The CCTV building in Beijing, designed by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas (which is of course the best name an architect could ever have), is one of our favorite new buildings in the world, for its boldness and size but also for the way it feels so incredibly modern--like it was built five years from now and somehow transported back to the present day.
The building opened back in 2008, after a series of struggles (including a fire), but the New York Times just gave it a predictably glowing review, praising its complex construction, the metaphoric underpinnings of its design, and calling it a "cultural triumph." [New York Times]
Yes, we know the New York Times is totally smitten with China and wished the United States were a bit more dictatorial too, but please Pop Sci, don't fall for this. China is doing no more than what Soviet era architects did in designing uber modern looking structures meant to highlight the "people's revolution" via architecture.
I love this building. Hope they build more of these in the US, Europe and the rest of the World. Has anyone Seen the incredible Seattle Central Library that he helped design. Please check it out.
Yes, super cool building, but I agree with Kehvan.
That really is an incredible building!
Here in Beijing, some of the locals call it the "big pants" building. Do you see it?
One must understand that this building, much like many others in Beijing, is built on the expense of other, ancient buildings. This is not to say that this building is not beautiful but one must think of the small "hutong" areas that were destroyed so that building could be built.
This is a great article about this issue: www,laowaiblog.com/the-relocation-puzzle/