Photo by: Associated Press
Citizens of Beijing woke up this morning with one of its architectural icons missing from the city's skyline. On Monday evening, a fast moving blaze, set by unauthorized fireworks, gutted one of two major structures at the mammoth CCTV complex here in Beijing's newly developed business district. Designed by famed Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and his firm, Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), the damaged structure, officially known CCTV Television Cultural Center (TVCC), was to serve as a complementary building to the Z-shape CCTV Headquarter next door. The 34 floors, multi-functional configuration was to include 1500-seat theater, ballroom, additional studios, exhibit halls, and a 200+ room Mandarin Oriental Luxury Hotel, all due to open this Summer. Official investigation stated the cause of the fire was by employees of the state-own media CCTV, the owner of the complex, who set off unauthorized fireworks to celebrate the end of the week long Chinese New Year celebration. Not certain if the structure will rebuild or renovated in time for original opening date.
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Before The Blaze | Photo by: Associated Press
After The Blaze | Photo by: Associated Press