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Jordan Road Restaurant & Bar / CAA

  • Architects: CAA
  • Location: Yunnan, China
  • Area: 400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of CAA

Courtesy of CAA Courtesy of CAA Courtesy of CAA Courtesy of CAA

Aimer Fashion Factory / Crossboundaries Architects

  • Architects: Crossboundaries Architects
  • Location: Shunyi, Beijing, China
  • Area: 53000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Zhi Xia, Chaoyang Ying

© Xia Zhi and Yang Chaoying © Xia Zhi and Yang Chaoying © Xia Zhi and Yang Chaoying © Xia Zhi and Yang Chaoying

Yangtai Shan Villa / Design Crew for Architecture

  • Architects: Design Crew for Architecture
  • Location: Guan Jia Ling, Haidian Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100095
  • Architect In Charge: Jinpeng YUAN
  • Partners In Charge: Nicolas CHAUSSON, Jiaoyang HUANG
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Jinpeng YUAN

© Jinpeng YUAN © Jinpeng YUAN © Jinpeng YUAN © Jinpeng YUAN

Geology Museum / LeeMundwiler Architects

  • Architects: LeeMundwiler Architects
  • Location: 大鹏半岛, Longgang, Shenzhen, China
  • Consultants: BLY Landscape Architecture Planning & Design Institute; Huayi Design.
  • Area: 6200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Yujiang Peng

© Yujiang Peng © Yujiang Peng © Yujiang Peng © Yujiang Peng

Student Accommodation / Wuyang Architecture

  • Architects: Wuyang Architecture
  • Location: Jian Chuan Lu, Minhang Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
  • Project Architect: FENG Lu
  • Engineering: SRIBS
  • Area: 975.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: SU Shengliang

© SU Shengliang © SU Shengliang © SU Shengliang © SU Shengliang

Chinese Company Builds 57-Story Skyscraper in 19 Days

“Three floors in a day is China’s new normal,” says a representative for this 57-floor skyscraper that was built in just 19 days. Known as the “Mini Sky City” tower in Changsha, the 180,000-square-meter mixed-use building was built in record speed with modular, “LEGO-like” blocks. The process also claimed to have required less materials and significantly reduced the amount of air pollution commonly caused by dusty construction sites. 

A time-lapse of the construction process, after the break.

Tim Franco Captures the Overscaled Urbanization of Chongqing

These days, many of China's largest urban areas are easily recognizable to people from all over the world, with the skylines of coastal mega-cities such as Shanghai and Beijing taking their place in the global consciousness. Far less known though is the inland city of Chongqing - another of China's five top-tier "National Central Cities" - where in 2010 the Chinese government embarked on a plan to urbanize a further 10 million of the region's rural population, with around 1,300 people now moving into the city every day.

Since his first visit to the city in 2009 photographer Tim Franco has been on a mission to document the rapid change in what he believes is "maybe the most widely unknown megacity in the world." The result is Metamorpolis, a forthcoming photographic book by Franco with text by British journalist Richard Macauley, which documents the colossal scale of development juxtaposed against the people of Chongqing - many of whom still live an incongruous rural lifestyle among the concrete sprawl. Read on after the break for more images from the book and an interview with Franco about the experience of documenting one of the world's fastest-growing cities.

© Tim Franco © Tim Franco © Tim Franco © Tim Franco

Vanke Sales Office / FCHA

  • Architects: FCHA
  • Location: Dongguan, Guangdong, China
  • Principals In Charge: Su Jinlefu and Chen Zetao
  • Design Team: Matthew Marano, Su Jinlefu, Chen Zetao, Liang Jie, Guo Xusheng, Lu Zhiwei
  • Collaborators: CCDI
  • Area: 600.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of FCHA

Courtesy of FCHA Courtesy of FCHA Courtesy of FCHA Courtesy of FCHA

An Interview with Zhu Pei, Pei-Zhu Studio

“If we look at architecture from a cultural point of view, we see we are in a special moment where we are trying to figure out our identity. I think we are too focused on how to transform old Chinese architecture into contemporary architecture; but in no way can you transform it, you can see it with your own eyes. For instance you cannot transform a Roman building into today’s buildings! Sometimes you have to forget about history to create contemporary and unique architecture.”
- Zhu Pei, Beijing, 2013

OCT Design Museum / Pei-Zhu Studio. Image © Fang Zhenning Blur Hotel / Pei-Zhu Studio. Image © Pei-Zhu Studio Shenzhen Urban Planning Bureau / Urbanus. Image © Pei-Zhu Studio Blur Hotel / Pei-Zhu Studio. Image © Pei-Zhu Studio

Fangsuo Book Store in Chengdu / Chu Chih-Kang

  • Architects: Chu Chih-Kang
  • Location: Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • Collaborators: Fangsuo Culture Development Co., Ltd.
  • Area: 5280.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Chu Chih-Kang Space Design

Courtesy of Chu Chih-Kang Space Design Courtesy of Chu Chih-Kang Space Design Courtesy of Chu Chih-Kang Space Design Courtesy of Chu Chih-Kang Space Design

Luo Fu Shan Shui Museum / ADARC Associates

Courtesy of ADARC Associates Courtesy of ADARC Associates Courtesy of ADARC Associates Courtesy of ADARC Associates

Baiyunting Culture and Art Center / Dushe Architectural Design Co

  • Architects: Dushe Architectural Design Co
  • Location: Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Architecture Director: Zhang Qi Lin
  • Project Director: Ling Ke Ge
  • Design Team: Xu Qi, Zhang Ya Chao, Zhang Jia Qi
  • Area: 25000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Su Sheng Liang

© Su Sheng Liang © Su Sheng Liang © Su Sheng Liang © Su Sheng Liang