Monday, February 09, 2009

Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Flames

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Beijing has gone down in fire. The hotel which was scheduled to open in the coming summer of 2009 is part of the state owned and operated Beijing TV studios —CCTV— designed by OMA. The main towers and horizontal bridging section of CCTV have been spared. The blaze is said to have been caused by nearby lit fireworks.


Judith van Praag said...

Photographer Iwan Baan writes from China: "I was there a week before (the fire). We were going to shoot the first real interior photos, the hotel was almost completely finished, but CCTV wouldn't allow the electricity to be turned on, so without lights we had to postpone the shooting till the next trip. Now all is gone …"

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