OMA: CCTV headquarters now complete
OMA: CCTV headquarters now complete OMA: CCTV headquarters now complete
may 16, 2012

OMA: CCTV headquarters now complete

‘CCTV headquarters’ by OMA, beijing, china CCTV/OMA partners-in-charge: rem koolhaas and ole scheeren, designers, david gianotten, photographed by iwan baan




finally completed, the OMA-designed ‘CCTV headquarters’ in beijing will open its doors to television broadcasting this year. this reinvention of the typical skyscraper forms a looping tower with a dramatic cantilever, representing the firms first major project in china as well as its largest overall building. beginning as a winning competition proposal in 2002, construction for the 473,000 square meter structure began in 2004. rising from a common platform, two leaning towers rise to merge with the 75 foot perpendicular extension, interconnecting the activities for TV-making. once scattered around the city, the structure contains studios, offices, broadcasting and production facilities into a single location.


a diagrid within the facade expresses the paths though which the forces and loads are directed. a web of diagonals becomes denser in areas needing additional support and more open within areas of less stress, placing the structural integrity of the building on display.



image courtesy of OMA



‘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



upward view of the tower OMA / philippe ruault



looking up CCTV/OMA partners-in-charge: rem koolhaas and ole scheeren, designers, david gianotten, photographed by iwan baan



portal viewing the landscape below CCTV/OMA partners-in-charge: rem koolhaas and ole scheeren, designers, david gianotten, photographed by iwan baan



beijing skyline CCTV/OMA partners-in-charge: rem koolhaas and ole scheeren, designers, david gianotten, photographed by iwan baan



view from surrounding context OMA / philippe ruault



OMA / philippe ruault



TVCC + CCTV headquarters CCTV/OMA partners-in-charge: rem koolhaas and ole scheeren, designers, david gianotten, photographed by iwan baan



OMA / philippe ruault



image courtesy of OMA



CCTV from beijing park CCTV/OMA partners-in-charge: rem koolhaas and ole scheeren, designers, david gianotten, photographed by iwan baan



image courtesy of OMA



construction time-lapse image courtesy of OMA



site plan image courtesy of OMA



floor plan / level 0 image courtesy of OMA



floor plan / level 15 image courtesy of OMA



floor plan / level 25 image courtesy of OMA



floor plan / level 41 image courtesy of OMA



section image courtesy of OMA



section image courtesy of OMA



elevation image courtesy of OMA



elevation image courtesy of OMA



elevation image courtesy of OMA



elevation image courtesy of OMA



axon image courtesy of OMA



axon exploded image courtesy of OMA



demand capacity rations diagram image courtesy of OMA



facade image courtesy of OMA



project info:


completion due: 2012 competition: 2002 client: china central television (CCTV) site: 20 hectares in new central business district program: CCTV total 473.000m2: administration 64.200 m2, multi-purpose 54.900m2, news production 65.800m2, broadcasting 31.800m2, program production 105.400m2, staff facilities 30.000m2, parking 61.500m2. service building 15.000m2 budget: 5 billion RMB (850 million EUR) tower 1: height: 234m, 54 floors. footprint: 40x60m,2,400m2 tower 2: height: 210m, 44 floors. footprint: 40x52m, 2,000m2 overhang bottom: 162m, 14 floors overhang cantilever: 75m to the west, 67m to the south base height: 45m, 9 floors, footprint 160x160m basement: 18m, 4 floors


partners in charge: design rem koolhaas and ole scheeren (until 2010), david gianotten, in collaboration with partners shohei shigematsu, ellen van loon and victor van der chijs. project manager: yao dongmei project architects: anu leinonen, charles berman, adrianne fisher team: chris van duijn, hiromasa shirai, steven smith, gabriela bojalil, joao bravo da costa, catarina canas, holly chacon,  dan cheong, keren engelman, gaspard estourgie, kam fai tai, fang tieying, feng pei, sarah gibson, chris james, michel van der kar, paul kroese, peter lee, liu xiaodong, stuard maddox, joseph monteleone, christina murphy, shiro ogata, roberto otero, daan ooievaar, torsten schroeder, shi wenchian, faustina tsai, jasmine tsoi, wang xinyuan, victoria willocks, wu you, xu tian tian, dirk zschunke with: 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, li guilin, 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, wang yunzhu, yu long support: lisa aalders, may yan fan, li dan, liu aoshuang, liu yonghong, sun yongzhen, ou qiang, wang yimeng, wang yu, wu xinghua, xu yi, zhang yajuan competition team: rem koolhaas, ole scheeren, shohei shigematsu, alain fouraux, fernando donis; with adrianne fisher, anu leinonen, hiromasa shirai, tammo prinz, catarina canas, erez ella, victoria willocks, johannes buchholz, guillaume colboc, mamen escorihuela, sarah gibson, shiro ogata, torsten schroeder, l. e. tsao, zhaohui wu, yimin zhu


