Tian Yangbei Garden / Spark

01:00 - 20 February, 2013
© Sun Xiangyu
© Sun Xiangyu
  • Architects

  • Location

    Chaoyang, Beijing, China
  • Creative Director

    Honglei Liu
  • Design Director

    David Perera
  • Senior Interior Designer

    Jiayi Hu
  • Junior Interior Designers

    Yachun Zhang, Huichao Liu
  • Area

    1300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Sun Xiangyu

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Two Short Films Capture the Essence of Steven Holl Architects’ Sliced Porosity Block

00:00 - 20 February, 2013

Xixi Wetland Art Village / Wang Weijen Architecture

01:00 - 20 February, 2013
Courtesy of Wang Weijen Architecture
Courtesy of Wang Weijen Architecture
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Client

    Xixi Wetlands Park Construction Headquarter
  • Area

    4500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Wang Weijen Architecture

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Suzhou Industrial Park Sports Center / NBBJ

01:00 - 13 February, 2013
Stadium View from River © NBBJ
Stadium View from River © NBBJ

NBBJ has shared with us their latest design in sports architecture, a multifunctional industrial sports complex for the residents of Suzhou, China. Designed as a community asset, the cultural sports hub will include a commercial center, aquatics facility, gymnasium, arena, professional sports stadium and more. All facilities will be integrated within a lush “Sports Garden” that features an abundance of pedestrian walkways, gardens and sport fields. 

The architects' description after the break...

Masterplan of Xiasha Wander Bay Second Prize Winning Proposal / FCHA

23:00 - 12 February, 2013
Courtesy of FCHA
Courtesy of FCHA

A unique ecological resource for an otherwise densely-populated urban region, the Xiasha district is a rural, coastal setting outside of Shenzhen. FCHA‘s second prize winning proposal for the masterplan project of Xiasha Wander Bay seeks to strike a balance between the preservation of the site’s pristine ecology and the needs of a four-season tourist town. More images and architects’ description after the break.

OMA Wins Skyscraper Competition in China

00:00 - 12 February, 2013
Essence Financial Building © OMA
Essence Financial Building © OMA

OMA has won the design competition for the Essence Financial Building in Shenzhen, China. Led by OMA Partners David Gianotten and Rem Koolhaas, the design beat out four other entries by international and Chinese practices. 

The skyscraper will be OMA’s second in Shenzhen (the first being the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, which will be completed in April this year). By challenging many typical office tower conventions (such as a central core plan and curtain wall systems), OMA hopes their buildings will help lead the way for a “new generation” of office towers in the city.  

As David Gianotten commented in the Press Release: "OMA is very excited about its continuous and deepening participation in Shenzhen's development, especially as the city makes its latest evolution: from a manufacturing city into a services hub. This next generation of urbanism calls for a new generation of office towers of which the Essence Financial Building could be one."  

More on the Essence Financial Building, after the break... 

Wanda Academy / HYHW Architecture Consulting

01:00 - 11 February, 2013
© Shu He Photography
© Shu He Photography

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Riverside Park Pavilion / Vector Architects

00:00 - 11 February, 2013
© Su shengliang
© Su shengliang

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Headquarters Building for Small and Medium Enterprises Second Prize Winning Proposal / FCHA

23:00 - 9 February, 2013
Courtesy of FCHA
Courtesy of FCHA

With Shenzhen’s Bao’an District an emerging incubator for entrepreneurs and rapidly growing new businesses, FCHA’s second prize winning proposal for the Headquarters Building for Small and Medium Enterprises seeks to establish an inclusive hub for start-up enterprises. This building hopes to maximize the exchange of resources and ideas with the aim of sparking new innovation and collaboration. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Nanjing Road Mixed Use Area Proposal / RTA-Office

23:00 - 7 February, 2013
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Courtesy of RTA-Office

With the aim to create a new and contemporary urban space. the Nanjing Road Mixed Use Area proposal by RTA-Office distributes the volumes on the parcel in order to get an open public space and an intimate one simultaneously. The many passages throughout the 200,000 square-meter project offers walk paths for residents and visitors as it occupies an entire block of the city of Qingdao. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Zhengzhou Airport District Urban Planning EXhibition Centre Proposal / AUA

