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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.

5th Urbanism\Architecture Bi-City Biennale*Shenzhen Appoints Curatorial Teams

Courtesy of Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture Organizer Committee
Courtesy of Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture Organizer Committee

The Organizing Committee of Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture today officially announced the Chief Curatorship selection for the 5th Urbanism\Architecture Bi-City Biennale*Shenzhen. This biennale will be delivered by two curatorial teams, consisting of Team Ole Bouman and Team Li Xiangning + Jeffrey Johnson. Ole Bouman will act as Creative Director. He will collaborate with Stylepark on Urban Labs. Meanwhile, Li Xiangning + Jeffrey Johnson will be the Academic Directors. The 5th edition of UABB*Shenzhen will open in Shekou, Shenzhen at the end of 2013. More information after the break.

Lahas Zone / CROX International Co., LTD

© Ji-Shou Wang
© Ji-Shou Wang
  • Architects:
  • Location: Yiwu City, China
  • Design Team: Ben-Tao Li, Qiang Han, K. Kei
  • Photographs: Ji-Shou Wang

© Ji-Shou Wang © Ji-Shou Wang © Ji-Shou Wang © Ji-Shou Wang

Huaihua Theater and Exhibition Center Proposal / United Design Group

With the site of the proposed project characterized by a 7m height difference between the south west corner and the north east one and the fastest way to access to it is from the roads west and north of it, the Huaihua Theater and Exhibition Center will be managed by three different subjects adding further difficulties in organizing the layout. Designed by United Design Group, the 60,000 m² complex is equally subdivided between the theater/cinema part (30,000 m²) and exhibitions: 12,000 m² for the museum; 10,000 m² for the urban planning hall; 3000 m² for the fine arts museum and 1000 m² for the local history exhibition. An extra 6000 m² will host the art training center. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China / Bianca Bosker

A 108-meter high Eiffel Tower rises above Champs Elysées Square in Hangzhou. A Chengdu residential complex for 200,000 recreates Dorchester, England. An ersatz Queen’s Guard patrols Shanghai’s Thames Town, where pubs and statues of Winston Churchill abound. Gleaming replicas of the White House dot Chinese cities from Fuyang to Shenzhen. These examples are but a sampling of China’s most popular and startling architectural movement: the construction of monumental themed communities that replicate towns and cities in the West.

Beijing Agriculture University Library Winning Proposal / Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute

The competition winning proposal for the Beijing Agriculture University Library is a successful addition to the existing campus. Designed by Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute, their design takes care of all the functions while providing a comfortable environment for students to study and research. With a construction area of about 49,000m2, the library includes a self-study area, a restaurant, an auditorium, several offices and some meeting rooms. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Galaxay Mall / tvsdesign

  • Architects: tvsdesign
  • Location: Tianjin, China
  • Area: 213324.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Courtesy of tvsdesign

Courtesy of tvsdesign Courtesy of tvsdesign Courtesy of tvsdesign Courtesy of tvsdesign

Shanghai Cultural Center Competition Entry / BKK Architects + Brearley Architects & Urbanists

Courtesy of BKK Architects + Brearley Architects & Urbanists
Courtesy of BKK Architects + Brearley Architects & Urbanists

Designed by BKK Architects, in collaboration with Brearley Architects & Urbanists, Shanghai Normal University’s new Cultural Center aims to create an intensive and richly mixed-use building by applying the lessons of the city and drawing upon the cloister typology. Arranged around an activated central courtyard, the project will provide a new focus for campus life, accommodating a broad range of cultural, retail, hospitality, and leisure activities. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Kunshan Middle School Proposal / United Design Group

Through United Design Group’s investigation of their context and analysis of the program, they identified, organized and prioritized the four functions inside the school with this “sequence”: public area, education area, living area, and sport facilities, in order to optimize the circulation and the time of students, teachers and guests. The main goal was the integration of the system with the landscape. To do so, they took into account as a valuable reference the Suzhou Gardens Style, in which the water plays a significant role, trying to interpret it in a modern way. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Bamboo Courtyard Teahouse / Harmony World Consulting & Design

  • Architects: Harmony World Consulting & Design
  • Location: ShiQiao, Yangzhou, China
  • Architect in Charge: Sun Wei
  • Design Team: Shi Jun, Peter Dykes, Zhang QianQian
  • Area: 400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: T+E

© T+E © T+E © T+E © T+E

Jinan Contemporary Art Museum Proposal / United Design Group

Designed by United Design Group (UDG China), their proposal for the Contemporary Art Museum faces the main artery crossing the city of Jinan east to west. With the ambition to become the landmark of this urban sector, the first step of the process was to establish a relationship with the existing buildings; the main idea was to complete the sequence of boxes, maintaining the symmetry of the system. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Shanghai Wuzhou International Plaza Winning Proposal / Synthesis Design + Architecture Inc. & Shenzhen General Institute of Architectural Design and Research

Synthesis Design + Architecture Inc. and Shenzhen General Institute of Architectural Design and Research Co. Ltd have been awarded first place in the invited international design competition for the Shanghai Wuzhou International Plaza. Their scheme, entitled “Urban Canyon”, embodies the energy and vibrancy of the cities distinct urban environment. Inspired by traditional Chinese concepts of Yin and Yang, the project is organized as two nested rock-like volumes which have been broken apart to reveal a flowing canyon condition which connects the project to the urban fabric of the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Zhengzhou Greenland Plaza / Skidmore Owings & Merrill

  • Architects: Skidmore Owings & Merrill
  • Location: Zhengzhou, Henan, China
  • Area: 240,169 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: SOM | © Si-ye Zhang

© SOM | © Si-ye Zhang © SOM | © Si-ye Zhang © SOM | © Si-ye Zhang © SOM | © Si-ye Zhang

AD Interviews: Ma Yansong / MAD

While we were in Beijing, we had the opportunity to visit an architect who we have been following for quite some time: Ma Yansong, founder of MAD.