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Yuguandi - Sales Pavilion & Gallery / BLVD International

  • Architects: BLVD International
  • Location: Hangzhou City, China
  • Design Team: Honglei Liu, Jiang Min, Zongmao Lin, Haijun He, Yijun Lin
  • Area: 0.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Sun Xiangyu

© Sun Xiangyu © Sun Xiangyu © Sun Xiangyu © Sun Xiangyu

Xin Hua Pudong Waterfront Development Winning Proposal / Inbo + NITA

Huangpu River Banks Development just selected Inbo and NITA's proposal as the winning design for the master plan for the sustainable large scale Xin Hua Pudong waterfront development in the very heart of Shanghai. Located on the Huangpu River, their low-cardon, 45ha development entails a marina and a green riverside park with a mixed urban program as the green fingers of the park penetrate and interact with the surrounding urban area. More images and architects’ description after the break.

WFH House / Arcgency

  • Architects: Arcgency
  • Location: Wuxi, China
  • Manufacter: worldFLEXhome. (Nordisk Staal).
  • Client: worldFLEXhome
  • Structural Engineer: Sloth Møller
  • Area: 180.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jens Markus Lindhe

© Jens Markus Lindhe © Jens Markus Lindhe © Jens Markus Lindhe © Jens Markus Lindhe

Tian Yangbei Garden / Spark

  • Architects: Spark
  • Location: Chaoyang, Beijing, China
  • Creative Director: Honglei Liu
  • Design Director: David Perera
  • Senior Interior Designer: Jiayi Hu
  • Junior Interior Designers: Yachun Zhang, Huichao Liu
  • Area: 1300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Sun Xiangyu

© Sun Xiangyu © Sun Xiangyu © Sun Xiangyu © Sun Xiangyu

Xixi Wetland Art Village / Wang Weijen Architecture

Courtesy of Wang Weijen Architecture
Courtesy of Wang Weijen Architecture
  • Architects: Wang Weijen Architecture
  • Location: Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Client: Xixi Wetlands Park Construction Headquarter
  • Area: 4500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Wang Weijen Architecture

Courtesy of Wang Weijen Architecture Courtesy of Wang Weijen Architecture Courtesy of Wang Weijen Architecture Courtesy of Wang Weijen Architecture

Two Short Films Capture the Essence of Steven Holl Architects’ Sliced Porosity Block

Suzhou Industrial Park Sports Center / NBBJ

Stadium View from River © NBBJ
Stadium View from River © NBBJ

NBBJ has shared with us their latest design in sports architecture, a multifunctional industrial sports complex for the residents of Suzhou, China. Designed as a community asset, the cultural sports hub will include a commercial center, aquatics facility, gymnasium, arena, professional sports stadium and more. All facilities will be integrated within a lush “Sports Garden” that features an abundance of pedestrian walkways, gardens and sport fields. 

The architects' description after the break...

Masterplan of Xiasha Wander Bay Second Prize Winning Proposal / FCHA

A unique ecological resource for an otherwise densely-populated urban region, the Xiasha district is a rural, coastal setting outside of Shenzhen. FCHA‘s second prize winning proposal for the masterplan project of Xiasha Wander Bay seeks to strike a balance between the preservation of the site’s pristine ecology and the needs of a four-season tourist town. More images and architects’ description after the break.

OMA Wins Skyscraper Competition in China

Essence Financial Building © OMA
Essence Financial Building © OMA

OMA has won the design competition for the Essence Financial Building in Shenzhen, China. Led by OMA Partners David Gianotten and Rem Koolhaas, the design beat out four other entries by international and Chinese practices. 

The skyscraper will be OMA’s second in Shenzhen (the first being the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, which will be completed in April this year). By challenging many typical office tower conventions (such as a central core plan and curtain wall systems), OMA hopes their buildings will help lead the way for a “new generation” of office towers in the city.  