07:00 - 7 February, 2013
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Courtesy of AUA

Constituting the northern portion of the planned ‘Future Square’ in the rapidly developing Airport District of Zhengzhou, China, Atelier of Urban Architecture (AUA)‘s design is an iconic addition to the area. The proposed urban planning exhibition centre and associated landscape consists of various programs that are organized on the folding floor slabs, bringing visitors around the centre piece of the exhibition – the physical model, which itself is positioned within a sunken space on ground level. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Raffles City Ningbo / SPARK

01:00 - 7 February, 2013
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© FG + SG
  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Project Director

    Jan Felix Clostermann, Stephen Pimbley
  • Design Team

    Jacky Chen, Yuhua Chen, Yuen Yuen Chen, Jan Felix Clostermann, Shu Fan, Jiarkai Guo, Vivian Huang, Akin Jabar, Yun Wu Jian, RenJie Li, Wenhui Lim, Minghao Liu, Oren Rabinowitz, Christian Taeubert, Wao Tao Wang, Chengming Xu, Wenzhen Yee, Hua Zhang
  • Area

    0.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

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Jade Museum / Archi-Union Architects

01:00 - 6 February, 2013
© Xia Zhi
© Xia Zhi
  • Architects

  • Location

    Xuhui District, Shanghai, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Philip F. Yuan
  • Design Team

    Alex Han, Fuzi He
  • Client

    Jade Museum
  • Area

    0.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Xia Zhi

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Kengo Kuma Designs New Museum at China Academy of Art in Xiangshan

01:00 - 5 February, 2013
Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates
Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates

To further the promotion of art education, the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and China Academy of Art in Xiangshan have announced plans to construct a new university within the hilly suburbs of Hangzhou by the Spring of 2014. Designed by Kengo Kuma & Associates, the Museum at the China Academy of Art will harmonize with the lush topography and resist modifying any existing slopes to accommodate the 4,936 square meter facility. Instead, the museum’s configuration will mimic the lozenge shaped pattern that was discovered within the contour lines, generating a fluid exhibition space with linear and altering floor levels buffered by partially external galleries.

In addition, Kengo Kuma is investigating the possibility of reusing clay tiles and stones from Hangzhou's old house district so the body of the museum may appear as if the “soil of the tea gardens” were “transformed into architecture”.

More images after the break.

Lahas Zone / CROX International Co., LTD

01:00 - 4 February, 2013
© Ji-Shou Wang
© Ji-Shou Wang
  • Architects

  • Location

    Yiwu City, China
  • Design Team

    Ben-Tao Li, Qiang Han, K. Kei
  • Photographs

    Ji-Shou Wang

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Huaihua Theater and Exhibition Center Proposal / United Design Group

11:00 - 31 January, 2013
Courtesy of United Design Group
Courtesy of United Design Group

With the site of the proposed project characterized by a 7m height difference between the south west corner and the north east one and the fastest way to access to it is from the roads west and north of it, the Huaihua Theater and Exhibition Center will be managed by three different subjects adding further difficulties in organizing the layout. Designed by United Design Group, the 60,000 m² complex is equally subdivided between the theater/cinema part (30,000 m²) and exhibitions: 12,000 m² for the museum; 10,000 m² for the urban planning hall; 3000 m² for the fine arts museum and 1000 m² for the local history exhibition. An extra 6000 m² will host the art training center. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China / Bianca Bosker

00:00 - 31 January, 2013
Courtesy of University of Hawaii Press
Courtesy of University of Hawaii Press

A 108-meter high Eiffel Tower rises above Champs Elysées Square in Hangzhou. A Chengdu residential complex for 200,000 recreates Dorchester, England. An ersatz Queen’s Guard patrols Shanghai’s Thames Town, where pubs and statues of Winston Churchill abound. Gleaming replicas of the White House dot Chinese cities from Fuyang to Shenzhen. These examples are but a sampling of China’s most popular and startling architectural movement: the construction of monumental themed communities that replicate towns and cities in the West.

Galaxay Mall / tvsdesign

01:00 - 30 January, 2013
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Courtesy of tvsdesign

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