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Zaha Hadid and ADPI Unveil Plans for World’s Largest Passenger Terminal in Beijing

00:00 - 5 February, 2015
Zaha Hadid and ADPI Unveil Plans for World’s Largest Passenger Terminal in Beijing , © ZHA / Methanoia
© ZHA / Methanoia

ADP Ingeniérie (ADPI) and Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) have unveiled designs for what will be the world’s largest airport passenger terminal - the Beijing New Airport Terminal Building. The Daxing scheme, based off the bid-winning planning concept by ADPI, hopes to alleviate traffic from Beijing’s existing Capital Airport, which is operating beyond its planned capacity.

“Initially accommodating 45 million passengers per year, the new terminal will be adaptable and sustainable, operating in many different configurations dependent on varying aircraft and passenger traffic throughout each day,” stated ZHA in a press release. “With an integrated multi-modal transport centre featuring direct links to local and national rail services including the Gaotie high speed rail, the new Daxing airport will be a key hub within Beijing’s growing transport network and a catalyst for the region’s economic development, including the city of Tianjin and Hebei Province.”

An Interview with Zhang Lei, AZL Architects

01:00 - 3 February, 2015
An Interview with Zhang Lei, AZL Architects, Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel / AZL Architects. Image © Yao Li
Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel / AZL Architects. Image © Yao Li

“We have to try to work with scale and memory. I think in the last twenty years the main problem is that we lost the 归宿感 [sense of belonging]. The people here have been moving from house to house for a long time, the result is that we don’t have a feeling of home… even if you are staying in a nice house or villa you don’t consider it as an ideal or permanent home where you could stay. This might be considered the problem. More than ten years ago we used to have that feeling, the sense to belong to a specific space. We used to live in neighbourhoods where we had a social background, a community, now you don’t have any community, you don’t see the neighbors any more. Now Chinese people are becoming lonely, they are losing that feeling and becoming 'homeless'.” - Zhang Lei, Nanjing, 2013

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C&C Design Creative Headquarters / C&C Design

01:00 - 2 February, 2015
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China’s Pearl River Delta Overtakes Tokyo as World’s Largest Urban Area

00:00 - 28 January, 2015
China’s Pearl River Delta Overtakes Tokyo as World’s Largest Urban Area, The Pearl River Delta's urban growth in 1973 and 2003. Image © Flicker CC user NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
The Pearl River Delta's urban growth in 1973 and 2003. Image © Flicker CC user NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

China’s Pearl River Delta has surpassed Tokyo in both size and population, making it the largest urban area in the world, according to the World Bank. The colossal megapolis - a conglomerate of several cities, including Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Foshan and Dongguan - is a central component to China’s manufacturing and trade industries. 

It is now home to 42 million - more people than the countries of Canada, Argentina or Australia. And, considering nearly two-thirds of the East Asia region’s population (64%) is still “non-urban,” the area is expected to grow exponentially. 

Zhong Huan Plaza Art Center / CAA

01:00 - 28 January, 2015
Zhong Huan Plaza Art Center / CAA , Courtesy of CAA
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China
  • Collaborators

    Cui Heran, Zhang Fanwei, Zhangpan, Lin Yun, ChenFei
  • Area

    540.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

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Chinese Company Constructs the World's Tallest 3D Printed Building

00:00 - 26 January, 2015
Chinese Company Constructs the World's Tallest 3D Printed Building, Image via australiandesignreview.com
Image via australiandesignreview.com

Once again, Chinese company WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co has expanded the capabilities of 3D printing. After constructing ten houses in under twenty-four hours last year, now they are back with both the world's tallest 3D printed building - a five-story apartment block - and a 1,100 square meter mansion with internal and external decoration to boot.

On display in Suzhou Industrial Park in Jiangsu province, the two buildings represent new frontiers for 3D printed construction, finally demonstrating its potential for creating more traditional building typologies and therefore its suitability for use by mainstream developers.

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First Images Released of Henning Larsen Architects' Yuhang Opera

00:00 - 25 January, 2015
First Images Released of Henning Larsen Architects' Yuhang Opera, © Henning Larsen Architects
© Henning Larsen Architects

Coinciding with their tenth anniversary of the Royal Danish Opera, Henning Larsen Architects has unveiled plans for a new Chinese Opera house in Yuhang. The project, sited in “the middle of a lake, on display to the entire city,” will serve as the centerpiece of an expansive new cultural district north of Hangzhou. It’s design, described by Henning Larsen to be more “playful” than the Copenhagen Opera, will feature a unique geometric facade and sloping roof, backdropped by a waterfront recreational park. 

Competition Entry: HAO + AI Envision Bolong 3D Movie Museum and Mediatek for Tianjin

01:00 - 24 January, 2015
Competition Entry: HAO + AI Envision Bolong 3D Movie Museum and Mediatek for Tianjin, Courtesy of HAO
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Commissioned by the Tianjin Urban Planning Bureau, Holm Architecture Office (HAO) and Archiland International (AI) have unveiled their competition proposal for the Bolong 3D Movie Museum and Mediatek in Tianjin.

Envisioned as part of a new media park slated for construction in the city, the building's design is playful and contemporary, offering visitors a "series of unique spatial experiences." Learn more about the project and view selected images from the proposal after the break.

