The “Falling Towers” of New Chinese TV Center

Posted: April 29, 2008 in Construction, Future

A New Home for the “Faulty Towers” of Chinese Propaganda Machine

Just
like the classic British comedy was set in a slightly crazy hotel,
this
temple of propaganda and Olympic Games TV coverage is being built in

the middle of a pretty nutty ideological and political situation, on a
fantastically tight schedule.

Everybody may have a different
take on what China should and should not do,
but one thing is clear –
they are doing their darnedest to appear the best in
the Olympic
spotlight. We’ve heard about their desperate attempt to make
Peking an
ecologically cleaner city (part of which is… a massive killing of
cats,
no less!)
and we may doubt if they’re really going to clean up their
act – but they certainly choose
eye-catching designs when it comes to
architecture!




Since Office for Metropolitan Architecture
(OMA) was awarded the contract on December 20, 2002 – the concept
sketches were busily brought to life in the middle of Peking (Beijing).
On this page you’ll see the most recent construction stages. But first,
here are some original visions:








Check out the huge screen showing live Olympics coverage:



Two
high-rise buildings at the height of 230 meters are inclined toward
each other,
connected by spectacular glass and beam structures
(Japanese company designed
the irregular grid on the building’s facade)






The angle of “falling” of these towers is pretty significant: 10 degrees incline
twice the “falling angle” of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.


Depending
on which tower you’ll be working in, your political news coverage will

lean significantly, either to the left, or to the right… just kidding.



Construction is fully underway

The center will cost upwards of 900 million dollars, providing office space for 10,000 people.







The
building is also designed to withstand magnitude 8 earthquakes! Even
though
it looks like it’s going to fall on your head (some tourists
reported a reeling, dizzy
feeling and some reportedly fainted while
looking up) – this weird skyscraper is incredibly stable.




The un-attached towers leaning toward each other during construction look
even more other-worldly during the night:




Think about it: the “Falling Towers” building will be only the FIRST of 300 towers
that will be constructed in Peking business district. Truly totalitarian scale of planning:






The whole blocks were demolished and neighborhoods relocated,
hopefully avoiding conflicts like this one:




The
following photo probably summarizes the situation: a lot of ideological

“show-and-tell” among the ever-present stifling pollution:




See a pretty good round-up of other current Olympic projects in China here,
also read a nice
article about current China’s construction boom

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