Hailed as what “may be the greatest work of architecture built this century” by the New York Times, the CCTV Headquarters, designed by OMA/Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren, was commemorated today during a ceremony in Beijing marking the official construction completion of the building, set to broadcast the 2012 Olympic Games in London this summer.
“This is a truly special and momentous occasion to witness the final completion ceremony of the new CCTV headquarters which will enliven Beijing’s Central Business District. A decade since the beginning, it is tremendously rewarding to see our collective vision realized in a building that will now start to take its active place in this city and as the home to a global broadcaster.”
“I am thankful to be able to look back at 8 years of successful collaboration on this project together with Rem Koolhaas, my former OMA colleagues, Arup, ECADI and all other collaborators, and I am excited that we can share this somewhat historic moment together.”
The project was led by OMA / Rem Koolhaas, former OMA partner Ole Scheeren (until 2010), OMA partner David Gianotten (from 2010) and project manager Dongmei Yao in close collaboration with partners Shohei Shigematsu, Ellen van Loon and Victor van der Chijs. The design team consisted of project architects Anu Leinonen, Charles Berman and Adrianne Fisher together with a team of over 100 architects from OMA.