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Huaxin Business Center / Scenic Architecture

01:00 - 18 November, 2013
Huaxin Business Center / Scenic Architecture, © Su Shengliang
© Su Shengliang
  • Architects

  • Location

    Guilin Road, Tianlin, Xuhui, China, 200233
  • Design Team

    Zhu Xiaofeng(Design Principal), Ding Penghua(Project Designer), CaiMian, Yang Hong, Li Haoran, Du Shigang
  • Area

    730.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang +13

Jinchang Cultural Centre / Teamminus

01:00 - 13 November, 2013
Courtesy of Teamminus
Courtesy of Teamminus
  • Architects

  • Location

    Jinchang, Gansu, China
  • Area

    18000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Teamminus

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Qunli Stormwater Wetland Park / Turenscape

01:00 - 10 November, 2013
Qunli Stormwater Wetland Park / Turenscape, Courtesy of Turenscape
Courtesy of Turenscape
  • Architects

  • Location

    Haerbin, Heilongjiang, China
  • Area

    300000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Turenscape

Courtesy of Turenscape Courtesy of Turenscape Courtesy of Turenscape Courtesy of Turenscape +18

Samaranch Memorial Museum / Archiland

01:00 - 8 November, 2013
Samaranch Memorial Museum / Archiland, Courtesy of Archiland
Courtesy of Archiland
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tianjin, China
  • Collaborators

    HAO architects, Kragh & Berglund landscape, COWI, TADI
  • Area

    17800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Archiland

Courtesy of Archiland Courtesy of Archiland Courtesy of Archiland Courtesy of Archiland +44

Ceramic Museum And Mosaic Park / Casanova + Hernandez Architects

01:00 - 8 November, 2013
Ceramic Museum And Mosaic Park / Casanova + Hernandez Architects, © Ben McMillan
© Ben McMillan

© Ben McMillan © Ben McMillan Courtesy of Casanova + Hernandez Architects © Ben McMillan +50

CCTV Headquarters Named “Best Tall Building Worldwide”

00:00 - 8 November, 2013
CCTV Headquarters Named “Best Tall Building Worldwide”, CCTV/OMA Partners-in-charge: Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren, designers, David Gianotten, photographed by Iwan Baan
CCTV/OMA Partners-in-charge: Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren, designers, David Gianotten, photographed by Iwan Baan

OMA’s CCTV Headquarters in Beijing, ArchDaily’s 2012 “Building of the Year,” was deemed “Best Tall Building Worldwide” by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). Selected from a shortlist of four deserving skyscrapers, CCTV was awarded “best” due to its “unusual take on skyscraper typology.”

The jury stated: “Instead of competing in the race for ultimate height and style through a traditional two-dimensional tower soaring skyward, CCTV’s loop poses a truly three-dimensional experience, culminating in a 75-meter cantilever."

Baohua Chinese Painting Research Institute / Wang Deng Yue

01:00 - 7 November, 2013
Baohua Chinese Painting Research Institute / Wang Deng Yue, © Savoye Architectural Photography
© Savoye Architectural Photography

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Round Up: China's Next Generation of Museums

00:00 - 7 November, 2013
Guangdong Museum / Rocco Design Architects. Image © Marcel Lam
Guangdong Museum / Rocco Design Architects. Image © Marcel Lam

Although it went largely unnoticed until Wang Shu was awarded the Pritzker Prize, China's going through a major cultural boom. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal notes that, since 2012, hundreds of (often privately established) cultural institutions have popped up across the country, honouring everything from the famous Terracotta Soldiers to the local city planning department. We've rounded up a couple of these projects for your pleasure: Jean Nouvel's winning design for the National Art Museum, Steven Holl's mind-warping Sifang Museum, the seemingly extra-terrestrial Ordos City + Art Museum by MAD Architects, Trace Architecture Office's small museum of handcraft paper in the countryside, and a regional museum by Rocco Design Architects that takes inspiration from traditional Chinese lacquered boxes. Enjoy!

NEXT Architects Win Competition for Changsha Bridge

01:00 - 7 November, 2013
NEXT Architects Win Competition for Changsha Bridge, Courtesy of NEXT Architects
Courtesy of NEXT Architects

NEXT architects has been awarded first prize in an international competition to design a pedestrian bridge for Meixi Lake in Changsha. Designed to be “more than just a connection,” the footbridge will serve as a key public space for a new lake district within the Dragon King Harbor River development. Recreational, ecological and touristic programs will be integrated into the 150 meter-long, 24 meter-high elevated parkway. 

Red Ribbon Park / Turenscape

00:00 - 7 November, 2013
Red Ribbon Park / Turenscape, Courtesy of Turenscape
Courtesy of Turenscape
  • Architects

  • Location

    Qinhuangdao, Hebei, China
  • Area

    200000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Turenscape

Courtesy of Turenscape Courtesy of Turenscape Courtesy of Turenscape Courtesy of Turenscape +17

Ole Scheeren in Beijing, from Nowness

00:00 - 7 November, 2013

Ole Scheeren: A Beijing Essay  on Nowness.com

In the latest of NOWNESS' spectacular videos, Ole Scheeren - a former partner at OMA and now principal of Büro Ole Scheeren in Beijing - reflects on the past decade he has spent in China overseeing construction of the CCTV Headquarters. He muses over the delicate balancing act that Western architects maintain when they work in China, simultaneously bringing change to the city and allowing the city to change who they are and how they see the world. In this context, where change is "something that you are immediately and instantly confronted with" he believes that the CCTV Building is "both confrontational and complicit".

