connected through the spaces they jointly inhabit. In addition to 10,000 workers, several thousand visitors are expected each day. “It attains the critical mass of a small city,” Mr. Scheeren said. “It becomes a collective in its own right.”

Glass peepholes about 15 feet in diameter, in the floor of the large viewing deck at the underside of the building’s cantilever, will afford vertical views to the ground some 500 feet below. “Staff and visitors move in parallel, can observe each other, can meet and congregate,” Mr. Scheeren said.

The CCTV project also includes a second, more modest building that will house a five-star hotel with 300 rooms, restaurants and spas, recording studios and a 1,500-seat theater. Mr. Koolhaas’s design provides untrammeled circulation from the outdoor plaza to the inside foyer to the backstage area, clearing space so that television cameras can move freely. The floors are equipped with hydraulic platforms.

There are also digital screening rooms, a multi-use ballroom, 20 audiovisual rooms, an exhibition hall and a press room in the second building. The architects describe that structure, the Television Cultural Center or TVCC, as the public component of the project, a kind of “fun palace.” It is to open ahead of the larger headquarters, at the end of 2007.

China’s television network — with more than one billion viewers — will be capable of broadcasting 250 channels when the headquarters is completed. CCTV currently produces and broadcasts just 16 channels.

Mr. Koolhaas won the competition at an important moment for China: recently admitted to the World Trade Organization and selected as the site for the 2008 Olympic games, the country was exploding with soaring new architecture projects. While CCTV is technically not being built for the Olympics, it will be the main broadcaster for the games, Mr. Scheeren said.

The scope of the project forced Mr. Koolhaas’s firm to open a separate office in Rotterdam, where it was already based; it has also established a permanent office in Beijing. By the end nearly 400 architects, engineers and consultants in Europe, Asia and the United States will have worked on the CCTV Tower, producing some 6,000 drawings. “We never did a building of this scale,” Mr. Koolhaas said.



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Old November 16th, 2006, 05:44 PM   #216
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Great update, this is an architectural master piece.
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Old November 16th, 2006, 06:19 PM   #217
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I remember this tower when i was still in college this is one of the towers that got me interested in china's modern skyscrapers in the first place. Now that I hear it getting built it will be a benchmark in architecture and an inspiration to many aspiring future architects
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Old November 16th, 2006, 06:20 PM   #218
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"---Glass peepholes about 15 feet in diameter, in the floor of the large viewing deck at the underside of the building’s cantilever, will afford vertical views to the ground some 500 feet below. “Staff and visitors move in parallel, can observe each other, can meet and congregate,” Mr. Scheeren said.---"

"---The architects describe that structure, the Television Cultural Center or TVCC, as the public component of the project, a kind of “fun palace.” It is to open ahead of the larger headquarters, at the end of 2007---"

"---Since the Chinese government chose Mr. Koolhaas’s design in a competition in 2002, rumors have circulated that the building was too ambitious to ever get built. But construction photos on view at the show, taken as recently as last month, suggest that it (the CCTV)may well be completed on schedule in 2008.---While CCTV is technically not being built for the Olympics, it will be the main broadcaster for the games, Mr. Scheeren said. ---"
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Old November 18th, 2006, 02:01 AM   #220
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I remember how this building was a popular print on t-shirts after an exhibition on OMA's designs in Rotterdam. It's great to see this massive thing being build. Never expected the Chinese to build this rather strange (but beautiful) tower.
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