Saturday, January 18, 2003

Building continuums

My love and knowledge of architecture is generally reserved for the ancient variety, although I am often enough stunned by new buildings. And I was impressed by Rem Koolhaas' design for the new CCTV headquarters in Beijing.

"AT 750 FEET IT SEEMS comparatively puny, but its 5.5 million square feet of floor space (as much as one of the Twin Towers) snake into a squared-off loop that links the various functions of CCTV into a continuum. And its stunning silhouette, with amazing turns and cantilevers, makes it unlike anything on any urban skyline."

"It is not a traditional tower, but a continuous loop of horizontal and vertical sections that establish an urban site rather than point to the sky. The irregular grid on the building’s facades is an expression of the forces traveling throughout its structure."


Post a Comment

<< Home

CC Copyright 2001-2009 by Anne Galloway. Some rights reserved. Powered by Blogger and hosted by Dreamhost.