Architecture City Guide: Beijing

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This week, with the help of our readers, our Architecture City Guide is headed to Beijing. Beijing has a range of architectural styles, but the three most prevalent are the traditional imperial style (the Forbidden City), the “Sino-Sov” style (boxy structures built between the 1950s and 70s), and lastly the explosion of a modern corporate style that is punctuated with Starchitect buildings like OMA’s CCTV TV Station HQ. We put together a list of 12 modern/contemporary buildings that we feel provides a good starting point. It is far from complete. There are dozens of other great buildings that are not our list, and we are looking to add to the list in the near future. Please add your favorites in the comment section below so we can add them on the second go around. Again thank you to all our readers who sent in their suggestions and photographs. The city guides would not be possible without your help.

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The Architecture City Guide: Beijing list and corresponding map after the break.

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Cite: Henry, Christopher. "Architecture City Guide: Beijing" 24 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <>
  • Joe

    These projects are all hijacked by the Chinese Communist Party as propaganda tools and they’re just symbols of money and power rather than people and culture.

    These projects do not represents the architectures in contemparary China.

    • MCT

      They don’t have to represent anything to be listed. However their very existence do reflect part of the reality of contemporary China, whether you like it or not. The CCCP IS part of contemporary China.

      Of course we should add more projects that reflect the other parts of the reality, and that is going to be a long list.

      Myself would like to recommend some works done by local Chinese architects. There are some high quality/low tech projects are really fitting into the Chinese context. Pity that I’ve seen some but don’t really know the names.

      • Helen

        HI, i’m interested to know more low tech projects in china.. can you pls mail me some worth visits building… i gonna be at beijing quite some time…thanks

  • Lorenzo Meschini

    I wouls also add the new National Tennis Stadium, home of the future Grand Slam. I’ve been there last week with Atelier 11 and its almost done. It will open in a month or so.
    Also add Weiwei works, you already review them in this website :)

    • Lorenzo Meschini

      Also the 2 Sanlitun porjects, definetly a must see!

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