China's distinctive CCTV headquarters is completed

Associated Press Modified: May 16, 2012 at 11:31 am •  Published: May 16, 2012
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BEIJING (AP) — The futuristic building — with two leaning towers linked with a 90-degree twist at the top — has attracted much controversy since the day its design debuted a decade ago.

Now, it is ready for occupation by China's staid state TV broadcaster, China Central Television.

Construction of CCTV's new headquarters officially concluded Wednesday — 10 years after Dutch architectural firm OMA envisioned a skyscraper that would symbolize China's rise on the world's stage.

Like the Bird's Nest and the Water Cube — signature venues for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games — the CCTV building is part of a new architectural wave that is redefining the landscape of Beijing — a city that is transforming from drabness to vibrancy.


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