Antidote to Modernism: Feifei Feng's Bespoke Intervention on Slab Housing in Jinan

09:30 - 23 January, 2016

Modernism was a stylistic evolution meant to jettison the baggage that had moored culture to habits and historicism. But it was more than an architectural style: it was a new and universal way of life meant to eradicate variability, to relish in the ease of sameness and reproducibility. It’s easy to be seduced by Modernism when you’re talking about motel rooms, or Starbucks, or your shirt size at a favorite store, all instances where replication is reassuring. But the movement’s biggest advocates, governments and developers, pushed the style to its extreme in large housing blocks - a typology long out of fashion in the United States, but which continues to be de rigueur in countries intent on achieving rapid economic expansion and concentrating its populations in urban regions.

Look at an aerial photograph of the periphery of any Chinese city and you will see the monotony of towers that rise out of the ground like modules on a silicon circuit board. Viewing drabness with cautionary eyes, designer Feifei Feng’s project "Urban Playhouse: A Communal Drama in Seven Acts," proposes a series of interventions, or "acts," on a field of four and six-story slab housing buildings in Jinan, China, adding social spaces ("follies") that are intended to regenerate the spontaneity and theatricality of living in close quarters.

Courtesy of Feifei Feng Act 6: "A-Maze". Image Courtesy of Feifei Feng Act 7: "Ribbon Runway". Image Courtesy of Feifei Feng Act 5: "Cloud Commune". Image Courtesy of Feifei Feng +12

Teabank / Crossboundaries

17:00 - 22 January, 2016
Teabank / Crossboundaries, © Dong Hao / Crossboundaries
© Dong Hao / Crossboundaries
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shenzhen Software Industry Base (Xuefu Road), Nanshan, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Partners in Charge

    Binke Lenhardt, Dong Hao
  • Area

    1980.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Dong Hao / Crossboundaries © Dong Hao / Crossboundaries © Dong Hao / Crossboundaries © Dong Hao / Crossboundaries +18

Frozen Architecture: From Glistening Snow Shows to Multi-Colored Ice Festivals

09:30 - 21 January, 2016
Frozen Architecture: From Glistening Snow Shows to Multi-Colored Ice Festivals, Oblong Voidspace - Jene Highstein & Steven Holl. The Snow Show, Lapland, 2003 and 2004. Image Courtesy of Fung Collaboratives, Photo Credit: Kostamoinen
Oblong Voidspace - Jene Highstein & Steven Holl. The Snow Show, Lapland, 2003 and 2004. Image Courtesy of Fung Collaboratives, Photo Credit: Kostamoinen

Winter is the perfect time to build structures with ice, a time and a technique that together offer the possibility of a pure white architecture. With a cloudy sky the condition culminates into an impressive whiteout: white architecture, the landscape and the sky dissolve into a diffuse unity without a visible horizon. If clear skies emerge a subtle contrast of warm and cool white appears with yellowish sunrays against the blue sky. However, the ice itself has striking effects as well: The surface appearance ranges from crystal clear glass to soft opaque impressions. And, for the long nights, illumination achieves an additional magical glow and extends the short daylight time.

Worldwide, snow shows, ice hotels and festivals have attracted numerous visitors with glistening snows and stunning lighting solutions. Futhermore, this frozen water strategy presents a sustainable solution par excellence, where the manufacturing and even disposal causes no harm to the environment. Read on to explore the coolest projects and events featuring architects and artists from Finland to China.

