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Tianjin Qiaoyuan Bridge Culture Museum / Sunlay

01:00 - 12 April, 2014
Tianjin Qiaoyuan Bridge Culture Museum / Sunlay, Courtesy of Sunlay
Courtesy of Sunlay

Courtesy of Sunlay Courtesy of Sunlay Courtesy of Sunlay Courtesy of Sunlay +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tianjin, China
  • Design Team

    Zhang Hua
  • Area

    2220.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008

"City of Dreams" Hotel Tower / Zaha Hadid Architects

01:00 - 12 April, 2014
"City of Dreams" Hotel Tower / Zaha Hadid Architects, North Elevation. Image © Zaha Hadid Architects; 2014 Melco Crown Entertainment Limited
North Elevation. Image © Zaha Hadid Architects; 2014 Melco Crown Entertainment Limited

Zaha Hadid Architects has designed a 40-story luxury hotel for Macau’s premier leisure and entertainment destination known as “City of Dreams.” Perceived as a single “sculptural element” united by an exposed exoskeleton mesh structure, the “simple volume” was extruded from its rectangular site as two towers connected at the podium and roof levels, with two organically-shaped bridges punctuating the tower’s center external void. This central void is then celebrated by a 40-meter tall, “grandiose atrium” that greets visitors as they enter the hotel. 

Take a digital tour through the building and into the atrium via a newly released video, after the break...

Basketball Stadium in Dongguan / gmp architekten

01:00 - 11 April, 2014
Basketball Stadium in Dongguan / gmp architekten, © Christian Gahl
© Christian Gahl

© Christian Gahl © Christian Gahl © Christian Gahl © Christian Gahl +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Dongguan, Guangdong, China
  • Design

    Meinhard von Gerkan and Stephan Schütz with Stephan Rewolle
  • Project Manager

    Katina Roloff
  • Client

    Dongguan Civil Construction Administration Office
  • Seats

    14,730
  • Area

    60600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Kangka Zhouzhuang Tourist Resort Aquatic Club / UDG China

01:00 - 11 April, 2014
Kangka Zhouzhuang Tourist Resort Aquatic Club / UDG China, © Yao Li
© Yao Li

© Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Zhouzhuangzhen, Kunshan, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China, 215325
  • Architect in Charge

    Qian Qiang, Li Xiaojian, Bernd Lederle, Feng Haihua, Li Chencheng, Bi Yifei, Tanase yo shoji, Satoshi Morita, Chen Hongbin, Simone De Gradi
  • Area

    1800.0 sqm
  • Photographs

The Architecture of Kowloon Walled City: An Excerpt from 'City of Darkness Revisited'

01:00 - 10 April, 2014
The Architecture of Kowloon Walled City: An Excerpt from 'City of Darkness Revisited', Courtesy of 'City of Darkness Revisited'
Courtesy of 'City of Darkness Revisited'

In light of the release of a second, revised edition of City of Darkness -- the authoritative text on Kowloon Walled City, which you can help Kickstart here -- authors Greg Girard and Ian Lambot have shared an excerpt from City of Darkness Revisited

The early phases of the Walled City were characterised by predictable building typologies and the buildings were constructed on the principle of squatters’ rights, with random construction on spots of available land by whoever got there first. Alleyways and passages evolved – unplanned – into the established ‘map’ of the City, which would remain until it came down. A basic electric supply existed, increasingly burdened by illegal connections that frequently overloaded the system, and the few standpipes supplied the only water. As the need to accommodate the ever growing residential and commercial populations forced it to in the 1960s, the building typology of the Walled City made the leap from two- to three-storey residential structures to taller, six- to seven-storey ones. This represented an important threshold, because at these greater heights the buildings unavoidably became more complex and required greater labour to realise, reinforced concrete, more investment, and so on. They also required a different way of living. Water had to be transported up to the higher floors by hand. Likewise the propane gas canisters that furnished fuel to cook or heat water.

