Around the CCTV Headquarters

CCTV Tower
1/60s (bracketed HDR), f/7.1, ISO 800, 24mm

This week, when the smog loosened its grip on Beijing for a few days, I went to get some shots of the new CCTV Headquarters. The building was completed earlier this year and dominates the skyline of Beijing's Central Business District. The futuristic design features two leg-like towers leaning against each other, linked on top by a perpendicular extension. It occupies a giant block between the Guomao and Jintaixizhao subway stops, and inside there some sort of sloped plaza between the building's two legs.

The building is no doubt a bold and remarkable structure, though I'm not sure I like its bombastic presence. But at least it's not another bland, characterless skyscraper like those popping up around Beijing with predictable regularity. A disappointing feature of the building is its total lack of integration with nearby streets. The complex is set back far from the street and surrounding by a two-meter high fence (two of the adjacent streets are completely blacked off). Even if the inside is opened to the public some day, nothing seem to be designed to invite foot traffic, and access would be limited to one or two entrances.

Locals haven't been impressed, either, by the way, nicknaming it Big Boxer Shorts (大裤衩).

As for the shots, I used HDR processing on most of them.  This allowed me to bring out more details in the sky and the shadows and at the same time give the shots a slightly more space-age feel to match the look of the building.

More shots below the fold.

In Front of the Gates of the CCTV Tower
1/640s, f/2.8, ISO 2500, 46mm

CCTV Tower
+ 1/400s (bracketed HDR) f/3.5, ISO 2500, 24mm

Behind the CCTV Tower
0.4s (bracketed HDR), f/5.0, ISO 1600, 30mm

CCTV Tower
1/8s (bracketed HDR), f/6.3, ISO 1600, 24mm

1 comment:

  1. Great shots of a very iconic building. Bummed I didn't see it up close.