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Steven Holl Architects' complete Sun-shaped Micro-City in Chengdu

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Four years after breaking ground, Steven Holl Architects’ have completed the Sliced Porosity Block in the heart of Chengdu, China. Located at the intersection of the first Ring Road and Ren Ming Nam Road, visitors are able to access the three million square foot complex without using private transport means as it is directly connected to Chengdu’s public transportation system. Stimulating a micro urbanism, the five towers offer offices, serviced apartments, retail, a hotel, cafes, and restaurants. Rather than being designed as object-icon skyscrapers, the Sliced Porosity Block identifies itself as a metropolitan public space with large plazas and a hybrid of different functions. 

More on Steven Holl’s Sliced Porosity Block after the break.

Tianjin Ecocity Ecology and Planning Museums / Steven Holl Architects

© Steven Holl Architects
© Steven Holl Architects

Rising from the reclaimed salt pan and polluted tide flats of Bohai Bay, China, a new city designed for 350,000 inhabitants is being constructed from scratch. The ambitious project is being realized as a collaboration between the governments of Singapore and China with an overarching goal of becoming a poster-city for state-of-the-art sustainable aspects. With nearly a third of this new “Eco-City” of Tianjin built and substantial completion projected for 2020, the internationally renowned practice Steven Holl Architects has been commissioned to design the first two buildings in the city’s cultural district: the Tianjin Ecocity Ecology and Planning Museums. Like the Chinese “Bau Gua” or “Yin Yang,” these forms are in reverse relations, as the Ecology Museum is the “additive” complement to the “subtractive” space of the Planning Museum. Learn more about Holl’s design after the break.

Chongqing Business Center Proposal / United Design Group

Located in the center of the business zone in the Jangbeizui District of Chongquig, China, the office building proposal by United Design Group will service the business zone, promote the business condition, enrich the functions of the center, and become the fresh blood of the district. The considerations about the surroundings have been mostly centered on the orientation of the other projects (already under construction) and by the presence of a linear park that will connect the site with the water front where the Chongqing Grand Theatre is located. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Sanlitun South / LOT-EK Architecture & Design

  • Architects: LOT-EK Architecture & Design
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Architect In Charge: Ada Tolla, Giuseppe Lignano
  • Design Team: Keisuke Nibe, Koki Hashimoto, Judith Tse
  • Client: Guo Feng Development
  • Consultants: Beijing Architectural & Engineering Design Company
  • Area: 24,000 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Shu He, Courtesy of LOT-EK Architecture & Design

© Shu He © Shu He © Shu He Courtesy of LOT-EK Architecture & Design

Tangram Theatre Second Prize Winning Proposal / Gras Arquitectos

With the city of Zhangjiagang, China lacking their own identity, Gras Arquitectos aims to create a presence and scale with their Tangram Theatre, which won the second prize in the international competition. This mutual need can enable the creation of a new urban icon, an item that addresses a new identity to the city. Historically, the icon of Chinese cities is the pagoda: from the forbidden city to the unknown monument in rural China. The architects intend to create a theatre that becomes a sort of pagoda, icon for the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Zaha Hadid Seeing Double in China

East © ZHA
East © ZHA

Eleven Zaha Hadid projects are currently being constructed in China, however one of them has the international architecture mogul seeing double. Unfortunately, Hadid has found herself in a race to finish the Wangjing SOHO office and retail complex in Beijing before pirates complete their doppelgänger version in Chongqing, a megacity near the eastern edge of the Tibetan plateau. As reported on Spiegel Online, the Dame claimed that the pirates are currently in the lead and building faster than SOHO. The original, which is set for completion in 2014, features three curved towers whose “shimmering”, metallic skin unifies the complex as each volume appears to “dance” around each other. Hadid is not the first to be mimicked in China. Last year, a small UNESCO-protected village in Austria, Hallstatt, was recreated, brick for brick, in the subtropical district of Guangdong, China. You can find the complete story here.

