Cranes In The Sky.

Is this not the most insane building in the world?


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About the building:

The project was started in september 2004 following a review of the design by a panel of Chinese experts. The construction is scheduled to be completed in time to broadcast the Beijing Olympics in 2008. The development is being undertaken by the Chinese Government as part of a plan to redevelop central Beijing with innovative and functional architecture, while preserving historic buildings at the same time. The new building will involve two 'L' shaped high-rise towers linked at the top and the bottom at an angle to form a loop, which has been described as a 'Z' criss-cross. The total construction cost is estimated at €600 million ($750 million). The CCTV tower will employ 10,000 people following completion in 2008. But the construction was daleyted because of the opposition against this buildings cost, so the developers say the building will probably not be completed before 2009. (Source: SkyscraperCity)

It was designed by Rem Koolhaas and his company OMA.


About the image:

This high definition range image was created with three RAW files. I've created four different HDR versions and edited the best out of each version on top of the other. Took me over two hours to finish this beast in Photoshop.


Taken in Beijing, China.


- Jakob


I'm always posting pictures and videos on my blog in high res, be sure to check it out!


Explored: 2008-04-23 #487

  • photo-artiste 7y

    that is really GREAT!!
  • Thomas Bresson 6y

    Cool HDR !!!

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  • enguany 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Architecture Around the Globe, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Jun Liu 6y

    Well it has been a target of harsh critics since the very first day the project began. The government put too much money in it and the people are not happy with it.

    It has not yet any offical names yet. A few months back, they were discussing to give this building a new name to wash off those satiring nicknames, such as "Big Shorts". "Zhi Chuang" (window of wisdom) is under consideration but there's already a corruption word for it 'Hemorrhoids' (sharing the same pronunciation as that of Window of Wisdom in Chinese).
  • scott_r_johnson 6y

    I just saw this photo in the current issue of Popular Science. (December 2009). Unfortunately, the image rendition suffers greatly; it's *much* better in the original bits.

    Beautiful image. Good Job!
  • Evan O'Neil 6y

    Nice shot of the underpants building. Thanks for sharing with Creative Commons. I used this with an analysis of whether China will emerge greener from the economic downturn. Evidence so far points to the dumping of environmental assessments in favor of spurring the construction sector.
  • Eddi van W. 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Creative Commons- Free Pictures, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Bert Kaufmann PRO 6y

    ~ thanks for sharing your beautiful picture ~
    Creative Commons - Free Pictures
  • Michael Pedersen 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called ScratchDown. This photo is amazing and would be perfect for "scratching and guessing". We'd be grateful if you would add it to the group!
  • Dan Stiver 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Deconstuctivism and Related Architecture, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • buddhadog PRO 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Oriental Land , and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    Oriental Land
  • Thomas Bresson 5y

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  • DChai21 5y

    This Beijing, China CCTV station completion owe it to excellent structural engineering consultancy of ARUP Engineers. Without them or other capable engineers, the Architect' dream shall not be realized.
  • inal2 4y

    where the equilibrium point

    Very cool photograph!

    Winner, winner, chicken dinner: move over Macintosh! (Optima 10000)
  • Kellan Thompson 3y

    Great shot and thanks for offering it as creative commons. It has been featured on the adventure lifestyle blog
  • media_cowboy 3y

    Great photo. Thank you for posting it.
  • Jakob Montrasio 3y

    media_cowboy Thanks you :)
  • ep_jhu PRO 1y

    Cool processing
  • DChai21 1y

    one of the structural engineering excellent building. :)
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