Last week whilst Victoria burned, so did Beijing.
The TVCC tower, designed by Rem Koolhaas (OMA) was set alight by ‘illegal’ fireworks set off for the Chinese New Year celebrations.
It is believed that no lives were lost, the building was under construction. Chinese media is being VERY quiet about the whole thing, ironically the building next door (my favouritest buidling ever) will be the headquarters for the CCTV (Chinese Central Television). The building that burned was a hotel and theatre complex and part of the overall masterplan for the CCTV site.
Here’s how it was looking :
Clearly fire’s don’t only happen in the bush, but it’s an interesting contrast. The bush will take many many decades to repair, the hole left by lives lost will never repair. At least this can be rebuilt.