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Hualien Residences: BIG's Most Mountainous Housing Project Yet?

01:00 - 7 April, 2014
Hualien Residences: BIG's Most Mountainous Housing Project Yet?, © BIG
© BIG

Bjarke Ingels Group has unveiled their latest - and certainly greenest - "mountainous" housing project (for previous examples, see: Mountain Dwelling and 8 House). Although still in progress, Hualien Residences, a beach resort housing complex in Taiwan, will consist of green "landscape stripes" that resemble mountains themselves. The project, which incorporates walking paths, underground jogging paths, and an observation point, has already been recognized as a finalist in the 2014 MIPIM awards for its use of design to encourage healthy, active lifestyles for the complex's primarily older residents. 

© BIG © BIG © BIG © BIG +41

Exploring Post Earthquake Reconstruction: 2013 AIM Competition Awards Announced

01:00 - 7 April, 2014
Exploring Post Earthquake Reconstruction: 2013 AIM Competition Awards Announced, Winning Entry: Architecture Renovation Award. Image Courtesy of AIM
Winning Entry: Architecture Renovation Award. Image Courtesy of AIM

Architects in Mission (AIM) recently announced the winners for their 2013 competition with the topic, Post Earthquake Reconstruction, Ya’an Sichuan - Rebuild Panda’s Hometown from the EarthquakeThe Ya'an Earthquake occurred at 08:02 Beijing Time on the 20th April 2013. The epicenter was located in Lushan County, Ya'an, Sichuan, about 116km (or 72 miles) from Chengdu (along the Longmenshan Fault) in the same province that was hit heavily by the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. For this year's competition, AIM asked participants to pay particular attention to the master planning of the Snow Mountain Village, whilst developing new business models to encourage economic growth for local villagers. See the four winning entries after the break.

An Interview with MAD Architects' Ma Yansong: Constructing Icons, Identity & China's Future Cities

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
An Interview with MAD Architects' Ma Yansong: Constructing Icons, Identity & China's Future Cities, Ma Yansong, MAD Architects. Image © Edoardo Giancola
Ma Yansong, MAD Architects. Image © Edoardo Giancola

I look into myself, trying to express myself. I think sometimes maybe you have an idea from a dream. It sounds ridiculous but you draw something out of your dream. Where does this dream come from? It must somehow relate to some situation. So what I'm interested in is to keep discovering what is really inside of me. I'm not a genius that from the first moment I already know what I want. - Ma Yansong -

Beixinqiao district, in Beijing, is changing fast: the ancient urban tissue is being demolished as new high-rises are growing.Located in this environment, Ma Yansong’s office sits within an old and anonymous construction. In contrast to its exterior, the inside is characterized by wood, white walls and plants that transform the place into a sophisticated environment.International young architects are busy modeling new organic-shaped buildings on the other side of the world; meanwhile a golden fish swims in the eternal loop of the “fish tank” in the centre of the room.

In the following interview, Ma Yansong explains contemporary cities as environments that are out-of-scale with nature. He believes a new approach must be used, one that breaks the monotonous “chessboard” of contemporary Urban China and re-establishes the balance between human beings and the natural world.

Z Gallery / O-OFFICE Architects

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
Z Gallery / O-OFFICE Architects, © Likyfoto
© Likyfoto

© Likyfoto © Likyfoto © Likyfoto © Likyfoto +26

Refurbish of TYJ Office Building / Shenzhen Ingameoffice Ltd

01:00 - 1 April, 2014
Refurbish of TYJ Office Building / Shenzhen Ingameoffice Ltd, Courtesy of Shenzhen Ingameoffice Ltd
Courtesy of Shenzhen Ingameoffice Ltd

Courtesy of Shenzhen Ingameoffice Ltd Courtesy of Shenzhen Ingameoffice Ltd Courtesy of Shenzhen Ingameoffice Ltd Courtesy of Shenzhen Ingameoffice Ltd +48

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Area

    3400.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Shenzhen Ingameoffice Ltd

SZ-HK Biennale-Silo Reconversion / O-OFFICE Architects

01:00 - 31 March, 2014
SZ-HK Biennale-Silo Reconversion / O-OFFICE Architects, © O-office & Maurer United
© O-office & Maurer United

© O-office & Maurer United © O-office & Maurer United © O-office & Maurer United © O-office & Maurer United +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chiwan Road, Nanshan, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Design Team

    Jianxiang He, Ying Jiang, Thomas Odorico, Zilong Liang
  • Concept

    Ying Jiang (O-office Architects), Marc Maurer (Maurer United Architects), Teemu Hirvilaammi (Lassila\Hirvilammi Architects)
  • Area

    2662.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Shenzhen Maritime Base and Sports Schools / 2A2 Design Department, Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (BIAD)

01:00 - 31 March, 2014
Shenzhen Maritime Base and Sports Schools / 2A2 Design Department, Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (BIAD), © Yang ChaoYing
© Yang ChaoYing

© Yang ChaoYing © Yang ChaoYing © Yang ChaoYing © Yang ChaoYing +43

Silo-top Studio / O-OFFICE Architects

01:00 - 28 March, 2014
Silo-top Studio / O-OFFICE Architects, © Likyfoto
© Likyfoto

© Likyfoto © Likyfoto © Likyfoto © Likyfoto +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    63 Xizeng Road, Liwan, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
  • Area

    621.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Juxing Tower Showroom / People's Architecture Office

01:00 - 27 March, 2014
Juxing Tower Showroom / People's Architecture Office, Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO)
Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO)

Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO) Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO) Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO) Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO) +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Taiyuan, Shanxi, China
  • Principal

