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Leaning Towers of Beijing

In boomtown beijing, China, news on December 16, 2007 at 1:32 am

Keel over the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Move aside, the Twin Towers of Kuala Lumpur.

Here come the Twin Leaning Towers of Beijing. The new CCTV (China Central TV) building is one of the growing number of icons designed by international architects in the city of Beijing.

I passed by this building almost every day while I was filming my documentary about the Beijing Olympics. I always felt bemused by the seemingly impossible structure of the towers.

CCTV Towers in Beijing

The building is clearly part of the city’s efforts to lay claim to its status as an international metropolis by building futuristic and foreign-looking landmarks.

Call it odd or a show-off piece, it is definitely identifiable. In fact I used it as backdrop to one of the scenes in my film.

This week, the news is that the twin towers finally join, with a walkway connecting the two parts.

As usual, a plethora of ironic observations have surfaced in the international media:

China’s impossible leaning towers join : December 2007 : Richard Spencer : Foreign : Telegraph Blogs

Orwellian architecture in China | The Ministry of Truth | Economist.com

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