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OMA Designs Chinese Pavilion for 2015 Venice Art Biennale

The Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation has commissioned OMA to design the Chinese Pavilion at the 56th Venice Art Biennale, just a year after Rem Koolhaas served as director of the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale. The exhibition, "Other Future" will feature the work of composer Tan Dun, architect Liu Jiakun, artist Lu Yang, filmmaker Wu Wenguang / Caochangdi Work Station and choreographer Wen Hui / Living Dance Studio in an "immersive environment where artworks are juxtaposed in a field of projections and stages connecting the interior and exterior works."

A Look at China's "Nail Houses"

China's rapid growth has led to some unusual situations; shocking images of so-called "nail houses" continue to circle the internet, depicting defiant homeowners refusing to give up their homes for low compensation in the name of "progress." Standalone homes, and even some graves, are being surrounded by high-rise development and roadways, as land disputes play out in court. The Atlantic has just published a fascinating round-up of these peculiar situations. You can view them all, here.  

The Soundwave / Penda

  • Architects: Penda
  • Location: Xiangyang, Hubei, China
  • Area: 5000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Xia Zhi

© Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi

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. 

Morphosis Breaks Ground on Shenzhen Office Tower

Construction is underway on a striking new tower by Morphosis Architects in Shenzhen. "A departure from conventional towers," as the practice describes, the "Hanking Center Tower" merges commercial retail with private office space through the folding of its steel structure. Beyond that, tenants are connected via a series communal sky gardens and a massive sun-lit atrium that occupies the building's core. 

Plaza. Image © Luxigon, courtesy of Morphosis Architects Lobby. Image © Luxigon, courtesy of Morphosis Architects Retail. Image © Luxigon, courtesy of Morphosis Architects © Luxigon, courtesy of Morphosis Architects

Urban Systems Office's Bundle Tower Reimagines the Bank of China

London-based design group Urban Systems Office has developed a work-flow system employed in their  180-meter "Bundle Tower" to redefine the office typology of the Bank of China. Informed by its specific site features, the mixed-use Bundle Tower creates an open floor plan that responds precisely to its surrounding conditions and unique site requirements.

Jordan Road Restaurant & Bar / CAA

  • Architects: CAA
  • Location: Yunnan, China
  • Area: 400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of CAA

Courtesy of CAA Courtesy of CAA Courtesy of CAA Courtesy of CAA

Aimer Fashion Factory / Crossboundaries Architects

  • Architects: Crossboundaries Architects
  • Location: Shunyi, Beijing, China
  • Area: 53000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Zhi Xia, Chaoyang Ying

© Xia Zhi and Yang Chaoying © Xia Zhi and Yang Chaoying © Xia Zhi and Yang Chaoying © Xia Zhi and Yang Chaoying

Yangtai Shan Villa / Design Crew for Architecture

  • Architects: Design Crew for Architecture
  • 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: Jinpeng YUAN

© Jinpeng YUAN © Jinpeng YUAN © Jinpeng YUAN © Jinpeng YUAN

Geology Museum / LeeMundwiler Architects

  • Architects: LeeMundwiler 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: Yujiang Peng

© Yujiang Peng © Yujiang Peng © Yujiang Peng © Yujiang Peng

Student Accommodation / Wuyang Architecture

  • Architects: Wuyang Architecture
  • Location: Jian Chuan Lu, Minhang Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
  • Project Architect: FENG Lu
  • Engineering: SRIBS
  • Area: 975.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: SU Shengliang

© SU Shengliang © SU Shengliang © SU Shengliang © SU Shengliang

Chinese Company Builds 57-Story Skyscraper in 19 Days

“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.