Television Cultural Centre by OMA

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Andrew Lih has sent us a set of photos of Office for Metropolitan Architecture's Television Cultural Centre in Beijing, which was destroyed by fire last night (via Dezain).

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The 40-storey building is adjacent to the China Central Television Headquarters (see our earlier story).

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The almost-complete building was due to open this May and contain a hotel, theatre and studios. It was used for the 2008 Olympics but due to open officially later this year.

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The structure was set on fire by stray fireworks fired by revellers celebrating Chinese New Year.

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  • david

    What material was the building made of?
    how could simple firework light the whole building???

  • http://NA Pierre Sinsua

    …..a ghosty beauty.

  • i man

    ..beautifool building?

  • d-arch

    wow……MADE IN CHINA…….

  • GRRRT

    Looks absolutely stunning. Batman movie, anyone?

  • Rex

    Great comment CRISTINA! Glad to hear there’s still some level headed people in this blog!

  • behnaz

    how upsetting!

  • Karel

    Anyone that know what will happen now? will they demolish the building? rebuild it? another design or the same?