|Under Construction, 2008|
The unique structure suspends itself over 234 meters above the ground using a strong diagrid exoskeleton and traditional inner support. The basic structure involves two leaning towers at 60 degrees which bend at right angles at the top and bottom then join together in both instances.
|CCTV Tower Concept Design|
With a continuous form and an all glass exterior the CCTV tower dominates the skyline with its one of a kind look. This structure made it possible for China State Television to broadcast 200+ which was a dramatic increase from the previous capacity of 16 channels. It was also completed in time to help broadcast the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
|TVCC Tower (front), CCTV Tower (back)|
A currently incomplete structure (due to a fire) next to the CCTV Tower is the TVCC Tower, which will house several entertainment options and a 300 room hotel among other venues. With an estimated final cost of 1.2 billion dollars, the CCTV and TVCC Towers are sure to be well worth the effort as they mark a pinnacle of modern design.
|TVCC Tower damaged by fire in 2009|
Photo & Info Credit: (http://www.e-architect.co.uk/beijing/tvcc_building.htm), (http://idiomsgallery.blogspot.com/2008_08_01_archive.html), (http://en.beijing2008.cn/news/olympiccities/beijing/reconstruction/s214239670/n214239956.shtml), (http://www.designbuild-network.com/projects/cctv/),