"Fangda Business Headquarters" Winning Entry / Huasen Architects

01:00 - 5 November, 2013
"Fangda Business Headquarters" Winning Entry / Huasen Architects  , Courtesy of Huasen Architects
Courtesy of Huasen Architects

Huasen Architects (HSA) have been announced winners of the Fangda Headquarters competition. The winning proposal, located in Shenzhen, China, reshapes the existing site into a 300,000 sqm vortex of retail, office, entertainment and recreation spaces, stemming off a high-tech research and technical development hub. Competition requirements called for the integration of a bus terminal predicated on government officials’ calculations that 55% of users would arrive by bus.

Shanghai West Bund Biennial Pavilions / SHL Architects

01:00 - 4 November, 2013
Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

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SENSO Convention Center / MINAX

01:00 - 31 October, 2013
SENSO Convention Center / MINAX, © Lu Zhigang
© Lu Zhigang
  • Architects

  • Location

    Binhu, Wuxi, Jiangsu, China
  • Design Team

    Lu Zhigang, Li Ruiyin, Li Jun
  • Area

    1200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Lu Zhigang © Lu Zhigang © Lu Zhigang © Lu Zhigang +24

Steven Holl Wins Competition for Qingdao Culture and Art Center

01:00 - 30 October, 2013
Steven Holl Wins Competition for Qingdao Culture and Art Center, Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects
Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl Architects has been selected as winner, besting OMA and Zaha Hadid Architects, in an invited competition for the new Culture and Art Center of Qingdao City. Located in the heart of Qingdao’s new extension, which is planned for a population of 700,000, the two million-square-foot winning proposal features a conglomerate of four art museums situated amongst a landscape of reflecting pools and gardens which are all connected by a continuous “Light Loop” that moves visitors throughout the site. 

Read on for the architect’s description...

Mountains of Construction Debris Accumulate Outside Chinese Cities

00:00 - 29 October, 2013
Mountains of Construction Debris Accumulate Outside Chinese Cities, © Aly Song / Reuters
© Aly Song / Reuters

Chinese city-dwellers are waking to find eight stories of construction debris outside of their homes. Over two billion tons of waste, outside Beijing and other major cities, is a result of a booming construction industry. "There's no systematic way to deal with [the garbage]," says Wilson W.S. Lu, architecture professor at the University of Hong Kong, "The illegal dumping is everywhere." Recycling efforts have just begun, but local activists believe it will require a radical paradigm shift in the way Chinese residents reclaim material. Read the full New York Times article, "China's Mountains of Construction Rubble."

Sky SOHO Leasing Showroom / GAP Architects

01:00 - 29 October, 2013
Sky SOHO Leasing Showroom / GAP Architects, © Raymond Lau & Jerry Yin
© Raymond Lau & Jerry Yin
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Principal designer’s name

    Raymond Lau
  • Design team members

    Raymond Lau, Yandong Ren, Jiabao Zhao
  • Area

    350.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Raymond Lau & Jerry Yin © Raymond Lau & Jerry Yin © Raymond Lau & Jerry Yin © Raymond Lau & Jerry Yin +22

2013 Shenzhen Biennale, UABB (Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism /Architecture)

01:00 - 27 October, 2013
2013 Shenzhen Biennale, UABB (Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism /Architecture), Courtesy of UABB / Transformation of the Guangdong Float Glass Factory
Courtesy of UABB / Transformation of the Guangdong Float Glass Factory

Now in its 5th edition, the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (UABB) is the only biennial exhibition in the world to be based exclusively on the themes of urbanism and urbanization and is co-organized by Shenzhen and Hong Kong, making it one of the most important events on its type in the region.

The UABB has developed strong alliances with partners both local, regional and from all over the world. Among them include globally renowned cultural institutions like Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), MAXXI, OMA, Droog Design, International Architecture Biennale of São Paulo, MIT, MoMA New York, and The Berlage.

The curator for this year is Ole Bouman, and amajor attraction of the 2013 Shenzhen Biennale is the creative and dramatic transformation of an old Shenzhen glass factory into one of the Biennale’s core venues for this year. Spearheaded by Ole Bouman, the UABB’s curator and creative director, the project adhered to his manifesto statement of “Biennale as risk.” The revitalisation effort not only provides a unique and functional exhibition space for the Biennale but it reclaims a piece of heritage and history. As a broader objective, the makeover is also a step in redefining Shenzhen’s identity. In completing the urban intervention, Mr. Bouman now calls it a ‘Value Factory’ to manufacture ideas and knowledge.

More after the break.