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VIDEO: Steven Holl on the Sifang Art Museum

00:00 - 11 March, 2014

Steven Holl has, again, teamed up with Spirit of Space to produce two short films on the recently completed Sifang Art Museum. In the first video (above) Holl explains the project’s inspiration - the mysteries of parallel perspective seen in early Chinese paintings - and how the design subtly distorts any concept of a vanishing point at the ground level yet contrasts this notion in the upper galleries by framing the distant view of Nanjing. In the second video (after the break), Spirit of Space allows you to experience this space by revealing it from all perspectives and scales.  

See the second video, after the break…

Woods Bagot Reveals Design for Wenling Sheraton

01:00 - 8 March, 2014
Courtesy of Woods Bagot
Courtesy of Woods Bagot

Woods Bagot has shared their design for a destination hotel in Zhejiang, China. The Wenling Sheraton, sited between two waterways, is scheduled to be completed in 2019. Woods Bagot says that views of the wetlands and mountains of Wenling will "ensure a quality guest experience" which includes waterfront dining, an observation deck and a pedestrian promenade. 

More photos of the design after the break.

Courtesy of Woods Bagot Eye-Level Perspective. Image Courtesy of Woods Bagot Roof Deck. Image Courtesy of Woods Bagot Crown. Image Courtesy of Woods Bagot +15

Perspective on The Cube by Oyler Wu Collaborative

01:00 - 8 March, 2014
Perspective on The Cube by Oyler Wu Collaborative, Courtesy of Oyler Wu Collaborative
Courtesy of Oyler Wu Collaborative

From the architect. The Cube, a sixteen meter tall painted steel and rope installation designed for the 2013 Beijing Biennale by the Oyler Wu Collaborative, challenges the volumetric perception of its own archetypal geometry. The aspiration of the installation is to achieve the transcendence of the first dimension - the line - by simulating warping two-dimensional planes, which penetrate and populate the object framework, to create the perception of inhabitable three-dimensional space.

GRAFT + penda to Break Ground on Myrtle Garden Hotel

01:00 - 5 March, 2014
© GRAFT + penda
© GRAFT + penda

GRAFT Architects and penda are preparing to break ground on Myrtle Garden Hotel in the outskirts of Xiangyang, China. Nestled on a hillside site within the largest Myrtle Flower Garden in Asia, the wooden annular structure is designed to provide a “soothing harmony between the architecture and its natural environment.” 

Shanghai Community Cubes / INCLUDED

01:00 - 4 March, 2014
Shanghai Community Cubes / INCLUDED, © Marco Jacobs
© Marco Jacobs
  • Architects

  • Location

    Gucun Road, Chongming, Shanghai, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Matt Mueller
  • Area

    150.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Marco Jacobs © Jennifer Ha © Jennifer Ha © Jennifer Ha +15

The Indicator: The Slum Exotic and the Persistence of Hong Kong’s Walled City

00:00 - 28 February, 2014
The Indicator: The Slum Exotic and the Persistence of Hong Kong’s Walled City, © Greg Girard and Ian Lambot
© Greg Girard and Ian Lambot

Whenever I see sensational exposes on the supposedly sublime spatial intensity of Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City (demolished in 1994), they strike me as nothing more than colonial fantasies that have little to do with the reality of living in the midst of one of the world’s cruelest slums. You see the Walled City pop up constantly like it’s still a valid or even interesting subject. This informal settlement has been diagramed, photographed, and written about for decades from an aesthetic point of view, rendering its victimized and oppressed inhabitants all but invisible. Not to say that this wasn’t home to a lot of people and that no “fond memories” were formed there, but still, like all slums, it was a tough place to live, fraught with contradictions in the haze of hope for a better life.

In Progress: Tianjin Riverside 66 / KPF

01:00 - 28 February, 2014
In Progress: Tianjin Riverside 66 / KPF, Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF)
Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF)
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tianjin, China
  • Design Principal

    James von Klemperer, FAIA
  • Director/Senior Designer

    Jeffrey A. Kenoff, AIA
  • KPF Project Team and Contributors

    Jeffrey A. Kenoff, Audrey Choi, Edwin Lau, Peter Gross, Ciara Seymour, Gary Stluka, Benjamin Albury; Bernard Chang; Hanna Chang; Saera Park; Shang Chen; Sarah Smith; James Kehl; Sandra Choy; Thomas Coldefy; Javier Galindo; Onur Gun; Heejin Kim; Yoojung Kim; Ming Leung; Luis Llull; Manon Pare; Charles Portelli; Samuel Schmitz; James Siow; Kristin Speth; Donald Springer; Kyle Steinfeld; Scott Wilson, James von Klemperer, Paul Katz
  • Area

    152800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF)

Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) +23

Niyang River Visitor Center / Standardarchitecture + Zhaoyang Architects

01:00 - 26 February, 2014
Niyang River Visitor Center  / Standardarchitecture + Zhaoyang Architects, © Chen Su
© Chen Su

© Chen Su © Chen Su © Chen Su © Chen Su +23

UA Studio 7 and Aedas' Central Business District for Hongqiao Airport Now Underway

19:00 - 22 February, 2014
UA Studio 7 and Aedas' Central Business District for Hongqiao Airport Now Underway, Courtesy of UA Studio 7
Courtesy of UA Studio 7

Urban Architecture (UA Studio 7) and Aedas' winning proposal for the Hongqiao Central Business District has broke ground at Shanghai’s domestic Hongqiao Airport, mainland China's fourth busiest airport. The 18.4 hectare office and retail center, masterplanned by UA, has been divided into two parts: UA Studio 7 will design the office district, “a flower with eight leaves,” while Aedas designs the shopping, hotel, and conference center along a "bow curve" of pedestrian flow.

