Beijing / CCTV Building Fire

Rem Koolhaas’ iconic tower is destroyed.

Above: Via the Huffington Post, dramatic images from Beijing.
A contemporary architectural icon is gone?

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UPDATE: See below from Ryan, news reports confused the building
in question. This structure remained largely unharmed.




2 Responses to “Beijing / CCTV Building Fire”

mixed reports:

“Fire consumed a building in Beijing that formed part of Central China Television’s new headquarters as residents set off fireworks throughout the city to celebrate the Lantern Festival on Monday evening.

Flames 20-30 feet high shot out of the building, *just north of the landmark CCTV tower* designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. The flames were reflected in the tower, which itself appeared to be *untouched.*”
http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSPEK19411020090209

“apparently left the landmark $800 million square China Central Television Tower *without serious damage*. But the iconic structure and its fans have suffered a loss nevertheless.”
http://blogs.wsj.com/chinajournal/2009/02/10/things-lost-in-the-beijing-fire/?mod=googlenews_wsj

“One firefighter was killed and seven people were injured, including six firefighters, according to Xinhua.” “The 241-room hotel, which had been due to open this summer, was unoccupied at the time, hotel executives said.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/10/world/asia/10beijing.html

ryan hageman added these words on Feb 10 09 at 8:03 AM

Many thanks for the cross-checks, Ryan. Confusion reigned! CNN reported the hotel on fire as well, but then the Huff Post… oh, the world of instant news. Lesson learned!

Erik Brandt added these words on Feb 10 09 at 8:25 AM

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