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Striking architecture rises to dizzy heights

Beijing: "London has Big Ben, Paris has the Eiffel Tower, San Francisco has the Golden Gate Bridge and now Beijing has an iconic structure that is likely to identify the city for ever.

It is in audacious monolith that looks like two drunken high-rise towers leaning over and holding each other up at the shoulders. The eye catching building will be the headquarters of China Central Television. It is the boldest and most daring of several new buildings that have given Beijing a stunning appearance for the 2008 Olympic Games.

The teetering 49-story towers connected by a multi-storey, cantilevered, jagged cross section over open space at a vertiginous 36 storeys up in the air.

Designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, the building has been called an "angular marvel" and a "dazzling reinvention of the skyscraper".

A new China is taking shape, writes Tim Johnson in 'Brisbane Courier-Mail' July 19-20, 2008

China's towering testimony to Aussie boom

"At 230m high, the striking China Central TV tower going up in Beijing is a potent symbol of China's contribution to the Australian economic boom.

Work on the tower, the country's most extensive building at $860 million, is being rushed for completion before the August opening of the Olympic Games. It is unique, with celebrity Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas designing it with a continuous, Z-shaped loop without a single right angle. Importantly for Australia, it contains 100,000 tonnes of steel"

Article written by Rowan Callick for 'The Australian' May 14, 2008

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