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Height: Occupied
213.9 m / 702 ft
 
Height: To Tip
237.5 m / 779 ft
Height: Architectural
234 m / 768 ft
 
CCTV Headquarters Outline
Height: Observatory
162.9 m / 534 ft
Height: Helipad
234 m / 768 ft
Floors Above Ground
54
Floors Below Ground
3
# of Elevators
75
Top Elevator Speed
7 m/s
Tower GFA
316,000 m² / 3,401,396 ft²
Development GFA
473,000 m² / 5,091,330 ft²
# of Parking Spaces
2,702

Facts

Official Name CCTV Headquarters
Other Names China Central TV Headquarters
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country China
City Beijing
Street Address & Map 32 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District
Building Function office
Structural Material composite
Proposed 2002
Construction Start 2004
Completion 2012
Rankings Click arrows to view the next taller/shorter buildings
Global Ranking #423 Tallest in the World
Regional Ranking #228 Tallest in Asia
City Ranking #5 Tallest in Beijing

Companies Involved

Owner China Central Television; Stephen Scanlon; Qingyun Ma
Developer General Office of CCTV New Site Construction & Development Program
Architect
Design Office for Metropolitan Architecture
Architect of Record ECADI
Structural Engineer
Design Arup
Engineer of Record ECADI
MEP Engineer
Design Arup
Main Contractor China State Construction Engineering Corporation
Other Consultant
• Access 2x4
• Acoustics DHV Building and Industry; Ducks Scéno
Façade Front
• Food Service Romano Gatland
• Landscape Inside Outside
• Lighting Lighting Planners Associates
• Vertical Transportation Lerch Bates
Material Supplier
• Paint/Coating AkzoNobel

About CCTV Headquarters

The CCTV headquarters is an unusual take on the skyscraper typology. Instead of competing in the race for ultimate height and style through a traditional two-dimensional tower soaring skyward, CCTV’s loop poses a truly three-dimensional experience, culminating in a 75-meter cantilever.

CCTV’s form facilitates the combination of the entire process of TV-making in a loop of interconnected activities. Two towers rise from a common production studio platform, the Plinth. Each tower has a different character: Tower 1 serves as editing area and offices, and the lower Tower 2 is dedicated to news broadcasting. They are joined by a cantilevering bridge for administration, the Overhang.

The main lobby, in Tower 1, is an atrium stretching three floors underground, and three floors up. It has a direct connection with Beijing’s subway network, and is the arrival and departure hub for the 10,000 workers inside CCTV headquarters. Connected to the lobby, 13 production studios (the largest is 2,000 square meters) perform the main function of the building: TV making.

The CCTV headquarters also facilitates an unprecedented degree of public access to the production of China’s media: a Public Loop takes visitors on a dedicated path through the building, revealing everyday studio work as well as the history of CCTV, and culminating at the edge of the cantilever, with spectacular views towards the CBD, the Forbidden City, and the rest of Beijing.

A Media Park forms a landscape of public entertainment, outdoor filming areas and production studios as an extension of the central green axis of the CBD.

The innovative structure of the CCTV Headquarters is the result of long-term collaboration between European and Chinese architects and engineers to achieve new possibilities for the high-rise. Early on, the team determined that the only way to deliver the desired architectural form was to engage the entire facade structure, creating in essence an external continuous tube system. The tube, which resists all of the lateral forces on the building and also carries much of the gravity force, is ideally suited to deal with the nature and intensity of permanent and temporary loading on the building.

The engineering forces at work are thus rendered visible on the façade: a web of triangulated steel tubes – diagrids – which, instead of forming a regular pattern of diamonds, become dense in areas of greater stress and looser and more open in areas requiring less support. The façade itself becomes a visual manifestation of the building's structure.

A versatile, efficient structure that bridges in bending and torsion between the Towers to create the continuous form of the Overhang section, the diagrid provides enough strength and stiffness in the Towers to carry loads to the ground. The structural system stiffens the podium and tower bases to favorably distribute loads to the foundation. It enables performance to be optimized, through adjustment of the bracing pattern, to satisfy contrasting demands of stiffness and flexibility.

The diagrid provides maximum flexibility for the bespoke planning of the interiors, since bracing is not needed within the floorplates. This allows large studio spaces to be laid out within the towers. It has enabled the Overhang section to be constructed without the need for temporary propping, since the braced skin provided stability as the steelwork was cantilevered out from the towers. This type of structure has a high degree of inherent robustness and redundancy, due to the potential for adopting alternative load paths in the unlikely event a key element’s removal.

The self-supporting hybrid facade structure features high performance glass panels with a sun shading of 70 percent open ceramic frit, creating the soft silver-grey color that gives the building a surprisingly subtle presence in the Beijing skyline.

CTBUH Initiatives

Beijing Regional Tour Report
19-20 Sep 2014 – Tour Report

CTBUH Interviews Rem Koolhaas & David Gianotten from OMA
Feb 2014 – CTBUH Journal Paper

Office for Metropolitan Architecture Presents on CCTV
6 Nov 2013 – Awards Symposium Video

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The Public Meaning of Skyscrapers: Shenzhen Stock Exchange and CCTV
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