CCTV Headquarters

by | 10. Jan 2013

Feature | Government | Offices

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Photo: Iwan Baan


CCTV Headquarters, designed by OMA as a reinvention of the skyscraper as a loop, defies the skyscraper’s typical quest for ultimate height.

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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Photo: Iwan Baan

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The building is visible from most of Beijing; it sometimes comes across as big and sometimes small, from some angles strong and from others soft.

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Photo: Philippe Ruault

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Photo: Iwan Baan

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Photo © OMA

The forces at work within the structure are rendered visible on the facade: a web of triangulated steel tubes – diagrids – that, instead of forming a regular pattern of diamonds, become dense in areas of greater stress, looser and more open in areas requiring less support. The facade itself becomes a visual manifestation of the building’s structure.

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Photo © OMA

The self-supporting hybrid facade structure features high performance glass panels with a sun shading of 70 percent open ceramic frit, creating the soft silver-grey color that gives the building a surprisingly subtle presence in the Beijing skyline.

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Image © OMA

The Facade

Rising from a common platform the two towers lean towards each other and eventually merge in a perpendicular, 75-meter cantilever.

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Photo © OMA

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Drawing © OMA
The Loop

The innovative structure of the building is the result of long term collaboration between European and Chinese engineers to achieve new possibilities for the high-rise.

I am very happy, after years of intense collaboration, that the CCTV building will soon begin to perform its role in the way it is intended.
/ Rem Koolhaas

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Drawing courtesy OMA

Site Plan

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Drawing courtesy OMA

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