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A Look at China's "Nail Houses"

China's rapid growth has led to some unusual situations; shocking images of so-called "nail houses" continue to circle the internet, depicting defiant homeowners refusing to give up their homes for low compensation in the name of "progress." Standalone homes, and even some graves, are being surrounded by high-rise development and roadways, as land disputes play out in court. The Atlantic has just published a fascinating round-up of these peculiar situations. You can view them all, here.  

The Soundwave / Penda

  • Architects: Penda
  • Location: Xiangyang, Hubei, China
  • Area: 5000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Xia Zhi

© Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi

A Rare Look Inside OMA's CCTV Building in Beijing

Since the building's construction concluded in 2012, images of OMA's CCTV Headquarters have permeated the media. But inside views of this mutant skyscraper -- characterized by a soaring 72 meter cantilever -- have remained rare. Until now, that is. Images originally published by International Design and shared on WeChat by 广电独家 reveal the interior of OMA's CCTV Headquarters, including Emmy-winning set designer Jim Fenhagen's news studios. 

Take a peek inside the meeting rooms, hallways and control centers of CTBUH's 2013 Best Tall Building Worldwide. 

Morphosis Breaks Ground on Shenzhen Office Tower

Construction is underway on a striking new tower by Morphosis Architects in Shenzhen. "A departure from conventional towers," as the practice describes, the "Hanking Center Tower" merges commercial retail with private office space through the folding of its steel structure. Beyond that, tenants are connected via a series communal sky gardens and a massive sun-lit atrium that occupies the building's core. 

Plaza. Image © Luxigon, courtesy of Morphosis Architects Lobby. Image © Luxigon, courtesy of Morphosis Architects Retail. Image © Luxigon, courtesy of Morphosis Architects © Luxigon, courtesy of Morphosis Architects

Urban Systems Office's Bundle Tower Reimagines the Bank of China

London-based design group Urban Systems Office has developed a work-flow system employed in their  180-meter "Bundle Tower" to redefine the office typology of the Bank of China. Informed by its specific site features, the mixed-use Bundle Tower creates an open floor plan that responds precisely to its surrounding conditions and unique site requirements.

Jordan Road Restaurant & Bar / CAA

  • Architects: CAA
  • Location: Yunnan, China
  • Area: 400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of CAA

Courtesy of CAA Courtesy of CAA Courtesy of CAA Courtesy of CAA

Aimer Fashion Factory / Crossboundaries

  • Architects: Crossboundaries
  • Location: Shunyi, Beijing, China
  • Area: 53000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Zhi Xia, Chaoyang Ying

© Xia Zhi and Yang Chaoying © Xia Zhi and Yang Chaoying © Xia Zhi and Yang Chaoying © Xia Zhi and Yang Chaoying

Yangtai Shan Villa / Design Crew for Architecture

  • Architects: Design Crew for Architecture
  • Location: Guan Jia Ling, Haidian Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100095
  • Architect in Charge: Jinpeng YUAN
  • Partners in charge: Nicolas CHAUSSON, Jiaoyang HUANG
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Jinpeng YUAN

© Jinpeng YUAN © Jinpeng YUAN © Jinpeng YUAN © Jinpeng YUAN

Geology Museum / LeeMundwiler Architects

  • Architects: LeeMundwiler Architects
  • Location: 大鹏半岛, Longgang, Shenzhen, China
  • Consultants: BLY Landscape Architecture Planning & Design Institute; Huayi Design.
  • Area: 6200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Yujiang Peng

© Yujiang Peng © Yujiang Peng © Yujiang Peng © Yujiang Peng

Student Accommodation / Wuyang Architecture

  • Architects: Wuyang Architecture
  • Location: Jian Chuan Lu, Minhang Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
  • Project Architect: FENG Lu
  • Engineering: SRIBS
  • Area: 975.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: SU Shengliang

© SU Shengliang © SU Shengliang © SU Shengliang © SU Shengliang

Chinese Company Builds 57-Story Skyscraper in 19 Days

“Three floors in a day is China’s new normal,” says a representative for this 57-floor skyscraper that was built in just 19 days. Known as the “Mini Sky City” tower in Changsha, the 180,000-square-meter mixed-use building was built in record speed with modular, “LEGO-like” blocks. The process also claimed to have required less materials and significantly reduced the amount of air pollution commonly caused by dusty construction sites. 

A time-lapse of the construction process, after the break.

Tim Franco Captures the Overscaled Urbanization of Chongqing

These days, many of China's largest urban areas are easily recognizable to people from all over the world, with the skylines of coastal mega-cities such as Shanghai and Beijing taking their place in the global consciousness. Far less known though is the inland city of Chongqing - another of China's five top-tier "National Central Cities" - where in 2010 the Chinese government embarked on a plan to urbanize a further 10 million of the region's rural population, with around 1,300 people now moving into the city every day.

Since his first visit to the city in 2009 photographer Tim Franco has been on a mission to document the rapid change in what he believes is "maybe the most widely unknown megacity in the world." The result is Metamorpolis, a forthcoming photographic book by Franco with text by British journalist Richard Macauley, which documents the colossal scale of development juxtaposed against the people of Chongqing - many of whom still live an incongruous rural lifestyle among the concrete sprawl. Read on after the break for more images from the book and an interview with Franco about the experience of documenting one of the world's fastest-growing cities.

© Tim Franco © Tim Franco © Tim Franco © Tim Franco