The CCTV building is the China Central Television (CCTV) headquarters located near to the Third Ring Road in Beijing’s new Central Business District. The unique design involves two L-shaped towers connected at the top and the bottom to form a continuous structure.
At its tallest point the building is 234m high with the two towers connecting on the 51st floor, 163m above the ground. The grounds and gardens below were designed to double as filming grounds for the corporation.
During my trip to Beijing visiting the CCTV building was high on my list, I was even luckily enough to visit it both at day and night. It’s wasn’t like anything I had seen or photographed before and I knew it would be an important inclusion when putting together Offbeat.
My book OFFBEAT featuring the CCTV Building in Beijing is now out of print but you can find more details about it HERE.
Koolhaas, Delirious in Beijing from the New York Times.
From conception to construction: China Central Television (CCTV) Headquarters.
From the architects OMA.