schmidt hammer lassen Designs Cultural Hub for Ningbo’s Labour Union

01:00 - 5 May, 2014
schmidt hammer lassen Designs Cultural Hub for Ningbo’s Labour Union, © schmidt hammer lassen architects
© schmidt hammer lassen architects

schmidt hammer lassen architects has unveiled a new cultural hub for Ningbo’s Labour Union. Planned to serve both the city and the union’s nearly three million members, the “Home of Staff” will unite two stepped complexes of support, health, education, culture and leisure facilities with a half a kilometer long central park.

ZHOUSHI Culture & Sports Center / UDG YangZheng Studio

01:00 - 4 May, 2014
ZHOUSHI Culture & Sports Center / UDG YangZheng Studio, © Su Shengliang
© Su Shengliang
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kunshan, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Yang Zheng, Zhang Yu
  • Design Team

    Team:Zhou Song、Liu Yanlin、Zhong Kai、Qian Qian
  • Area

    31387.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang +31

City of Imagination: Kowloon Walled City 20 Years Later

00:00 - 2 May, 2014

Twenty years ago, one of the world’s most unusual and unexpected pieces of architecture was razed to the ground: Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City, the most densely populated area on earth. Squalid, dark, and labyrinthine, the informal city was not only a hotbed for organized crime, but also a vibrant community of commerce and hope. Now, the Wall Street Journal has released this short documentary, bringing the city back to life and revealing why it holds a special place in world culture today.

Fuzhou Wusibei Thaihot Plaza / Spark Architects

01:00 - 1 May, 2014
Fuzhou Wusibei Thaihot Plaza / Spark Architects, © Shu He
© Shu He
  • Architects

  • Location

    Fuzhou, Fujian, China
  • Project Director

    Jan Felix Clostermann Team: Mingyin Tan, Christian Taeubert, Jian Yun Wu, Ben de Lange, Emer Loraine, Wang Haiyan Leo Micolta, Cary Cheng Client: Thaihot Group
  • Area

    300000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Shu He © Shu He © Shu He © Shu He +30

Vanke New City Center Sales Gallery / Spark Architects

01:00 - 28 April, 2014
Vanke New City Center Sales Gallery  / Spark Architects, © Shu He
© Shu He
  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Project Director

    Stephen Pimbley
  • Area

    800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Shu He © Shu He © Shu He © Shu He +23

MAD Breaks Ground on Complex that Redefines Beijing’s “City Landscape”

01:00 - 28 April, 2014
MAD Breaks Ground on Complex that Redefines Beijing’s “City Landscape”, Site. Image © MAD
Site. Image © MAD

Construction has commenced on MAD’s Chaoyang Park Plaza within one of Beijing’s largest public parks and central business district. A continuation of Ma Yansong’s “Shan-Shui City” concept, which aims reintroduce nature into the urban realm, the mixed-use complex reinterprets natural formations illustrated in traditional Chinese paintings as contemporary “city landscapes.” 

“Like the tall mountain cliffs and river landscapes of China, a pair of asymmetrical towers creates a dramatic skyline in front of the park,” described MAD. “Ridges and valleys define the shape of the exterior glass facade, as if the natural forces of erosion wore down the tower into a few thin lines.” 

The Pinch Library And Community Center / Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin

01:00 - 25 April, 2014
The Pinch Library And Community Center / Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin, Courtesy of Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin
Courtesy of Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin
  • Architects

  • Location

    Yunnan, China
  • Project Team

    Crystal Kwan (Project Manager), Ashley Hinchcliffe, Connie Cheng, Johnny Cullinan, Jacky Huang
  • Area

    80.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin

Courtesy of Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin Courtesy of Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin Courtesy of Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin Courtesy of Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin +37

The Forbidden City Red-wall Teahouse / CutscapeArchitecture

01:00 - 25 April, 2014
The Forbidden City Red-wall Teahouse / CutscapeArchitecture, © Wang Yi
© Wang Yi
  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Hong ZHANG, Hetian ZHANG
  • Design Team

    Cheng ZHANG, Hongbin PAN, Cheng LIAN, Ziyue LIU, Penghao AN, Jihua SUN, Jie JING, Xiaowei HAN
  • Area

    280.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Zhang Hetian © Wang Yi © Wang Yi © Wang Yi +24

amphibianArc Claims First Prize in Ningbo Yinzhou Planning Competition

01:00 - 24 April, 2014
amphibianArc Claims First Prize in Ningbo Yinzhou Planning Competition, Courtesy of amphibianArc
Courtesy of amphibianArc

amphibianArc has been announced as winner of the Ningbo Yinzhou Southern CBD Portal Planning competition. Commissioned by the same developers of the Ningbo Museum designed by Wang Shu, the "transit-oriented" proposal aims to become the "driving force" of urban life in the masterplan's fourth and final phase.

Lecture: Bjarne Mastenbroek in Shanghai

00:00 - 20 April, 2014
 Lecture: Bjarne Mastenbroek in Shanghai

As part of the CA Group’s lecture series, “Architour,” one of the Executive Board of SeARCH, Bjarne Mastenbroek will give a lecture at 15:30 on April 25th at Tongji Architectual Design (Group) Co., Ltd.(TJAD) auditorium in Shanghai. For 2013 through 2015, “Architour” has as its theme “New Force of Architecture – Leading Young Architects”: each year, the CA Group will select nine young, global leaders in architecture (four from Asia and five from the West) to lecture on topics that cross typologies and disciplines, from architectural design, urban planning to interior design. Sou FujimotoChristian KerezThomas Heatherwick and Ensamble Studio were part of the series’ speakers.

Construction Begins on UDG China's Nanjing Office Tower

01:00 - 19 April, 2014
Construction Begins on UDG China's Nanjing Office Tower, Aerial. Image © Luxigon
Aerial. Image © Luxigon

Construction has begun on the new Nanjing Jianye District office tower in China. Designed by UDG China, the multi-level complex will house hundreds of government workers throughout almost 100,000 square meters of office space.

LITTLE Designs Locally-Inspired Cultural Campus for Anqiu

01:00 - 18 April, 2014
LITTLE Designs Locally-Inspired Cultural Campus for Anqiu, © LITTLE
© LITTLE

The fertile Anqiu region of China’s Shangdong Province is known locally as the land of “cultivation, stone hills, and creeks.” Thus, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting’s (LITTLE) design for Anqiu’s new cultural campus and fitness center is based upon these very elements.

Chinese Firm 3D Prints 10 Homes in 24 Hours

00:00 - 17 April, 2014
Chinese Firm 3D Prints 10 Homes in 24 Hours, Workmen assembling one of Winsun's printed walls.  Image courtesy of Wall Street Journal
Workmen assembling one of Winsun's printed walls. Image courtesy of Wall Street Journal

Winsun New Materials, a construction firm based in Suzhou, China, has successfully built ten small-scale houses using a massive 3-D printer. The 22 foot tall machine uses glass fibers and cement to produce building elements, such as walls, in successive layers. Winsun estimates that their printing process is approximately half as costly as traditional construction methods. Acknowledging China’s strict environmental policies, the company also has plans to use scrapped construction materials to print future buildings. You can read more about this ongoing project in this article from the Wall Street Journal.

Architecture Studio in Wujigeng Building / ISO workshop

01:00 - 14 April, 2014
Architecture Studio in Wujigeng Building / ISO workshop, © Yao Li
© Yao Li
  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Qi Wei
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li +15

Chinese to Build "Dubai 2.0" in Kenya

00:00 - 14 April, 2014
Chinese to Build "Dubai 2.0" in Kenya, The new city is planned for land South-East of Kenya's Capital, Nairobi. Image © Flickr CC User DEMOSH
The new city is planned for land South-East of Kenya's Capital, Nairobi. Image © Flickr CC User DEMOSH

As reported by Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper, a group of Chinese investors has revealed plans for a new city in Kenya that will "match the splendour of Dubai". Though the investors are still resolving details with the Kenyan government, the city is planned for an area in Athi River, around 30km south-east of Nairobi, and is billed as a Chinese-controlled economic zone. At this early stage, the plans feature at least 20 skyscrapers. You can find more details of the proposal here.

UDG China Breaks Ground on Wuxi Kindergarten

01:00 - 13 April, 2014
Courtesy of UDG China
Courtesy of UDG China

The United Design Group (UDG) China has begun construction the “Xieli Garden” resettlement community kindergarten in Wuxi. The three-story building, designed as a “spiraling elliptical ring,” aims to create an ideal learning environment for children with ample natural light and a direct connection to outdoor space. 

"City of Dreams" Hotel Tower / Zaha Hadid Architects

01:00 - 12 April, 2014
"City of Dreams" Hotel Tower / Zaha Hadid Architects, North Elevation. Image © Zaha Hadid Architects; 2014 Melco Crown Entertainment Limited
North Elevation. Image © Zaha Hadid Architects; 2014 Melco Crown Entertainment Limited

Zaha Hadid Architects has designed a 40-story luxury hotel for Macau’s premier leisure and entertainment destination known as “City of Dreams.” Perceived as a single “sculptural element” united by an exposed exoskeleton mesh structure, the “simple volume” was extruded from its rectangular site as two towers connected at the podium and roof levels, with two organically-shaped bridges punctuating the tower’s center external void. This central void is then celebrated by a 40-meter tall, “grandiose atrium” that greets visitors as they enter the hotel. 

Take a digital tour through the building and into the atrium via a newly released video, after the break...

Tianjin Qiaoyuan Bridge Culture Museum / Sunlay

01:00 - 12 April, 2014
Tianjin Qiaoyuan Bridge Culture Museum / Sunlay, Courtesy of Sunlay
Courtesy of Sunlay
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tianjin, China
  • Design Team

    Zhang Hua
  • Area

    2220.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Sunlay

Courtesy of Sunlay Courtesy of Sunlay Courtesy of Sunlay Courtesy of Sunlay +18