Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Beijing's TVCC Building up in flames

The TVCC building in Beijing, designed by OMA and Rem Koolhaas, has been destroyed by fire. The building sits next to the Z-shaped CCTV building also designed by OMA and Rem Koolhaas, nicknamed the Shorts by locals.

The fire has been covered by Architectural Record.

The TVCC building was still under construction -- the downturn in the global economy created delays in its completion -- and was to house the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, as well as other retail and entertainment facilities.

Rem Koolhaas and OMA have ties to Seattle, designing the Downtown Public Library in 2004.

Koolhaas' work is covered in the VRC's digital image database and can be found by searching on "Koolhaas" in the keywork search field. (contact the director for a password if you don't already have one!)