Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Beijing Regional Tour
CTBUH 2014 Conference: Shanghai

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September 20-21, 2014
Attendees of the Beijing tour viewed the new CBD development on the east side of town, projected to contain 15 towers, many of whose foundations were already visibly underway. Attendees got a first-hand look at some of the most significant projects to rise in Beijing, including the foundations for the Zhongguo Zun, which will become Beijing’s new tallest building at 528 meters when it completes in 2018.

The CCTV Headquarters, perhaps one of the most unconventional and controversial skyscrapers ever built, was a highlight of tour as well. Though many CTBUH members are familiar with the project from its star turn as the winner of the Council’s 2013 Best Tall Building Worldwide Award, few had seen it up close. The group marveled at its complex open spaces and densely intricate supporting structure.
CCTV Headquarters
Beijing National Stadium The CCTV Headquarters interior
The group also visited the Olympic Park, including the “Bird’s Nest” stadium, designed by Herzog and de Meuron, and the Water Cube, the aquatic center created by a consortium that included PTW Architects and Arup. A dinner, sponsored by CITIC, was followed the next day by a trip to the mother of all Chinese building accomplishments, the Great Wall.
The Beijing Regional Tour group
Beijing National Aquatics Center The Great Wall of China
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