Beijing: Mandarin Oriental International Hotel burning

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Flames engulf the new 44-story tower in Beijing’s central business district.

It was set to house the flagship hotel in China of Mandarin Oriental International Ltd., an Asian luxury chain, due to open midyear. It also was to house a 1,500-seat theater, cinemas, recording studios and exhibition facilities. The silver boot-shaped structure was designed by Mr. Koolhaas as a complement to the better-known main tower – the iconic headquarters of China Central Television.

Beijing officials blamed Lunar New Year fireworks for starting the blaze.


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