Courtesy of 'City of Darkness Revisited' Courtesy of 'City of Darkness Revisited' Courtesy of 'City of Darkness Revisited' Courtesy of 'City of Darkness Revisited' +10

The Screen / Li Xiaodong Atelier

01:00 - 9 April, 2014
The Screen / Li Xiaodong Atelier , © Martijn de Geus
© Martijn de Geus

© Martijn de Geus © Martijn de Geus © Martijn de Geus © Martijn de Geus +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ningbo, Zhejiang, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Li Xiaodong
  • Design Team

    Martijn de Geus, Jerry Hau, Ying Xin, Renske van Dam
  • Cost

    8 million RMB
  • Area

    600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Wuxi Memsic Semiconductor Headquarter / UDG China

01:00 - 8 April, 2014
Wuxi Memsic Semiconductor Headquarter / UDG China, Courtesy of UDG China
Courtesy of UDG China

Courtesy of UDG China Courtesy of UDG China Courtesy of UDG China Courtesy of UDG China +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Xishan, Wuxi, Jiangsu, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Qian Qiang, Li Xiaojian, Chi Xiaoyu
  • Area

    14057.36 sqm

Exploring Post Earthquake Reconstruction: 2013 AIM Competition Awards Announced

01:00 - 7 April, 2014
Exploring Post Earthquake Reconstruction: 2013 AIM Competition Awards Announced, Winning Entry: Architecture Renovation Award. Image Courtesy of AIM
Winning Entry: Architecture Renovation Award. Image Courtesy of AIM

Architects in Mission (AIM) recently announced the winners for their 2013 competition with the topic, Post Earthquake Reconstruction, Ya’an Sichuan - Rebuild Panda’s Hometown from the EarthquakeThe Ya'an Earthquake occurred at 08:02 Beijing Time on the 20th April 2013. The epicenter was located in Lushan County, Ya'an, Sichuan, about 116km (or 72 miles) from Chengdu (along the Longmenshan Fault) in the same province that was hit heavily by the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. For this year's competition, AIM asked participants to pay particular attention to the master planning of the Snow Mountain Village, whilst developing new business models to encourage economic growth for local villagers. See the four winning entries after the break.

Hualien Residences: BIG's Most Mountainous Housing Project Yet?

01:00 - 7 April, 2014
Hualien Residences: BIG's Most Mountainous Housing Project Yet?, © BIG
© BIG

Bjarke Ingels Group has unveiled their latest - and certainly greenest - "mountainous" housing project (for previous examples, see: Mountain Dwelling and 8 House). Although still in progress, Hualien Residences, a beach resort housing complex in Taiwan, will consist of green "landscape stripes" that resemble mountains themselves. The project, which incorporates walking paths, underground jogging paths, and an observation point, has already been recognized as a finalist in the 2014 MIPIM awards for its use of design to encourage healthy, active lifestyles for the complex's primarily older residents. 

© BIG © BIG © BIG © BIG +41

An Interview with MAD Architects' Ma Yansong: Constructing Icons, Identity & China's Future Cities

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
An Interview with MAD Architects' Ma Yansong: Constructing Icons, Identity & China's Future Cities, Ma Yansong, MAD Architects. Image © Edoardo Giancola
Ma Yansong, MAD Architects. Image © Edoardo Giancola

I look into myself, trying to express myself. I think sometimes maybe you have an idea from a dream. It sounds ridiculous but you draw something out of your dream. Where does this dream come from? It must somehow relate to some situation. So what I'm interested in is to keep discovering what is really inside of me. I'm not a genius that from the first moment I already know what I want. - Ma Yansong -

Beixinqiao district, in Beijing, is changing fast: the ancient urban tissue is being demolished as new high-rises are growing.Located in this environment, Ma Yansong’s office sits within an old and anonymous construction. In contrast to its exterior, the inside is characterized by wood, white walls and plants that transform the place into a sophisticated environment.International young architects are busy modeling new organic-shaped buildings on the other side of the world; meanwhile a golden fish swims in the eternal loop of the “fish tank” in the centre of the room.

