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This 3D Printed Home was "Built" in Less than 3 Hours

Chinese company ZhuoDa has assembled a two-story home in record speed; the modular house, comprised of six 3D printed modules, was assembled on-site in less than three hours. Likened to LEGO, the prefabricated home was 90 percent built off-site before its components were shipped to its permanent location. As Inhabitat reports, the home only took about 10 days to complete from start to finish.

gmp Selected to Design New Library in Suzhou

gmp Architekten has been selected to design a new library in Suzhou in China. As Suzhou's second library, the building will be constructed in the Xiangcheng area, a newly-constructed part of the city to the North of Suzhou's historic center. Located next to one of Xiangcheng's many artificial water courses, in addition to a traditional library, the building will feature China's first fully automated storage system for 7 million books, as well as other public functions including a cinema and exhibition rooms.

Bird's-eye view from the East. Image © Willmore CG Entrance area of library. Image © Willmore CG Interior. Image © Willmore CG Interior. Image © Willmore CG

CTBUH Announces Winners of its 2015 Urban Habitat Competition

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has announced the winner and finalists of its 2015 Urban Habitat Award. Launched in 2014, the Urban Habitat Award recognizes the contributions of tall buildings to the urban realm. The winners this year were chosen for influencing their environment and cultural context intelligently, adding social sustainability to their immediate site and wider context. See all of the finalists and the winner after the break.

ALL SH / Linehouse

  • Architects: Linehouse
  • Location: 94 Wu Xing Lu, Jingan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
  • Area: 20.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Benoit Florencon

© Benoit Florencon © Benoit Florencon © Benoit Florencon © Benoit Florencon

KAMJZ Proposes Sustainable Ruichang Flower Market for China

KAMJZ have unveiled their proposal for the UIA’s MOLEWA (Mount Lu Estate of World Architecture) competition, which tasked participants with designing several cultural and commercial complexes near one of the world’s largest flower theme parks in RuichangChina. Titled Ruichang Flower Market, KAMJZ's design contemplates a series of shopping streets with high-end, as well as more vernacular shopping spaces, in particular a specialty area carrying flowers grown in the neighboring Flower Theme Park, traditional crafts, and souvenirs.

Construction Underway on Aedas’ “Infinite” Design for New Sina Headquarters in Beijing

Aedas has begun construction on their winning entry to design the new Sina Headquarters in China. Located south of the Beijing Zhongguancun Software Park, the building program will include open office area, conference rooms, media rooms, library, entertainment rooms, a canteen and other supporting amenities.

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AD Essentials: China

This article is part of ArchDaily Essentials, a series of articles which give you an overview of architecture's most important topics by connecting together some of our best articles from the past. To find out more about ArchDaily Essentials, click here; or discover all of our articles in the series here.

Museum for Qujing Culture Center / Hordor Design Group + Atelier Alter

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AD Interviews: Li Xiaodong / Li Xiaodong Atelier

During our last trip to Beijing we had the opportunity to visit Li Xiaodong at his recently opened extension for the School of Architecture at Tsinghua University. Li Xiaodong has become recognized worldwide thanks to his recent projects in rural China, which are deeply connected with the landscape and local community and use a mix of traditional and contemporary techniques.

His built works are strongly connected with his academic research. As a professor at Tsinghua University he has focused on understanding Chinese architecture, co-authoring publications such as “Form Making in Traditional Chinese Architecture” and “Chinese Conception of Space." His research has led him to develop a unique style, which he calls a “new regionalism," focusing on how the local can deal with the global in this era.

KUAN Architects Unveil Design for “The Antique Fish” Shopping Center in China

KUAN Architects (UCD) have unveiled their design for The Antique Fish, a shopping center, and the first large-scale commercial construction in Qinshui, a developing city in the Shanxi Province in China.

Located at the crossing of two rivers and surrounded by mountains, the project is designed to mimic its surroundings, as well as traditional Chinese art, taking on a long, fish-like shape and using traditional materials such as blue stones, green tiles, white jade, and wood.