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Minghu Wetland Park / Turenscape

00:00 - 21 January, 2015
Minghu Wetland Park / Turenscape, Courtesy of Turenscape
Courtesy of Turenscape
  • Architects

  • Location

    Liupanshui, Guizhou, China
  • Design Team

    Bo Luan, Bin Yan, Gang Huang, Junyan Zheng, Meina Shan, Xin Fan, Shizheng Li, Lin Chen, Zhen Bai, Yu Zhang, Jianfei An, Hongkai You, Yin Liu, Yeqi Cao, Zhang Deng, Ye Yang, Yue Li, Yizhen Ren, Xu Song, Dehua Liu, XIaofeng Zhang, Jie Bai, Jinfeng Zhang, Tuo Liu, Junying Cao
  • Design Lead

    Kongjian Yu
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Turenscape

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Mayor Rejects Sou Fujimoto's Taiwan Tower Over Fears of Soaring Cost

00:00 - 20 January, 2015
Mayor Rejects Sou Fujimoto's Taiwan Tower Over Fears of Soaring Cost, © Sou Fujimoto Architects
© Sou Fujimoto Architects

Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung has temporarily “pulled the plug” on Sou Fujimoto’s ambitious Taiwan Tower, saying he would rather pay a penalty for breaking the contract than spend an estimated NT$15 billion to realize the “problematic” project. 

The Banyan tree-inspired tower was hoped to become the “Taiwanese version of the Eiffel Tower,” as well as a model for sustainable architecture by achieving LEED Gold with its energy producing features. Its steel superstructure, which proposed to hoist a triangular section of the Taichung Gateway Park’s greenbelt 300-meters into the air, intentionally had “no obvious form” and was to be perceived as a natural phenomenon. 

Examining China's "Edifice Complex"

00:00 - 20 January, 2015
Examining China's "Edifice Complex", The 'Pearl of the North' (expected to complete 2018). Image Courtesy of Atkins
The 'Pearl of the North' (expected to complete 2018). Image Courtesy of Atkins

In an article for the Wall Street Journal, Dinny McMahon and Yang Jie visit Shenyang - a "chilly industrial town" in north eastern China which was once the country's capital (circa 1600). The city will soon be home to what's being dubbed the 'Pearl of the North', "a 111-floor office tower that will, briefly, be the seventh-largest in the world, dwarfing One World Trade Center." The tower, designed by Atkins, is "symptomatic of China’s edifice complex," McMahon notes - and the city is "just getting started." Read the article in full here.

NL Architects Propose Striking Chain of Amethyst-Inspired Hotels

01:00 - 20 January, 2015
NL Architects Propose Striking Chain of Amethyst-Inspired Hotels, View from Base of Tower. Image Courtesy of NL Architects
View from Base of Tower. Image Courtesy of NL Architects

Cultures around the world attribute magical properties to the amethyst gem. The lustrous purple quartz is said to bring good fortune, heal illness, and calm the mind. It makes sense, then, that NL Architects have modeled their latest hotel chain proposal after an amethyst geode. Designed based on the original hotel layouts of John Portman, this visually striking tower series aims to serve as a symbol of hospitality and well-being for visitors around the world.

MJH Gallery of iD Town / O-office Architects

01:00 - 18 January, 2015
MJH Gallery of iD Town / O-office Architects, © Chaos.Z
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Jianxiang HE, Ying JIANG
  • Design Team

    Jingyu DONG, Thomas ODORICO, xiaolin CHEN, Guixiong Feng
  • Area

    2800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

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Youth Hotel of iD Town / O-office Architects

01:00 - 14 January, 2015
Youth Hotel of iD Town / O-office Architects, © Chaos.Z
© Chaos.Z
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Jianxiang HE, Ying JIANG
  • Design Team

    Mincong Deng, Jingyu DONG, xiaolin CHEN
  • Area

    1800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

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13 New Buildings Join the World's 100 Tallest List in Record-Breaking Year

09:00 - 13 January, 2015
13 New Buildings Join the World's 100 Tallest List in Record-Breaking Year, 2014 Tallest #10: Torre Costanera, Santiago, 300 meters. Image © Pablo Blanco
2014 Tallest #10: Torre Costanera, Santiago, 300 meters. Image © Pablo Blanco

This past year was a record-breaking season for skyscraper construction. According to a new survey by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), 2014 saw the completion of 97 buildings that were at least 200 meters tall. Of those, 11 were 300 meters or taller, earning them the classification of “supertall.” These are the highest figures on record, with 2011, for example, seeing only 87 200-meters-plus buildings completed.

In addition, in 2014 the total height of completed buildings (23,333 meters) broke the 2011 record of 19,852 meters. With major countries like China becoming increasingly urbanized, and the world economy recovering from recession, the CTBUH expects that these numbers will only increase. See the details of CTBUH’s report, and learn what the numbers may predict about the future of skyscraper construction, after the break.

Ole Bouman Appointed Director of V&A-Backed Shekou Design Museum

00:00 - 12 January, 2015
Ole Bouman Appointed Director of V&A-Backed Shekou Design Museum , Shekou Design Museum. Image © China Merchants Property Development / Maki and Associates
Shekou Design Museum. Image © China Merchants Property Development / Maki and Associates

Ole Bouman, former director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi), has been appointed director of the new Victoria and Albert Museum-backed Shekou Design Museum in Shenzhen, China. Set to open at the end of 2016 in a Fumihiko Maki-designed building within the Sea World Arts and Culture Center, the new design museum aims to serve as an international platform for Chinese design. 

“We wanted to offer the local residents an internationally important museum that would help promote the development of China’s creative industries and further progress design in China,” stated China Merchants Group (CMG) vice president Sun Chengming. CMG is collaborating with London’s V&A to realize the project. 

More about Bouman’s appointment, after the break.

Wanda Movie Park / Stufish Entertainment Architects

01:00 - 30 December, 2014
Wanda Movie Park / Stufish Entertainment Architects, Courtesy of Stufish Entertainment Architects
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Han Show Theatre / Stufish Entertainment Architects

01:00 - 28 December, 2014
Han Show Theatre / Stufish Entertainment Architects, Courtesy of Stufish Entertainment Architects
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