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Calligraphy-Inspired Lakeside Hotel Proposed as the Centerpiece of Shanghai's Fengxian District

16:00 - 26 March, 2017
Calligraphy-Inspired Lakeside Hotel Proposed as the Centerpiece of Shanghai's Fengxian District, Courtesy of GroupGSA
Courtesy of GroupGSA

With their design approach treating the site as a work of art, GroupGSA’s proposal for a new hotel in Shanghai’s Fengxian District has been awarded 2nd prize in a recent competition. Located in the predominantly undeveloped Nangiao New City and part of the Yangtze River delta in south Shanghai, the Wanda Jinhai Lake Hotel aims to garner new interest in the region through the creation of a new social, cultural, and economic landmark. 

At the center of the Jinhai Lake, the new hotel integrates into the site and provides scenic vistas of the surrounding waterscape. “Inspiration stemmed from the concept of Chinese Calligraphy, the stroke of a brush with its ink dripping in the water,” say the architects. “Our site is merely a piece of art and we plan to leave our mark via our architecture which is painted on the site following the lines and the movement of the surrounding context.”

Courtesy of GroupGSA Courtesy of GroupGSA Courtesy of GroupGSA Courtesy of GroupGSA + 22

Work-Studio in a Plant-House / O-office Architects

02:00 - 24 March, 2017
Work-Studio in a Plant-House / O-office Architects, © Liky Photos
© Liky Photos

© Liky Photos © Liky Photos © Liky Photos © Liky Photos + 20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Jianxiang He, Ying Jiang
  • Area

    1214.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Kenneth Frampton On The Work of Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu

09:30 - 23 March, 2017
Kenneth Frampton On The Work of Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu, Amateur Architecture Studio, Wa Shan Guesthouse / China Academy of Art Xiangshan Campus, Hangzhou, 2013. Image © Iwan Baan. Image Courtesy of Louisiana
Amateur Architecture Studio, Wa Shan Guesthouse / China Academy of Art Xiangshan Campus, Hangzhou, 2013. Image © Iwan Baan. Image Courtesy of Louisiana

Until April 30th, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark is exhibiting the work of Wang Shu. The first in a new series of monographic exhibitions collectively titled "The Architect's Studio," this show of the work of the 2012 Pritzker Prize winner features an exhibition catalog that includes essays from Kenneth Frampton, Ole Bouman, Yiping Dong and Aric Chen. The following excerpt from the exhibition catalog, written by Kenneth Frampton, is republished here with the permission of the author and publisher.

The work of the Amateur Architecture Studio has come into being in categorical opposition to the recent, rapacious development that has engulfed large tracts of the Chinese continent, and which was first set in motion by Deng Xiaoping’s 1983 decision to open up the People’s Republic of China to foreign trade, first with special economic zones and later with regard to the entire country. Based in Hangzhou, Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu have witnessed firsthand the juggernaut of maximizing Chinese modernization from its impact on their own city. Three decades ago, Hangzhou had been expressly chosen by them as a desirable place in which to live and work, largely because of its venerable artistic traditions and its harmonious report with nature, symbolized for them by the virtually sacred West Lake, set in the very heart of the city and traversed, then as now, by the flat-bottomed boats plying across its surface. Wang Shu’s unique sensibility takes as its point of departure the equally panoramic tranquility of traditional Chinese painting. As Wang Shu has written:

“I am always amazed by these paintings when I see that the trees, the buildings and mountains are not just placed haphazardly... every building is laid out in a certain way in relation to the landscape and the trees, the direction it faces depending on the light and the features of the location, which make it suitable for human habitation.”

Tsinghua Ocean Center / OPEN Architecture

09:00 - 20 March, 2017
Tsinghua Ocean Center / OPEN Architecture, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © ZHANG Chao + 44

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shenzhen, China
  • Architect in Charge

    LI Hu, HUANG Wenjing
  • Design Team

    Victor Quiros, ZHAO Yao, ZHANG Hanyang, ZHOU Tingting, YAN Dihua, ZHOU Xiaochen, QIAO Shawei, ZHANG Chang, QI Zhengdong, Joshua Parker, CHEN Chen, Laurence Chan, JIN Boan
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

The Worlds Longest Elevated Cycling Path Opens in China

16:00 - 12 March, 2017

This month, in the city of Xiamen, China's first elevated cycling path was inaugurated. At nearly 8 kilometers long, the structure is now the world's longest elevated cycling path.

