Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Big Boxer Shorts

Opposite my language school is the China Central TV HQ, dubbed 'Big Boxer Shorts' by taxi drivers. It was designed by Rem Koolhaas and Ole Sheeren but, as is so often the case, the real stars were Arup, the engineers. You can see why. It has two lots of 54 floors, joined together in a simple (but spectacular) loop to form a cube with a whole in the middle. It's part of a large media zone which is still under construction. The half-completed building next door, by the way, caught fire in February 2009, some say from fireworks... The tall crane beside it would suggest that it's salvageable?

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