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Innhouse Eco Hotel / Oval Partnership

  • Architects: Oval Partnership
  • Location: EXPO Eco Town, Kunming, China
  • Client: Yunnan Horti-Expo Xingyun Real Estate
  • Area: 2600.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Oval Partnership

Courtesy of Oval Partnership Courtesy of Oval Partnership Courtesy of Oval Partnership Courtesy of Oval Partnership

Visitor Center / HHD_FUN Architects

  • Architects: HHD_FUN
  • Location: Rizhao, China
  • Ldi: HHD & XinChao Design
  • Civil Engineer: Hiroshi, Satohide
  • Façade Consultant: FUDA
  • Photographs: Zhenfei Wang, Chenggui Wang, HHD_FUN Architects

© Zhenfei Wang, Chenggui Wang © Zhenfei Wang, Chenggui Wang © Zhenfei Wang, Chenggui Wang © Zhenfei Wang, Chenggui Wang

Galaxy Soho / Zaha Hadid Architects by Hufton + Crow

It's only been a few weeks since she turned 62   but it's already shaping up to be Zaha Hadid's year. Yesterday, she was announced winner of the Japan National Stadium Competition   earlier this week, her latest US project, the Eli & Edythe Broad Museum  opened; and the beginning of the month saw much fanfare and frenzy surrounding her extraordinary work in BeijingGalaxy Soho .

We've already brought you images and video  of the project, but the latest images from Hufton + Crow truly allow you to experience Galaxy Soho - in all its curvaceous glory - like never before.

Check out all the latest images of Zaha Hadid's Galaxy Soho, after the break...

© Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow

Power Station of Art / Original Design Studio

© Zhang Siye - Zhang Ming - Wang Yuan
© Zhang Siye - Zhang Ming - Wang Yuan
  • Architects: Original Design Studio
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Design Team: Zhang Ming, Zhang Zi, Ding Kuo, Ding Chun, Sun Jialong, Wang Zhigang, Zhang Hao
  • Area: 38000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Zhang Siye - Zhang Ming - Wang Yuan

© Zhang Siye - Zhang Ming - Wang Yuan © Zhang Siye - Zhang Ming - Wang Yuan © Zhang Siye - Zhang Ming - Wang Yuan © Zhang Siye - Zhang Ming - Wang Yuan

Taiyuan Southern Station West Plaza / AS. Architecture Studio

Situated in a strategic position for the development of the city of Taiyuan, China, the design for the Southern Station West Plaza creates an important hub of services for the city’s population. Designed by AS. Architecture Studio, the project represents the first visual impact the city offers to visitors descending at the southern station, thus acquiring an important communicative and functional value. For this reason, the project constitutes a real landmark, standing out from the surrounding urban environment, enriching it and integrating within at the same time. More images and architects’ description after the break.

'Blossom Gate' / Prechteck

Defining a landmark to the entrance of the largest Chinese myrtle garden in Xiangyiang, Prechteck’s ‘Blossom Gate’ aims to reinvent the gate as an architectural typology underlining the connecting characteristics of a former dividing element. Their design is not just about the link of the inside with the outside, but also about the connection of its visitors – the gate as an area of gathering, instead of a point of passing through. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Public Bathroom / HHD_FUN Architects

© Zhenfei Wang, Chenggui Wang
© Zhenfei Wang, Chenggui Wang
  • Architects: HHD_FUN
  • Location: Rizhao, China
  • Ldi: HHD & XinChao Design
  • Civil Engineer: H&J International
  • Façade Consultant: FUDA
  • Photographs: Zhenfei Wang, Chenggui Wang, HHD_FUN Architects

© Zhenfei Wang, Chenggui Wang © Zhenfei Wang, Chenggui Wang © Zhenfei Wang, Chenggui Wang © Zhenfei Wang, Chenggui Wang

Seven teams shortlisted to design Future Art-Themed Park in Hong Kong

Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Information Services Department.
Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Information Services Department.

The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) has announced seven international teams competing to design a 14 hectare, landscaped public space for arts and culture on a waterfront property in Kowloon. After the project breaks ground in 2014, the phased development is expected to only take a year. It will feature a lush, sculpted terrain that will provide a new green open space in the heart of the city and a vibrant venue for music, dance, theatre, art exhibitions and other free outdoor cultural programs. The seven shortlisted design teams are:

Yading Cliff Building Competition Entry / ELEV

Located on a cliff at an altitude of 4100 meters high near Yading Village in China, the proposal for the Yading Cliff Building by ELEV (Elevation Workshop) was inspired by the terrain of the cliff itself. The local mountain has had landslides in the past. As nature formed the mountains in the first place, it also created the imperfections. The architects wanted to use our man-made construction to fill the remaining void. More images and architects’ description after the break.

DQZ Cultural Center Proposal / Holm Architecture Office (HAO) + AI

Holm Architecture Office (HAO) and AI have been invited to create a proposal for the city of Daqiuzhuang in northern China. Sited in a newly developed part of the city, the new cultural building takes its form from the traditional Chinese courtyard square. By lifting the square in the diagonal corners, dual entry points to the building are created which leads visitors and locals through the building’s ground level public programs to the mid- and upper- level exhibition spaces while extending the existing North- South axis of the surrounding city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

LanQiao Clubhouse / HHD_FUN Architects

© HHD_FUN Architects © HHD_FUN Architects © HHD_FUN Architects © HHD_FUN Architects

2012 AIM Competition Awards Announced

The Architects in Missions (AIM) recently announced the winners for their 2012 architecture competition with the topic, “Shengsi Islands: Renewing China’s Traditional Village Lifestyle.” Participants were challenged in guiding the island villages toward a diversified economy through sustainable tourism development. Over the course of this society’s development, the unique fishing village, its products, and its lifestyle, represent a cultural resource that cannot be replicated. Awards were given in the categories of scenic village planning, architecture renovation, sustainable development, innovation production, and a special award. More images and descriptions of the winning entries after the break.

Beyond the "Made In China" Mentality: Why China's Innovation Revolution Must Embrace Pre-Fab Architecture

Chinese construction company Broad Group's rendering for Sky City One, soon to be the world's tallest skyscraper. (© Image: Broad Group via Gizmag)
Chinese construction company Broad Group's rendering for Sky City One, soon to be the world's tallest skyscraper. (© Image: Broad Group via Gizmag)

When Wired correspondent Lauren Hilgers arrived to Broad Town, the headquarters of the Broad Sustainability Group in Changsha, China, she soon realized that this was not your typical workplace environment. At Broad Town, employees must be able to run 7.5 miles over the course of 2 days; recite company “policy” - covering everything from how to save energy to how to brush your teeth - at a moment’s notice; and refer to their boss as “my chairman.”

It may sound strict, but the workers at Broad are on a higher mission. The CEO and founder of the company, Zhang Yue, a.k.a the chairman, doesn’t just consider himself the head of a construction company, but of a “structural revolution.” 

In a few years, Zhang has turned the world of skyscraper design on its head, pushing the technical and structural capabilities of pre-fabrication to its utmost (perhaps you’ve heard of the 30-story hotel he built in just 15 days). Not only do Broad’s techniques save time and money, they represent a potentially game-changing opportunity for China to maintain its unfathomable rate of growth in a way that’s both safe and sustainable.

But where does innovation enter in this revolution? China, for years an intellectual playground for Western architects, has become increasingly concerned with nurturing its own latent intellectual capital. However, if Broad’s paradigm takes hold (which, pragmatically-speaking, it should), what will that mean for architectural innovation? In a world of pre-fab structures, can architecture exist?   

Innovation Tower, Hong Kong Polytechnic University / Zaha Hadid Architects

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) chose world-renowned architect, Zaha Hadid, as Chief Architect of its new “Innovation Tower”. The project, located at the northeast side of the university campus, will serve as a driving force in the development of Hong Kong as a design hub in Asia. The tower will also provide additional space to facilitate inter-disciplinary research and education in the field of design. The topping-out ceremony was held on September 24. On completion, it will be home to PolyU School of Design (SD) and the newly established Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Tower of Ring / EASTERN Design Office

  • Architects: EASTERN Design Office
  • Location: Tianjin, China
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Koichi Torimura, Courtesy of EASTERN Design Office

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura

WSJ names Wang Shu 'Innovator of the Year 2012'

Ningbo Museum of Art © Iwan Baan
Ningbo Museum of Art © Iwan Baan

The Wall Street Journal announced Wang Shu as architecture’s “Innovator of the Year 2012”, commending his “deceptively simple” vision that is “drafting a new architectural blueprint for his country”. The 49-year-old Chinese architect, whose work has been described as China’s “new regional style”, is one of the most influential architects in what is becoming one of the most important countries in the world. After founding Amateur Architecture Studio with his wife, Lu Wenyu, in 1997, the Pritzker Prize laureate has created a succession of acclaimed projects throughout China, from civic buildings to private homes to exhibition pavilions. Some of his most prominent works include the monumental Ningbo Museum of Art, constructed of locally salvaged materials, and the uniquely crafted Xiangshan Campus for the China Academy of Art. Both projects exhibit Shu’s innovative balance between traditional and contemporary Chinese architecture that remains deeply rooted within it’s context.

Sky Courts / Höweler + Yoon Architecture

  • Architects: Höweler + Yoon Architecture
  • Location: Chengdu, China
  • Area: 20,000 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Yihuai Hu, Courtesy of Höweler + Yoon Architecture

© Yihuai Hu Courtesy of Höweler + Yoon Architecture Courtesy of Höweler + Yoon Architecture Courtesy of Höweler + Yoon Architecture