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CCTV (Central China Television) - TVCC (Television Cultural Center)
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DESIGNER
 
 
OMA Office for Metropolitan Architecture
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OMA, Rem Koolhaas, Ole Scheeren, Arup, Cecil Balmond, CCTV, BeijingAppearing to defy gravity itself, CCTV, the headquarters of China Central Television in Beijing, China, has become an instant icon on the skyline it now dominates, as well as on the world stage. A seminal collaboration between Balmond and Rem Koolhaas, CCTV breaks the mould of a conventional ‘skyscraper’. Formed by two leaning towers that are bent 90° at the top and bottom, the building creates a continuous tube. Rather than chasing height, it captures ingenuity and innovation.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Asia
Nation
China [Zhōngguó/Zhōnghuá]
Municipality
Beijing
Town
Beijing
Address
32 E 3rd Ring Rd Middle, Chaoyang
 
 
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MAP
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for cultural activities
Permanent exhibitions and installations
Buildings for offices and professional practises
Offices
Buildings for means of information and communication
Radio-television studios and buildings for telecommunications firms
Buildings for recreational activities
Theatres
Buildings for travel and tourism
Hotels
Vertical architectures
Skyscrapers

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS
Landscape architecture
Public gardens
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2003    
Realisation
2004 - 2008
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
"Rascacielos globales / Global Skyscrapers", Arquitectura Viva 146, 3/2012, "Obras / Proyectos / Works / Projects", pp. 34-64
OMA/Rem Koolhaas, "Edificio CCTV. Pekín, China / CCTV Building. Beijing, China", Arquitectura Viva 146, 3/2012, "Obras / Proyectos / Works / Projects", pp. 54-64 (34-64)
Alex Pasternack, "CCTV's headquarters in Beijing/OMA, with Arup and Front Inc.", Icon 64, october 2008, pp. 65-68
Christian Schittich, "»Wir planen einen Fernsehsender, der sich dem Thema Offenheit stellt« - Ein Gespräch mit Ole Scheeren/We are planning a television station which deals with openness - A conversation with Ole Scheeren", Detail 7-8/2008 [Groß Tragwerke/Large Structures/Grandes structures], "Diskussion/Discussion" pp. 744-750
Janice Tuchman, "China Central Television. Rem Koolhaas, Office for Metropolitan Architecture", Architectural Record 7/2008, july 2008 [Beijing transformed], pp. 126-129
"CCTV Headquarters, Beijing, China: Building the structure", The Arup Journal 43, 2/2008, pp. 40-51
"Novel construction solutions for a novel building", The Arup Journal 43, 2/2008, p. 49 (40-51)
Ole Scheeren, "China Central Television Headquarters, Beijing, China. Office for Metropolitan Architecture", GA Document 97, june 2007 [International 2007], pp. 88-95
Philip Jodidio, Architecture in China, Taschen, 2007, pp. 128-133
"Inside-Outside - Petra Blaisse. Tappeti dentro e fuori/Carpets Inside and Outside", Lotus international 128, settembre/september 2006 [Reclaiming Terrain], pp. 111-117
"Petra Blaisse, Inside-Outside. CCTV/TVCC Landscape Plan. Beijing, 2004-2008", Lotus international 128, settembre/september 2006 [Reclaiming Terrain], pp. 111-114 (111-117)
"Pre-Occupancy", in AMO/Rem Koolhaas, Post-Occupancy, "Domus  d'autore" 1, Editoriale Domus, Milano aprile/april 2006
Rem Koolhaas, Content, Taschen, Köln 2004, pp. 482-507
"L'edificio a torre e la sua struttura/The tall building, structurally considered", Domus Grattacieli/Skyscrapers, supplemento a/supplement of Domus 865, dicembre/december 2003, pp. 12-13
OMA, "Sede CCTV. Bijing, Cina. OMA", Area 69, luglio-agosto/july-august 2003 [Workplaces], "Scenari dle progetto" pp. 106-117
"CCTV a Beijing/Looping Towers", L'Arca 182, giugno/june 2003, "l'Arca2" p. 89
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CLIENT
 
 
Central Chinese Television
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AMOUNT
 
 
€ 750.000.000
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
Site ha. 20

CCTV China Central Television
total sq.m. 465.000
administration sq.m. 75.000
program offices sq.m. 65.000
news production sq.m. 70.000
broadcasting sq.m. 40.000
program production sq.m. 120.000
staff facilities sq.m. 30.000
parking sq.m. 65.000

TVCC Television Cultural Center
total sq.m. 95.000
hotel sq.m. 52.000
public facilities sq.m. 23.000
parking sq.m. 20.000
Height
m. 230
Floors
70 aboveground
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Ove Arup & Partner
Cecil Balmond
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LANDSCAPE DESIGN
 
 
Inside/Outside, Amsterdam - Petra Blaisse
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STAFF
 
Design team
Charles Berman, David Chacon, Chris van Duijn, Erez Ella, Adrianne Fisher, Anu Leinonen, Andre Schmidt, Shohei Shigematsu, Hiromasa Shirai, Steven Smit
Collaborators
Gabriela Bojalil, Joao Bravo Da Costa, Catarina Canas, Dan Cheong, Stephane Derveaux, Keren Engelman, Gaspard Estourgie, Tieying Fang, Pei Feng, Sarah Gibson, Chris James, Abhijit Kapade, Michel van der Kar, Paul Kroese, Peter Lee, Xiaodong Liu, Andreas Lyckefors, Stuard Maddox, Joseph Monteleone, Christina Murphy, Shiro Ogata, Roberto Otero, Daan Ooievaar, Torsten Schroeder, Wenchian Shi, Faustina Tsai, Jasmine Tsoi, Xinyuan Wang, Victoria Willocks, You Wu, Tian Tian Xu, Dirk Zschunke.
Jeffrey Bolhuis, Georg Bucher, Johannes Buchholz, Paul Burgstaller, Max Burianek, Tim Callaghan, Gonzalo, Laurentiu Coceanga, Guillaume Colboc, Pedro Costa Gama, Dorthee Dietz, Melissa Dowler, Lodewijk van Eeghen, Rodney Eggleston, Steffen Ell, Mamen Escorihueles, Joris Fach, Joao Gomes Branco Teodosio, Hendrik Gruss, James Harper, Yiannis Kanakakis, Suse Koch, Lawrence Leung, Menno van der Meer, Rodrigo Nunez Carrasco, Florian Pucher, Beatriz Ramo Lopez, Max Rink, Beatrice Schiavina, Max Schwitalla, Manuel Shvartzberg, Arianna Spaccasassi, Antonio Teles Branco, Laurent Troost, Loy Tsao,Steffie Wedde
Associate architect
East China Architecture and Design Institute, Shanghai
Project management
Dongmei Yao
Structural consultant
Arup
Cecil Balmond (project principal)
Rory McGowan (project director)
Michael Kwok (project director Beijing)
Craig Gibbons (project manager Beijing)
Landscape design
Inside/Outside, Amsterdam
Petra Blaisse, Mathias Lehner, Rosetta Elkin, Yukiko Nezu, Marieke van den Heuvel
Facades consultant
Front Inc, New York - Marc Simmons
with Bruce Nichol, Martin Riese, Philip Khalil, Chen Zhan, Brian Guerrero
Telecommunications
Sandy Brown Associates LLP, London - David Lamberty
Lighting engineer
Lighting Planners Associates
Kaoru Mende, Yutaka Inaba, Mari Kubota, Hideto Mori, Ryuichi Sawada, Kentato Tanaka, Mari Kubota, Ken Okamoto, Chika Tanaka, Aki Hayakawa, Junko Inomoto, Momoko Muraoka, Akiko Okunaka, Natsuko Ueda
Acoustical consultant
DHV Building and Industry, Eindhoven
L.(Renz).C.J. van Luxemburg, Theo .M.J. Raijmakers, B.H.M. Kok, Stephan. J.W. Nabbe, Nicole.A.H.M. van Hout, Marly.L.C. Kole, Bertie.W.M. van den Braak
Theatre consultant
Ducks Scéno, France
Michel Cova, Aldo de Sousa, Jean-François Mathais, Stefan Abromeit, Clément Dreano
Consultant
Vertical transportation
Lerch, Bates & Associates, London
Adrian Godwin, Chris Manning, Peter Noon, Les Gilbey, Thet Khin

High rise
DMJMH+N, Los Angeles
Michael Mann, Bruce Toman, John Hess, Jane Chen
General contractor
China State Construction Engineering Corporation
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CREDITS
 
 
Text edited by Balmond Studio
Photo courtesy of Balmond Studio

OMA, Rem Koolhaas, Ole Scheeren, Arup, Cecil Balmond, CCTV, Beijing



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