China’s CCTV ‘Twisted Doughnut’ Building Ready to Broadcast 2012 Olympics

China’s CCTV ‘Twisted Doughnut’ Building Ready to Broadcast 2012 Olympics

The headquarters of China’s state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) will go live in time for the London 2012 Olympics – three years after its opening was delayed by a fire. Designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, the building known as the “twisted doughnut” was only partially opened in 2008 and was not fully operational for the Beijing games. The building, in the shape of a 234m bent tube, is situated in the Central Business District and boasts over 400,000 metres of floor space.

China’s CCTV ‘Twisted Doughnut’ Building Ready to Broadcast 2012 Olympics

The much-delayed but striking steel, concrete and glass headquarters was designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. (Reuters)

China’s CCTV ‘Twisted Doughnut’ Building Ready to Broadcast 2012 Olympics

A huge blaze to the North Tower next to the CCTV building delayed its opening. (Reuters)

China’s CCTV ‘Twisted Doughnut’ Building Ready to Broadcast 2012 Olympics

The CCTV building was initially supposed to be completed by the start of the Beijing Olympics in 2008. (Reuters)

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