CCTV x OMA

OMA, the architects who designed London’s Commonwealth Institute, have finished the building for China’s main television station. In a country that is known for censorship and draconian policy, it’s spine-chillingly apt that the channel is called “CCTV”.

But China isn’t all surveillance, censorship and brutalist architecture!

To promote and increase tourism to a newly developed area in Huainan, the local government commissioned a building in the shape of musical instruments. The structure resembles a classical piano, and a giant transparent violin serves as the main entrance and staircase to the building. The purpose built tourist attraction, which is illuminated at night, also serves as a music facility for music students in a nearby college.

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