Art Suite 2016. Under the Arctic Skin by Rob Harding & Timsam Harding. Image © Icehotel, Asaf Kliger. www.icehotel.com Icehotel 25 by Anja Kilian, Sebastian Andreas Scheller, Wolfgang-A. Lüchow. Image © Icehotel, Paulina Holmgren. www.icehotel.com Oblong Voidspace - Jene Highstein & Steven Holl. The Snow Show, Lapland, 2003 and 2004. Image Courtesy of Fung Collaboratives, Photo Credit: Menne Stenros Ice Time Tunnel - Tatsuo Miyajima & Tadao Ando. The Snow Show, Lapland, 2003 and 2004. Image Courtesy of Fung Collaboratives, Photo Credit: Jeff DeBany +7

HENN Wins Competition to Design Kingdee Tower in China

06:00 - 21 January, 2016
HENN Wins Competition to Design Kingdee Tower in China, © HENN
© HENN

HENN has won first place in the competition to design Kingdee Tower, the headquarters for software company Kingdee in Shenzhen, China. The 44-story glazed tower will be the central building for the new headquarters, rising from an irregular pentagon plan situated between two existing nine-story blocks.

© HENN © HENN © HENN © HENN +13

Foshan New City Village Walkway Bridge / ADARC Associates

19:00 - 20 January, 2016
Foshan New City Village Walkway Bridge  / ADARC Associates, © Yuansheng Studio
© Yuansheng Studio
  • Architects

  • Location

    China Mobile (Nanhai Ping Chau Service Hall), Nanhai, Foshan, Guangdong, China, 528251
  • Design Principal

    Allan Ting
  • Area

    1500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Yuansheng Studio © Yuansheng Studio © Yuansheng Studio © Yuansheng Studio +48

Tales CBD Kindergarten Renovation / Spacework Architects

22:00 - 18 January, 2016
Tales CBD Kindergarten Renovation / Spacework Architects, © Spacework Architects
© Spacework Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, Beijing, China
  • Design Team

    Liu Hongwei, Zhang Hong, Fu Haoran, Ma Liangcheng, Yang Huiyong, Zhang Lifang, Yang Yixin
  • Client

    Tales Education Group
  • Area

    3500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Spacework Architects © Spacework Architects © Spacework Architects © Spacework Architects +17

TaiYuan South Railway Station / CSADI

02:00 - 18 January, 2016
TaiYuan South Railway Station / CSADI, © Shuo Ding, Chunfang Li
© Shuo Ding, Chunfang Li
  • Architects

  • Location

    Taiyuan, Shanxi, China
  • Architects Team

    CSADI - the 3rdarchitectural and structuraldepartment
  • Architects In Charge

    Li, Li Wang, Ji Zhang, Xing Sun, Guo Fu
  • Engineering

    Deliang Zhou, Dengwu Cao,Wei Zhang
  • Area

    183952.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Shuo Ding, Chunfang Li, Courtesy of CSADI

Courtesy of CSADI © Shuo Ding, Chunfang Li © Shuo Ding, Chunfang Li © Shuo Ding, Chunfang Li +35

Shenzhen Software Industry Base / gmp architekten

19:00 - 14 January, 2016
Shenzhen Software Industry Base / gmp architekten, © Christan Gahl
© Christan Gahl
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Design

    Meinhard von Gerkan and Stephan Schütz with Nicolas Pomränke
  • Area

    137900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Christan Gahl © Christan Gahl © Christan Gahl © Christan Gahl +11

Hefei No.45 Middle School / VolumeOne

22:00 - 13 January, 2016
Hefei No.45 Middle School / VolumeOne, © neo Studio
© neo Studio
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hefei, Anhui, China
  • Area

    33844.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© neo Studio © neo Studio © neo Studio © neo Studio +30

Renovation of Nanjing Confucius Temple / DC ALLIANCE

02:00 - 13 January, 2016
Renovation of Nanjing Confucius Temple / DC ALLIANCE, © Lyu Hengzhong
© Lyu Hengzhong
  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Design Team

    Dong Yi , Cheng Jiujun ,Zhao Wei ,Jin Yuan, Wang Bin
  • Client

    Local government of Qinhuai district
  • Site Area

    42,000 sqm
  • Area

    42000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Lyu Hengzhong © Lyu Hengzhong © Lyu Hengzhong © Lyu Hengzhong +15

Yidian Office Complex / Jacques Ferrier Architecture

20:00 - 12 January, 2016
Yidian Office Complex / Jacques Ferrier Architecture, © Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