associate architects and engineers: ECADI (east china architecture & design institute), shanghai structure + services: arup, london / hong kong / beijing project principal: cecil balmond project director: rory mcgowan project director, beijing: michael kwok project manager, beijing: craig gibbons CCTV structure – lead: chris carroll technical adviser beijing: goman ho project manager: alexis lee TVCC structure – lead: stuart smith team: carolina bartram, paul cross, mimmy dino, richard lawson, zhao-fan li, peng liu, andrew luong, john macarthur, hamish nevile, dan pook, chas pope, andrew smith, terence yip, with: abdul ahmed, wayne chan, dean clabrough, omar diallo, sam hatch, jonathan kerry, ronald li, man-kit luk, steve peet, fei tong, paul tonkin, ben urick, william whitby, robin wilkinson, baiqian wan, yihua wang, michelle wong, stella wong, eric wu, angela yeung, george zhao. services – directors: alistair guthrie, stephen jolly, iain lyall. mechanical – lead: clodagh ryan. lead beijing: lewis shiu. team: john allcock, olly base, graham beadle, peter brickell, kenneth chong, judy coleman, eddie scuffell, jodh singh, william zhang, with: annie chen, rachel harris, alex hart, tai hollingsbee, paul lander, martin walton, william wong, g b wang. electrical – lead: john pullen. lead – hk / beijing: kenneth sin. team: chi wing chow, chai kok eow, dane green, sabrina wong, with: geoff balrow, tony campbell, stephen chan, mike evans, nathan hattersley, bob jones, tony monroe, david seager, olumayowa soluade, sam wise, alba xu, kai-sing yung. public health – lead: david george team: graham humphreys, bob lau, adam martin, glen swinney; with: james cheung, jun chen, yang ming, de-ming wen. security: david hadden, simon brimble, with: philip barker, jeff green, john haddon, ryan sukhram, andrew webster. geotechnics – mark choi, jack pappin, with: gary ge, dominic holt, james lui. atg – xiaonian duan, with: colin ho, yang wang control: david pritchard. wind: roy denoon, alex to, with: andrew minson. fire – lead: mingchun luo, longde zhao. team: angela chan, barbara lane, susan lamont, with: shi bibo, dagang guo, gene kwan, kang li, he wei, kelvin wong

facade engineering and design consultancy: front inc, new york partner, project leader: marc simmons partners: bruce nichol, martin riese director of engineering: philip khalil senior engineer: chen zhan facade consultant: brian guerrero

broadcast consultancy: sandy brown associates llp, london consultant: david lamberty

lighting: lighting planners associates tokyo principal: kaoru mende directors: yutaka inaba, mari kubota, hideto mori, ryuichi sawada, kentato tanaka senior associate: mari kubota associates: ken okamoto, chika tanaka planners: aki hayakawa, junko inomoto, momoko muraoka, akiko okunaka, natsuko ueda

acoustics consultancy: DHV building and industry, eindhoven principal consultant: l.(renz).c.j. van luxemburg senior consultant: theo .m.j. raijmakers senior consultant: b.h.m. kok consultant: stephan. j.w. nabbe consultants: nicole a.h.m. van hout, marly l.c. kole, bertie w.m. van den braak

theatre consultancy: dUCKS scéno, france scenographer: michel cova lighting and audiovisual designers: aldo de sousa, jean-françois mathais stage equipment designers and engineers: stefan abromeit, clément dreano

vertical transportation consultants: lerch, bates & associates, london project director: adrian godwin project engineers: chris manning, peter noon design engineers: les gilbey, thet khin

high rise consultant: DMJMH+N, los angeles principal: michael mann project architect: bruce toman senior architect: john hess architect: jane chen

food service consulting and planning: romano gatland, new york principal for programming; principal in charge: christopher c. brady CCTV principal for design CCTV; project manager: mark v. romano TVCC principal for design TVCC: russ pizzuto principal for programming: gary nokes team: david cutrone, stanley d. gatland, matthew gatland, matthew klein, w. michael kell, john lobianco, james pizzuto, shrley heng romano landscape: inside outside, amsterdam principal designer: petra blaisse architect: mathias lehner

  • Now we are looking at 2012 London Olympic soon….Time goes so fast and now we are seeing the final legacy of Beijing Olympic in 2008…

    Olympian says:
  • Instability, and non-alignment of cladding grids perversely knocks against nature and harmony, as well as being more expensive with so many \’special\’ building components that have to be made. The plans and sections suggest that the majority of the building wants to repeat and conform whilst 10% does not.

    sultony says:

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