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OMA's Beijing CCTV Headquarters named world's best skyscraper

Rem Koolhaas’ CCTV Headquarters in Beijing has beaten a raft of high-profile skyscrapers, including the Shard, to be named the Best Tall Building in the world

The CCTV Headquarters was announced as the Best Tall Building Worldwide by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) at presentation in Chicago today (8 November).

OMA’s tower was up against a shortlist of four regional winners, which included Renzo Piano’s Shard in London and Foster + Partners Bow tower in Calgary, Canada.

At the awards Ren Koolhaas said: ‘When I published my last book, Content, in 2003, one chapter was called ‘Kill the Skyscraper’. Basically it was an expression of disappointment at the way the skyscraper typology was used and applied. I didn’t think there was a lot of creative life left in skyscrapers. Therefore, I tried to launch a campaign against the skyscraper in its more uninspired form.

‘The fact that I am standing on this stage now, in this position, meant that my declaration of war went completely unnoted, and that my campaign was completely unsuccessful.’

Best Regional Tall Buildings

Americas: The Bow; Calgary, Canada / Foster + Partners

Asia & Australasia: CCTV; Beijing, China / OMA

Europe: The Shard; London, UK / Renzo Piano

Middle East & Africa: Sowwah Square, Abu Dhabi, UAE / Goettsch Partners

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