Letting Your Imagination Run Wild at the CCTV Building in Beijing
When an high-profile architect breezes into town and "breaks the box," he or she better be prepared for some healthy skepticism from the local population. Finished in 2008, Rem Koolhaas' CCTV Headquarters in Beijing hasn't received as much foreign press as the the bird's nest National Stadium built for the Olympics, but now that is it completed, the building's silhouette on the skyline has served as something of a Rorschach test. The radical design forms a twisted loop with two leaning towers linked by an overhanging horizontal L suspended 44 stories up. Some see the essence of interconnected media, others a giant pair of men's underpants, and still others claim that the building is an obscene depiction of male and female genitalia.
Architects: Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren; Completed: 2008