Tony's Organic House / Playze

01:00 - 30 May, 2013
© Bartosz Kolonko
© Bartosz Kolonko
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Team

    Mengjia He, Pascal Berger, Marc Schmit, Martina Knotkova, Mching Wang, Didier Callot, Felix Zheng, Maggie Tang, Benny Hou, Daisy Yuan, James Liu, Chao Yu
  • Light Design

    UnoLai
  • Area

    1230.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Bartosz Kolonko

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Changbaishan Exhibition Hall Winning Proposal / ZNA

01:00 - 29 May, 2013
Courtesy of ZNA
Courtesy of ZNA

ZNA / Zeybekoglu Nayman Associates just won the competition to design the Changbaishan Exhibition Hall in Jilin, China. The exhibition center is centered on the functions of displaying, negotiation & reception and signing, and also has the advanced function of conducting activities, business & leisure, etc. as well as the indispensable supporting functions of office, storage and finance, etc. The construction of their project skillfully uses Jilin cultural elements, pursuing energy conservation and environmental protection and adhering to the principles of low construction energy consumption & durable construction. More images and architects' description after the break.

Mulan Primary School / Rural Urban Framework

01:00 - 28 May, 2013
Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework
Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework
  • Architects

  • Location

    Huaiji County, Guangdong, China
  • Architects in Charge

    John Lin, Joshua Bolchover
  • Project Team

    Yau Ching Kit, Kwan Kwok Ying, Huang Zhiyun, Jessica Lumley, Ho King Hei
  • Project Manager

    Maggie K Y Ma
  • Area

    503.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework

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NTFSH Gymnasium / QLAB

01:00 - 26 May, 2013
Courtesy of QLAB
Courtesy of QLAB
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tainan, Taiwan
  • Architect in Charge

    QLAB
  • Area

    874329.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of QLAB

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Lingzidi Bridge / Rural Urban Framework

01:00 - 25 May, 2013
Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework
Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shangzhou, China
  • Design Team

    Joshua Bolchover, John Lin
  • Project Manager

    Maggie K Y Ma
  • Project Team

    Jeffery Huang, Mark Kingsley, Kwan Kwok Ying, Wendy Huang
  • Collaborators

    Winview Building Materials & Services Co., Ltd.
  • Area

    65.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework

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Henkel Asia-Pacific and China / HPP Hentrich-Petschnigg

01:00 - 23 May, 2013
© H.G. Esch
© H.G. Esch

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Wuzhen Theater / Artech Architects

00:00 - 23 May, 2013
© David Chen
© David Chen
  • Architects

  • Location

    Zhejiang, China
  • Design Architect

    Kris Yao
  • Design Team Taipei

    Kuo-Chien Shen, Winnie Wang, Wen-Li Liu, Jake Sun, Andy Chang, Kevin Lin
  • Design Team Shanghai

    Wen-Hong Chu, Fei-Chun Ying, Nai-Wen Cheng, Chu-Yi Hsu, Qi-Shen Wu, Jane jiang, Lei Feng
  • Contractor

    Jujiang Construction Group
  • Area

    21750.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    David Chen, Fei-Chung Ying

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Ningbo Facade / LAB Architecture Studio

01:00 - 19 May, 2013
© Yu Wei
© Yu Wei
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ningbo Zhejiang, China
  • Architect in Charge

    LAB Architecture Studio, SIADR
  • Design Team

    Donald Bates, Alexander Adkins, Dean Boothroyd, John Doyle, Nicole Tang, Sam Kashuk, Tim Fowler, Kourosh Akbarza
  • Area

    18100.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Yu Wei

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Xuzhou Suning Plaza Proposal / Aedas

01:00 - 19 May, 2013
Courtesy of Aedas
Courtesy of Aedas

Connecting time and space with the ‘lucky cloud’, the Aedas designed Xuzhou Suning Plaza is interpreted as magical and delightful, bringing history to life in Xuzhou. Located in the ‘Imperial Emperor’s Town’ of China, the changing of forms inspires reverie and the oval buildings reflect the union of masculine and feminine qualities as well as power and gentleness. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Xiamen Wu Yuan Wan Mixed-Use Development Winning Proposal / Aedas

01:00 - 16 May, 2013
Courtesy of Aedas
Courtesy of Aedas

Designed by Aedas, their competition winning proposal to design a bay front, mixed-use development in Wu Yuan Wan, Xiamen, China is comprised of a shopping mall, a five-star hotel and two SOHO towers. With a total gross floor area of 175,000 square meters, their design aims to become the centerpiece of a new master plan. Ultimately, it will be a new retail landmark and a well integrated complex that responds to its watery surrounding.  More images and architects’ description after the break.