The construction of this exclusive cycling path was promoted by the Xiamen City Government to provide inhabitants with a new sustainable transportation alternative that could significantly reduce vehicular traffic on the city's already congested highways. 

Winners of the 2017 ArchDaily China Building of the Year Awards

22:00 - 6 March, 2017
Winners of the 2017 ArchDaily China Building of the Year Awards

The first edition of ArchDaily China's Building of the Year Awards has now come to a close. Like our global Building of the Year Awards, the awards given by ArchDaily China rely on the collective intelligence of an audience of informed and engaged readers to select the winners.

Once again, ArchDaily readers demonstrated their collective influence, with over 7,000 votes cast over 3 weeks to filter over 300 projects published on ArchDaily China in 2016 to find the 3 best works that mainland China and Hong Kong have to offer. Read on to see the winners.

Jade Museum / Archi-Union Architects

20:00 - 6 March, 2017
Jade Museum / Archi-Union Architects, © Chen Hao
© Chen Hao

© Chen Hao © Chen Hao © Chen Hao © Chen Hao + 29

  • Architects

  • Location

    383 Huang Pi Nan Lu, XinTianDi, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
  • Architect in Charge

    Philip F. Yuan
  • Design Team

    Han Li, Yan Chao, Zhu Tianrui, Kong Xiangping, Chen Xiaoming, Sheng Junchao
  • Digital Fabrication Development and Build

    Fab-Union
  • Area

    695.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

The Leadenhall Building In London Acquired By Chinese Investors in Record-Breaking Sale

08:00 - 5 March, 2017
The Leadenhall Building In London Acquired By Chinese Investors in Record-Breaking Sale, © Richard Bryant
© Richard Bryant

The Leadenhall Building, designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, has been sold to a Chinese property magnate for a price of £1.15 billion, in what has become the second-biggest sale of a UK building in history, as well as one of China’s largest acquisitions of UK real estate. The transaction involved developer British Land and its partner Oxford Properties, who sold the tower to CC Land, a Hong Kong based company.

Tim Roberts, head of offices and residential at British Land, said: “British Land and Oxford Properties took a bold step at the early stages of the UK’s economic recovery to develop the Leadenhall Building to generate a high-quality, long-term income stream,” said Tim Roberts, head of offices and residential at British Land. “This sale shows continued investor appetite for best-in-class, well-located property in London.”

© Paul Raftery © Paul Raftery © Lee Mawdsley © Richard Bryant + 7

NIKE + RUN CLUB Hubs Land in Shanghai / Coordination Asia

20:00 - 4 March, 2017
NIKE + RUN CLUB Hubs Land in Shanghai / Coordination Asia, © Coordination Asia
© Coordination Asia

© Coordination Asia © Coordination Asia © Coordination Asia © Coordination Asia + 15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai Times Square, 99 Huaihai Middle Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai, China
  • Design Team

    Tilman Thürmer, Manuela Mappa, Vega Li, Yu Yin, Wang Jin Jin
  • Area

    270.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Benoy Unveils Newest Hainan Island Plans

16:00 - 4 March, 2017
Benoy Unveils Newest Hainan Island Plans, Courtesy of Benoy
Courtesy of Benoy

Benoy has released its latest designs for the China International Travel Service (CITS) Sanya Enot development scheme, which will be located on the reclaimed Hexin Island in Hainan, and is the second phase of a large-scale plan. Connected to the first phase of development by a pedestrian bridge, the project will be surrounded by the area’s luxury international hotels and natural attractions.

The 32,000-square-meter mixed-use, retail-led space features a “porous and multi-layered environment,” with clusters of small-scale buildings that will create a series of indoor and outdoor spaces for entertainment and retail programming. Buildings will be connected by a succession of elevated walkways and bridges.