In the following interview, Ma Yansong explains contemporary cities as environments that are out-of-scale with nature. He believes a new approach must be used, one that breaks the monotonous “chessboard” of contemporary Urban China and re-establishes the balance between human beings and the natural world.

Z Gallery / O-OFFICE Architects

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
Z Gallery / O-OFFICE Architects, © Likyfoto
© Likyfoto

© Likyfoto © Likyfoto © Likyfoto © Likyfoto +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Area

    2963.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Refurbish of TYJ Office Building / Shenzhen Ingameoffice Ltd

01:00 - 1 April, 2014
Refurbish of TYJ Office Building / Shenzhen Ingameoffice Ltd, Courtesy of Shenzhen Ingameoffice Ltd
Courtesy of Shenzhen Ingameoffice Ltd

Courtesy of Shenzhen Ingameoffice Ltd Courtesy of Shenzhen Ingameoffice Ltd Courtesy of Shenzhen Ingameoffice Ltd Courtesy of Shenzhen Ingameoffice Ltd +48

SZ-HK Biennale-Silo Reconversion / O-OFFICE Architects

01:00 - 31 March, 2014
SZ-HK Biennale-Silo Reconversion / O-OFFICE Architects, © O-office & Maurer United
© O-office & Maurer United

© O-office & Maurer United © O-office & Maurer United © O-office & Maurer United © O-office & Maurer United +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chiwan Road, Nanshan, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Design Team

    Jianxiang He, Ying Jiang, Thomas Odorico, Zilong Liang
  • Concept

    Ying Jiang (O-office Architects), Marc Maurer (Maurer United Architects), Teemu Hirvilaammi (Lassila\Hirvilammi Architects)
  • Area

    2662.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Shenzhen Maritime Base and Sports Schools / 2A2 Design Department, Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (BIAD)

01:00 - 31 March, 2014
Shenzhen Maritime Base and Sports Schools / 2A2 Design Department, Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (BIAD), © Yang ChaoYing
© Yang ChaoYing

© Yang ChaoYing © Yang ChaoYing © Yang ChaoYing © Yang ChaoYing +43

Silo-top Studio / O-OFFICE Architects

01:00 - 28 March, 2014
Silo-top Studio / O-OFFICE Architects, © Likyfoto
© Likyfoto

© Likyfoto © Likyfoto © Likyfoto © Likyfoto +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    63 Xizeng Road, Liwan, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
  • Area

    621.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013

Juxing Tower Showroom / People's Architecture Office

01:00 - 27 March, 2014
Juxing Tower Showroom / People's Architecture Office, Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO)
Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO)

Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO) Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO) Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO) Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO) +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Taiyuan, Shanxi, China
  • Principal

    Hezhe, James Shen, Zangfeng
  • Design Team

    Yang bin, Lian junqin
  • Area

    450.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013

Zhongxun Times / 10 Design

01:00 - 26 March, 2014
Zhongxun Times / 10 Design, Courtesy of 10 Design
Courtesy of 10 Design

Courtesy of 10 Design Courtesy of 10 Design Courtesy of 10 Design Courtesy of 10 Design +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chongqing, China
  • Design Team

    Gordon Affleck, Brian Fok, Lukasz Wawrzenczyk, Frisly Colop Morales, Jason Easter, Nick Chan, Rita Pang, Ryan Leong, Dan Narita, Jon Martin
  • Area

    130000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013

Vanke Orange City Sales Center / Sunlay Design Group

01:00 - 26 March, 2014
© Shu He
© Shu He
  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Zhang Hua
  • Design Team

    Fan Li, Tan Qingjun, Sun Rui, Zhang Yong
  • Area

    5100.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013

© Shu He © Shu He © Shu He © Shu He +26