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Vincent Callebaut Proposes “Wooden Orchids” Green Shopping Center for China

12:00 - 27 May, 2014
Vincent Callebaut Proposes “Wooden Orchids” Green Shopping Center for China, Aerial perspective. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures
Aerial perspective. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures

Vincent Callebaut Architectures have received honorary mention for their “Wooden Orchids” proposal in the International Union of Architects’ (UIA) Mount Lu Estate of World Architecture Competition. Based in Ruichang, China, the competition tasked participants with designing several cultural and commercial complexes near one of the world’s largest flower theme parks. Wooden Orchids consolidates these functions in a green shopping hub that speaks to the area’s demographic and climatic influences.

Pedestrian path. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures Bicycle path. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures View toward organic food court. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures Library. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures +15

The Snow Apartment / penda

01:00 - 27 May, 2014
The Snow Apartment / penda, Courtesy of penda
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Axial Symphony / Design Systems Ltd.

01:00 - 27 May, 2014
Axial Symphony / Design Systems Ltd. , Courtesy of Design Systems Ltd.
Courtesy of Design Systems Ltd.

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ABC Cooking Studio / Prism Design

01:00 - 25 May, 2014
ABC Cooking Studio / Prism Design, © Studio W – Wataru Ishida
© Studio W – Wataru Ishida

© Studio W – Wataru Ishida © Studio W – Wataru Ishida © Studio W – Wataru Ishida © Studio W – Wataru Ishida +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Huangpu, Shanghai, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Tomohiro Katsuki, Masanori Kobayashi, Reiji Kobayashi
  • Area

    160.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

John McAslan + Partners Selected for Chinese Biodome

01:00 - 22 May, 2014
John McAslan + Partners Selected for Chinese Biodome, Courtesy of John McAslan + Partners
Courtesy of John McAslan + Partners

John McAslan + Partners has been selected to design a Botanical Gardens and Research Center in Dongguan, China. The scheme features a large gridshell biodome which engages with landscaped mounds both inside and outside the structure. Around the base of the roof structure, a ribbon of glass will provide views which connect these interior and exterior landscapes.

Read on for more detail on the design

Chenglu Villa / gad

01:00 - 21 May, 2014
© Zhao Qiang
© Zhao Qiang
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lingshui, Hainan, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Zhang Wei, Cheng Yue, Kang Jian.
  • Area

    1200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Zhao Qiang © Zhao Qiang © Zhao Qiang © Zhao Qiang +37

Crafting Urban Life in Three Dimensions: An Interview with Adam Snow Frampton by James Schrader

01:00 - 20 May, 2014
Crafting Urban Life in Three Dimensions: An Interview with Adam Snow Frampton by James Schrader, Footbridge in Central, Hong Kong. Image by Adam Frampton
Footbridge in Central, Hong Kong. Image by Adam Frampton

The following are excerpts from one of 41 interviews that student researchers at the Strelka Institute are publishing as part of the Future Urbanism Project. In this interview, James Schrader speaks with Adam Snow Frampton, the co-author of Cities Without Ground and the Principal of Only If, a New York City-based practice for architecture and urbanism. They discuss his work with OMA, the difference between Western and Asian cities, his experiences opening a new firm in New York, and the future of design on an urban scale.

James Schrader: Before we get to future urbanism, I thought it would be interesting to look a bit into your past. Could you tell me about where your interest in cities came from? Were there any formative moments that led to your fascination with cities?

Adam Snow Frampton: I was always interested in cities, but not necessarily exposed to much planning at school. When I went to work at OMA Rotterdam, I was engaged in a lot of large-scale projects, mostly in the Middle East and increasingly in Asia, where there was an opportunity to plan cities at a bigger scale. In the Netherlands, there’s not necessarily more construction than in the US, but there is a tradition of thinking big and a tendency to plan. For instance, many Dutch design offices like OMA, West 8, and MVRDV have done master plans for the whole country.

House in Dawanglu / Tsutsumi & Associates

01:00 - 20 May, 2014
House in Dawanglu / Tsutsumi & Associates, © Misae Hiromatsu
© Misae Hiromatsu

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5 Architects Envision New Port of Kinmen

00:00 - 16 May, 2014
5 Architects Envision New Port of Kinmen, First Prize: Junya Ishigami + Associates (Japan). Image Courtesy of Kinmen Harbor Bureau
First Prize: Junya Ishigami + Associates (Japan). Image Courtesy of Kinmen Harbor Bureau

The culmination of an international competition for Kinmen County has resulted in five winning and honorable mention schemes that promise to use architecture as a means of elevating the county’s national identify as a maritime gateway. Responding to the need for expansion and the desire to establish the port as a tourism and recreation destination, the Kinmen Harbor Bureau challenged architects to a two-stage competition for an energy-smart, low-carbon, and possibly expandable port that could host a variety of passenger services. 

Preview the winning results, after the break...

