Visible from most of Beijing, China Central Television (CCTV) Headquarters is 44-storey skyscraper that accommodates TV studios, offices and broadcasting facilities. Designed by architects Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren of OMA, the aim was to reinvent the traditional skyscraper as a loop rising from a platform, two towers, both reaching 234 m (768 ft), lean in towards each other and merge in a perpendicular 75 m cantilever with an open centre.
The building presented a structural challenge as it is located in a seismic zone. The forces that the building is subject to have been made explicit on its exterior by a web of diagonal structural members.
It was awarded the 2013 Best Tall Building Worldwide prize by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. However, in 2014, the Chinese president Xi Jinping called for an end to the proliferation of ‘weird architecture’ across China.
Coming to the building’s defence Rem Koolhaas said it “…is a building that introduces new ways of conceptualising, liberating and realizing structure that did not exist in China before, and of which I’m sure Chinese culture and Chinese architecture will benefit.”
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Beijing National Stadium.
- Building of the week series.
- Calakmul Corporate Building, Mexico.
- Fuji TV Building, Tokyo.
- Gentle Genius.
- Guangzhou Circle.
- Habitat 67.
- Ministry of Transportation Building, Georgia.
- Nakagin Capsule Tower.
- National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing.
- Phoenix International Media Center, Beijing.
- Ryugyong Hotel, North Korea.
- Shanghai Tower.
- The Big Basket.
- Unusual building design of the week.
Featured articles and news
We review a book aiming to unpick the complexities of building physics.
An introduction to the categories, procedures and types of listed buildings.
This Australian robotics firm have developed a bricklaying machine capable of building a house in 3 days.
20bn devices will be online by 2020, generating huge volumes of information. Is society making the most of this rich data?
Built over a period of 632 years, Cologne Cathedral is considered one of the world's finest examples of Gothic architecture.
UandI adds £1.5bn to development pipeline.
Here are 5 things leaders can do to create a truly circular economy.
Find out about the different types of delays on construction projects.
Researchers at Wien university have developed new system to create an inflatable concrete structure.
Take a look at this newly-opened tower in Chicago with a remarkable 20:1 height-to-base ratio.
The principles, practice and formwork of one of the most important components of modern architecture.