Friday, August 24, 2007
Designing a Statement
Aside from the various Olympic venues either in the midst of construction or renovation, other major buildings are undergoing face lifts too.
And the State broadcaster, CCTV will look uber cool.
Here's a picture of it the other day from a taxi. At the moment it looks like two leaning towers that won't meet. But they will.
They're actually two L-shaped towers linked at the top and the bottom at an angle to form a loop. And the mad genius behind this is Rem Koolhaas of Office for Metropolitan Architecture.
The larger of the two towers will be for CCTV offices, and broadcasting centre, while the smaller one will house a hotel, visitor's centre, a large public theatre and conference facilities.
The total price tag? 850 million euros (US$1.16 billion).
And of course, it will be completed by next year's Olympics.
The Chinese government is definitely making a bold statement with this mind-boggling piece of architecture. It may not look functional, but CCTV's dissemination of information will definitely look tres cool.