Lord of the towers: German architect Ole Scheeren
Monument of change
Scheeren sees his buildings as monuments of change that represent China slowly opening itself towards the West. The glass façade of the CCTV tower, for instance, is supposed to symbolize transparency. The world’s largest media building hosts 14,000 employees and offers public tours. For Scheeren, the "loop," which connects both towers, is a sign of China's readiness to engage in dialogue.