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A rendering of the new auction house.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    A German architect has created Beijing’s new auction house, a hybrid building combining different elements designed for China’s new art market.

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    • Ole Scheeren, born in 1971, is a German architect based in China since 2004.
    • He designed and built the headquarters of China’s state television CCTV in Beijing.
    • China Guardian, the fourth-biggest auction house in the world after Christie’s, Sotheby’s and the Chinese government’s Poly Auctions, is building Beijing’s auction house.
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The lot two blocks away from Beijing’s historic Forbidden City has so far been off limits for architects both Chinese and foreign.

Over the last 15 years, developers have created dozens of designs for the space where Wangfujing Street crosses Wusi Avenue but all were rejected by China’s planning authorities.

That’s set to change now that German architect Ole Scheeren is building a futuristic auction house, a hybrid building spanning exhibition halls, restoration studios, restaurants and a hotel. It will be the first auction house designed for the art world’s new global elite.

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