As David Gianotten commented in the Press Release: "OMA is very excited about its continuous and deepening participation in Shenzhen's development, especially as the city makes its latest evolution: from a manufacturing city into a services hub. This next generation of urbanism calls for a new generation of office towers of which the Essence Financial Building could be one."  

More on the Essence Financial Building, after the break... 

Wanda Academy / HYHW Architecture Consulting

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

Headquarters Building for Small and Medium Enterprises Second Prize Winning Proposal / FCHA

With Shenzhen’s Bao’an District an emerging incubator for entrepreneurs and rapidly growing new businesses, FCHA’s second prize winning proposal for the Headquarters Building for Small and Medium Enterprises seeks to establish an inclusive hub for start-up enterprises. This building hopes to maximize the exchange of resources and ideas with the aim of sparking new innovation and collaboration. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Thaihot City Plaza Mall / Spark Architects

Aiming to become a unique destination full of surprise and discovery, the design proposal for the Thaihot City Plaza Mall has a multi-faceted façade that has different functions, in plan and elevation. Designed by Spark Architects, this facade moderates the edges of the building in plan to increase sight lines into the pedestrian street drawing people in, unlike linear streets that fail to hold and capture the pedestrians’ interest. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Nanjing Road Mixed Use Area Proposal / RTA-Office

With the aim to create a new and contemporary urban space. the Nanjing Road Mixed Use Area proposal by RTA-Office distributes the volumes on the parcel in order to get an open public space and an intimate one simultaneously. The many passages throughout the 200,000 square-meter project offers walk paths for residents and visitors as it occupies an entire block of the city of Qingdao. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Zhengzhou Airport District Urban Planning EXhibition Centre Proposal / AUA

Constituting the northern portion of the planned ‘Future Square’ in the rapidly developing Airport District of Zhengzhou, China, Atelier of Urban Architecture (AUA)‘s design is an iconic addition to the area. The proposed urban planning exhibition centre and associated landscape consists of various programs that are organized on the folding floor slabs, bringing visitors around the centre piece of the exhibition – the physical model, which itself is positioned within a sunken space on ground level. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Raffles City Ningbo / SPARK

  • Architects: SPARK
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Project Director: Jan Felix Clostermann, Stephen Pimbley
  • Design Team: Jacky Chen, Yuhua Chen, Yuen Yuen Chen, Jan Felix Clostermann, Shu Fan, Jiarkai Guo, Vivian Huang, Akin Jabar, Yun Wu Jian, RenJie Li, Wenhui Lim, Minghao Liu, Oren Rabinowitz, Christian Taeubert, Wao Tao Wang, Chengming Xu, Wenzhen Yee, Hua Zhang
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: FG + SG

© FG + SG © FG + SG © FG + SG © FG + SG

Jade Museum / Archi-Union Architects

© Xia Zhi
© Xia Zhi
  • Architects: Archi-Union Architects
  • Location: Xuhui District, Shanghai, China
  • Architect In Charge: Philip F. Yuan
  • Design Team: Alex Han, Fuzi He
  • Client: Jade Museum
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Xia Zhi

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

Kengo Kuma Designs New Museum at China Academy of Art in Xiangshan

Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates
Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates

To further the promotion of art education, the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and China Academy of Art in Xiangshan have announced plans to construct a new university within the hilly suburbs of Hangzhou by the Spring of 2014. Designed by Kengo Kuma & Associates, the Museum at the China Academy of Art will harmonize with the lush topography and resist modifying any existing slopes to accommodate the 4,936 square meter facility. Instead, the museum’s configuration will mimic the lozenge shaped pattern that was discovered within the contour lines, generating a fluid exhibition space with linear and altering floor levels buffered by partially external galleries.

In addition, Kengo Kuma is investigating the possibility of reusing clay tiles and stones from Hangzhou's old house district so the body of the museum may appear as if the “soil of the tea gardens” were “transformed into architecture”.

More images after the break.