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The Unexpected Stories Behind 10 Skyscrapers That Were Actually Built

04:00 - 24 January, 2017
The Unexpected Stories Behind 10 Skyscrapers That Were Actually Built, Torre Velasca. Image © José Tomás Franco
Torre Velasca. Image © José Tomás Franco

As long as there have been buildings mankind has sought to construct its way to the heavens. From stone pyramids to steel skyscrapers, successive generations of designers have devised ever more innovative ways to push the vertical boundaries of architecture. Whether stone or steel, however, each attempt to reach unprecedented heights has represented a vast undertaking in terms of both materials and labor – and the more complex the project, the greater the chance for things to go awry.

Ryugyong Hotel. Image © José Tomás Franco Robot Building. Image © José Tomás Franco CCTV Headquarters. Image © José Tomás Franco Cayan Tower. Image © José Tomás Franco +21

Tea House in Li Garden / Atelier Deshaus

22:00 - 23 January, 2017
Tea House in Li Garden / Atelier Deshaus, © TIAN Fangfang
© TIAN Fangfang

© TIAN Fangfang © TIAN Fangfang © TIAN Fangfang © TIAN Fangfang +23

Yi She Mountain Inn. / DL Atelier

19:00 - 23 January, 2017
Yi She Mountain Inn. / DL Atelier, © Sun Haiting
© Sun Haiting

© Sun Haiting © Sun Haiting © Sun Haiting © Sun Haiting +29

Dushan School Complex / West-line studio

22:00 - 20 January, 2017
Dushan School Complex / West-line studio, Courtesy of Martina Muratori
Courtesy of Martina Muratori

Courtesy of Martina Muratori Courtesy of Martina Muratori Courtesy of Martina Muratori Courtesy of Martina Muratori +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Dushan, Qiannan, Guizhou, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Haobo Wei, Jingsong Xie
  • Area

    56491.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Martina Muratori

Look Inside a Collection of Beijing-Based Architecture Offices, Photographed by Marc Goodwin

04:00 - 20 January, 2017
Look Inside a Collection of Beijing-Based Architecture Offices, Photographed by Marc Goodwin, ZAO/standardarchitecture – one office interior photographed by Goodwin. Image © Marc Goodwin
ZAO/standardarchitecture – one office interior photographed by Goodwin. Image © Marc Goodwin

Architectural photographer Marc Goodwin has recently completed the third collection of his "ultra-marathon of photoshoots" – this time in Beijing. Following his unique insight into the spaces occupied by Nordic architectural offices (based in Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Helsinki) and his look at studios both large and small lived in by London-based practices, Goodwin has turned his lens to the burgeoning number of offices in the Chinese capital. From MAD Architects' magnificent old printing works to ZAO/standardarchitecture's purpose-built studio, here is a view into the places that architectural offices call home.

URBANUS Architecture & Design, Inc.. Image © Marc Goodwin Chiasmus Partners, Inc.. Image © Marc Goodwin ZAO/standardarchitecture. Image © Marc Goodwin C+ Architects. Image © Marc Goodwin +24

Daishan Kindergarten / Atelier Zhouling

22:00 - 19 January, 2017
Daishan Kindergarten / Atelier Zhouling, © HOU Bowen
© HOU Bowen

© HOU Bowen © HOU Bowen © HOU Bowen © HOU Bowen +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Design Studio

    School of Architecture And Urban Planning, Nanjing University /Atelier Zhouling, Nanjing Changjiang Metropolitan Design CO. Ltd
  • Area

    4279.6 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Peace Creek Villas / John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects

09:00 - 19 January, 2017
 Peace Creek Villas  / John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects, © Su Chen
© Su Chen

© Su Chen © Su Chen © Su Chen © Su Chen +30

Youth Community Center / META-Project

22:00 - 18 January, 2017
Youth Community Center / META-Project, © Chen Su, Fang Chun
© Chen Su, Fang Chun

© Chen Su, Fang Chun Public atrium space © Chen Su, Fang Chun © Chen Su, Fang Chun +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Jilin, China
  • Design team

    Wang Shuo, Zhang Jing, Cao Shibiao, Lan Tian, Wu Yaping, Zhao Yu
  • Area

    10000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Daishan Primary School / ZHOU Ling Design Studio

20:00 - 17 January, 2017
Daishan Primary School / ZHOU Ling Design Studio, © HOU Bowen
© HOU Bowen

© HOU Bowen © HOU Bowen © HOU Bowen © HOU Bowen +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsi, China
  • Design Studio

    School of Architecture And Urban Planning, Nanjing University /Atelier Zhouling Nanjing Changjiang Metropolitan Design CO. Ltd
  • Principal Architect

    ZHOU Ling
  • Area

    11910.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Cave House in Loess Plateau / hyperSity Architects

22:00 - 16 January, 2017
Cave House in Loess Plateau / hyperSity Architects

Cave House in Loess Plateau / hyperSity Architects Cave House in Loess Plateau / hyperSity Architects Cave House in Loess Plateau / hyperSity Architects Cave House in Loess Plateau / hyperSity Architects +52

  • Architects

  • Location

    Weinan, Shaanxi, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Yang Shi, Shojun L
  • Area

    278.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016

Courtyard near West Sea / META - Project

19:00 - 16 January, 2017
Courtyard near West Sea / META - Project, © Su Chen, Chun Fang
© Su Chen, Chun Fang

© Su Chen, Chun Fang © Su Chen, Chun Fang © Su Chen, Chun Fang © Su Chen, Chun Fang +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    West Sea, Beijing, China
  • Design Team

    Wang Shuo, Zhang Jing, Yaping Wu, Yin Cheng, Qianqian Chang, Han Wang, Guowei Zhang, Tian Lan
  • Area

    800.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

The 10 Best Global* Architecture Projects of 2016 (*Asia, Africa and South America Not Excluded)

08:00 - 15 January, 2017
The 10 Best Global* Architecture Projects of 2016 (*Asia, Africa and South America Not Excluded)

As the common phrase attests, “history is written by the victors.” We therefore know that the story of the West is that of Europe and the United States, while the other actors in world history are minimized or invisible: it happened to the Chinese and Japanese during World War II, to the Ottoman Empire in sixteenth-century Europe, and to racial majorities in the common reading of Latin American independence. The same thing happens in architecture.

