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Old August 24th, 2006, 03:33 PM   #141
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no more pics of the site? Still thanks for the great pics, I see some steel construction...
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Old August 24th, 2006, 04:03 PM   #142
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No, sorry for that. The site is completely surrounded by appartments and mega-billboards. It is almost impossible to see something of the progress. This was the best view i've had.
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Old August 24th, 2006, 05:15 PM   #143
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OK thanks, stupid Chinese, they should think more about 'stoepopzichters'.
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Old August 31st, 2006, 11:28 PM   #144
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thank you Ramses.

source: photographer China Chass on Flickr.com, uploaded 15th of august 2006

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Old August 31st, 2006, 11:44 PM   #145
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Nice models Ramses!
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Old September 1st, 2006, 02:00 AM   #146
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Emporis update for August.

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Old September 1st, 2006, 11:23 AM   #147
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Here's a larger version:

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Old September 1st, 2006, 01:33 PM   #148
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thanks, seems that there is someting going up. We have to wait till things get visible from the street...
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Old September 1st, 2006, 04:05 PM   #149
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Emporis update for August.

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This is not the current status of the CCTV. This is a construction site right next to the CCTV. (On the same site but another building)

Edit: You see the building on the left side, called TVCC.

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Old September 1st, 2006, 10:50 PM   #150
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This is an amazing outstanding project!!
Juss wondering if Beijin get earthqaukes or not frequently??
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Old September 2nd, 2006, 07:29 PM   #151
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Bejing looks cooler than Washington D.C.

I'm jealous. ....
Everything looks better than Washington DC. Washington DC has a long standing zoning law that states no building can be taller that the Capitol. As a result, the tallest buildings in DC are only 10 to 11 floors high. You can't do much with that. You have to go to suburbs like Arlington or Tysons Corner to find buildings as high as 30 floors. They are much more interesting architecturally.
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Old September 2nd, 2006, 07:31 PM   #152
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Old September 2nd, 2006, 07:43 PM   #153
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Wow!!!! it starts to rise!
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Old September 5th, 2006, 09:24 PM   #154
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source: Shanghai Daily

New CCTV tower to be tallest in Beijing
Gu Jia
2006-09-05

CHINA Central Television Station's controversial new headquarters will be fully built within the year and be put into use by the end of next year, and by then, it will become the tallest structure in Beijing, Beijing News said today.

The new tower, with a budgeted investment of 5 billion yuan (US$625 million), will take on the responsibility of broadcasting matches for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, said Xia Hongbo, director with the advertising department of the station.

It's composed of recording studios, hotels, press centers, digital theaters and exhibition halls, Xia said.

The twisted skyscraper, located in the city's east Chaoyang District, covers around 590,000-square-meters. The building stretches 234 meters into the sky, 20 meters higher than the city's current tallest, Jingguang Center, which is located in the same district.

With a 13-story suspended section, the design of the tower once raised many queries over its capability to withstand earthquakes, said a previous report.

Ole Scheeren, the architect with the Swiss design company OMA, had previously denied on a few accounts that his design was unsafe, the report said.

"Safety was no longer an issue when 13 top experts in architectural structures approved the design in 2004," he was reported as saying.

The tower is designed to survive the worst quake Beijing has seen in 2,500 years, Ole said to Xinhua news service.

The tower's design looks as thought two structures were joined merely by the base and at the peak, which shapes it into a warped O form. Although structurally sounds, it still puzzlingly seems fragile as it's nearly all constructed of glass.
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Old September 5th, 2006, 09:37 PM   #155
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New CCTV tower to be tallest in Beijing
Gu Jia
2006-09-05

CHINA Central Television Station's controversial new headquarters will be fully built within the year and be put into use by the end of next year, and by then, it will become the tallest structure in Beijing, Beijing News said today.

The new tower, with a budgeted investment of 5 billion yuan (US$625 million), will take on the responsibility of broadcasting matches for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, said Xia Hongbo, director with the advertising department of the station.

It's composed of recording studios, hotels, press centers, digital theaters and exhibition halls, Xia said.

The twisted skyscraper, located in the city's east Chaoyang District, covers around 590,000-square-meters. The building stretches 234 meters into the sky, 20 meters higher than the city's current tallest, Jingguang Center, which is located in the same district.

With a 13-story suspended section, the design of the tower once raised many queries over its capability to withstand earthquakes, said a previous report.

Ole Scheeren, the architect with the Swiss design company OMA, had previously denied on a few accounts that his design was unsafe, the report said.

"Safety was no longer an issue when 13 top experts in architectural structures approved the design in 2004," he was reported as saying.

The tower is designed to survive the worst quake Beijing has seen in 2,500 years, Ole said to Xinhua news service.

The tower's design looks as thought two structures were joined merely by the base and at the peak, which shapes it into a warped O form. Although structurally sounds, it still puzzlingly seems fragile as it's nearly all constructed of glass.
fully in used by end of 2007? Considering they are just two floors above ground right now, not sure how they can do that.
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Old September 6th, 2006, 12:27 PM   #156
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Sounds a bit optimistic to me.
And OMA is not from Switserland but from the Netherlands.

I do not believe they will be ready on time with this building for the games. I thought I read somewhere it was going to be ready in 2009.
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Old September 6th, 2006, 01:17 PM   #157
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one independent journalist quoting the other one . . . .



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Ole Scheeren, the architect with the Swiss design company OMA, was not immediately available for comments. But he had previously denied more than once that his design was unsafe.

Safety was no longer an issue when 13 top experts in building structure approved the design in 2004, he was reported as saying.

The building is already under construction and is expected to be completed in 2007.
source: Quake Awareness Alerted of Skyscraper Builders, Xinhua News Agency August 2, 2006
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Old September 6th, 2006, 02:10 PM   #158
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Edit: You see the building on the left side, called TVCC.
What the heck is that TVCC? It's so weird-looking! The shape looks like a twsited mechanical tool or something like that. Anyway, they are good matches to each other. Both of them look weirdly geometric.
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Old September 7th, 2006, 02:29 AM   #159
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Tallest building in Beijing to function by end of 2007

www.chinaview.cn 2006-09-05 17:32:21

BEIJING, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- The new headquarters of China Central Television (CCTV), soon to be the capital's highest building, will be functioning before the end of 2007.

"Located at the east side of the three-ring road in Beijing's Chaoyang District, the new tower measures 234 meters high, more than 20 meters taller than the Jing Guang Center, Beijing's tallest building at present," the Beijing News reported on Tuesday. Construction of the building will be completed by the end of this year.

The new tower, the CCTV old headquarters and the Olympic Center will all be used to broadcast the Olympics in 2008.

The new CCTV headquarters, along with the unique architecture of the National Swimming Center, the Beijing Capital Airport, the Shanghai World Financial Center, were listed as wonders of Chinese Architecture by the US-based Business Week last year. Enditem
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Old September 8th, 2006, 10:57 PM   #160
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CCTV construction photos

http://www.flickr.com/photos/missmin/tags/cctv/

go here for some shots of the construction up close. the CCTV is clearly visible and it's apparently up to about 5 or 6 stories now. notice the steel box-section columns with rebar for the encasing concrete.
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