Courtesy of Benoy Courtesy of Benoy Courtesy of Benoy Courtesy of Benoy + 10

Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park / CCL Architects & Planners + Co-Forest Environment Design Association

20:00 - 3 March, 2017
Penghu Qingwan Cactus Park / CCL Architects & Planners + Co-Forest Environment Design Association, © Lin Fu Ming
© Lin Fu Ming

© Lin Fu Ming © Lin Fu Ming © Lin Fu Ming © Lin Fu Ming + 61

Twice as Nice? Suzhou's Latest Architectural Homage Copies London's "Tower Bridge"

07:30 - 2 March, 2017

It's common knowledge that China has "at least 10 White Houses, four Arcs de Triomphe, a couple of Great Sphinxes and at least one Eiffel Tower," report the New York Times. But now photographs of a copy of London’s famous Tower Bridge (a Victorian riparian gateway to the city) in the Chinese city of Suzhou have emerged – and it's been adapted to suit a five-lane highway. Almost identical—from a distance, at least—to its British counterpart the new structure, which was completed in 2012, has been doubled – a feat which has also required some spectacular architectural additions.

The Library of Shandong Normal University / UAD

20:00 - 1 March, 2017
The Library of Shandong Normal University / UAD, © Yong Zhang
© Yong Zhang

© Yong Zhang © Yong Zhang © Yong Zhang © Yong Zhang + 19

Woods Bagot Mixed-Use Project Named One of Shenzhen's Most Important of 2016

16:00 - 25 February, 2017
Woods Bagot Mixed-Use Project Named One of Shenzhen's Most Important of 2016, Courtesy of Woods Bagot
Courtesy of Woods Bagot

Woods Bagot’s Shenzhen Hazens Longgang Longteng Mixed-Use project has been rated by the Shenzhen Government as one of the city’s most important projects of 2016. Located in Shenzhen’s Longgang District, the 393,000 square meter site will feature 1,500,000 square meters of gross floor area subdivided into office space, retail space, a shopping mall, residential communities and facilities, and over 90,000 square meters of green and public space.

As a part of the design, the development will rejuvenate a river park area running through the existing site, with the northern bank becoming a commercial and leisure focal point, and the southern bank featuring a community of residential towers connected by retail podiums and green spaces.

Courtesy of Woods Bagot Courtesy of Woods Bagot Courtesy of Woods Bagot Courtesy of Woods Bagot + 6

Call for Ideas: Hong Kong Pixel Homes

08:00 - 24 February, 2017
Call for Ideas: Hong Kong Pixel Homes, Enter the Hong Kong Pixel Homes ‪#‎architecture‬ ‪#‎competition‬ now!  US $6,000 in prize money! Closing date for registration: APRIL 26, 2017
Enter the Hong Kong Pixel Homes ‪#‎architecture‬ ‪#‎competition‬ now! US $6,000 in prize money! Closing date for registration: APRIL 26, 2017

Hong Kong is one of the most expensive and densely populated cities on Earth. With over 7 million people living on an island just 1,102 square km in size, where the population is constantly struggling for space. Like other major cities around the world, Hong Kong is in the midst of an affordable housing crisis. The strict limitations on space mean that there is a capped supply of housing on the island. A limited supply, paired with an ever-growing demand, has caused Hong Kong housing prices to skyrocket.

Peking University Affiliated High School / Crossboundaries

19:00 - 23 February, 2017
Peking University Affiliated High School / Crossboundaries, © WANG Ziling
© WANG Ziling

© WANG Ziling © WANG Ziling © WANG Ziling © WANG Ziling + 31

Shenzhen Maoshuli Cafe / Elsedesign

19:00 - 22 February, 2017
Shenzhen Maoshuli Cafe / Elsedesign, © Bai Yu
© Bai Yu

© Bai Yu © Bai Yu © Bai Yu © Bai Yu + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    3676 Nan Hai Da Dao, Nanshan Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 518054
  • Interior Design

    J Interior Limited
  • Design Director

    Philip Fung
  • Area

    380.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015

Bengbu Museum & Urban Planning Exhibition Center / MengArchitects

20:00 - 21 February, 2017
Bengbu Museum & Urban Planning Exhibition Center / MengArchitects, © Zhang Guangyuan
© Zhang Guangyuan

© Zhang Guangyuan © Zhang Guangyuan © Zhang Guangyuan © Zhang Guangyuan + 28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bengbu, Anhui, China
  • Directors

    Meng Jianmin, Xu Yunchao, Xing Lihua
  • Design Team

    Zhou Fu, Li Songmin, Zeng Zhi, Liu Ruiping, Li Jinpeng, Wang Qiwen, He Xiaoxue, Qi Jiachuan, Shi Shuiqing, Zhong Wenen, Du Qingxian, Fan Yelin
  • Associate Engineers

    Shenzhen General Institute of Architectural Design and Research Co., Ltd.
  • Area

    68333.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs