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A Rare Look Inside OMA's CCTV Building in Beijing

09:00 - 16 April, 2015
A Rare Look Inside OMA's CCTV Building in Beijing

Since the building's construction concluded in 2012, images of OMA's CCTV Headquarters have permeated the media. But inside views of this mutant skyscraper -- characterized by a soaring 72 meter cantilever -- have remained rare. Until now, that is. Images originally published by International Design and shared on WeChat by 广电独家 reveal the interior of OMA's CCTV Headquarters, including Emmy-winning set designer Jim Fenhagen's news studios. 

Take a peek inside the meeting rooms, hallways and control centers of CTBUH's 2013 Best Tall Building Worldwide. 

Jordan Road Restaurant & Bar / CAA

23:00 - 9 April, 2015
Jordan Road Restaurant & Bar / CAA, Courtesy of CAA
Courtesy of CAA

Courtesy of CAA Courtesy of CAA Courtesy of CAA Courtesy of CAA +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Yunnan, China
  • Area

    400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Yangtai Shan Villa / Design Crew for Architecture

20:00 - 6 April, 2015
Yangtai Shan Villa / Design Crew for Architecture, © Jinpeng YUAN
© Jinpeng YUAN

© Jinpeng YUAN © Jinpeng YUAN © Jinpeng YUAN © Jinpeng YUAN +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Guan Jia Ling, Haidian Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100095
  • Architect in Charge

    Jinpeng YUAN
  • Partners in charge

    Nicolas CHAUSSON, Jiaoyang HUANG
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Geology Museum / LeeMundwiler Architects

03:00 - 6 April, 2015
Geology Museum / LeeMundwiler Architects, © Yujiang Peng
© Yujiang Peng

© Yujiang Peng © Yujiang Peng © Yujiang Peng © Yujiang Peng +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    大鹏半岛, Longgang, Shenzhen, China
  • Consultants

    BLY Landscape Architecture Planning & Design Institute; Huayi Design.
  • Area

    6200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Xiang Jing + Qu Guangci Sculpture Studio / aterlier100s+1

20:00 - 5 April, 2015
Xiang Jing + Qu Guangci Sculpture Studio / aterlier100s+1, © Zeng Renzhen
© Zeng Renzhen

© Zeng Renzhen © Zeng Renzhen © Zeng Renzhen © Zeng Renzhen +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Songzhuangzhen, Tongzhou, Beijing, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Peng Lele, Zeng Renzhen, Yang Guang, Ling Lin
  • Area

    1257.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Earthly Pond Service Center of International Horticultural Exposition / HHD_FUN

03:00 - 5 April, 2015
Earthly Pond Service Center of International Horticultural Exposition  / HHD_FUN, © DuoCai Photograph
© DuoCai Photograph

© Zhenfei Wang © Zhenfei Wang © Zhenfei Wang © Zhenfei Wang +15

Student Accommodation / Wuyang Architecture

21:00 - 2 April, 2015
Student Accommodation / Wuyang Architecture, © SU Shengliang
© SU Shengliang

© SU Shengliang © SU Shengliang © SU Shengliang © SU Shengliang +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Jian Chuan Lu, Minhang Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
  • Project Architect

    FENG Lu
  • Engineering

    SRIBS
  • Area

    975.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Façade Renovation for No. 8 Building / Atelier Archmixing

22:00 - 24 March, 2015
Façade Renovation for No. 8 Building / Atelier Archmixing, © Tang Yu
© Tang Yu

© Tang Yu © Tang Yu © Tang Yu © Tang Yu +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hengshan Road, Xuhui, China, 200031
  • Architects in Charge

    Zhuang Shen, Ren Hao, Tang Yu, Zhu Jie
  • Area

    274.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Chinese Company Builds 57-Story Skyscraper in 19 Days

17:10 - 24 March, 2015
Chinese Company Builds 57-Story Skyscraper in 19 Days, via BSB
via BSB

“Three floors in a day is China’s new normal,” says a representative for this 57-floor skyscraper that was built in just 19 days. Known as the “Mini Sky City” tower in Changsha, the 180,000-square-meter mixed-use building was built in record speed with modular, “LEGO-like” blocks. The process also claimed to have required less materials and significantly reduced the amount of air pollution commonly caused by dusty construction sites. 

A time-lapse of the construction process, after the break.

Tim Franco Captures the Overscaled Urbanization of Chongqing

10:30 - 24 March, 2015
Tim Franco Captures the Overscaled Urbanization of Chongqing, © Tim Franco
© Tim Franco

These days, many of China's largest urban areas are easily recognizable to people from all over the world, with the skylines of coastal mega-cities such as Shanghai and Beijing taking their place in the global consciousness. Far less known though is the inland city of Chongqing - another of China's five top-tier "National Central Cities" - where in 2010 the Chinese government embarked on a plan to urbanize a further 10 million of the region's rural population, with around 1,300 people now moving into the city every day.

Since his first visit to the city in 2009 photographer Tim Franco has been on a mission to document the rapid change in what he believes is "maybe the most widely unknown megacity in the world." The result is Metamorpolis, a forthcoming photographic book by Franco with text by British journalist Richard Macauley, which documents the colossal scale of development juxtaposed against the people of Chongqing - many of whom still live an incongruous rural lifestyle among the concrete sprawl. Read on after the break for more images from the book and an interview with Franco about the experience of documenting one of the world's fastest-growing cities.

© Tim Franco © Tim Franco © Tim Franco © Tim Franco +10

Vanke Sales Office / FCHA

22:00 - 23 March, 2015
Vanke Sales Office / FCHA, Courtesy of FCHA
Courtesy of FCHA

Courtesy of FCHA Courtesy of FCHA Courtesy of FCHA Courtesy of FCHA +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Dongguan, Guangdong, China
  • Principals-in-Charge

    Su Jinlefu and Chen Zetao
  • Design Team

    Matthew Marano, Su Jinlefu, Chen Zetao, Liang Jie, Guo Xusheng, Lu Zhiwei
  • Collaborators

    CCDI
  • Area

    600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of FCHA

An Interview with Zhu Pei, Pei-Zhu Studio

10:30 - 23 March, 2015
An Interview with Zhu Pei, Pei-Zhu Studio, OCT Design Museum / Pei-Zhu Studio. Image © Pier Alessio Rizzardi
OCT Design Museum / Pei-Zhu Studio. Image © Pier Alessio Rizzardi

“If we look at architecture from a cultural point of view, we see we are in a special moment where we are trying to figure out our identity. I think we are too focused on how to transform old Chinese architecture into contemporary architecture; but in no way can you transform it, you can see it with your own eyes. For instance you cannot transform a Roman building into today’s buildings! Sometimes you have to forget about history to create contemporary and unique architecture.”
- Zhu Pei, Beijing, 2013

OCT Design Museum / Pei-Zhu Studio. Image © Fang Zhenning Blur Hotel / Pei-Zhu Studio. Image © Pei-Zhu Studio Shenzhen Urban Planning Bureau / Urbanus. Image © Pei-Zhu Studio Blur Hotel / Pei-Zhu Studio. Image © Pei-Zhu Studio +13

Fangsuo Book Store in Chengdu / Chu Chih-Kang

22:00 - 19 March, 2015
Fangsuo Book Store in Chengdu / Chu Chih-Kang, Courtesy of Chu Chih-Kang Space Design
Courtesy of Chu Chih-Kang Space Design

Courtesy of Chu Chih-Kang Space Design Courtesy of Chu Chih-Kang Space Design Courtesy of Chu Chih-Kang Space Design Courtesy of Chu Chih-Kang Space Design +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • Collaborators