Tony's Farm / Playze

  • Architects: Playze
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Team: Mengjia He, Pascal Berger, Marc Schmit, Meijun wu, Liv Xu Ye, Ahmed Hosny, Andres Tovar, Sebastian Hefti, Maggie Tang
  • Area: 1060.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Bartosz Kolonko

© Bartosz Kolonko © Bartosz Kolonko © Bartosz Kolonko © Bartosz Kolonko

Hanking Nanyou Newtown Urban Planning Design Proposal / Jaeger and Partner Architects

Jaeger and Partner Architects shared with us their Hanking Nanyou Newtown Urban Design proposal for the renovation of a parcel of Nanyou in Nanshan District, Shenzhen. Their concept focuses on creating a ‘multi-functional ring’ which combines the planning theories of the compact city, green city, and digital city. Acting as a unifying element, the multi-functional ring at the site’s core is a prominent feature of the design, providing the best site accessibility solution to an otherwise difficult to manage site. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas to design Cultural Center in Chengdu

© Studio Fuksas
© Studio Fuksas

Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas has been announced as winner of an international competition to design and construct the first cultural center in Chengdu, China. In their winning proposal, Fuksas combined four, elliptical shaped buildings with a spiral structure to create an inclusive artist complex that offers a center for the performing arts, a cultural center, offices Writer and Literary Association, and an apartment building for artists. Learn more about the Chengdu Tianfu Cultural and Performance Center after the break.

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Yalong Bay Headquarters of COFCO / Zhubo Design Zstudio

  • Architects: Zhubo Design Zstudio
  • Location: Yalong Bay, Sanya, China, 572016
  • Design Director: Zhong Qiao
  • Project Director: Zhang Tiantian
  • Architecture Designers: Zhang Biqin,Li Jing, Feng Qian
  • Collaborator: Zhubo Design Shenzhen Company
  • Area: 3,3400 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Su Shengliang

© Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang

Wuhan Marine Science and Research Tower Proposal / ACID + AaL + Studio méta-

Designed for a marine based company, the design by ACID (Advanced Construction Information Development Co., Ltd) + AaL (Advance Architecture Lab) + Studio méta- creates an iconic architectural representation of their day to day business. The architects were interested in a frozen expression of twisting water and the idea of this movement with relation to the core business of their client. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Tianjin Hotel Proposal / HAO

The hotel concept for the five-star hotel in Tianjin, China incorporates the traditional hotel amenities such as conference rooms, restaurants, and fitness areas with a vibrant gallery for art and changing exhibitions showcasing local and international artists. Designed by HAO/Holm Architecture Office, the building orients the building mass to create better views towards downtown Tianjin while curving back part of the volume to create a covered area for the hotel entrance and drop-off. More images and architects’ description after the break.

KPF Releases Masterplan for Chinese City Built From Scratch

Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)
Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)

International architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) recently announced that their design for the 120 million square foot master plan for Meixi Lake in Changsha, China is being realized. A new city in the West Changsha Pioneer Zone in Hunan Province, Meixi Lake is centered around a 3.85 kilometer‐long lake. Upon completion, the city will be home to 180,000 inhabitants, and will provide residents, workers and visitors sustainable neighborhoods for living, working, recreation, culture and entertainment. More images and architects’ press release after the break.

Dual Tower for the High-Tech and Research Campus First Prize Winning Proposal / KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten

Courtesy of KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten
Courtesy of KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten

KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten was just awarded the first prize for their design of the Dual Tower for the High-Tech and Research Campus in Foshan, China. The 170-meter high dual tower denotes the start of the new business district in the south of the city, a prefecture-level city in the southern Chinese province Guangdong. Its exposed location, height, and function in the urban fabric as the first building on the Sino-German High-Tech and Research Campus means that the dual tower is conceived as a landmark. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Nike Pop Up Showroom / Maggie Peng & Albert Tien

© Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud

Architects Selected/Shortlisted for West Kowloon Cultural District

Foster + Partners' Masterplan for the West Kowloon Cultural District, entitled City Park. © Foster + Partners, by Methanoia
Foster + Partners' Masterplan for the West Kowloon Cultural District, entitled City Park. © Foster + Partners, by Methanoia

The WKCDA (West Kowloon Cultural District Authority) has made two big announcements today: (1) the winners of the competition to design the Xiqu Center, what will be the District's first landmark building; and (2) the shortlist of six architects who will compete to design the M+ Museum for Visual Culture. The Museum and Center are part of a Masterplan, designed by Foster + Partners, to transform Hong Kong's West Kowloon Cultural District into a world-class destination for arts and culture.

Hong-Kong born architects Bing Thom and Ronald Lu (of Bing Thom Architects and Ronald Lu & Partners) beat out the Master-planners themselves, Foster +  Partners, to design the Xiqu Center, the "gateway of access" to the district, scheduled for commissioning in 2016.

The designer for the M+ Museum has yet to be determined, however, and, judging by the 6 world-famous architectural firms shortlisted, the competition is sure to be fierce.

Find out the complete list of architects, including Herzog & de Meuron and SNOHETTA, who will compete to design the M+ Museum, after the break...