Tianzhu Marketing Center / Tsushima Design Studio

19:00 - 12 February, 2016
Tianzhu Marketing Center / Tsushima Design Studio, © Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa

© Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa +18

PLP Unveils Pearl River Delta's Tallest Building as Part of New Masterplan

13:30 - 11 February, 2016
PLP Unveils Pearl River Delta's Tallest Building as Part of New Masterplan, Exterior Rendered View. Image © Luxigon
Exterior Rendered View. Image © Luxigon

British firm PLP has unveiled their design for a large complex at the heart of the Pearl River Delta in China. The master plan comprises four buildings: the Platform for Contemporary Arts, the Lizhi Park Tower, the Concourse, and the Nexus - a 600-meter tall office and hotel tower that will be the masterplan's centerpiece and the region's tallest skyscraper.

Exterior Rendered View. Image © Luxigon Exterior Rendered Night View. Image © Luxigon Aerial Rendered View. Image Courtesy of PLP Architecture Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of PLP Architecture +20

Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies / Mario Cucinella Architects

22:00 - 9 February, 2016
Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies / Mario Cucinella Architects, © Daniele Domenicali
© Daniele Domenicali
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ningbo, Zhejiang, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Mario Cucinella, Elizabeth Francis, Angelo Agostini
  • In Collaboration With

    Eva Cantwell, Richard Ceccanti, Francesco Fulvi, Caterina Maciocco, Giuseppe Perrone, Natalino Roveri (model maker), Luca Stramigioli, Debora Venturi (environmental strategies)
  • Team

    Prof. Brian Ford, Prof. Saffa Riffat, Rosa Schiano, Mauricio Hernandez Tascon
  • Area

    1300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Daniele Domenicali © Daniele Domenicali © Daniele Domenicali © Daniele Domenicali +27

Midwest Commodity Exchange Center / Interdesign Associates + Hugo Kohno Architect Associates

22:00 - 8 February, 2016
Midwest Commodity Exchange Center / Interdesign Associates + Hugo Kohno Architect Associates, Courtesy of interdesign associates & Javier Callejas Sevilla(Courtesy of Hallucinate Design Office)
Courtesy of interdesign associates & Javier Callejas Sevilla(Courtesy of Hallucinate Design Office)
  • Architects

  • Location

    Foreign Trade Building, 2nd Ring Road Yanxian Commerce Jingjidai, Beilin, Xi'an, Shaanxi, China, 710021
  • Area

    326.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of interdesign associates & Javier Callejas Sevilla(Courtesy of Hallucinate Design Office)

Courtesy of interdesign associates & Javier Callejas Sevilla(Courtesy of Hallucinate Design Office) Courtesy of interdesign associates & Javier Callejas Sevilla(Courtesy of Hallucinate Design Office) Courtesy of interdesign associates & Javier Callejas Sevilla(Courtesy of Hallucinate Design Office) Courtesy of interdesign associates & Javier Callejas Sevilla(Courtesy of Hallucinate Design Office) +23

Open Call: AIM Bamboo Architecture Competition for the Village of Rural Makers

11:00 - 5 February, 2016
Open Call: AIM Bamboo Architecture Competition for the Village of Rural Makers

The countryside carries so much emotional weight and nostalgia through thousands of years of time. Currently, more than 100 villages disappear every day in China. On the other hand, the rise of city living standards and GDP require a more suitable tourist experience in the surviving villages. How can we combine the inheritance and preservation of villages with a countryside tourism business model? To provide a better ecosystem for lodge and inn, farm, organic agriculture and handmade crafts is the challenge that we are facing now!

People's Daily HQ / Architects and Engineers Associates of Southeast University

22:00 - 4 February, 2016
People's Daily HQ / Architects and Engineers Associates of Southeast University, Courtesy of Architects and Engineers Associates of Southeast University
Courtesy of Architects and Engineers Associates of Southeast University
  • Architects

  • Location

    Jintai West Road No.2 Courtyard Building 6, Chaoyang, Beijing, China, 100026
  • Design Team

    QIAN Feng, ZHANG Li, ZHUANG Fang, KONG Hui, WANG Wei, ZHOU Wenxiang, YU Han, LI Meng, ZHAO Ran
  • Area

    88856.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Architects and Engineers Associates of Southeast University

Courtesy of Architects and Engineers Associates of Southeast University Courtesy of Architects and Engineers Associates of Southeast University Courtesy of Architects and Engineers Associates of Southeast University Courtesy of Architects and Engineers Associates of Southeast University +43

Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Gottlieb Paludan to Design World's Largest Waste-to-Energy Plant in Shenzhen

12:30 - 4 February, 2016
Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Gottlieb Paludan to Design World's Largest Waste-to-Energy Plant in Shenzhen, Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Gottlieb Paludan Architects
Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Gottlieb Paludan Architects

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Gottlieb Paludan Architects have won an international competition to design the world's largest waste-to-energy plant on the outskirts of Shenzhen, China. The new "Shenzhen East Waste-to-Energy Plan will be capable of incinerating 5000 tonnes of waste per day - "one third of the waste generated by Shenzhen's 20 million inhabitants every year," according to the team. In addition to incinerating waste and generating power, the plant will serve as a place to teach residents about its purpose. 

