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Niyang River Visitor Center / Standardarchitecture + Zhaoyang Architects

01:00 - 26 February, 2014
Niyang River Visitor Center  / Standardarchitecture + Zhaoyang Architects, © Chen Su
© Chen Su

© Chen Su © Chen Su © Chen Su © Chen Su +23

Shenzhen Deli / Linehouse

06:00 - 22 February, 2014
Shenzhen Deli / Linehouse, © Benoit Florençon
© Benoit Florençon

© Benoit Florençon © Benoit Florençon © Benoit Florençon © Benoit Florençon +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Futian, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, 518048
  • Area

    145.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Dingli Sculpture Art Museum / ATR Atelier

16:00 - 21 February, 2014
Dingli Sculpture Art Museum / ATR Atelier, © Lu Hengzhong
© Lu Hengzhong

© Lu Hengzhong © Lu Hengzhong © Lu Hengzhong © Lu Hengzhong +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Quanzhou, Fujian, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Wang Yan
  • Design Team

    Gao Guangye, Zhang Xu
  • Area

    3900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Spark Beijing Office / Spark Architects

01:00 - 19 February, 2014
Spark Beijing Office / Spark Architects, © Shu He
© Shu He

© Shu He © Shu He © Shu He © Shu He +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Dongsishitiao, Dongcheng, China, 100027
  • Architect in Charge

    Lin Li
  • Project Director

    Jan Felix Clostermann, Christian Taeubert
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Value Farm / Thomas Chung

21:00 - 17 February, 2014
Value Farm / Thomas Chung, © Value Farm
© Value Farm

© Value Farm © Value Farm © Value Farm © Value Farm +33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shekou, Nanshan, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Design Team

    Gary Law, Bill So, Sam Wong
  • Area

    8120.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Liquid Laundry / hcreates

01:00 - 17 February, 2014
Liquid Laundry / hcreates, © Seth Powers
© Seth Powers

© Seth Powers © Seth Powers © Seth Powers © Seth Powers +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Xuhui, Shanghai, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Hannah Churchill
  • Branding & Graphic Design

    The Orange Blowfish
  • Area

    700.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Zhengzhou Vanke City Gallery / Locus Associates

01:00 - 17 February, 2014
Zhengzhou Vanke City Gallery  / Locus Associates , © Béton Brut
© Béton Brut

© Béton Brut © Béton Brut © Béton Brut © Béton Brut +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Zhengzhou, Henan, China
  • Design Team

    Brandon Huang, Jerome Lee, Kenny Fung, Ray Wan
  • Facade Architect

    Shenzhen Upright&Pure Architectural Design Co. Ltd
  • Local Architect

    Chongqing Xinzhongjian Architectural Design Consultants
  • Area

    18000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Guodian New Energy Technology Research Institute Beijing / BIAD 3A2 Studio

01:00 - 13 February, 2014
Guodian New Energy Technology Research Institute Beijing  / BIAD 3A2 Studio, © Yang Chaoying
© Yang Chaoying

© Yang Chaoying © Yang Chaoying © Yang Chaoying © Yang Chaoying +38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Changping, Beijing, China
  • Design Team

    Ye Yiqian, Liu Weigang, Xue Jun, Duan Wei, Cong Zhen, Huo Jianjun, Wang Yazhao, Xu Xiaoying
  • Area

    240000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Farrells Selected to Masterplan Two Sites in Shenzhen’s Qianhai Financial District

01:00 - 13 February, 2014
Farrells Selected to Masterplan Two Sites in Shenzhen’s Qianhai Financial District, © Farrells
© Farrells

Farrells has been announced as winner of an international competition to masterplan two prominent commercial zones in Shenzhen’s Qianhai financial district. Adjacent to the district’s Qianhaiwan metro station, the two districts are expected to boost cross-border trade between Shenzhen and Hong Kong. The first, 460,000-square-meter masterplan will feature a 320-meter-tall skyscraper and two 185-meter gateway towers, providing high-end office, residential and retail space, as well as serviced apartments. 

VIDEO: Watch Two Men Scale the World's 2nd Tallest Tower

00:00 - 13 February, 2014

"We prepared carefully and picked an appropriate date, the Chinese New Year day. At that time the security was less watchful, workers were on vacations, and cranes did not work. We got to the crane at around midnight. [...] The result you can see in our new video."

Those are the rather unassuming words of Vitaliy Raskalov, a Ukrainian "roof-hacker, urban-explorer, blogger" who has just pulled off an extraordinary, jaw-dropping stunt (way more incredible than his humble words would suggest). 

Raskalov and Russian photographer Vadim Mahora broke into and climbed the Gensler-designed Shanghai Tower, soon to be China’s tallest and the world’s second tallest skyscraper at 632 meters (2,074 feet) high. Although the tower will eventually boast the world's fastest elevators (reaching 40mph), the pair had to climb the 120 flights of stairs by foot (taking them about two hours); they then spent another 18 hours sleeping and waiting for the weather to clear. The staggering resulting images show not just the dizzying heights, but also fantastic views of the adjacent Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center (together, the trio of buildings that are re-defining the Shanghai skyline). 

Check out the incredible images, after the break.

