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Senior Center of Guangxi / Atelier Alter

  • Architects: Atelier Alter
  • Location: Nanning, Guangxi, China
  • Architects in Charge: Xiaojun Bu, Yingfan Zhang
  • Area: 17576.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier Alter

Courtesy of Atelier Alter Courtesy of Atelier Alter Courtesy of Atelier Alter Courtesy of Atelier Alter

Tianjin Riverside 66 / Kohn Pedersen Fox

  • Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox
  • Location: Tianjin, Tianjin, China
  • Design Principal: James von Klemperer, FAIA
  • Director/Senior Designer: Jeffrey Kenoff, AIA
  • Project Team Leader NY: Audrey Choi
  • Project Team Leader HK: Edwin Lau
  • Area: 152800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Tim Griffith

© Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith

Jinqiao 21 Office / Space Cube Design Lab

  • Architects: Space Cube Design Lab
  • Location: Pudong, Shanghai, China
  • Area: 35517.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Su Shengliang

© Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang

Joyce Wang’s Hong Kong Restaurant Named World’s Best Interior of 2014

Joyce Wang Studio’s MOTT32 bar and restaurant in Hong Kong has been named the best interior space of 2014. The news was announced today in Singapore at the INSIDE World Festival of Interiors, alongside the World Architecture Festival’s Building of the Year announcement

MOTT32, which initially took first in it’s category, was selected as the world’s best interior from 60 nominations and a shortlist of nine. The project was lauded for it's "rich texture", "theatrical environment" and "sophisticated" detail. 

More about the “world’s best interior,” after the break. 

RTA-Office Designs Service Center for China's International Garden Expo

Courtesy of RTA-Office
Courtesy of RTA-Office

RTA-Office has been selected to design and construct China’s 10th International Garden Expo Service Center in Wuhan. The center will serve as the main entrance for pedestrian and public transportation visitors on the edge of the Fuhe River at the 214 hectare site’s north entrance. 

The Expo, which will commence in 2015, is one of the largest garden events in China. It will take place within the grounds of the Zhang Gongdi forest park and occupy a vast landfill area, making the Expo’s realization a major ecological restoration project.  

More from the architects, after the break.

Jing Mian Xin Cheng / Spark Architects

  • Architects: Spark Architects
  • Location: Beijing, Beijing, China
  • Project Director: Jan Felix Clostermann
  • Project Architect: Phi Wenhui Lu
  • Desing Team: Andrew Ng, Chris Taeubert
  • Area: 87800.0 sqm
  • Photographs: ShuHe

© ShuHe © ShuHe © ShuHe © ShuHe

Emerging Objects Design 3D Printed Salt House

Interior. Image Courtesy of Emerging Objects
Interior. Image Courtesy of Emerging Objects

The architects of Emerging Objects have devised a scheme for a 3D printed house made from locally harvested salt and concrete. Known as the “3D Printed House 1.0,” the case study residence was commissioned by the Jin Hai Lake Resort Beijing. It integrates traditional construction methods with renewable 3D printed materials, manufactured by Emerging Objects, to build a house that is sustainable, structurally sound and beautiful. 

Travel Diary: Álvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira by Fernando Guerra

About one month ago, three major figures in Portuguese architecture - Pritzker Laureate Álvaro Siza, architect Carlos Castanheira and one of today’s most prominent architectural photographers, Fernando Guerra -  began an uncommon adventure.

During 22 days the architects traveled through many Asian countries inaugurating buildings, visiting new projects and meeting other architects like Pritzker Laureate Whang Shu. At the end of their trip, the trio visited the "Shadow of light - a portrait of Álvaro Siza" exhibition opening and vernissage, in Macau, realized by Fernando Guerra.

We were able to follow this intimate journey through the images taken by Guerra and published every day in his Instagram – a careful, spontaneous and delicate photographic narrative that shows a little bit of what were these weeks with Siza and Castanheira were like. Back in Portugal, Fernando Guerra published an interesting report on those last weeks and generously shared with us both his writings and his beautiful pictures.

