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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
  • Photographs

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

Hangzhou New World Business Center 'E' Block / The Architectural Design & Research Institute of Zhejiang University

20:00 - 20 February, 2017
Hangzhou New World Business Center 'E' Block  / The Architectural Design & Research Institute of Zhejiang University, © Yong  Zhang
© Yong Zhang

© Yong  Zhang © Yong  Zhang © Yong  Zhang © Yong  Zhang +20

Tonkin Liu Reveals the Cradle Towers of Zhengzhou

16:00 - 19 February, 2017
Tonkin Liu Reveals the Cradle Towers of Zhengzhou, The Cradle Towers of Zhengzhou will contain apartments, offices, retail, leisure, and a hotel. Image Courtesy of Tonkin Liu
The Cradle Towers of Zhengzhou will contain apartments, offices, retail, leisure, and a hotel. Image Courtesy of Tonkin Liu

London-based firm Tonkin Liu has released images of its competition-winning Trade Centre in Zhengzhou, China. The Cradle Towers of Zhengzhou will comprise of five mixed-use towers swooping out of a ring-shaped podium. Inspired by the nearby Songshan mountainscape, the scheme aims to celebrate the city’s origins as it rockets into a high-tech future.

A family of five towers creates an urban mountainscape. Image Courtesy of Tonkin Liu A responsive facade creates a heavy base, and lantern-like tips. Image Courtesy of Tonkin Liu A ring-shaped podium contains a soft landscaped garden. Image Courtesy of Tonkin Liu A family of mixed-use towers with responsive facades and vertical gardens. Image Courtesy of Tonkin Liu +8

Aedas Unveils Project at Start of Historic Maritime Silk Road

16:00 - 18 February, 2017
 Aedas Unveils Project at Start of Historic Maritime Silk Road, © Aedas
© Aedas

Aedas has unveiled its plans for Nansha Kingboard Free Trade Zone Mixed-Use Project, a new building sited at the starting point of the ancient Maritime Silk Road in Guangzhou, China.

Located on an irregularly shaped plot with views of the Jiaoman River and Phoenix Lake, the 80,762-square-meter building will be composed of a series of stacked geometric blocks in order to create varied silhouettes and capitalize on surrounding views.

© Aedas © Aedas © Aedas © Aedas +6

751 Creative Industrial Office Design / hyperSity office

22:00 - 17 February, 2017
751 Creative Industrial Office Design / hyperSity office, © hyperSity office
© hyperSity office

© hyperSity office © hyperSity office © hyperSity office © hyperSity office +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chaoyang district, Beijing, China
  • Design Team

    Yang Shi, Guoling Zhang
  • Area

    150.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

WeWork Weihai Lu / Linehouse

22:00 - 16 February, 2017
WeWork Weihai Lu / Linehouse, © Jonathan Leijonhufvud
© Jonathan Leijonhufvud

© Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Weihai Lu, Shanghai,China
  • Area

    5500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographer

    Jonathan Leijonhufvud, Dirk Weiblen

Zaha Hadid Architects Releases Images of Tower with the World's Tallest Atrium

08:40 - 16 February, 2017
© MIR
© MIR

Zaha Hadid Architects has released new images of Leeza SOHO, their mixed-use design in Beijing's Lize Financial Business District. The project is notable for its 190-meter tall atrium, which rises the full height of the building, uniting two twisting sections which contain 172,800 square meters of office and residential space. At the base of the tower, a new transit hub straddles a subway tunnel that is currently under construction.

Cultural Center in Northern Haidian District / THAD

20:00 - 15 February, 2017
Cultural Center in Northern Haidian District / THAD, © Wu Jiming
© Wu Jiming

© Wu Jiming © Wu Jiming © Wu Jiming © Wu Jiming +35

Weinan Culture and Art Center / THAD

20:00 - 13 February, 2017
© YAO Li
© YAO Li

© YAO Li © YAO Li © YAO Li © YAO Li +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Weinan, Shaanxi Province, China
  • Principal in Charge

    ZHUANG Weimin
  • Design Team

    ZHUANG Weimin, ZHANG Wei, GAO Guocheng, LIANG Sisi, KANG Liqiao, PAN Anping, LIU Yichuan, LUO Xinyu, MI Zhong, GAO Guisheng, XU Hua, LI Shuqin, et al.
  • Site Area

    40000 m2
  • Photos

    YAO Li

If Your Annoying Coworkers Were Indiscreet Buildings

09:30 - 13 February, 2017
If Your Annoying Coworkers Were Indiscreet Buildings

The connection here is plain and simple: bad coworkers, bad architecture, perfect pair. It's not uncommon for architects to take inspiration from the human body, but consider these eight pairings to be what would happen if your least favorite coworkers were reincarnated in building form.

Preliminary Research Office Proposes Conical Sky-Bridge for Drone Observation in Shenzhen

06:00 - 6 February, 2017
Preliminary Research Office Proposes Conical Sky-Bridge for Drone Observation in Shenzhen, © Preliminary Research Office
© Preliminary Research Office

Preliminary Research Office has recently been selected to design a pedestrian bridge in Shenzhen, connecting the two tower buildings, each 210 meters (689 feet) high, which will serve as their client’s future headquarters.

The bridge’s formal composition is the result of two intersecting conic masses, positioned about their common axis and directed towards the towers’ core. Perpendicular cones are split by these larger cones at two points on the bridge’s axis, extending to form observation platforms for flying and viewing drones, while also serving as meeting spaces.

© Preliminary Research Office © Preliminary Research Office © Preliminary Research Office © Preliminary Research Office +31

Stefano Boeri Architetti Unveils Plans for Vertical Forest Towers in Nanjing

12:00 - 3 February, 2017
Stefano Boeri Architetti Unveils Plans for Vertical Forest Towers in Nanjing, © Stefano Boeri Architetti
© Stefano Boeri Architetti

Stefano Boeri Architetti has released plans for their first “Vertical Forest” project to be realized in Asia, two mixed-use towers to be located near the Yangtze River in the Pukou District of Nanjing, China. In total, over 1100 trees will cover the building, helping to regenerate local biodiversity while cleaning the air.

4 Chinese Vernacular Dwellings You Should Know About (Before They Disappear)

09:30 - 31 January, 2017
4 Chinese Vernacular Dwellings You Should Know About (Before They Disappear), © <a href=‘https://www.flickr.com/photos/justaslice/3051644043'>Flickr user Slices of Light</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en'>CC BY-NC-ND 2.0</a>
© Flickr user Slices of Light licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Vernacular architecture refers to designs which find their primary influence in local conditions: in climate, in materials, and in tradition. In a country as diverse as China, with 55 state-recognized ethnic minority groups and widely varying climates and topographies, many different vernacular dwelling styles have evolved as pragmatic solutions that accommodate the unique needs and limitations of their sites.

Rapid urbanization in China has favored high-rise apartment towers over traditional housing because of their ease of construction and the population density they enable, making vernacular dwellings increasingly rare throughout the country. Some firms, like MVRDV and Ben Wood’s Studio Shanghai, have taken note of the many benefits that vernacular dwellings provide, and have created projects that attempt to reconcile tradition with urbanization. Even if you aren't planning on building in China any time soon, the following housing styles have much to teach about what it means to live in a particular time and place. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it does encompass the main types of vernacular dwellings seen throughout China.

Deep³ Courtyard / SU Architects

20:00 - 27 January, 2017
Deep³ Courtyard / SU Architects, © ShengLiang Su
© ShengLiang Su

© ShengLiang Su © Su Architects © ShengLiang Su © ShengLiang Su +43