SENSO Convention Center / MINAX

01:00 - 31 October, 2013
© Lu Zhigang
© Lu Zhigang
  • Architects

  • Location

    Binhu, Wuxi, Jiangsu, China
  • Design Team

    Lu Zhigang, Li Ruiyin, Li Jun
  • Area

    1200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Lu Zhigang

© Lu Zhigang © Lu Zhigang © Lu Zhigang © Lu Zhigang +24

Steven Holl Wins Competition for Qingdao Culture and Art Center

01:00 - 30 October, 2013
Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects
Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl Architects has been selected as winner, besting OMA and Zaha Hadid Architects, in an invited competition for the new Culture and Art Center of Qingdao City. Located in the heart of Qingdao’s new extension, which is planned for a population of 700,000, the two million-square-foot winning proposal features a conglomerate of four art museums situated amongst a landscape of reflecting pools and gardens which are all connected by a continuous “Light Loop” that moves visitors throughout the site. 

Read on for the architect’s description...

Mountains of Construction Debris Accumulate Outside Chinese Cities

00:00 - 29 October, 2013
© Aly Song / Reuters
© Aly Song / Reuters

Chinese city-dwellers are waking to find eight stories of construction debris outside of their homes. Over two billion tons of waste, outside Beijing and other major cities, is a result of a booming construction industry. "There's no systematic way to deal with [the garbage]," says Wilson W.S. Lu, architecture professor at the University of Hong Kong, "The illegal dumping is everywhere." Recycling efforts have just begun, but local activists believe it will require a radical paradigm shift in the way Chinese residents reclaim material. Read the full New York Times article, "China's Mountains of Construction Rubble."

Sky SOHO Leasing Showroom / GAP Architects

01:00 - 29 October, 2013
© Raymond Lau & Jerry Yin
© Raymond Lau & Jerry Yin
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Principal designer’s name

    Raymond Lau
  • Design team members

    Raymond Lau, Yandong Ren, Jiabao Zhao
  • Area

    350.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Raymond Lau & Jerry Yin

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2013 Shenzhen Biennale, UABB (Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism /Architecture)

01:00 - 27 October, 2013
Courtesy of UABB / Transformation of the Guangdong Float Glass Factory
Courtesy of UABB / Transformation of the Guangdong Float Glass Factory

Now in its 5th edition, the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (UABB) is the only biennial exhibition in the world to be based exclusively on the themes of urbanism and urbanization and is co-organized by Shenzhen and Hong Kong, making it one of the most important events on its type in the region.

The UABB has developed strong alliances with partners both local, regional and from all over the world. Among them include globally renowned cultural institutions like Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), MAXXI, OMA, Droog Design, International Architecture Biennale of São Paulo, MIT, MoMA New York, and The Berlage.

The curator for this year is Ole Bouman, and amajor attraction of the 2013 Shenzhen Biennale is the creative and dramatic transformation of an old Shenzhen glass factory into one of the Biennale’s core venues for this year. Spearheaded by Ole Bouman, the UABB’s curator and creative director, the project adhered to his manifesto statement of “Biennale as risk.” The revitalisation effort not only provides a unique and functional exhibition space for the Biennale but it reclaims a piece of heritage and history. As a broader objective, the makeover is also a step in redefining Shenzhen’s identity. In completing the urban intervention, Mr. Bouman now calls it a ‘Value Factory’ to manufacture ideas and knowledge.

More after the break.

Placid Mogan Cottage / genarchitects

01:00 - 25 October, 2013
© Hou Bowen
© Hou Bowen
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Kong Rui, Fan Beilei
  • Interior Designer

    Jia Shaojie
  • Landscape Architect

    Wang Xuanpeng
  • Area

    1055.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Hou Bowen

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Camper Showroom / Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

01:00 - 24 October, 2013
© Dirk Weiblen
© Dirk Weiblen
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Lyndon Neri & Rossana Hu
  • Associates

    Alex Mok, Peter Eland
  • Designers

    Lina Hsieh, Jacqueline Min, Ni Duan
  • Senior Associate – Graphics

    Christine Neri
  • Senior Project Manager

    Siwei Ren
  • Graphic Designer

    Hao Zhou
  • Senior Associate – Product Designer

    Brian Lo
  • Senior Product Designer

    Jean-Philippe Bonzon
  • Area

    300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Dirk Weiblen

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Aix Arôme Café / One Plus Partnership Limited

01:00 - 22 October, 2013
Courtesy of One Plus Partnership Limited
Courtesy of One Plus Partnership Limited
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shenzhen, China
  • Designers Involved

    Ajax Law Ling Kit, Virginia Lung
  • Photographer

    Ajax Law Ling Kit, Virginia Lung, Jonathan Leijonhufvud
  • Area

    150.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of One Plus Partnership Limited

Courtesy of One Plus Partnership Limited Courtesy of One Plus Partnership Limited Courtesy of One Plus Partnership Limited Courtesy of One Plus Partnership Limited +11

SOHO China's Zhang Xin on Balancing Design and Commercial Viability

00:00 - 22 October, 2013

The list of architects that have collaborated with Zhang Xin’s development company, SOHO China, reads like the roster of an architectural dream team (which includes Zaha Hadid, Yung Ho Chang, Bjarke Ingels, Kengo Kuma, Kazuyo Sejima, Herzog & de Meuron, Thom Mayne, David Adjaye, Toyo Ito and others). So it’s no surprise that the self-made billionaire lectured to a packed house at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design last Thursday. Xin spoke about her commitment to and love of design, explaining that her company’s mission is to bring a variety of architectural languages to China. And though SOHO’s projects are certainly experimental, Xin contends that her developer mindset actually helps meliorate the architect’s propensity to take the experiment too far—all without sacrificing the impressive and iconic forms of SOHO’s building portfolio.

Watch Zhang Xin link her practice in real estate to larger global issues and catch a glimpse of two Zaha Hadid-designs currently under construction: Wangjing SOHO and Sky SOHO.

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HENN Wins Competition to Build Cenke Tower in Taiyuan

01:00 - 22 October, 2013
© Visualisation HENN
© Visualisation HENN

Berlin-based Henn Architekten has been chosen as the winner of the architectural competition to design the 280-meter Cenke Tower in Taiyuan. Located on a north-south axis, the mixed-use tower will include office, hotel, and retail space. 

Arthouse / Joey Ho Design

01:00 - 21 October, 2013
© Yong Chang Wu
© Yong Chang Wu
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Other Designer

    Yuki Leung, Momoko Lai
  • Area

    771.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Yong Chang Wu

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Tsao & McKown: Developing a New Kind of Chinese City

00:00 - 19 October, 2013
Xiqu Urban Development, by Tsao & Mckown. Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China, 2010. Image Courtesy of Behance
Xiqu Urban Development, by Tsao & Mckown. Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China, 2010. Image Courtesy of Behance

China's rapid urbanisation has meant not only the speedy growth of cities but also the disappearance of traditional Chinese architecture. Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown (of Tsao & McKown) find this particularly troubling and so developing a new kind of Chinese city. These pedestrian friendly live-work communities would exist in stark contrast to the high-rise cities that dot the contemporary Chinese landscape. But it hasn't all been easy. Read the full Wall Street Journal article here: "Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown Bring New Eco-Friendly Designs to China."

In Progress: The Qingdaobei Station / AREP Architect + MaP3 Structural Engineering

01:00 - 19 October, 2013
Courtesy of MaP3
Courtesy of MaP3

Courtesy of MaP3 Courtesy of MaP3 Courtesy of MaP3 Courtesy of MaP3 +52

Bubble Building / 3GATTI Architecture Studio

01:00 - 12 October, 2013
Skyline View. Image Courtesy of 3GATTI
Skyline View. Image Courtesy of 3GATTI

The Bubble Building, a "renovation of a common, old and unattractive building" in the centre of Shanghai, is a simple design containing complex environmental qualities. Unlike a conventional retrofit or renovation, 3GATTI's proposal places inflatables made of white antibacterial technical outdoor nylon, in front of the windows on the existing building. Their concept was to "create an icon-building, a kind of landmark very easy to recognize, a kind of sculpture with a strong character able to detach itself from the boring cityscape" with the ultimate aim to attract customers to rent both the office and commercial spaces.

Apple Patents Glass Cylinder Design

00:00 - 10 October, 2013
Courtesy of Apple
Courtesy of Apple

Apple has successfully secured a patent for the cylindrical, glass entrance to its Shanghai store. After trademarking the design and layout of its retail stores last January, this is one more battle Apple has won for copyrighting its signature look.

More on the patented design after the break.

Reviving Beijing's Hutongs with Micro Installations

00:00 - 9 October, 2013
Above Beijing's historic hutongs. Image © Ivan Walsh
Above Beijing's historic hutongs. Image © Ivan Walsh

The Guardian's Oliver Wainwright documents the current trend of micro-scale installations spurring new life into the historic hutongs of Beijing and gaining support from the local communities, eager to reject the economic pressures of destroying/rebuilding. The local government’s endorsement, however, comes as a surprise - especially considering its fervent impetus to raze these areas just a few years ago. Read the full article here: Designers Use 'Urban Acupuncture' to Revive Beijing's Historic Hutongs.

Shenzhen Stock Exchange HQ / OMA

00:00 - 8 October, 2013
© Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bin He Da Dao, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China
  • Partners in Charge

    Rem Koolhaas, David Gianotten
  • Collaborators

    Ellen van Loon, Shohei Shigematsu
  • Associate in charge

    Michael Kokora
  • Area

    180000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Philippe Ruault

© Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault +20

Tales Pavilion / Luca Nichetto

01:00 - 8 October, 2013
© Jonathan Leijonhufvud
© Jonathan Leijonhufvud

© Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud +27