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GMT London / Z&M Architects

01:00 - 19 September, 2014
GMT London / Z&M Architects, © Su Shengliang
© Su Shengliang

© Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Xintiandi, Huangpu, China, 200000
  • Design Team

    Liu Zhiyong, Meng Hao
  • Client

    Shanghai xintiandi & GMT LONDON
  • Area

    185.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

JH Factory Complex Design / XU Kai

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
JH Factory Complex Design / XU Kai, © Amelie Yang
© Amelie Yang

© Amelie Yang © Amelie Yang © Amelie Yang © Amelie Yang +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Huli, Xiamen, Fujian, China, 361009
  • Area

    9500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

70 Documentaries By Spanish And Portuguese Architects To Be Exhibited In Beijing

00:00 - 16 September, 2014

LaMIPA, a non-profit "architectural exchange platform" dedicated to exhibiting art and culture, will be part of the 2014 Beijing Design Week (BJDW) with a launch event on September 25th 2014 and following events on the 26th and 28th. Exhibiting seventy documentaries by Spanish and Portuguese architects, and organised in conjunction with the Spanish and Portuguese Embassies to China, the unique audiovisual LaMIPA collection will be part of the main section of the Beijing Design Week festival. Alongside the exhibition a series of lectures from a number of renowned practices including Souto de Moura and OAB Ferrater will also be taking place.

KAMJZ Reveals Proposal for Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan

01:00 - 14 September, 2014
KAMJZ Reveals Proposal for Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan, Courtesy of KAMJZ Architects
Courtesy of KAMJZ Architects

Already one of the most remarkable examples of China’s urban growth in the last 30 years, Shenzhen will soon also host a bustling new financial district. The Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan aims to create a new city center with top headquarter offices for global corporations and related venues for international conferences, exhibitions, and cultural programs. KAMJZ Architects has recently revealed their competition entry with a plan that proposes a more sustainable city center through the design of a radical new typology for office towers. Read on after the break to learn more about the proposed masterplan. 

Courtesy of KAMJZ Architects Courtesy of KAMJZ Architects Courtesy of KAMJZ Architects Courtesy of KAMJZ Architects +15

Álvaro Siza, Carlos Castanheira and Wang Shu Design Museum for Hangzhou Art Academy

01:00 - 3 September, 2014

After inaugurating his first building in China – “The Building on the Water” – Álvaro Siza has just announced his second project in the country, again in collaboration with Portuguese architect Carlos Castanheira. This time the two architects will develop a museum for Hangzhou Art Academy.

The new museum - which will have approximately 15,000 sqm, a total area similar to that of Serralves Foundation building – will host an important collection of pieces from the famous German school of arts and design, Bauhaus, founded by Walter Gropius in 1919.

Home Cafes / Penda

01:00 - 1 September, 2014
Home Cafes  / Penda, © Zhi Xia
© Zhi Xia

© Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia +41

Ban House / Zhang Dongguang + Liu Wenjuan

01:00 - 31 August, 2014
Ban House / Zhang Dongguang + Liu Wenjuan, © Liu Wenjuan
© Liu Wenjuan

© Liu Wenjuan © Liu Wenjuan © Liu Wenjuan © Liu Wenjuan +23

The Building on the Water / Álvaro Siza + Carlos Castanheira

01:00 - 29 August, 2014
The Building on the Water / Álvaro Siza + Carlos Castanheira, © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG + SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG + SG © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG +48

  • Architects

  • Location

    Huai'an, Jiangsu, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Álvaro Siza e Carlos Castanheira
  • Portugal’s Office

    CC&CB - Arquitectos Lda.
  • Principals in charge

    1st phase (preliminary project) : Pedro Carvalho, Luís Reis. 2st phase (execution project) : Luís Reis
  • Collaborators

    Diana Vasconcelos, Susana Oliveira, Elisabete Queirós, Orlando Sousa, Rita Ferreira, João Figueiredo, Caitriona, Carolina Leite, Anand Sonecha.
  • Local Permit Architects and Engineers

    United Architects & Engineers Co., Ltda
  • Project management & construction supervision

    Stephen Wang, Richard Wang, Chiou-Huei Lin (WZWX Architecture Group)
  • 3d Models/Renders

    Francesco Sechi, João Figueiredo, Pedro Afonso, José Soares
  • Creative Integration Consultant

    Xue Xue Institute, Xue Xue Foundation
  • Engineering

    Shanghai Qingya Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Co. (HVAC, electrical, plumbing, telecommunications and security installation) RFR Shanghai (Stuctural review) Geberit China (Water drainage)
  • Construction company

    Zhejiang Urban Construction Group
  • Consultants

    HDP – Paulo Fidalgo (Structure) GET – Raul Bessa (Mechanical) GPIC – Alexandre Martins (Lighting) SIKA – Helena Beleza (Waterproofing of the concrete construction)
  • Client

    Por-Shih Lin, Diretor da Shihlien Chemical Industrial (Jiangsu) Co., Ltd.
  • Project Area

    11000 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Emperor Qianmen Hotel / asap

01:00 - 28 August, 2014
Emperor Qianmen Hotel  / asap, © Jonathan Leijonhufvud
© Jonathan Leijonhufvud

© Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Dongcheng, Beijing, China
  • Lead Architect

    Adam Sokol
  • Area

    7500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Mecanoo Begins Work on Vast Cultural Centre in Shenzhen

00:00 - 28 August, 2014
Mecanoo Begins Work on Vast Cultural Centre in Shenzhen, Courtesy of Mecanoo / Christopher Malheiros Architectural Visualization
Courtesy of Mecanoo / Christopher Malheiros Architectural Visualization

Dutch based practice Mecanoo, nominated for this year's RIBA Stirling Prize for the Library of Birmingham, have begun work on vast cultural centre in Shenzhen marking their first project to break ground on Chinese soil. Comprising of a large public art gallery, a science museum, a youth centre, and a book mall, the 95,000 square metre development will strengthen Longgang District's identity by "providing citizens and visitors with a renewed sense of place." Forming a dynamic link between the high-rise of the city's commercial district and the open spaces of Longcheng Park, the four sculpted forms emerge from the ground to create a series of arches and sheltered spaces to facilitate public events.

See the full set of images and an illustrative film after the break.

Courtesy of Mecanoo / Christopher Malheiros Architectural Visualization Breaks in the volumes create sheltered spaces. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo / Doug and Wolf Exhibition Space. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo / Doug and Wolf Restaurant. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo / Doug and Wolf +7

Shanghai MOCA / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects

01:00 - 26 August, 2014
Shanghai MOCA / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects, © Jeremy San
© Jeremy San

© Jeremy San © Jeremy San © Jeremy San © Jeremy San +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    People's Park, 231 Nanjing West Road, People's Square, Huangpu, China, 200000
  • Design Team

    Liu Yuyang, Keith Yee, Tynnon Chow, Larry Tsoi
  • Area

    3900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

Fernando Guerra Captures Álvaro Siza’s First Project in China

00:00 - 25 August, 2014
Fernando Guerra Captures Álvaro Siza’s First Project in China, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

We are excited to share these exclusive photos taken by Fernando Guerra | FG+SG of Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza’s first project in China: The Building on the Water.

Evoking the image of a dragon perched elegantly on water, the contours of the building seem to move gently in a perfect synergy between local symbolism and the subtle elements of Siza. Snaking around, the form escapes formal convention, emerging as an autonomous entity that contrasts with the orthogonal form of the factory complex. The delicate transition geometry of curves and bridges that connect the different spaces and pavements makes this project one of the most striking examples of Siza’s distinctive architecture. 

Through different shades, reflections and his unmatched composition of light and shadows, Fernando Guerra’s striking images show a poetic scene and the perfect relationship between the building and its environment. We can envision the changes and transitions that the white concrete building goes through as a result of its contact with the water throughout the day.

Read on after the break to see the exclusive images...

The Chinese Dream: Original Architecture Not Included

00:00 - 24 August, 2014
The Chinese Dream: Original Architecture Not Included , Western-styled developments are increasingly popular in China, such as this suburb of Shanghai. Image © Flickr CC User Brian Yap
Western-styled developments are increasingly popular in China, such as this suburb of Shanghai. Image © Flickr CC User Brian Yap

Looking for your dream home? Picket fence, driveway (sedan included), basketball net, and terracotta pots complete with flowers in bloom, available now in the quiet neighbourhood of Rancho Santa Fe in Shanghai, China. According to this article in The Guardian, "The Chinese Dream" is currently sweeping the People's Republic, with Western planning models replicated with identical ineffective results. The article offers an intimate insight into the role of American architectural fetishism in modern China, and how the government is now fighting to curb the trend. Read the complete article here

Daqing Left Bank City / A-ASTERISK

01:00 - 23 August, 2014
Daqing Left Bank City / A-ASTERISK, © Misae Hiromatsu
© Misae Hiromatsu

© Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Daqing, Heilongjiang, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Nakamura Nobuhiro, Qin Yi, Shigeno Yuji, Wang Wenping, He Zengcai
  • Architecture Design

    A-ASTERISK
  • Area

    200413.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Qiqihaer Hezhitang Hot Spring / A-ASTERISK

01:00 - 22 August, 2014
Qiqihaer Hezhitang Hot Spring  / A-ASTERISK, © Misae Hiromatsu
© Misae Hiromatsu

© Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Qiqihar, Heilongjiang, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Nakamura Nobuhiro, Qin Yi, Shigeno Yuji, Lai Jie, Wang Wenping, He Zengcai.
  • Area

    11357.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Interview with Qi Xin of Qi Xin Architects and Engineers

01:00 - 21 August, 2014
Interview with Qi Xin of Qi Xin Architects and Engineers, Olympic Park Siheyuan / Qi Xin Architects and Engineers. Image © Pier Alessio Rizzardi
Olympic Park Siheyuan / Qi Xin Architects and Engineers. Image © Pier Alessio Rizzardi

Architecture is not important. You can make a microclimate or situation, but you cannot have more influence about life or the urban situation, it’s just a very small operation you are working on, and you cannot control the situation of the city.. But even if you are just working on a single object here, you can always try to have more or less a positive influence on the city, you can always contribute in your way to the city, to the citizens. But in a larger view it’s not that important; it’s you or somebody else. The people are happy or not, their happiness is not relying on your architecture.” - Qi Xin, Beijing, 2013

Shedding light on topics from China's rapid urbanization to the issue of copycat architecture, this interview of Chinese architect Qi Xin conducted by Pier Alessio Rizzardi questions the role of architecture in Chinese society, and reveals the mindset of the modern Chinese architect. Qi Xin's answers challenge many of the myths surrounding Chinese architecture, often through one-line gems such as “what is permanent for Chinese people is the spirit, not material,” and “the most important thing is that we don’t know where we are going... we are making the future cities.”

China's "City-Making Process": Investors' Power in the People's Republic

01:00 - 16 August, 2014
China's "City-Making Process": Investors' Power in the People's Republic, Real estate in Shanghai. Image © Pier Alessio Rizzardi
Real estate in Shanghai. Image © Pier Alessio Rizzardi

The world is looking at the urban machine of Chinese cities, at the newly founded theme-cities and at the new urban economic investment areas around the cities. The buildings are repetitive, the areas are sometimes uninhabited, but the thing that leaves urban planners, architects and the public amazed is that these buildings are often completely sold out even before they are completed.

To buy these freshly constructed residences takes money, and over the last three decades the Chinese economic miracle served precisely to grow the per capita income. The reform of the economic system in 1978 was the driving force that triggered the mechanism of capital production. The reform led to millions of people migrating to the cities from the underdeveloped west of the country in search of higher salaries and a well-founded hope of revolutionizing their economic existence.

Should China put Design Restrictions on New Developments?

00:00 - 15 August, 2014
Should China put Design Restrictions on New Developments?, Apartments in Shenzhen. Image © Neville Mars under a CC licence
Apartments in Shenzhen. Image © Neville Mars under a CC licence

China may be at a turning point in urban design: a recent article in Australian Financial Review points out that over 50 million apartments in Chinese cities (about 22.5 percent) are unoccupied. This problem springs from the ongoing Chinese construction boom, prompted by developers looking to stimulate urban economic growth as quickly as possible. However, Ma Yansong of MAD Architects believes these empty apartments are a sign that buyers find them unsuited to their needs, and that China should begin to enforce good design principles on these rapidly-constructed complexes. Read the full article here.