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Park Block Renovation, Luqiao Old Town / TM Studio

  • Architects: TM Studio
  • Location: Luqiao, Taizhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Architect: Tong Ming
  • Area: 10500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Courtesy of TM Studio

Courtesy of TM Studio Courtesy of TM Studio Courtesy of TM Studio Courtesy of TM Studio

Construction of China’s Tallest Building On Hold Due to Concrete Scandal


Scheduled to be the tallest tower in China and the second tallest building in the world by 2015, Kohn Pedersen Fox’s 660-meter-high Ping’an International Finance Center has received a major unexpected set back. Following an industrywide inspection conducted last week, Shenzhen government officials have discovered that a low-quality sea sand has been used by developers to create substandard concrete for KPF’s supertall skyscraper and at least 15 other buildings under construction. 

Hefei Wanda Mall / HYHW Architects

  • Architects: HYHW Architects
  • Location: Hefei, Anhui, China
  • Design Team: HYHW, KKL Partnership Architects, Anhui Provincial Architecture Design and Research Institute Co. Ltd, China Academy of Building Research
  • Area: 25000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of HYHW Architects

Courtesy of HYHW Architects Courtesy of HYHW Architects Courtesy of HYHW Architects Courtesy of HYHW Architects

Passive House "Bruck" / Peter Ruge Architekten

Setting new standards of sustainability through the design of the Passive House "Bruck", Peter Ruge Architekten’s project is a model apartment complex, consisting of 36 one room staff flats, 6 two room executive suites and 4 three-bedroom model apartments currently being built in southern China. With a 95% energy savings over that of a conventional Chinese residential building, the project is the first housing of its kind to be realized in the countries damp, warm, southern climate. Construction just began last month and is expected to be completed within the upcoming months. More images and architects’ description after the break.

National Convention and Exhibition Center Winning Proposal / gmp Architekten

© gmp Architekten
© gmp Architekten

gmp Architekten just won the first prize in the competition to design the 1.2 million square-meter Tianjin Exhibition Center. Now the third city where an exhibition center of international importance will be built after Shanghai and Guangzhou, their design concept proposes two almost identical construction phases. They both consist of a central entrance hall roofed over by filigree canopies, 8 exhibition halls on both sides and a main central thoroughfare that connects the entrance halls with the exhibition halls. More images and architects' description after the break.

Neil Barrett 'Shop in Shop' / Zaha Hadid Architects

© Virgile Simon Bertrand
© Virgile Simon Bertrand

From the architect. Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the ‘Shop in Shop’ concept for Neil Barrett is based on a singular, cohesive project that is divided into sixteen separate pieces. Specific pieces have then been selected and installed into each of the four Neil Barrett Shop in Shop’s in Seoul, and also into the Hong Kong shop; creating a unique display landscape within each store. The pieces have been carved and molded from the original solid as pairs that define each other to create an artificial landscape that unfolds multiple layers for display. More images and architects' description after the break.

Daqing Highway Passenger Transportation Hub / Had Architects

  • Architects: Had Architects
  • Location: Daqing, Heilongjiang, China
  • Design Team: Tang Jiajun, Wang Conglong, Ji Qiang
  • Area: 29576.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Wei Shuxiang and Tang Jiajun

© Wei Shuxiang and Tang Jiajun © Wei Shuxiang and Tang Jiajun © Wei Shuxiang and Tang Jiajun © Wei Shuxiang and Tang Jiajun

Qingdao Harborfront Redevelopment Proposal / EE&K a Perkins Eastman Company

Designed by EE&K a Perkins Eastman Company, their proposal for the Qingdao Harborfront Redevelopment project was recently awarded a 2013 Urban Design Honor Award by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York Chapter. The Harborfront occupies 26 hectares of former maritime/industrial uses in Downtown Qingdao, facing Jiaozhou Bay, and represents the anchor redevelopment for the city’s waterfront revitalization initiative. With the relocation of commercial port activities across the bay, antiquated docklands and shipyards throughout Downtown are now poised to become new mixed-use communities that will re-unite residents with their waterfront. More images and architects' description after the break.

Culture Art Center Changsha / Coop Himmelb(l)au

Courtesy of ISOCHROM.com, Vienna
Courtesy of ISOCHROM.com, Vienna

Coop Himmelb(l)au has come up with an incredibly unique design for the new Grand Theatre and International Culture & Art Center for ChangshaChina. The site is located on the northeastern side of the newly created Changsha Meixi Lake in the Daheexi District, with the design engaging both land and water with a flowing and undulating white form of enormous scale. The architects hope to create a new cultural center that interacts with the existing natural landscape, not only visually, but scientifically by running on alternative energy sources and efficient passive energy systems to reduce environmental impact.

The architects' description after the break...

Science Town Project / Spark Architects

  • Architects: Spark Architects
  • Location: Guangzhou, China
  • Project Director: Stephen Pimbley
  • Project Architect: Wenhui Lim
  • Team: Carlo Joson, Cynthia Liau, RafalKapusta, Conyee Chan, Jessica Leong, Darmaganda, Mark Mancenido, Marc Zara
  • Area: 33000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Guangzhou Vanke

© Guangzhou Vanke © Guangzhou Vanke © Guangzhou Vanke © Guangzhou Vanke

Changsha Meixihu International Culture and Art Centre / Zaha Hadid Architects

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) have unveiled an ambitious cultural mega center, which began to take shape in October after the project broke ground in the heart of Changsha, China. In true Hadid-fashion, the Changsha Meixi Lake International Culture & Arts Center defines itself by extreme sinuous curves that radiate from each of the three independent structures and links them by a pedestrianized landscape that offers a “strong urban experience”, forming what they hope to be a global destination for performance art. 

More on the cultural and arts center after the break...

Seaside Resort Development Competition Entry / John Thompson & Partners + Alan Dunlop Architects + Gillespies

Designed by the multi-disciplinary design team featuring John Thompson and Partners (JTP), Alan Dunlop Architects, and Gillespies, their proposal for the international tourist destination and ecological seaside resort on the Dapeng Peninsula made the final shortlist in the competition. Their design concept draws inspiration from the beauty, tranquillity and characteristics of the siteand learning lessons from examples and exemplars both in China and internationally. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Shengdetang Ruins Gallery / CHCC of Tsinghua University

  • Architects: CHCC of Tsinghua University
  • Location: Sanya, Hainan, China
  • Architects in Charge: Culture Heritage Conservation Center of Tsinghua University
  • Design Team: Cui Guanghai, Li Jing
  • Collaborators: Jie Xiaofeng, Guo Hongyan, Bi Quanyao
  • Structural Engineering: Liu xiang, Yu Guang
  • Area: 498.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jin Dongjun

© Jin Dongjun © Jin Dongjun © Jin Dongjun © Jin Dongjun

Tanmen Oceanic Fishing Cultural Center and Museum Proposal / Office for Architectural Culture

London-based architectural practice Office for Architectural Culture (OAC) recently completed the master plan and architectural concepts for a prestigious International Oceanic Fishing Cultural Center and Museums in China. The 650,000 m2 project in Tanmen, located on the southern island of Hainan, aims to create a realm where new architecture and spaces are profoundly rooted in the village’s culture and heritage is our principal design approach. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Behind the Scenes of OMA's Latest Tower with Sustainability Consultant Arpan Bakshi

Essence Financial Building. Image © OMA
Essence Financial Building. Image © OMA

Last month, we reported on OMA's latest competition winner: the Essence Financial Building, a building that OMA Partner David Gianotten described as "a new generation of office tower" for the city of Shenzhen, China. To talk us through the building's cutting edge sustainable features, we spoke with Arpan Bakshi, an architect, engineer, and Sustainability Manager at YR&G, OMA's sustainability consultants, who led the environmental design for the project.

Learn more about the Essence Financial Building, OMA's collaborative approach, and Bakshi's views on the future of sustainable design - for both China and the world - after the break...

Johnnie Walker House in Beijing / Asylum + LOVE

  • Architects: LOVE
  • Interior Designers: Asylum
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Client: Diageo
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Diageo

© Diageo © Diageo © Diageo © Diageo

Anatomy of a Chinese City

In cities around the globe, change happens almost instantly. Buildings rise, buildings disappear, and skylines morph before one’s eyes. There is no better example of this, of course, than China. From Ordos to Shanghai, Chinese cities are in a constant state of flux, as the Chinese people willfully abandon signs of the past and embrace the new.

Of course, it’s one thing to know this fact; it’s quite another to witness it firsthand, to experience this urgent impetus to demolish and demolish in order to build, build, build, and build. In the face of such large-scale, exponential urban development, it’s easy to feel powerless to suggest another path.

However, in publishing Anatomy of a Chinese City, that is exactly what two young architects have done. By taking the time to observe the “urban artifacts” that make a Chinese city unique, compiling over 100 drawings of everything from buildings to bicycles, Thomas Batzenschlager and Clémence Pybaro have preserved a piece of Chinese history that is quickly going extinct. 

In a world where, in the race for progress, quotidian realities are erased unthinkingly, Anatomy of a Chinese City is not just a resource, but a call-to-action, reminding us to slow down and observe the very human context that surrounds us.

Read more about Anatomy of a Chinese City, after the break...

Bar Street of Quanzhou / HYHW Architects

  • Architects: HYHW Architects
  • Location: Quanzhou, Fujian, China
  • Design Team: HYHW, ECOLAND Planning and Design Corp.
  • Client: Wanda Group
  • Area: 63000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Shu He Photography

© Shu He Photography © Shu He Photography © Shu He Photography © Shu He Photography