According to UA, the winning scheme's success was "due to a highly energy-efficient architecture proposal combined with an urban plan that allows for pedestrian-friendly spaces."

Shenzhen Deli / Linehouse

06:00 - 22 February, 2014
Shenzhen Deli / Linehouse, © Benoit Florencon
© Benoit Florencon
  • Architects

  • Location

    Futian, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, 518048
  • Area

    145.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Benoit Florencon © Benoit Florencon © Benoit Florencon © Benoit Florencon +16

Dingli Sculpture Art Museum / ATR Atelier

16:00 - 21 February, 2014
Dingli Sculpture Art Museum / ATR Atelier, © Lu Hengzhong
© Lu Hengzhong
  • Architects

  • Location

    Quanzhou, Fujian, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Wang Yan
  • Design Team

    Gao Guangye, Zhang Xu
  • Area

    3900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Lu Hengzhong © Lu Hengzhong © Lu Hengzhong © Lu Hengzhong +28

Spark Beijing Office / Spark Architects

01:00 - 19 February, 2014
Spark Beijing Office / Spark Architects, © Shu He
© Shu He
  • Architects

  • Location

    Dongsishitiao, Dongcheng, China, 100027
  • Architect in Charge

    Lin Li
  • Project Director

    Jan Felix Clostermann, Christian Taeubert
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Shu He © Shu He © Shu He © Shu He +29

Latitude Studio Designs "Future Mall" Exhibition Space in Beijing

18:00 - 18 February, 2014
Latitude Studio Designs "Future Mall" Exhibition Space in Beijing, Entrance Facade (night). Image Courtesy of Latitude Studio
Entrance Facade (night). Image Courtesy of Latitude Studio

Latitude Studio, based in Barcelona and Beijing, have unveiled designs for a showroom exhibition centre in China's capital city. Integral to the design is how visitors circulate and interact with the spaces centred around the "future shopping mall". Including an auditorium, model spaces and views onto an area which is expected to see enormous retail development, the building's central atrium and "thematic sightseeing walk" offer a unique journey for the visitor.

Value Farm / Thomas Chung

21:00 - 17 February, 2014
Value Farm / Thomas Chung, © Value Farm
© Value Farm
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shekou, Nanshan, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Design Team

    Gary Law, Bill So, Sam Wong
  • Area

    8120.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Value Farm © Value Farm © Value Farm © Value Farm +33

Liquid Laundry / hcreates

01:00 - 17 February, 2014
Liquid Laundry / hcreates, © Seth Powers
© Seth Powers
  • Architects

  • Location

    Xuhui, Shanghai, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Hannah Churchill
  • Branding & Graphic Design

    The Orange Blowfish
  • Area

    700.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Seth Powers © Seth Powers © Seth Powers © Seth Powers +20

Zhengzhou Vanke City Gallery / Locus Associates

01:00 - 17 February, 2014
Zhengzhou Vanke City Gallery  / Locus Associates , © Béton Brut
© Béton Brut
  • Architects

  • Location

    Zhengzhou, Henan, China
  • Design Team

    Brandon Huang, Jerome Lee, Kenny Fung, Ray Wan
  • Facade Architect

    Shenzhen Upright&Pure Architectural Design Co. Ltd
  • Local Architect

    Chongqing Xinzhongjian Architectural Design Consultants
  • Area

    18000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Béton Brut © Béton Brut © Béton Brut © Béton Brut +15

Farrells Selected to Masterplan Two Sites in Shenzhen’s Qianhai Financial District

01:00 - 13 February, 2014
Farrells Selected to Masterplan Two Sites in Shenzhen’s Qianhai Financial District, © Farrells
© Farrells

Farrells has been announced as winner of an international competition to masterplan two prominent commercial zones in Shenzhen’s Qianhai financial district. Adjacent to the district’s Qianhaiwan metro station, the two districts are expected to boost cross-border trade between Shenzhen and Hong Kong. The first, 460,000-square-meter masterplan will feature a 320-meter-tall skyscraper and two 185-meter gateway towers, providing high-end office, residential and retail space, as well as serviced apartments. 

Guodian New Energy Technology Research Institute Beijing / BIAD 3A2 Studio

01:00 - 13 February, 2014
Guodian New Energy Technology Research Institute Beijing  / BIAD 3A2 Studio, © Yang Chaoying
© Yang Chaoying
  • Architects

  • Location

    Changping, Beijing, China
  • Design Team

    Ye Yiqian, Liu Weigang, Xue Jun, Duan Wei, Cong Zhen, Huo Jianjun, Wang Yazhao, Xu Xiaoying
  • Area

    240000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Yang Chaoying © Yang Chaoying © Yang Chaoying © Yang Chaoying +38