    Fangsuo Culture Development Co., Ltd.
  • Area

    5280.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Chu Chih-Kang Space Design

Luo Fu Shan Shui Museum / ADARC Associates

23:00 - 18 March, 2015
Luo Fu Shan Shui Museum  / ADARC Associates, Courtesy of ADARC Associates
Courtesy of ADARC Associates

Courtesy of ADARC Associates Courtesy of ADARC Associates Courtesy of ADARC Associates Courtesy of ADARC Associates +16

Baiyunting Culture and Art Center / Dushe Architectural Design Co

21:00 - 12 March, 2015
Baiyunting Culture and Art Center / Dushe Architectural Design Co, © Su Sheng Liang
© Su Sheng Liang

© Su Sheng Liang © Su Sheng Liang © Su Sheng Liang © Su Sheng Liang +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Architecture Director

    Zhang Qi Lin
  • Project Director

    Ling Ke Ge
  • Design Team

    Xu Qi, Zhang Ya Chao, Zhang Jia Qi
  • Area

    25000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Yue Restaurant / PANORAMA

21:00 - 10 March, 2015
Yue Restaurant / PANORAMA, © Ng Siu Fung
© Ng Siu Fung

© Ng Siu Fung © Ng Siu Fung © Ng Siu Fung © Ng Siu Fung +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • Design Team

    Horace Pan, Nick Wong, Kenny Hung
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Interview: Büro Ole Scheeren Unveils Designs for Guardian Art Center in Beijing

05:00 - 9 March, 2015
Interview: Büro Ole Scheeren Unveils Designs for Guardian Art Center in Beijing, Guardian Art Center by Büro Ole Scheeren. Image Courtesy of Büro Ole Scheeren
Guardian Art Center by Büro Ole Scheeren. Image Courtesy of Büro Ole Scheeren

When he opened his practice in 2010, Ole Scheeren had the luxury of already being a rising star in the architecture world. The former partner of OMA made his name as partner-in-charge on landmark projects such as Beijing's CCTV Headquarters and the Interlace in Singapore, and has since made headlines with striking forms such as those in the MahaNakhon skyscraper in BangkokAngkasa Raya in Kuala Lumpur and DUO, again in Singapore. The unveiling of his latest design, the Guardian Art Center, is likely to get a lot of attention too - but for very different reasons to his previous projects.

The Guardian Art Center features none of the dramatic cantilevers and futuristic formal experimentation of Büro Ole Scheeren's other works. Instead the "hybrid art space" - located in the heart of Beijing, just a stone's throw from the Forbidden City - references the scale and materiality of the adjacent traditional buildings. The lower floors, containing an auction house and a museum with a 1,700 square meter exhibition-events space, comprise an aggregation of small "pixelated" blocks, clad in stone with a pattern of perforations derived from a 700-year-old Chinese landscape painting. Though the upper portion of the building, containing a 120-room hotel and a restaurant, is larger in scale, it is broken down by a facade of oversized glass "bricks," again a reference to the materials of the hutong next door and a "humble and non-elitist symbol in Chinese culture," according to the press release.

To find out more about this intriguing building, we spoke to Ole Scheeren, who assured us that in spite of its appearance, the Guardian Art Center is just as radical as his previous works. Read on after the break for the full interview.

Guardian Art Center by Büro Ole Scheeren. Image Courtesy of Büro Ole Scheeren Guardian Art Center by Büro Ole Scheeren. Courtyard of upper levels with educational facilities in the center. Image Courtesy of Büro Ole Scheeren Guardian Art Center by Büro Ole Scheeren. Image Courtesy of Büro Ole Scheeren Guardian Art Center by Büro Ole Scheeren, hotel room interior. Image Courtesy of Büro Ole Scheeren +22

Songjiang Art Campus / Archi-Union Architects

21:00 - 4 March, 2015
Songjiang Art Campus  / Archi-Union Architects, Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects
Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects

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