Aimé Patisserie / LUKSTUDIO

01:00 - 15 May, 2014
Aimé Patisserie / LUKSTUDIO, © Peter Dixie
© Peter Dixie

© Peter Dixie © Peter Dixie © Peter Dixie © Peter Dixie +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Huaihai Middle Road 697 Long Unit (North Gate), 697弄 Huaihai Middle Road, Huaihai Road Middle Section, Huangpu, China, 200000
  • Design Team

    Christina Luk, Mavis Li, Wesley Shu, Scott Baker, Jaycee Chui
  • Area

    63.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Tianhua to Transform 97-Year-Old Chinese Textile Mill into Art Gallery

01:00 - 13 May, 2014
Interior of the proposed renovation. Image © Tianhua
Interior of the proposed renovation. Image © Tianhua

Repurposing antiquated buildings is on the rise in China, and this proposal by Tianhua Architecture Design Company serves as a prime example. Planned for a site in the Hexi district of Tianjin, the Shanghai-based practice will soon transform a 1917 textile mill into a contemporary art gallery and private museum. 

The architects, who have adapted their design to emphasize the gridded layout and high ceilings of the existing structure, plan to insert a garden courtyard deep into the building’s core. This will not only counterpoint the structure’s industrialized aesthetic, but will provide natural light deep into the interior while preserving the exiting cruciform layout. 

schmidt hammer lassen Designs Cultural Hub for Ningbo’s Labour Union

01:00 - 5 May, 2014
schmidt hammer lassen Designs Cultural Hub for Ningbo’s Labour Union, © schmidt hammer lassen architects
© schmidt hammer lassen architects

schmidt hammer lassen architects has unveiled a new cultural hub for Ningbo’s Labour Union. Planned to serve both the city and the union’s nearly three million members, the “Home of Staff” will unite two stepped complexes of support, health, education, culture and leisure facilities with a half a kilometer long central park.

ZHOUSHI Culture & Sports Center / UDG YangZheng Studio

01:00 - 4 May, 2014
ZHOUSHI Culture & Sports Center / UDG YangZheng Studio, © Su Shengliang
© Su Shengliang

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Kunshan, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Yang Zheng, Zhang Yu
  • Design Team

    Team:Zhou Song、Liu Yanlin、Zhong Kai、Qian Qian
  • Area

    31387.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

City of Imagination: Kowloon Walled City 20 Years Later

00:00 - 2 May, 2014

Twenty years ago, one of the world’s most unusual and unexpected pieces of architecture was razed to the ground: Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City, the most densely populated area on earth. Squalid, dark, and labyrinthine, the informal city was not only a hotbed for organized crime, but also a vibrant community of commerce and hope. Now, the Wall Street Journal has released this short documentary, bringing the city back to life and revealing why it holds a special place in world culture today.

Fuzhou Wusibei Thaihot Plaza / Spark Architects

01:00 - 1 May, 2014
Fuzhou Wusibei Thaihot Plaza / Spark Architects, © Shu He
© Shu He

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Fuzhou, Fujian, China
  • Project Director

    Jan Felix Clostermann Team: Mingyin Tan, Christian Taeubert, Jian Yun Wu, Ben de Lange, Emer Loraine, Wang Haiyan Leo Micolta, Cary Cheng Client: Thaihot Group
  • Area

    300000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Vanke New City Center Sales Gallery / Spark Architects

01:00 - 28 April, 2014
Vanke New City Center Sales Gallery  / Spark Architects, © Shu He
© Shu He

© Shu He © Shu He © Shu He © Shu He +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Project Director

    Stephen Pimbley
  • Area

    800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

MAD Breaks Ground on Complex that Redefines Beijing’s “City Landscape”

01:00 - 28 April, 2014
MAD Breaks Ground on Complex that Redefines Beijing’s “City Landscape”, Site. Image © MAD
Site. Image © MAD

Construction has commenced on MAD’s Chaoyang Park Plaza within one of Beijing’s largest public parks and central business district. A continuation of Ma Yansong’s “Shan-Shui City” concept, which aims reintroduce nature into the urban realm, the mixed-use complex reinterprets natural formations illustrated in traditional Chinese paintings as contemporary “city landscapes.” 

“Like the tall mountain cliffs and river landscapes of China, a pair of asymmetrical towers creates a dramatic skyline in front of the park,” described MAD. “Ridges and valleys define the shape of the exterior glass facade, as if the natural forces of erosion wore down the tower into a few thin lines.” 

The Pinch Library And Community Center / Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin

01:00 - 25 April, 2014
The Pinch Library And Community Center / Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin, Courtesy of Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin
Courtesy of Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin

Courtesy of Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin Courtesy of Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin Courtesy of Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin Courtesy of Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin +37

  • Architects

  • Location

    Yunnan, China
  • Project Team

    Crystal Kwan (Project Manager), Ashley Hinchcliffe, Connie Cheng, Johnny Cullinan, Jacky Huang
  • Area

    80.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin