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751 Creative Industrial Office Design / hyperSity office

22:00 - 17 February, 2017
751 Creative Industrial Office Design / hyperSity office, © hyperSity office
© hyperSity office

© hyperSity office © hyperSity office © hyperSity office © hyperSity office +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chaoyang district, Beijing, China
  • Design Team

    Yang Shi, Guoling Zhang
  • Area

    150.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

WeWork Weihai Lu / Linehouse

22:00 - 16 February, 2017
WeWork Weihai Lu / Linehouse, © Jonathan Leijonhufvud
© Jonathan Leijonhufvud

© Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Weihai Lu, Shanghai,China
  • Area

    5500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographer

    Jonathan Leijonhufvud, Dirk Weiblen

Zaha Hadid Architects Releases Images of Tower with the World's Tallest Atrium

08:40 - 16 February, 2017
© MIR
© MIR

Zaha Hadid Architects has released new images of Leeza SOHO, their mixed-use design in Beijing's Lize Financial Business District. The project is notable for its 190-meter tall atrium, which rises the full height of the building, uniting two twisting sections which contain 172,800 square meters of office and residential space. At the base of the tower, a new transit hub straddles a subway tunnel that is currently under construction.

Cultural Center in Northern Haidian District / THAD

20:00 - 15 February, 2017
Cultural Center in Northern Haidian District / THAD, © Wu Jiming
© Wu Jiming

© Wu Jiming © Wu Jiming © Wu Jiming © Wu Jiming +35

Weinan Culture and Art Center / THAD

20:00 - 13 February, 2017
© YAO Li
© YAO Li

© YAO Li © YAO Li © YAO Li © YAO Li +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Weinan, Shaanxi Province, China
  • Principal in Charge

    ZHUANG Weimin
  • Design Team

    ZHUANG Weimin, ZHANG Wei, GAO Guocheng, LIANG Sisi, KANG Liqiao, PAN Anping, LIU Yichuan, LUO Xinyu, MI Zhong, GAO Guisheng, XU Hua, LI Shuqin, et al.
  • Site Area

    40000 m2
  • Photos

    YAO Li

If Your Annoying Coworkers Were Indiscreet Buildings

09:30 - 13 February, 2017
If Your Annoying Coworkers Were Indiscreet Buildings

The connection here is plain and simple: bad coworkers, bad architecture, perfect pair. It's not uncommon for architects to take inspiration from the human body, but consider these eight pairings to be what would happen if your least favorite coworkers were reincarnated in building form.

Preliminary Research Office Proposes Conical Sky-Bridge for Drone Observation in Shenzhen

06:00 - 6 February, 2017
Preliminary Research Office Proposes Conical Sky-Bridge for Drone Observation in Shenzhen, © Preliminary Research Office
© Preliminary Research Office

Preliminary Research Office has recently been selected to design a pedestrian bridge in Shenzhen, connecting the two tower buildings, each 210 meters (689 feet) high, which will serve as their client’s future headquarters.

The bridge’s formal composition is the result of two intersecting conic masses, positioned about their common axis and directed towards the towers’ core. Perpendicular cones are split by these larger cones at two points on the bridge’s axis, extending to form observation platforms for flying and viewing drones, while also serving as meeting spaces.

© Preliminary Research Office © Preliminary Research Office © Preliminary Research Office © Preliminary Research Office +31

Stefano Boeri Architetti Unveils Plans for Vertical Forest Towers in Nanjing

12:00 - 3 February, 2017
Stefano Boeri Architetti Unveils Plans for Vertical Forest Towers in Nanjing, © Stefano Boeri Architetti
© Stefano Boeri Architetti

Stefano Boeri Architetti has released plans for their first “Vertical Forest” project to be realized in Asia, two mixed-use towers to be located near the Yangtze River in the Pukou District of Nanjing, China. In total, over 1100 trees will cover the building, helping to regenerate local biodiversity while cleaning the air.

4 Chinese Vernacular Dwellings You Should Know About (Before They Disappear)

09:30 - 31 January, 2017
4 Chinese Vernacular Dwellings You Should Know About (Before They Disappear), © <a href=‘https://www.flickr.com/photos/justaslice/3051644043'>Flickr user Slices of Light</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en'>CC BY-NC-ND 2.0</a>
© Flickr user Slices of Light licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Vernacular architecture refers to designs which find their primary influence in local conditions: in climate, in materials, and in tradition. In a country as diverse as China, with 55 state-recognized ethnic minority groups and widely varying climates and topographies, many different vernacular dwelling styles have evolved as pragmatic solutions that accommodate the unique needs and limitations of their sites.

Rapid urbanization in China has favored high-rise apartment towers over traditional housing because of their ease of construction and the population density they enable, making vernacular dwellings increasingly rare throughout the country. Some firms, like MVRDV and Ben Wood’s Studio Shanghai, have taken note of the many benefits that vernacular dwellings provide, and have created projects that attempt to reconcile tradition with urbanization. Even if you aren't planning on building in China any time soon, the following housing styles have much to teach about what it means to live in a particular time and place. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it does encompass the main types of vernacular dwellings seen throughout China.

