Picture of the Day: Sky Cranes
In this beautiful HDR image by Jakob Montrasio, we see the Chinese Central Television (CCTV) Headquarters under construction in April of 2008. At least five cranes can be spotted, soaring high above the ground below.
The CCTV Headquarters is a 234 m (768 ft), 44-storey skyscraper on East Third Ring Road, Guanghua Road in the Beijing Central Business District (CBD). The tower serves as headquarters for China Central Television (CCTV). Groundbreaking took place on June 1, 2004 and the building’s facade was completed in January 2008. After construction was delayed as result of a fire in February 2009 that engulfed the adjacent Television Cultural Center, the Headquarters was finally completed in May 2012. Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren of OMA were the architects in charge for the building, while Arup provided the complex engineering design. [Source]