© Luc Boegly © Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Luc Boegly +22

Jiangbei Foreign Language School / DC ALLIANCE

22:00 - 11 January, 2016
Jiangbei Foreign Language School / DC ALLIANCE, © Lyu Hengzhong
© Lyu Hengzhong
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ningbo, Zhejiang Province,China
  • Design Team

    Cui Zhe, Dong Yi,Cheng Jiujun,Shi Linlin
  • Client

    Jiangbei District Public Construction Center
  • Area

    42000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Lyu Hengzhong © Lyu Hengzhong © Lyu Hengzhong © Lyu Hengzhong +23

Apartment Complex in Qiyan / LRH Architects

05:00 - 10 January, 2016
Apartment Complex in Qiyan / LRH Architects, © Highlite Images
© Highlite Images
  • Architect

  • Address

    Taiwan, Taibei City, Quyan, Beitou
  • Year

    2015
  • Photographer

    Highlite Images

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Bamboo Villa: Live in the Nature / C&C DESIGN

20:00 - 9 January, 2016
Bamboo Villa: Live in the Nature / C&C DESIGN, Courtesy of C&C DESIGN
Courtesy of C&C DESIGN
  • Architects

  • Location

    Longmen, Guangdong, China
  • Design Director

    Peng Zheng
  • Area

    1248.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of C&C DESIGN

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China’s Newly Completed Shanghai Tower Is Now the 2nd Tallest Building in the World

08:00 - 8 January, 2016
China’s Newly Completed Shanghai Tower Is Now the 2nd Tallest Building in the World, © Thomas Jaehndel via CTBUH
© Thomas Jaehndel via CTBUH

Gensler's recently completed Shanghai Tower is now the 2nd tallest building in the world, and the tallest building in China, according to The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).  At 632 meters tall, it is the third building in the world to exceed 600 meters and be designated “megatall.”

In Praise of the Glitch: WAA's Yinchuan Contemporary Art Museum

09:30 - 7 January, 2016
In Praise of the Glitch: WAA's Yinchuan Contemporary Art Museum, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

In November, the Architectural Review concluded its search for this year's most promising young designers, awarding a total of 15 projects in its annual Emerging Architecture Awards. Selected by a jury comprising David Adjaye, Peter Cook and Odile Decq alongside AR Editor Christine Murray, these 15 projects included just one firm from China: WAA (We Architect Anonymous), whose Yinchuan Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) was commended by the judges. In this article, former associate member of Archigram Colin Fournier reviews the awarded building, showing an appreciation of WAA's work equal to - or perhaps even greater than - the award's jury.

This contemporary art museum is not what it seems. It appears, at first, to be a fairly familiar manifestation of the contemporary architectural discourse, and indeed the striking fluidity of its lines and its impressive mastery of parametrically-enabled tectonics as well as GRC technology put it on a par with recent buildings by Zaha Hadid or MAD, but this first impression is somewhat deceptive: the building is, in fact, refreshingly unique and a radical point of departure from the dominant design ideology of our times, a significant rupture from the orthodoxy. And a very promising one.

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan +12

Spring Art Museum / Praxis d'Architecture

02:00 - 7 January, 2016
Spring Art Museum / Praxis d'Architecture, © Xia Zhi
© Xia Zhi

© Xia Zhi © Jin Fengzhe © Xia Zhi Courtesy of Praxis d'Architecture +42

HAZE-Guangzhou Design Week C&C Pavilion / C&C DESIGN

20:00 - 6 January, 2016
HAZE-Guangzhou Design Week C&C Pavilion / C&C DESIGN , Courtesy of C&C DESIGN
Courtesy of C&C DESIGN
  • Architects

  • Location

    Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
  • Designer

    Peng Zheng
  • Design Team

    Peng Zheng, Xie Zekun
  • Corporate Web

    www.cocopro.cn
  • Area

    130.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of C&C DESIGN

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