Deep³ Courtyard / SU Architects

20:00 - 27 January, 2017
Deep³ Courtyard / SU Architects, © ShengLiang Su
© ShengLiang Su

© ShengLiang Su © Su Architects © ShengLiang Su © ShengLiang Su +43

Want to Understand the Inner Workings of China's iPhone City? Start Here

08:00 - 26 January, 2017
Want to Understand the Inner Workings of China's iPhone City? Start Here, Apple Store in Shanghai, China © Flickr user wza. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Apple Store in Shanghai, China © Flickr user wza. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The New York Times has published an in-depth article entitled ‘How China Built iPhone City With Billions in Perks for Apple’s Partners’, revealing a treasure chest of public benefits for the world’s biggest iPhone factory in Zhengzhou, China. In a city of six million inhabitants in an impoverished region of China, the local government has contributed $1.5 billion to Foxconn, Apple’s supplier of iPhones. The money is used, in part, to improve local infrastructure, reduce Foxconn's export costs, and build housing for the factory’s 350,000-strong workforce (five times the number of people employed directly by Apple in the United States).

Apple Store in Shanghai, China © Flickr user wza. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Zhengzhou Convention Centre © Flickr user josechugijon. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Foxconn manufactures the iPhone © Flickr user prachatai. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 iPhone City, Zhengzhou at night © Flickr user damien_thorne. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 +5

Steven Holl Architects Unveils Plans for Cloud-Like Cultural and Health Center in Shanghai

13:15 - 25 January, 2017
Steven Holl Architects Unveils Plans for Cloud-Like Cultural and Health Center in Shanghai, Overal Aerial. Image © Steven Holl Architects
Overal Aerial. Image © Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl Architects has revealed plans for a new Cultural and Health Center to be located in Shanghai’s Fengxian District. Set into the public landscape, the two buildings will serve as a “social condenser” aimed at integrating the community of surrounding housing blocks together into a park along the Punan Canal.

Cultural Center Water View. Image © Steven Holl Architects Cultural Center Interior Court. Image © Steven Holl Architects Cultural Center Interior. Image © Steven Holl Architects Watercolor - Landscape. Image © Steven Holl Architects +30

Arrow Factory Hutong Media & Culture Creative Space / META Studio

20:00 - 24 January, 2017
Arrow Factory Hutong Media & Culture Creative Space / META Studio, © Chun Fang
© Chun Fang

© Chun Fang © Chun Fang © Chun Fang © Chun Fang +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Design Team

    Shuo Wang, Jing Zhang, Yaping Wu
  • Area

    400.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

The Unexpected Stories Behind 10 Skyscrapers That Were Actually Built

04:00 - 24 January, 2017
The Unexpected Stories Behind 10 Skyscrapers That Were Actually Built, Torre Velasca. Image © José Tomás Franco
Torre Velasca. Image © José Tomás Franco

As long as there have been buildings mankind has sought to construct its way to the heavens. From stone pyramids to steel skyscrapers, successive generations of designers have devised ever more innovative ways to push the vertical boundaries of architecture. Whether stone or steel, however, each attempt to reach unprecedented heights has represented a vast undertaking in terms of both materials and labor – and the more complex the project, the greater the chance for things to go awry.

Ryugyong Hotel. Image © José Tomás Franco Robot Building. Image © José Tomás Franco CCTV Headquarters. Image © José Tomás Franco Cayan Tower. Image © José Tomás Franco +21

Tea House in Li Garden / Atelier Deshaus

22:00 - 23 January, 2017
Tea House in Li Garden / Atelier Deshaus, © TIAN Fangfang
© TIAN Fangfang

© TIAN Fangfang © TIAN Fangfang © TIAN Fangfang © TIAN Fangfang +23

Yi She Mountain Inn. / DL Atelier

19:00 - 23 January, 2017
Yi She Mountain Inn. / DL Atelier, © Sun Haiting
© Sun Haiting

© Sun Haiting © Sun Haiting © Sun Haiting © Sun Haiting +29

Dushan School Complex / West-line studio

22:00 - 20 January, 2017
Dushan School Complex / West-line studio, Courtesy of Martina Muratori
Courtesy of Martina Muratori

Courtesy of Martina Muratori Courtesy of Martina Muratori Courtesy of Martina Muratori Courtesy of Martina Muratori +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Dushan, Qiannan, Guizhou, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Haobo Wei, Jingsong Xie
  • Area

    56491.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016

Look Inside a Collection of Beijing-Based Architecture Offices, Photographed by Marc Goodwin

04:00 - 20 January, 2017
Look Inside a Collection of Beijing-Based Architecture Offices, Photographed by Marc Goodwin, ZAO/standardarchitecture – one office interior photographed by Goodwin. Image © Marc Goodwin
ZAO/standardarchitecture – one office interior photographed by Goodwin. Image © Marc Goodwin

Architectural photographer Marc Goodwin has recently completed the third collection of his "ultra-marathon of photoshoots" – this time in Beijing. Following his unique insight into the spaces occupied by Nordic architectural offices (based in Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Helsinki) and his look at studios both large and small lived in by London-based practices, Goodwin has turned his lens to the burgeoning number of offices in the Chinese capital. From MAD Architects' magnificent old printing works to ZAO/standardarchitecture's purpose-built studio, here is a view into the places that architectural offices call home.

URBANUS Architecture & Design, Inc.. Image © Marc Goodwin Chiasmus Partners, Inc.. Image © Marc Goodwin ZAO/standardarchitecture. Image © Marc Goodwin C+ Architects. Image © Marc Goodwin +24