Read the text and enjoy Guerra's photographs after the break.

“Cloud Citizen” Awarded Joint Top Honors in Shenzhen Bay Super City Competition

Cloud Citizen, a proposal for a new high-rise typology by Urban Future Organization and CR-Design, in collaboration with a team of experts at Chalmers Technical University, has been jointly awarded the highest prize in the Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan Competition. Their futuristic design features a singular mega building complex that aims to create a hyper dense urban center that gives back to the environment. Read on after the break to learn more about the proposal.

Courtesy of Urban Future Organization and CR-Design Courtesy of Urban Future Organization and CR-Design Courtesy of Urban Future Organization and CR-Design Courtesy of Urban Future Organization and CR-Design

GMT London / Z&M Architects

  • Architects: Z&M Architects
  • Location: Xintiandi, Huangpu, China, 200000
  • Design Team: Liu Zhiyong, Meng Hao
  • Client: Shanghai xintiandi & GMT LONDON
  • Area: 185.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Su Shengliang

© Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang

JH Factory Complex Design / XU Kai

  • Architects: XU Kai
  • Location: Huli, Xiamen, Fujian, China, 361009
  • Area: 9500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Amelie Yang, Courtesy of XU Kai

© Amelie Yang © Amelie Yang © Amelie Yang © Amelie Yang

Jean Nouvel Releases Official Design for National Art Museum of China

Jean Nouvel has unveiled the official design for the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC). Originally inspired by the simplicity of “a single brush stroke,” the 21st century art and calligraphy museum will become the centerpiece of a new cultural district at Olympic Park, rising next to the historic axis of Beijing and symbolically connecting to the Forbidden City.

New images of the NAMOC and more from Nouvel, after the break… 

70 Documentaries By Spanish And Portuguese Architects To Be Exhibited In Beijing

LaMIPA, a non-profit "architectural exchange platform" dedicated to exhibiting art and culture, will be part of the 2014 Beijing Design Week (BJDW) with a launch event on September 25th 2014 and following events on the 26th and 28th. Exhibiting seventy documentaries by Spanish and Portuguese architects, and organised in conjunction with the Spanish and Portuguese Embassies to China, the unique audiovisual LaMIPA collection will be part of the main section of the Beijing Design Week festival. Alongside the exhibition a series of lectures from a number of renowned practices including Souto de Moura and OAB Ferrater will also be taking place.

KAMJZ Reveals Proposal for Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan

Already one of the most remarkable examples of China’s urban growth in the last 30 years, Shenzhen will soon also host a bustling new financial district. The Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan aims to create a new city center with top headquarter offices for global corporations and related venues for international conferences, exhibitions, and cultural programs. KAMJZ Architects has recently revealed their competition entry with a plan that proposes a more sustainable city center through the design of a radical new typology for office towers. Read on after the break to learn more about the proposed masterplan. 

Courtesy of KAMJZ Architects Courtesy of KAMJZ Architects Courtesy of KAMJZ Architects Courtesy of KAMJZ Architects

Álvaro Siza, Carlos Castanheira and Wang Shu Design Museum for Hangzhou Art Academy

After inaugurating his first building in China – “The Building on the Water” – Álvaro Siza has just announced his second project in the country, again in collaboration with Portuguese architect Carlos Castanheira. This time the two architects will develop a museum for Hangzhou Art Academy.

The new museum - which will have approximately 15,000 sqm, a total area similar to that of Serralves Foundation building – will host an important collection of pieces from the famous German school of arts and design, Bauhaus, founded by Walter Gropius in 1919.

Ban House / Zhang Dongguang + Liu Wenjuan

  • Architects: Zhang Dongguang, Liu Wenjuan
  • Location: Weinan, Shaanxi, China
  • Area: 80.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Liu Wenjuan

© Liu Wenjuan © Liu Wenjuan © Liu Wenjuan © Liu Wenjuan