Beijing Television Cultural Center
|Television Cultural Center|
The building before the 2009 fire
|Roof||159 m (522 ft)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren|
The Television Cultural Center (TVCC) (中央电视台电视文化中心) was due to open in mid-May 2009 containing a hotel, a theatre and several studios. 
The Office for Metropolitan Architecture won the contract from the Beijing International Tendering Co. to construct the CCTV Headquarters and the Television Cultural Center by its side on December 20, 2002. It accommodates visitors and guests, and will be freely accessible to the public. On the ground floor, a continuous lobby provides access to the 1500-seat theater, a large ballroom, digital cinemas, recording studios and exhibition facilities. The cultural complex was designed with the cooperation of dUCKS scéno for the scenography and theatre consultancy and of DHV for the acoustics studies. The building hosts the international broadcasting centre for the 2008 Olympic Games. The tower accommodates a five-star hotel; guests enter at a dedicated drop-off from the east of the building and ascend to the fifth floor housing the check-in as well as restaurants, lounges, and conference rooms. The hotel rooms occupy both sides of the tower, forming a spectacular atrium above the landscape of public facilities.
On February 2 2009 the TVCC building caught fire due to a fireworks celebration by CCTV during the Lantern Festival, celebrating the New Year. The fire damaged the nearly complete building, delaying its opening indefinitely.
- CCTV Project Site
- Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) Project Site
- China Central Television (CCTV) Headquarters Building & Cultural Centre, Beijing page for the engineering firm ARUP