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Shan Shui Grape Garden - Yanqing Wine Park, Greenhouse and Winery / LocalDesignStudio

The double landscape and architectural competition proposal for Yanqing Grape and Wine Park and Yanqing Greenhouse and Winery by LocalDesignStudio was organized ahead of the World Grape Conference to be held in 2014 in Yanqing County. The park was meant as a pilot project for the territory, only recently reconverted to cultivations of grapes, showing the latest technical achievements in the field of cultivation and production of wine and grape growing. Furthermore, the project was to represent the ambition of Yanqing County to become an important wine district internationally, not only oriented to business but related to a specific life-style. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Villa Jian / CU Office

  • Architects: CU Office
  • Location: Yantai, Shandong, China
  • Architect In Charge: Che Fei, Zhang Xuefeng
  • Design Team: Zhao Chao, Li Huihui, Zhang Xin, Cui Jingyi, Zeng Yilan, Chang Yue
  • Site Area: 10,000 sqm
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Brando Posocco

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World's Tallest Skyscraper To Be Built...In 90 Days

Chinese construction company Broad Group has announced ambitious plans to construct the world's tallest skyscraper in an implausibly swift 90 days (© Image: Broad Group via Gizmag)
Chinese construction company Broad Group has announced ambitious plans to construct the world's tallest skyscraper in an implausibly swift 90 days (© Image: Broad Group via Gizmag)

China is well known for its mind-bogglingly fast-paced construction, but its latest claim is truly one for the record books. Sky City, an 838-meter (2,750-ft) building to be built by Chinese construction company Broad Sustainable Building (BSB), of  Broad Group, will not just be the tallest skyscraper on the planet, won’t just be “earthquake-proof,” won’t just implement a sustainable design approach – it will go up in only 90 days. Skeptical? BSB isn’t. They’ve used their building technique (which involves pre-fabricating and assembling up to 95% of the materials in modular form before construction even begins) to assemble a 15-story building in 6 days and a 30-story hotel in 360 hours, CNN reports. As for safety concerns, BSB has built a 30-story prototype that withstood a simulated magnitude 9 earthquake — whether the 220-story Sky City will be as secure remains to be seen, but BSB certainly seems confident. More fast facts and images, after the break… Story via GizmagCNN

Mix C / Callison

  • Architects: Callison
  • Location: Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • Client: China Resources Land Limited
  • Area: 324600.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Callison

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Oct Design Museum / Studio Pei-Zhu

  • Architects: Studio Pei-Zhu
  • Location: 深圳市人民政府 Fuzhong 3rd Rd, Futian, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Architects: Studio Pei-Zhu
  • Principal Architect: Pei Zhu
  • Design Team: Xiaoming Zeng, Fan He, Jun Ke, Chongxia Jiao, Xiao Yin, Si Li
  • Structure Consultant: Xueyi Fu
  • Area: 5000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011

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Faculty of Informatics / Peter Kovacs DLA + Istvan Lengyel

  • Architects: Peter Kovacs DLA + Istvan Lengyel
  • Location: 深圳市人民政府 Fuzhong 3rd Rd, Futian, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Architects: Peter Kovacs DLA, Istvan Lengyel
  • Associate Architects: Lajos Barabás, Tibor Bartha, Ottó Ferenczi, György Kazamér, István Kecskés, Éva Molnár, Attila Tóth
  • General Design: Archiko Kft. and Lengyel Epiteszmuterem Kft.
  • Client: University of Debrecen, Faculty of Informatics
  • General Contractor: Hunép Zrt.
  • Cost: 6,137,292 €
  • Area: 4448.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Tamas Bujnovszky

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Re-Thinking Shanghai Proposal / Vinícius Philot, Fabiano Ravaglia and Gibran Duarte

In their proposal for the Re-thinking Shanghai competition, Vinícius Philot, Fabiano Ravaglia, and Gibran Duarte aims at transforming the big metropolis through biological methamorphosis. In their “Let’s paint Shanghai with fireflies” design, they give thought to the question, How could we make Shanghai, an already trend setting city within Asian and global scenario, also a reference for urban sustainable growth? The firefly system will be a sub-effect of a new way of thinking the public space. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Yellow River Art Centre / Waa

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© MIR

Designed by Waa (We Architech Anonymous), the Yinchuan Art museum will be the first project developed within this new arts district centre. The project is named the yellow river art centre (YRAC) due to its close proximity to the yellow river which has been coined ‘the cradle of Chinese civilization’ by previous generations that helped protect and provide for early settlers. Located within 20km of the city centre, the main function of their design will be to knit subsequent communities together enhancing the well-being of future local social infrastructure. More images and architects’ description after the break.

In Progress: Anhui Broadcasting & TV Centre / NDA

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Courtesy of NDA New Design Architecture

Architects: NDA New Design Architecture Location: Hefei, Anhui Province, China Study Type: Architectural Design Main Architect: Emmanuel Delarue Site Area: 133,314 sqm Building Area: 320,000 sqm Delivery Date: 2013 Photographs: Courtesy of NDA New Design Architecture

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In Progress: Wuzhen Theater / Artech Architects

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Courtesy of Artech Architetcs

Architect: Kris Yao | Artech Architects Location: Zhejiang, China Clients: Wuzhen Tourism Development Co., Ltd Design Team: Taipei: Kuo-Chien Shen, Winnie Wang, Wen-Li Liu, Jake Sun, Andy Chang, Kevin Lin, Shanghai: Wen-Hong Chu, Fei-Chun Ying, Nai-Wen Cheng, Chu-Yi Hsu, Qi-Shen Wu, Jane jiang, Lei Feng Architect of Record: Shanghai Institute of Architectural Design & Research Co. Ltd Total Floor Area: 21,750 sqm Photographs: Courtesy of Artech Architects

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"Flip/City" / PinkCloud.DK

“Flip/City”, a proposal by PinkCloud.DK which was shortlisted in the 2012 Rethinking Shanghai competition, proposes a new urban identity for Shanghai as a model for the development of future cities. By flipping the horizontal cityscape to the vertical, footprints of Shanghai’s existing typologies, only visible by plane, embody the new face of the vertical city. By expanding Shanghai up along the vertical plane, unused urban voids will be activated. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Yingkou Convention and Exposition Center / 2DEFINE Architecture

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Courtesy of 2DEFINE Architecture

2DEFINE Architecture, with local partner Dalian Urban Planning & Design Institute, recently won an assignment to lead the design of an extraordinary new convention center in Yingkou, China. The project consists of a four-story, 70,000-square-meter (750,000-square-foot) facility in a city of 2.2 million people located in the northwest province of Liaoning on the Bohai Sea. A unique, sea urchin-shaped building created to reflect its natural environment, the facility will be the centerpiece of a new harbor created off of a satellite central business district in the port city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Pixel in Beijing Modelroom / SAKO Architects

  • Architects: SAKO Architects
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Project Team: Keiichiro Sako, Ariyo Mogami, Ken-ichi Kurimoto
  • Area: 4800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Misae Hiromatsu

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Bama Eco Resort / davidclovers

The design by davidclovers for the Bama Eco Resort includes two key areas of an eco-tourist resort project that intends to be a flagship project for China demonstrating how architecture can both re-work and reinvigorate sensitive habitat sites. Using innovative construction methods and design processes, both projects “farm” the existing terrain of the site finding its latent potentials. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Spruce Art Center / LYCS Architecture

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Courtesy of LYCS Architecture

Designed by LYCS Architecture, the Spruce Art Center recently commenced construction in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China. Flush with mature spruce trees and a pre-existing one story abandoned structure, the design is a mixture of two fundamental challenges in architecture: to evoke new spatial meaning while reconciling an existing structure, and to produce a formal language that can be dynamic and strong, yet carefully caress spruce trees. More images and architects’ description after the break.

'Water Memory' - Rethinking Shanghai Competition Proposal / Ayrat Khusnutdinov, Zhang Liheng, Alexey Bychkov

‘Water Memory’, a proposal by Ayrat Khusnutdinov, Zhang Liheng, and Alexey Bychkov for the Rethinking Shanghai competition, focused on a strategic vision to manifest the undeletable importance of Suzhou creek waterfront to Shanghai. Using existing bridges as the main axis of their development and arranging high-rise commercial areas along them, they created a cohesive system that would connect now fragmented past and recent developments where water wouldn’t divide to play a connective role. More images and architects’ description after the break.