Mapletree Minhang Development Proposal / Aedas

01:00 - 9 May, 2013
Courtesy of Aedas
Courtesy of Aedas

With the ground breaking ceremony recently held to kick start construction, the Aedas designed Mapletree Minhang Development Project involves two sites – Mapletree Business City and VivoCity. With a site area of approximately 119,000 square meters and a gross floor area of about 297,000 square meters, Vivocity is designed as a double looped mall with high efficiency. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Kemuri Shanghai Restaurant / Prism Design

01:00 - 9 May, 2013
Courtesy of PRISM DESIGN
Courtesy of PRISM DESIGN
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, Shanghai, China
  • Design Team

    Tomohiro Katsuki, Masanori Kobayashi, Reiji Kobayashi
  • Area

    200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of PRISM DESIGN, Nacasa & Partners Inc.”(Eiichi Kano)

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Films & Architecture: "24 City"

00:00 - 8 May, 2013

By the acclaimed director Jia Zhangke, 24 City cannot be considered a documentary, since actors perform in most of the scenes; however, this Chinese film realistically shows the dissociation between the rapid urban development and a population that seems to be victimized by globalisation.

The film is focused on the workers at Factory 420, a complex designed and deployed by the government for military purposes and used as a factory for producing and repairing mechanical elements for the army. This whole area became a city in itself, housing generations of factory workers. When the space is converted to 24 City, a complex to accomodate hundreds of luxury apartments, the entire site is demolished. 24 City tells the workers' stories in the midst of this transformation.

How should we consider these kinds of mono-functional cities and what could/should be their futures? Let us know in the comments below.

Video: Bianca Bosker Discusses Architectural Imitation in China

00:00 - 6 May, 2013

In China's effort to modernize its cities, it has used architectural mimicry - essentially "copy-cat architecture" as journalist and author Bianca Bosker puts it - to rapidly and substantially "adapt to the market" for urban development.  Watch this video as Bosker describes the atmosphere of imitation that China has  adapted to bring western architectural styles to its housing market. Bianca Bosker is the author of "Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China"  in which she gives a tour of the various towns within major cities that have seen this rapid development.  Cities like Hangzhou has its own imitation of Venice, which includes man-made canals, townhouses, and villas.  Shanghai has its own version of Paris, Eiffel Tower included.  And Beijing has an imitation of the London Bridge.  

CIPEA No.4 House / AZL architects

01:00 - 5 May, 2013
© Yao Li
© Yao Li
  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Zhang Lei
  • Design Team

    Zhang Lei, Jeffrey Cheng, Wang Wang, Wang Yi
  • Collaborator

    Architectural Design & Planning Institute, NJU
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

    Yao Li

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TJAD New Office Building / TJAD

01:00 - 2 May, 2013
Courtesy of TJAD
Courtesy of TJAD
  • Architects

  • Location

    1230 Siping Road, Shanghai, China
  • Project Director

    Ding Jiemin
  • Head of Design

    Zeng Qun
  • Project Architects

    Zeng Qun, Wen Xiaoqin, Wu Min, Sun Ye, Chen Kangquan, Zhang Yan, Wang Xiang
  • Area

    64522.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of TJAD

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Xixi Artist Clubhouse / AZL Architects

01:00 - 2 May, 2013
© Yao Li
© Yao Li
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Zhang Lei
  • Project Team

    Zhang Lei, Qi wei, Zhong Guanqiu, Zhang Guangwei, Guo Donghai
  • Collaborator

    Architectural Design Institute, ZJIU
  • Area

    4000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Yao Li

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Sanya Lake Park Super Market Proposal / NL Architects

01:00 - 2 May, 2013
Courtesy of NL Architects
Courtesy of NL Architects

Housing Corporation VANKE recently asked NL Architects to make a proposal for a Super Market as part of a big resort in Sanya, the southernmost city in China. Renowned for its tropical climate and for being a popular tourist destination, the site of the resort will consist of three clusters of large residential slabs of 21 stories high enveloping semi enclosed gardens. The public space plays a crucial role in the atmosphere of the area as a whole so a lot of consideration is going into creating a pleasant environment. More images and architects’ description after the break.