Charlie Rose Talks To Koolhaas

This video features a discussion between Charlie Rose and Rem Koolhaas from March 2004 in which they discuss among other things his book “Content” and his projects to include: the Dutch Embassy in Berlin, the China Central Television Headquarters in Beijing, and the Seattle Public Library. We feature this as an interesting retrospective considering the recent loss of the nearly complete Mandarin Hotel adjacent to the CCTV complex in February of this year.

Charlie Rose Interviews

OMA Landmark Jeopardized By Fire

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The future Mandarin Oriental Hotel as photographed during the fire that consumed it this evening. Apparently, the OMA/Koolhaas CCTV tower has sustained little damage. This marks the third major fire in less than a year that have afflicted modern architecture projects.

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This is a well choreographed video showing the CCTV Station and Headquarters building that is under construction in Beijing, China. An excerpt from OMA’s website can be perused below:

“This iconic new addition to the Beijing skyline combines the entire process of TV making — administration, production, broadcasting — into a single loop of interconnected activity. Two structures rise from a common production platform, each with a different character: one is dedicated to broadcasting, the second to services, research and education. They merge at the top to create a cantilevered headquarters for management.

Built directly adjacent to the CCTV, the Television Cultural Center (TVCC) will house public programs on site including a theater, cinemas, restaurants and five-star accommodation. The building will also serve as the international broadcasting center for the 2008 Olympics.”