    Hezhe, James Shen, Zangfeng
  • Design Team

    Yang bin, Lian junqin
  • Area

    450.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO)

Zhongxun Times / 10 Design

01:00 - 26 March, 2014
Zhongxun Times / 10 Design, Courtesy of 10 Design
Courtesy of 10 Design

Courtesy of 10 Design Courtesy of 10 Design Courtesy of 10 Design Courtesy of 10 Design +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chongqing, China
  • Design Team

    Gordon Affleck, Brian Fok, Lukasz Wawrzenczyk, Frisly Colop Morales, Jason Easter, Nick Chan, Rita Pang, Ryan Leong, Dan Narita, Jon Martin
  • Area

    130000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of 10 Design

Lecture: Antón García-Abril & Débora Mesa in Shanghai

00:00 - 26 March, 2014
Lecture: Antón García-Abril & Débora Mesa in Shanghai

As part of the CA Group’s lecture series, “Architour,” principal of Ensamble Studio, Antón García-Abril & Débora Mesa, will give a lecture at 15:30 on March 29th at Tongji Architectual Design (Group) Co.,Ltd.(TJAD) auditorium in Shanghai. For 2013 through 2015, “Architour” has as its theme “New Force of Architecture – Leading Young Architects”: each year, the CA Group will select nine young, global leaders in architecture (four from Asia and five from the West) to lecture on topics that cross typologies and disciplines, from architectural design, urban planning to interior design. Sou Fujimoto, Hirata Akihisa, Christian Kerez and Thomas Heatherwick were the series’ first speakers.

EMG Shanghai Design Centre / O-OFFICE Architects

01:00 - 25 March, 2014
EMG Shanghai Design Centre / O-OFFICE Architects, © Likyfoto
© Likyfoto

© Likyfoto © Likyfoto © Likyfoto © Likyfoto +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Yixian Unit (Qingshi Road), Wujiaochang, Baoshan, Shanghai, China
  • Area

    537.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Shanghai Futures Exchange Data Processing Center / Silvio d´Ascia

01:00 - 21 March, 2014
Shanghai Futures Exchange Data Processing Center / Silvio d´Ascia, Courtesy of Tristan Chapuis and Silvio d’Ascia
Courtesy of Tristan Chapuis and Silvio d’Ascia

Courtesy of Tristan Chapuis and Silvio d’Ascia Courtesy of Tristan Chapuis and Silvio d’Ascia Courtesy of Tristan Chapuis and Silvio d’Ascia Courtesy of Tristan Chapuis and Silvio d’Ascia +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Design Team

    Silvio d’Ascia Architecture with (avec) AREP
  • Area

    94000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Tristan Chapuis and Silvio d’Ascia

New Images: Inside Steven Holl’s Sifang Art Museum

01:00 - 16 March, 2014
© Sifang Art Museum
© Sifang Art Museum

Steven Holl Architects has shared with us an impressive gallery of images of their recent project, Nanjing’s Sifang Art Museum. Rising above the lush landscape of the Pearl Spring, the new museum was designed as a physical manifestation of the parallel perspective, a technique prevalent in early Chinese paintings. From a subtly distorted courtyard with no vanishing points to an upper level gallery with calculated views and pristine light, the experience through the Sifang Art Museum is unlike any other. 

See for yourself, after the break... 

Bridging Teahouse / FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise

01:00 - 11 March, 2014
Bridging Teahouse / FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan Courtesy of FR-EE +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Jinhua Architecture Park, Qingzhao Road, Jindong, Jinhua, Zhejiang, China
  • FR-EE Team

    Fernando Romero, Eduardo Sosa, María Teresa Catrip, Carlos Bedoya, León Amezcua, Alberto Amaya, Israel Álvarez, Jean Luc Fugier, Víctor Jaime, Yara Sigler
  • Area

    250.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

    Iwan Baan, Courtesy of FR-EE

VIDEO: Steven Holl on the Sifang Art Museum

00:00 - 11 March, 2014

Steven Holl has, again, teamed up with Spirit of Space to produce two short films on the recently completed Sifang Art Museum. In the first video (above) Holl explains the project’s inspiration - the mysteries of parallel perspective seen in early Chinese paintings - and how the design subtly distorts any concept of a vanishing point at the ground level yet contrasts this notion in the upper galleries by framing the distant view of Nanjing. In the second video (after the break), Spirit of Space allows you to experience this space by revealing it from all perspectives and scales.  

See the second video, after the break…

Woods Bagot Reveals Design for Wenling Sheraton

01:00 - 8 March, 2014
Courtesy of Woods Bagot
Courtesy of Woods Bagot

Woods Bagot has shared their design for a destination hotel in Zhejiang, China. The Wenling Sheraton, sited between two waterways, is scheduled to be completed in 2019. Woods Bagot says that views of the wetlands and mountains of Wenling will "ensure a quality guest experience" which includes waterfront dining, an observation deck and a pedestrian promenade. 

More photos of the design after the break.

Courtesy of Woods Bagot Eye-Level Perspective. Image Courtesy of Woods Bagot Roof Deck. Image Courtesy of Woods Bagot Crown. Image Courtesy of Woods Bagot +15

Shanghai Community Cubes / INCLUDED

01:00 - 4 March, 2014
Shanghai Community Cubes / INCLUDED, © Marco Jacobs
© Marco Jacobs

© Marco Jacobs © Jennifer Ha © Jennifer Ha © Jennifer Ha +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gucun Road, Chongming, Shanghai, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Matt Mueller
  • Area

    150.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs