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Non-Linear Parametric Workshop 11 - "Scale Fail: Pavilion to Product"

Courtesy of Daniel Gillen
Courtesy of Daniel Gillen

This was an unprecedented year for Tsinghua University’s Non-Linear Parametric Workshop with close to 200 students attending.  Students of the Advanced Design Unit taught by Daniel Gillen, Xu Feng with assistance by Andrew Haas investigated parametric software, thought processes and strategy with a specific focus on versioning. The tutors’ sequenced information provided to students to encourage a scientific level of variable testing and analysis.  The nine-day workshop was organized into three parts, beginning with abstract versioning, followed by a pavilion, and concluding with a product.

International Mock Firms Skyscraper Competition Proposal / ANDO | Andalucía Office

ANDO | Andalucía Office, composed by five young architects from the University of Seville, shared with us their 2nd prize winning proposal in the Fourth edition of the “International Mock Firms Skyscraper Competition” organized by Chicago Architecture Today. Their concept, which focused on versatility, let to their NODO project, a tower over 550 meters in Beijing. The most innovative architectural idea of the project is based on the possibility of a constantly changing skyscraper. It is all about developing a mutant vertical city building possibility, which answers to its time, place and inhabitants requirements. More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘Foster + Partners: the Art of Architecture’ Exhibition

Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Taking place at the Shanghai Oil Painting and Sculpture Institute (SPSI), from July 25 to August 25, the ‘Foster + Partners: the Art of Architecture’ exhibition is the first major survey of the studio’s work to be held in China. It reveals details of a number of new projects underway in the region, including headquarters for Citic Bank in Hangzhou, a new tower in Nanjing and the Vantone development in Shanghai. It is also an opportunity to see the original models and sketches for high-profile completed buildings, such as Beijing International Airport, the Millau Viaduct in France, Hearst Tower in New York and the Swiss Re headquarters in London. More architects’ description after the break.

Shortlist announced for West Kowloon Cultural District’s first Arts Venue

West Kowloon Cultural District site © Foster + Partners by Methanoia
West Kowloon Cultural District site © Foster + Partners by Methanoia

The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) has announced five design teams invited to submit proposals for the Xiqu Center, which will be the first landmark building within Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District. Serving as the main theatre and Team House, the Xiqu Center will form the gateway into the £1.7bn, Foster-designed masterplan once it is complete towards the end of 2015. Mr. Louis Yu, Executive Director, Performing Arts stated, “There has been a fantastic response to our plans for the Xiqu Centre from design teams from across the world. We are working hard to find the right team to work with to fulfill our ambitions. The shortlisted teams will meet with representatives of the Chinese opera artform, engaging with stakeholders so we can conceive together a world-class building for Hong Kong and for the development and promotion of this important form of Chinese cultural heritage.” The five shortlisted teams are:

Colorful Guizhou Brand, Research & Development Center / Huasen Architects

Courtesy of Huasen Architects
Courtesy of Huasen Architects

Designed by Huasen Architects, the winning competition proposal for the Research and Development Center for colorful Guizhou.co is based on the structure of local villages, having full possibilities to grow in all directions. The orientation for each building was defined by the best natural view of the river and surrounding mountains. Located near the new district of Long dong bao, just 15 minutes drive from the airport, the site has an undulating character with differing levels up to 15 meters, and sits along a small river. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Express Rail Link West Kowloon Terminus / Andrew Bromberg

access to the station from the civic plaza
access to the station from the civic plaza

The high-speed rail terminus station will connect Hong Kong to various major cities in the Mainland with the largest rail network in our history. Located centrally in Hong Kong within the city’s urban realm and equipped with fifteen tracks, the facility will probably be the largest below ground terminus station in the world. Designed by Andrew Bromberg of Aedas, in collaboration with Aecom, the West Kowloon Terminus will function more like an international airport than a rail station; this means that the facility needs to have both custom and immigration controls for departing and arriving passengers.. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Dongjiang Harbor Master Plan / HAO + Archiland

Courtesy of HAO + Archiland
Courtesy of HAO + Archiland

The Dongjiang Master Plan proposal by HAO (Holm Architecture Office) + Archiland Beijing includes 280,000 square meters of residential development, with 40,000 square meters of mixed-use office, retail, and public space. The design evolves around the prime beach location with a central pedestrian boardwalk that services both the low and midrise residential housing blocks. The central boardwalk runs parallel to the beach, creating views of the water while taking the visitor through areas of gardens and retail within the new development. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Re-thinking SuZhou Creek Winning Proposal / ohm architekti

Courtesy of ohm architekti
Courtesy of ohm architekti

The winning design in the Re-thinking Shanghai competition for SuZhou Creek by ohm architekti proposes a city that changes in time and place, and is always perceived differently. They have created a new and unique neighborhood that is always changing, where you can set up a shop or a house and still have access to the full spectrum of surroundings. Traditional long-lasting connections are broken and new temporal connections are created – such that form only when they are convenient. A new flexible neighborhood is born with a city structure that is in motion. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Headquarters of Zhejiang Wuchan Group / gmp architekten

  • Architects: gmp architekten
  • Location: Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Architects: gmp architekten
  • Architect In Charge: Meinhard von Gerkan
  • Project Manager: Volkmar Sievers
  • Area: 12700.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Hans-Georg Esch

© Hans-Georg Esch © Hans-Georg Esch © Hans-Georg Esch © Hans-Georg Esch

'Dove of Peace' Church / WEAVA Architects

WEAVA Architects shared with us their proposal for the protestant church of Dong Sheng district, in the city of Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China. After three years of being on stand-by and having the site relocated twice, the city and the Association of Protestants of Ordos came to an agreement to pursue the construction of the new church. As a result, the team revealed a fresh and even more accomplished design scheme, which is based on one of the most ecclesiastical symbols. This led them to the dove of peace, which is the main concept for this church. More images and architects’ description after the break.

A House For All Seasons / John Lin

  • Architects: John Lin
  • Location: Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China
  • Architects: John Lin
  • Area: 380.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012

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2012 AIM Architecture Competition

The Architects in Missions (AIM) recently launched their 2012 architecture competition with the topic, “Shengsi Islands: Renewing China’s Traditional Village Lifestyle.” In setting their sights upon the eastern gate of China: Shengsi Islands, participants are challenged in guiding the island villages toward a diversified economy through sustainable tourism development. Over the course of this society’s development, the unique fishing village, its products, and its lifestyle, represent a cultural resource that cannot be replicated. With the premise of helping the local population of the Shengsi Islands integrate into modern life, how can the ecology and residential environment of this archipelago be protected? The submission deadline is August 31. For more information, please visit here.

KK100 / TFP Farrells

  • Architects: TFP Farrells
  • Location: 深圳市人民政府 Fuzhong 3rd Rd, Futian, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Architects: TFP Farrells
  • Interior Design: Laguarda.Low
  • Structural Engineer: Ove Arup & Partners
  • Client: Kingkey Group
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Carsten Schael

© Carsten Schael © Carsten Schael © Carsten Schael © Carsten Schael

Regeneration of the Forbidden City / WILCOTER Architects

In the invited competition launched by the Culture Relic Bureau of Nanjing, WILCOTER Architects envisioned an idea to regenerate the relics of the Forbidden City as a capital of the Ming Dynasty over six hundred years ago. In a city that needs a cultural symbol based on their own history, this proposal tries to regenerate an imperial axis, a special experience and atmosphere where people can never have chance to taste. More images and architects’ description after the break.