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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

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. 

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Finnish/Chinese Architects Explore Copying and Collaboration at the Shenzhen Biennale

01:00 - 7 February, 2014
Finnish/Chinese Architects Explore Copying and Collaboration at the Shenzhen Biennale, © Tuomo Tammenpää
© Tuomo Tammenpää

As part of the Shenzhen Architecture Biennale, Finnish practice Lassila Hirvilammi Architects entered into a collaboration with Chinese architect Gigi Leung to explore the themes of copying, authenticity and knowledge transfer between cultures. Working with master craftsmen, they created two versions of the same space (each influenced by their respective cultures), intentionally blurring the line between copying and taking inspiration.

Read on for more on this lesson in sharing differing architectural understandings

© Tuomo Tammenpää © Pekka Turunen © Tuomo Tammenpää © Tuomo Tammenpää +20

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

China Taiyuan Coal Transaction Center / 2A2 Design Department, Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (BIAD)

01:00 - 27 January, 2014
© Yang ChaoYing
© Yang ChaoYing

© Yang ChaoYing © Yang ChaoYing © Yang ChaoYing © Yang ChaoYing +28

NBBJ Designs Towering Shenzhen Campus for Internet Giant

01:00 - 26 January, 2014
NBBJ Designs Towering Shenzhen Campus for Internet Giant, © NBBJ
© NBBJ
  • Architects

  • Design Collaboration

    CCDI
  • Area

    270000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

NBBJ has unveiled a 250-meter-high, two-tower campus that will become Tencent’s main headquarters at the Shenzhen High-Tech Industrial Park upon completion in 2016. As the world’s third-largest internet corporation, and 2013’s most innovative Chinese company according to FastCo, Tencent hopes the new campus will serve as a vibrant workplace for an expanding workforce of 12,000 employees. 

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Selected to Design Island School in Hong Kong

00:00 - 24 January, 2014
Schmidt Hammer Lassen Selected to Design Island School in Hong Kong, Island School, Design Competition Illustration. Image © schmidt hammer lassen
Island School, Design Competition Illustration. Image © schmidt hammer lassen

schmidt hammer lassen architects, in collaboration with Thomas Chow Architects, has won a commission to design a new Island School in Hong Kong. Envisioned as a “sustainable learning landscape,” the 28,000-square-meter, state-of-the-art facility aims to promote optimal learning through flexible classroom spaces and by establishing a deep connection with the surrounding landscape and local community. 

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.

Shenzhen Bay Super City International Competition

01:00 - 19 January, 2014
Shenzhen Bay Super City International Competition

Shenzhen is located in the south of Guangdong, China, facing Hong Kong across the river. In 2012, it had a permanent population of 10.54 million and its GDP, standing at RMB 1,295 billion, ranked the fourth amongst cities in Mainland China for years. After more than thirty years of reform and opening up, it has developed from a small town in the southern coast of China to a modern metropolis, becoming a miniature of China’s reform, opening-up and modern construction.

Hongkun Art Gallery / penda

01:00 - 19 January, 2014
Hongkun Art Gallery  / penda, © Xia Zhi
© Xia Zhi

© Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

KSP Designs Floating 'Urban Helix' for Changsha

01:00 - 18 January, 2014
KSP Designs Floating 'Urban Helix' for Changsha , Courtesy of KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten
Courtesy of KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten

KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten International has been awarded first prize for their proposal of a new "urban helix" in Changsha, China, that extends public space from the city center into Lake Meixi. The concept serves as a catalyst, marking a termination point on a new street axis that culminates into a pedestrian ramp symbolically spiraling 30 meters above a 20,000 square meter artificial island.

The Cellar / Chiasmus Partners

01:00 - 17 January, 2014
The Cellar / Chiasmus Partners, © Aaron Qiao
© Aaron Qiao

© Aaron Qiao © Aaron Qiao © Aaron Qiao © Aaron Qiao +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Architect in Charge

    James Wei Ke, Hyunho Lee, AIA
  • Design Team

    Laura Pumar, Yin Fengkun, WuShuang, Jiang Miaowei,Zhang Wei, Liu Dewei, Xie Siyu, Qiao Ya , Wang Lihui, Zeng Shihua, Aude Pelamourgue, Huang Ying, Gong Nan, Zhou Wanru
  • Project Manager

    Zhao Xinghua
  • Team Leader

    Li Xiaoqing
  • Technical advisor

    Yu Minggui
  • Lighting Design

    United Artist Lighting
  • Area

    725.0 sqm
  • Photographs