Harvard GSD Students Win International Urban Design Competition for Shanghai Rail Station

06:00 - 3 February, 2016
Harvard GSD Students Win International Urban Design Competition for Shanghai Rail Station, Courtesy of The Harvard Graduate School of Design
Courtesy of The Harvard Graduate School of Design

A team of urban design students from the Harvard Graduate School of Design has won first prize in UD Shanghai’s 2015 International Student Urban Design Competition for the Shanghai Railway Station Area. Through the competition, the team reimagined the “Shanghai Railway Station, one of the city’s four major railway stations and one of China’s major rail hubs, in the context of the next round of the Shanghai Master Plan (2020 to 2040). In particular, the competition asked teams to promote walkability and smoother traffic patterns,” where the station creates a topographical gap, “and to consider thee-dimensional urban development around the station.”

Courtesy of The Harvard Graduate School of Design Courtesy of The Harvard Graduate School of Design Courtesy of The Harvard Graduate School of Design Courtesy of The Harvard Graduate School of Design +21

The Folded Apartment / MoreDesignOffice

19:00 - 2 February, 2016
The Folded Apartment / MoreDesignOffice, © Raphael Olivier
© Raphael Olivier

© Raphael Olivier © Raphael Olivier © Raphael Olivier © Raphael Olivier +20

With "Ordos – A Failed Utopia," Raphael Olivier Captures the Contradictions of Chinese Construction

09:30 - 1 February, 2016
With "Ordos – A Failed Utopia," Raphael Olivier Captures the Contradictions of Chinese Construction, © Raphael Olivier
© Raphael Olivier

For the past quarter century, China’s rapidly expanding economy provided architects with an almost endless supply of building opportunities. Easy lending allowed for an exponential rise in infrastructure projects – China used more concrete in three years than the United States used in the entire twentieth century. But in a country where the number of cities with over a million inhabitants jumped from 16 in 1970 to 106 in 2015, the speed of development enabled high profile, but flawed, experiments alongside the many necessary building projects. There is perhaps no better example of this phenomenon than the city of Ordos. The Inner Mongolian metropolis – home to 100,000 – which sprang from the northern desert in the mid-2000s was designed for over a million inhabitants. The reality of the city came to public attention in 2009 when Al Jazeera wrote about an early uncertainty in the Chinese real estate market.

After living in China for a number of years, photographer Raphael Olivier finally gave in to the nagging urge to see Ordos for himself. Visiting last year, he found a well-maintained city that is still largely uninhabited. I interviewed Olivier about the project, his views on Ordos, Chinese prosperity, and what it means to photograph architecture.

schmidt hammer lassen Win Competition for Mixed-Use Cultural Project in Shanghai

06:00 - 28 January, 2016
schmidt hammer lassen Win Competition for Mixed-Use Cultural Project in Shanghai, © Beauty & the Bit, Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
© Beauty & the Bit, Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

schmidt hammer lassen architects has won an international competition to design a new home for the West Shanghai Workers’ Cultural Palace. This project has been a widely popular destination for Shanghai’s Labor Union workers and local community since it opened in 1959. The new proposal will include a theater, cinema, art and exhibition spaces, as well as office, sports facilities, commercial spaces, and a transportation hub -- all settled within the eight hectare site.

Zaha Hadid and Martin Knight Compete with Chinese Firms to Design Bridges in Guangzhou

14:00 - 27 January, 2016
Zaha Hadid and Martin Knight Compete with Chinese Firms to Design Bridges in Guangzhou, © Flickr CC User jo.sau
© Flickr CC User jo.sau

Guangzhou, China's third largest city, is planning to rebuild four bridges in its region - the Renmin, Jiangwan, Haiyin, and Liede Bridges. Three teams have been shortlisted for each bridge, all of which are Chinese practices with the exception of Zaha Hadid Architects, Knight Architects and NEXT Architects. As BDOnline reports, the finalists are expected to propose a range of options, from small upgrades to complete rebuilds. A winner for each will be selected in February, after the Chinese new year. 

The shortlisted practices for each bridge include...

Shan-Zhen: How a Small Irish Town Influenced the Mega-City Shenzhen

04:00 - 26 January, 2016
Shan-Zhen: How a Small Irish Town Influenced the Mega-City Shenzhen, Aerial photograph of Shannon Airport (1959) set within its rural context. Image Courtesy of Shannon Group plc
Aerial photograph of Shannon Airport (1959) set within its rural context. Image Courtesy of Shannon Group plc

At the dawn of the age of transatlantic commercial aviation, Shannon, a small town on the west coast of Ireland, was thrust into the spotlight. By 1959 it had been developed as the world’s first Free Trade Zone and New Town, providing a new—and persistent—business model for US multinationals seeking cheaper ways to operate in Europe. On the other side of the world, China was beginning to develop its urbanisation policy and was interested in how Shannon had successfully decentralised its administration from Dublin. After many visits in the early 1980s by Chinese leaders to study this model, under the direction of Deng Xiaoping, the Shannon planning system was used as a template in the formation of Shenzhen and has since been rolled across China.

New Horizon_architecture from Ireland is the flagship exhibition programme for Irish architecture and the built environment as part of Irish Design 2015. Shan-Zhen was first presented at the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture in 2015.

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