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CCTV Headquarters – Rem Koolhaas

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The pictured building is the Central China Television headquarters, designed by Remount Lucas “Rem” Koolhaas located in Beijing, China. The project took 8 years to complete, with construction spanning June 2004 to May 2012. The noticibly irregular shape of the structure has been the topic of some discussion. Locals refer to the building as “big pants”, and one critic suggested the building was modeled after an image of a woman on her hands and knees, which has been officially refuted by Koolhaas. The building is considered a clever combination of Chinese ingenuity and European creativity, Koolhaas himself called the building a hybrid, stating the buildingĀ “could never have been conceived by the Chinese and could never have been built by Europeans.” In 2013, the CCTV Headquarters was awarded Best Tall Building Worldwide from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

Coach Tower

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Nicknamed “Coach Tower”, this skyscraper sits at 10 Hudson Yard, in NYC. The building was designed by Kohn Pederson Fox, and is a part of the Hudson Yards urban renewal project, a plan to redevelop the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s West Side Yard. The skyscraper is named for it’s main tenant, Coach, Inc.. I have worked for Coach for the last five years, and spent my last spring break on the eleventh floor of this building, vying for a corporate internship. The trip represented my first step into the “adult world”. Walking the forever crowded streets of New York City, in the midst of St. Patrick’s Day festivities, I came to this gleaming skyscraper and realized just how much my path had changed, how every decision I’d made had lead me here.