The New Forbidden City

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CCTV Tower that burned in 2009. Photo: RM

The Forbidden City was built in the 15th century, after the capital of the Chinese empire was moved from Nanjing (literally translated: “southern capital”) to Beijing (the “Northern Capital”). It was the place from which the Chinese emperors of the Ming and the Qing Dynasties ruled over China. Hidden behind 10 high meter walls, hermetically closed for the people of China, who could only imagine what took place inside these walls. Only in 1925, after the fall of the monarchy and the departure of the last emperor, the Forbidden City was first opened to the public. Continue reading

De Rotterdam; a quantum leap in scale.

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De Rotterdam by O.M.A. Photo: Rogier Mentink

In terms of scale, the “Rotterdam” building is one size larger than other high-rises in the city of Rotterdam. With a height of 150 meters it isn’t the tallest building in the city, but its proportions and its location allow the city to make a quantum leap. Continue reading