The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

14 November 2007

A skyscraper, it isn't

CCTV BeijingMaybe a skysander, or God's Own Miter Box. This is what they're building in Beijing for the new headquarters of China Central Television, and while it's perhaps too much to hope that this $600-million non-box will bury once and for all the brutal barracks of socialist realism, entirely too many examples of which get built in capitalist countries, I'm just fascinated by the sheer effrontery of the shape: it's as though M. C. Escher decided he needed a parking garage.

Some particulars:

The CCTV building has a nine-storey base, three-storey basement, two leaning towers that slope at 6° in each direction, and a nine- to 13-storey "Overhang", which is suspended 36 storeys in the air. The building forms an asymmetrical arch, through which will be seen the adjacent Television Cultural Centre (TVCC). Together these two buildings will form the focal point of Beijing's new Central Business District (CBD).

And the TVCC has some perverse charms of its own:

Design for the Television Cultural Centre Hotel is to include a random stack of rooms, inspired by the form of a termite's nest.

What's really fun about this, of course, is that Beijing is riven with fault lines, so not only do these structures have to look amazing, they have to put up serious resistance to major seismic activity. Let's hope they can keep the lead paint out of them.

(Via Fraters Libertas.)

Posted at 8:00 AM to Entirely Too Cool

That is just butt ugly.
The disident, evil capitalists probably get the lowest floor of that overhang as office space.

Posted by: the Localmalcontent at 10:36 AM on 14 November 2007

Considering the well publicized Chinese QC these days, I wouldn't want to be within a quarter mile of it.

Posted by: Jeffro at 8:50 PM on 14 November 2007

Some kinda new-fangled boot scraper, I think.

Posted by: Ed Flinn at 2:45 PM on 15 November 2007
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