Ports 1961 Shanghai Façade / UUfie

  • Architects: UUfie
  • Location: Shanghai, Shanghai, China
  • Interior Designer: Yabu Pushelberg
  • Area: 1145.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Shengliang Su

© Shengliang Su © Shengliang Su © Shengliang Su © Shengliang Su

dEEP Architects' Cattle Back Mountain Volunteer House in China Combines Traditional Materials with Digital Design

From the architect. Led by head architect Li Daode, dEEP Architects has renovated a traditional folk house in Pumaidi Village, near Niu Bei Shan mountain, in China's Sichuan Province, turning it into both a space for local volunteers as well as a hostal. Incorporating both the old and new, the Cattle Back Mountain Volunteer House makes full use of traditional, local materials, while also implementing a digital design strategy.

Learn more about the project after the break. 

Completed Roof Structure. Image Courtesy of dEEP Architects Rooftop Loft. Image Courtesy of dEEP Architects Roof Under Construction. Image Courtesy of dEEP Architects Under Construction. Image Courtesy of dEEP Architects

Yunnan Museum / Rocco Design Architects

  • Architects: Rocco Design Architects
  • Location: Yunnan Museum, 118 Wu Yi Lu, Wuhua Qu, Kunming Shi, Yunnan Sheng, China, 650021
  • Design Team: Rocco Yim, William Tam, Derrick Tsang, Martin Fung, Lucia Cheung, Gilles Chan, Benjamin Chan, Ricky Wang
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: WENMING CHU - Rocco Design Limited

© WENMING CHU - Rocco Design Limited © WENMING CHU - Rocco Design Limited © WENMING CHU - Rocco Design Limited © WENMING CHU - Rocco Design Limited

MAD Tops Out on Beijing's Chaoyang Park Plaza

MAD Architects has topped out on Chaoyang Park Plaza, a 120-meter-high mixed use development rising in the central business district (CBD) of Beijing on the southern edge of Chaoyang Park, one of the city's largest parks. A product of Ma Yansong’s “Shanshui City” concept, which aims reintroduce nature into the urban realm, the building is designed to "push the boundary of the urbanization process in modern cosmopolitan life by creating a dialogue between artificial scenery and natural landscapes."

San Wayao Community Sports Center / CSWADI

  • Architects: CSWADI
  • Location: Jin Gui Lu, Wuhou Qu, Chengdu Shi, Sichuan Sheng, China
  • Architect in Charge: Liu Yi
  • Design Team: Zhou Xuefeng, Sun Jing, Zhao Yenan, Shi Xiaoting, Zhu Wenlin, Xiang Ziyu, Zhao Mingzhu, Huang Liang, An Fei, Lu Ruofan, Ren Hongfei, Chen Yinjie
  • Area: 11936.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: ARCH-EXIST


schmidt hammer lassen Breaks Ground on Ningbo Central Library

schmidt hammer lassen architects has broken ground on their first Chinese library. Selected through an international competition in 2013, the project will provide a new home for the Ningbo City Library's massive collection - the region's largest for historic and ancient books - on the edge of an ecological wetland area in the eastern port city of Ningbo

"Given our great collaboration with the Local Design Institute and the client team, we are full of confidence that the Ningbo New Central Library will become a vibrant new public space for the citizens of Ningbo,” says Chris Hardie, partner and director of schmidt hammer lassen.

Call for Proposals: High-speed Railway Transportation Hub and CBD in Central Gui’an New District, China

The Gui’an comprehensive high-speed railway transportation hub and CBD covers an area of 464 hectares (Fig. 1)
The Gui’an comprehensive high-speed railway transportation hub and CBD covers an area of 464 hectares (Fig. 1)

The Gui’an New District, the eighth National New Districts in China, is located between Guiyang City and Anshun City, Guizhou Province with a planned area of 1,795 km2. The District, committed to the goal of “creating a city with pastoral landscapes”, will be built into a new leading area in inland economic development, a pilot area for innovation and development, an agglomeration of high-end service industries, an international area for leisure, vacation and tourism and a leading area for the construction of ecological civilization. The planning of a comprehensive high-speed railway transportation hub and CBD in central Gui’an New District strives to build it into an important transportation hub and central business district. The Management Committee of Guizhou Guian New District and the Planning and Construction Bureau of The Management Committee of Guizhou Guian New District hereby publicly call for the proposals for the planning of such a transportation hub and CBD as required, sincerely inviting the participation of experienced and qualified design agencies worldwide.

Registration deadline for international teams is on July 10th, 2015. More details below: