More on Beijing Architecture: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Simon Elegant

A -based journalist and blogger, Simon Elegant, updated his observations on Beijing . Via Time Magazine’s China blog:

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I just wanted to point out that across the street from the CCTV tower is the new phase of the World Trade Center or Guomao, pretty much the first really big prestige project in Beijing after reform and opening started back in the 1980s. Here’s a picture:

How boring is that? The developer has gone for the maximum floor space the plot ratio will allow. That means a box that if anything bears an eerie resemblance to the New York towers, which is as very odd as it must have occurred to the builders. Anyway, no doubt much cheaper but doesn’t do much for the city skyline. [Full Text]

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