The striking appearance of the CCTV China Central Television Headquarters in Beijing, designed by Rom Koolhaas, is being hailed as one of the great 21st century works of architecture.
Located in Beijing's CBD, the impressive and controversial 768 ft/ 234m tall 44 story skyscraper dominates the cityscape.
The five million square foot building, made up of two massive leaning towers angled at 90° top and bottom to create a continuous form is one of the largest projects ever constructed.
In his view of contemporary architecture Koolhaus says “I would say it’s a building that the Chinese could never have thought of but that we [in the west] could never have built” going on to say that the partnership between Chinese construction and Western architects has generated some of the most innovative buildings in the world.
Koolhaas - founding partner of Internationally renowned architecture firm OMA - received the award for Best Tall Building Worldwide from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat in Chicago in 2013 for this iconic design.