View of the Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center from the Shanghai Tower. Image © Vitaliy Raskalov, ontheroofscom@gmail.com View from the Shanghai Tower. Image © Vitaliy Raskalov, ontheroofscom@gmail.com View of the Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center from the Shanghai Tower. Image © Vitaliy Raskalov, ontheroofscom@gmail.com View of the Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center from the Shanghai Tower. Image © Vitaliy Raskalov, ontheroofscom@gmail.com +14

AD Interviews: David Gianotten / OMA

01:00 - 12 February, 2014

During the Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, we had the opportunity to speak with David Gianotten, partner-in-charge of OMA’s Hong Kong office. Gianotten launched the Dutch firm’s Asian headquarters in 2009, where he supervises major projects such as the Shenzhen Stock Exchange and the Taipei Performing Arts Centre.  

Standing outside of the recently completed Stock Exchange headquarters, he answered our questions about urbanization, innovation and the intricacies of running an office in an environment with such rapid urban growth. Shenzhen has proven an experiment of economic openness and is a vivid example of China’s recent growth. The city’s skyline is practically a physical graph of an upward-trending economy, with buildings designed by nearly every internationally renowned architecture firm. But OMA’s Shenzhen Stock Exchange building stands apart from the rest not only because of its impeccable construction (a rarity in the fast-paced building booms of Chinese cities), but also because it houses the institution that lists China’s biggest companies.

The 254 meter tower is an elegant structure that combines pure volumes with an exoskeleton grid clad in translucent glass. It represents a characteristic OMA-approach to innovative architectural solutions, made possible by extensive programmatic and technical research.

Read the full interview (which includes Gianotten’s insights on the study of architecture, the role of architects, and the importance of simplicity when communicating complex innovation) after the break. 

AD Interviews: David Gianotten / OMA AD Interviews: David Gianotten / OMA AD Interviews: David Gianotten / OMA AD Interviews: David Gianotten / OMA +5

New Opera in Jinan / Paul Andreu Architecte

01:00 - 3 February, 2014
New Opera in Jinan / Paul Andreu Architecte, © Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault

© Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault +46

  • Architects

  • Location

    Jinan, Shandong, China
  • Design Team

    Katharina Kriener, Stephanie Boufflet, Pengzi Zhang, Riccardo Vanigli, Olivia Faury, Antoine Barbeyer, Yanfang Niu, Kasia Dudzik, Hailin Zhai, Chen Wei, Wei Dong, Guo Kun
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Wulumuqi Road Apartment / SKEW Collaborative

01:00 - 3 February, 2014
Wulumuqi Road Apartment / SKEW Collaborative, Courtesy of SKEW Collaborative
Courtesy of SKEW Collaborative

Courtesy of SKEW Collaborative Courtesy of SKEW Collaborative Courtesy of SKEW Collaborative Courtesy of SKEW Collaborative +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Eunice Seng, H. Koon Wee, Darren Zhou
  • Design Team

    Zhao Wenju, Sam Cheng
  • Area

    110.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of SKEW Collaborative

Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport / Studio Fuksas

01:00 - 31 January, 2014
Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport / Studio Fuksas, © Studio Fuksas
© Studio Fuksas

© Studio Fuksas © Studio Fuksas © Studio Fuksas © Studio Fuksas +35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport, Bao'an, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas
  • Architect Of Record

    BIAD (Beijing Institute of Architectural Design), Beijing
  • Area

    500000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Jia Little Exhibition Center / SKEW Collaborative

01:00 - 31 January, 2014
Jia Little Exhibition Center / SKEW Collaborative, Courtesy of SKEW Collaborative
Courtesy of SKEW Collaborative

Courtesy of SKEW Collaborative Courtesy of SKEW Collaborative Courtesy of SKEW Collaborative Courtesy of SKEW Collaborative +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Songjiang, Shanghai, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Eunice Seng, H. Koon Wee, Darren Zhou
  • Design Team

    I-Shin Chow, Xiong Haiying, Pauline Dai, Ji Lijun, Wang Peng, Teoh Renjie, Beatrix Redlich
  • Area

    38000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of SKEW Collaborative

Vertical Glass House / Atelier FCJZ

01:00 - 30 January, 2014
Vertical Glass House  / Atelier FCJZ, Courtesy of Atelier FCJZ
Courtesy of Atelier FCJZ

Courtesy of Atelier FCJZ Courtesy of Atelier FCJZ Courtesy of Atelier FCJZ Courtesy of Atelier FCJZ +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Longteng Avenue, Xuhui, Shanghai, China
  • Principal Architect

    Yung Ho Chang
  • Project Architect

    Lu Bai
  • Project Team

    Li Xiang Ting, Cai Feng
  • Client

    West Bund
  • Area

    170.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Atelier FCJZ

Suzhou SND District Urban Planning Exhibition Hall / BDP

01:00 - 29 January, 2014
Suzhou SND District Urban Planning Exhibition Hall / BDP , © Marco Jacobs
© Marco Jacobs

© Marco Jacobs © Marco Jacobs © Marco Jacobs © Marco Jacobs +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Jiangsu, China
  • Area

    12000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

VPANG + JET + Lisa Cheung to Design West Kowloon Arts Pavilion

00:00 - 23 January, 2014
VPANG + JET + Lisa Cheung to Design West Kowloon Arts Pavilion , Courtesy of WKCDA
Courtesy of WKCDA

A team consisting of VPANG architects ltd, JET Architecture Inc and Lisa Cheung has been announced as winner of a competition to design an arts pavilion for the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (the "WKCDA") in Hong Kong. With completion planned for 2015, the pavilion is expected to be used as a small-scale exhibition and events space for independent artists and designers. It will also serve as the primary home for exhibitions and programs organized by M+, Hong Kong's museum for visual culture, before the completion of Herzog & de Meuron’s museum building in late 2017.