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Pins De La Brume Hotel / GOA Architects

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Courtesy of GOA Architects
  • Architects: GOA Architects
  • Location: 8 Lingyin Road, Xihu, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, 310000
  • Design Team: Chen Binxin, Li Zheng
  • Project Chief Manager: He Jun
  • Area: 5500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of GOA Architects

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VIDEO: Steven Holl on the Sifang Art Museum

Steven Holl has, again, teamed up with Spirit of Space to produce two short films on the recently completed Sifang Art Museum. In the first video (above) Holl explains the project’s inspiration - the mysteries of parallel perspective seen in early Chinese paintings - and how the design subtly distorts any concept of a vanishing point at the ground level yet contrasts this notion in the upper galleries by framing the distant view of Nanjing. In the second video (after the break), Spirit of Space allows you to experience this space by revealing it from all perspectives and scales.  

See the second video, after the break…

Woods Bagot Reveals Design for Wenling Sheraton

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Courtesy of Woods Bagot

Woods Bagot has shared their design for a destination hotel in Zhejiang, China. The Wenling Sheraton, sited between two waterways, is scheduled to be completed in 2019. Woods Bagot says that views of the wetlands and mountains of Wenling will "ensure a quality guest experience" which includes waterfront dining, an observation deck and a pedestrian promenade. 

More photos of the design after the break.

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Perspective on The Cube by Oyler Wu Collaborative

From the architect. The Cube, a sixteen meter tall painted steel and rope installation designed for the 2013 Beijing Biennale by the Oyler Wu Collaborative, challenges the volumetric perception of its own archetypal geometry. The aspiration of the installation is to achieve the transcendence of the first dimension - the line - by simulating warping two-dimensional planes, which penetrate and populate the object framework, to create the perception of inhabitable three-dimensional space.

GRAFT + penda to Break Ground on Myrtle Garden Hotel

© GRAFT + penda
© GRAFT + penda

GRAFT Architects and penda are preparing to break ground on Myrtle Garden Hotel in the outskirts of Xiangyang, China. Nestled on a hillside site within the largest Myrtle Flower Garden in Asia, the wooden annular structure is designed to provide a “soothing harmony between the architecture and its natural environment.” 

Shanghai Community Cubes / INCLUDED

  • Architects: INCLUDED
  • Location: Gucun Road, Chongming, Shanghai, China
  • Architect in Charge: Matt Mueller
  • Area: 150.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Marco Jacobs, Jennifer Ha

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The Indicator: The Slum Exotic and the Persistence of Hong Kong’s Walled City

Whenever I see sensational exposes on the supposedly sublime spatial intensity of Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City (demolished in 1994), they strike me as nothing more than colonial fantasies that have little to do with the reality of living in the midst of one of the world’s cruelest slums. You see the Walled City pop up constantly like it’s still a valid or even interesting subject. This informal settlement has been diagramed, photographed, and written about for decades from an aesthetic point of view, rendering its victimized and oppressed inhabitants all but invisible. Not to say that this wasn’t home to a lot of people and that no “fond memories” were formed there, but still, like all slums, it was a tough place to live, fraught with contradictions in the haze of hope for a better life.

In Progress: Tianjin Riverside 66 / KPF

  • Architects: KPF
  • Location: Tianjin, China
  • Design Principal: James von Klemperer, FAIA
  • Director/Senior Designer: Jeffrey A. Kenoff, AIA
  • KPF Project Team and Contributors: Jeffrey A. Kenoff, Audrey Choi, Edwin Lau, Peter Gross, Ciara Seymour, Gary Stluka, Benjamin Albury; Bernard Chang; Hanna Chang; Saera Park; Shang Chen; Sarah Smith; James Kehl; Sandra Choy; Thomas Coldefy; Javier Galindo; Onur Gun; Heejin Kim; Yoojung Kim; Ming Leung; Luis Llull; Manon Pare; Charles Portelli; Samuel Schmitz; James Siow; Kristin Speth; Donald Springer; Kyle Steinfeld; Scott Wilson, James von Klemperer, Paul Katz
  • Area: 152800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF)

Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF)

Niyang River Visitor Center / Standardarchitecture + Zhaoyang Architects

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UA Studio 7 and Aedas' Central Business District for Hongqiao Airport Now Underway

Urban Architecture (UA Studio 7) and Aedas' winning proposal for the Hongqiao Central Business District has broke ground at Shanghai’s domestic Hongqiao Airport, mainland China's fourth busiest airport. The 18.4 hectare office and retail center, masterplanned by UA, has been divided into two parts: UA Studio 7 will design the office district, “a flower with eight leaves,” while Aedas designs the shopping, hotel, and conference center along a "bow curve" of pedestrian flow.

According to UA, the winning scheme's success was "due to a highly energy-efficient architecture proposal combined with an urban plan that allows for pedestrian-friendly spaces."

Shenzhen Deli / Linehouse

  • Architects: Linehouse
  • Location: Futian, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, 518048
  • Area: 145.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Benoit Florencon

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Spark Beijing Office / Spark Architects

  • Architects: Spark Architects
  • Location: Dongsishitiao, Dongcheng, China, 100027
  • Architect in Charge: Lin Li
  • Project Director: Jan Felix Clostermann, Christian Taeubert
  • Area: 500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Shu He

© Shu He © Shu He © Shu He © Shu He

Latitude Studio Designs "Future Mall" Exhibition Space in Beijing

Latitude Studio, based in Barcelona and Beijing, have unveiled designs for a showroom exhibition centre in China's capital city. Integral to the design is how visitors circulate and interact with the spaces centred around the "future shopping mall". Including an auditorium, model spaces and views onto an area which is expected to see enormous retail development, the building's central atrium and "thematic sightseeing walk" offer a unique journey for the visitor.

Value Farm / Thomas Chung

  • Architects: Thomas Chung
  • Location: Shekou, Nanshan, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Design Team: Gary Law, Bill So, Sam Wong
  • Area: 8120.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Value Farm

© Value Farm © Value Farm © Value Farm © Value Farm

Liquid Laundry / hcreates

  • Architects: hcreates
  • Location: Xuhui, Shanghai, China
  • Architect in Charge: Hannah Churchill
  • Branding & Graphic Design: The Orange Blowfish
  • Area: 700.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Seth Powers

© Seth Powers © Seth Powers © Seth Powers © Seth Powers

Zhengzhou Vanke City Gallery / Locus Associates

  • Architects: Locus Associates
  • Location: Zhengzhou, Henan, China
  • Design Team: Brandon Huang, Jerome Lee, Kenny Fung, Ray Wan
  • Facade Architect: Shenzhen Upright&Pure Architectural Design Co. Ltd
  • Local Architect: Chongqing Xinzhongjian Architectural Design Consultants
  • Area: 18000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Béton Brut

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