The current boom of the Global South is based not only on new work, but rather on the recognition of an invisible architecture which was apparently not worthy of publication in the journals of the 1990s. The world stage has changed, with the emergence of a humanity that is decentralized yet local; globalized, yet heterogeneous; accelerated, yet unbalanced. There are no longer red and blue countries, but a wide variety of colors, exploding like a Pollock painting.

This serves as a preamble to consider the outstanding projects of 2016 according to the British critic Oliver Wainwright, whose map of the world appears to extend from New York in the West to Oslo in the East, with the exception of Birzeit in Palestine. The Global South represents more than 40% of the global economy and already includes most of the world’s megacities, yet has no architecture worthy of recognition? We wanted to highlight the following projects in order to expand the western-centric world view, enabling us to truly comprehend the extent of architectural innovation on a global scale.

10 Traditional Festivals Around the World: A Good Excuse to See New Architecture

09:30 - 13 January, 2017

We experience our cities daily through ordinary acts, whether it’s commuting, looking for a quiet place, having lunch downtown, or even exercising. However, one of the most exceptional ways to experience the different roles of a city's urban space is through traditional festivals, rooted in local cultures presented through different clothing, culinary arts, dances and other arts.

Through these festivals, one can see the uses and the demands of the urban public space, in which cultural actions offer new ways to take over the city - at a time when the streets are no longer just a transit space and become a space of leisure and residence, overtaken by a different atmosphere.

New cultures are built on new practices. Through travel, architects can expand their repertoire and gain new influences for their projects. Here, we take a look at some traditional festivals around the world that serve as a good excuse to unveil new ways of thinking about a city and, as a result, to see great architectural works.

The Results Are In: 2016 Is a Record-Breaking Year for Tall Buildings

08:00 - 13 January, 2017
The Results Are In: 2016 Is a Record-Breaking Year for Tall Buildings, Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre. Image Courtesy of K11 New World Development
Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre. Image Courtesy of K11 New World Development

In its annual report, the 2016 Tall Building Year in Review, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has announced that 2016 saw the completion of a record 128 buildings 200 meters or higher. This number surpasses the previous record of 114 completions set in 2015. Eighteen of these buildings became the tallest in their city, country, or region, and ten earned the designation of supertall, at 300 meters and above.

Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre. Image Courtesy of K11 New World Development Ningbo Bank of China. Image Courtesy of Ningbo Eastern New City Development Warsaw Spire. Image Courtesy of UNK Ghelamco Shenzhen CFC Changfu. Image © Cheng Chen +13

House of Gang xia Jie Cun / Atelier KAI Architects

20:00 - 12 January, 2017
House of Gang xia Jie Cun / Atelier KAI Architects, © A Duo
© A Duo

© A Duo © A Duo © A Duo © A Duo +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chongyang, Xianning, Hubei, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Xie Kai
  • Design Team

    Liu Xingang, Wen Liang, Su Cong
  • Area

    270.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Country Shop in Huashu Village / ZHOU Ling Design Studio

19:00 - 12 January, 2017
Country Shop in Huashu Village / ZHOU Ling Design Studio, © Hou Bowen - Zhou Ling
© Hou Bowen - Zhou Ling
  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Chief Designer

    ZHOU Ling
  • Design team


    Qiu Gao Ying, Yin Yi, Wu Shi Jia, Quan Ping, Wu Chao Nan
  • Site Area

    668 m2
  • Area

    150.68 m2
  • Project Year

    09/2014– 06/2015
  • Photographs

Seclusive Jiangnan Boutique Hotel / gad

22:00 - 11 January, 2017
Seclusive Jiangnan Boutique Hotel / gad, © Yi Fan
© Yi Fan

© Yi Fan © Yi Fan © Yi Fan © Yi Fan +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Interior

    GFD Interior Designs
  • Client

    Seclusion Group
  • Area

    2816.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Nanning Planning Exhibition Hall / Z-STUDIO + ZHUBO DESIGN

19:00 - 11 January, 2017
Nanning Planning Exhibition Hall  / Z-STUDIO + ZHUBO DESIGN , Aerial photo. Image © Courtesy of ZHUBO DESIGN
Aerial photo. Image © Courtesy of ZHUBO DESIGN

Exterior. Image © Courtesy of ZHUBO DESIGN Exterior. Image © Courtesy of ZHUBO DESIGN Interior. Image © Courtesy of ZHUBO DESIGN Aerial photo. Image © Courtesy of ZHUBO DESIGN +44

  • Architects

  • Location

    Qing Xiu District, Nanning City, Guangxi Province, China
  • Lead Project Designer

    Feng Guo Chuan
  • PROJECT TEAM

    Zhang Chun Liang, Yi Yu Jun, Jia Yao Dong、Liang Qi Bo、Liu Hui、Liu Hai Long、Gao Jing Jing、Yang An、Liu Li Li, Zhao Bao Sen, Zhang Mei Song
  • Area

    21238.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs