The Beijing CCTV Building
Beijing CCTV Building – As with my recent post of the North Korean capital’s Ryugyong Hotel or the “Hotel of Doom,” it seems as though Asian countries and their views on architecture are on the rise. Asia has always been at the forefront racing to the top of industrial design, planned efficiency, booming business production, and in making the future the absolute present.
We Westerners associate our Eastern counterparts with technological advances, the occasional Harajuku girl (thanks to Gwen Stefani), and where everything is made (in China). However, at the precipice of modern-day architecture, it seems as though Asian architectural structures are leaning towards a common tower of powerfully ominous structural designs.
The Beijing CCTV building which will now host the headquarters of China Central Television has been in the works for the past decade and has undergone some serious scrutinization. Dutch architect, Rem Koolhaas was commissioned in the early 2000’s to create this gateway for Beijing’s center of communication and media. The design of the CCTV building boasts two 50-story tall tapered legs connected by a 13-story bridge. (Talk about commuting to the office, especially to that corner office.)
For me, the CCTV building is much more than another advancement in the Eastern World. It is more than just a center shrine of Stalinesque-inspired design. The CCTV building is a marker, a gateway, into the future of modern-day urban Asian Metropolises.
There is something to be said about the recent unveilings of building such as the Ryugyong Hotel and the CCTV building, and that voice is coming out loud and clear. During one of my trips to Japan, I was absolutely gobsmacked by the advanced technology just in the airport alone. Japan has always been seen as the pedestal of advancement.
Though, here and now, it seems all of modern-day developed Asia is looking to the horizon and sees past what we, Westerners, are seeing. The CCTV building is yet another milestone for Asian architectural structures. Soon, the Sci-fi world will have a new home amidst the futuristic-inspired land to the east. George Jetson, eat your heart out.