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The 10 Best Global* Architecture Projects of 2016 (*Asia, Africa and South America Not Excluded)

08:00 - 15 January, 2017
The 10 Best Global* Architecture Projects of 2016 (*Asia, Africa and South America Not Excluded)

As the common phrase attests, “history is written by the victors.” We therefore know that the story of the West is that of Europe and the United States, while the other actors in world history are minimized or invisible: it happened to the Chinese and Japanese during World War II, to the Ottoman Empire in sixteenth-century Europe, and to racial majorities in the common reading of Latin American independence. The same thing happens in architecture.

The current boom of the Global South is based not only on new work, but rather on the recognition of an invisible architecture which was apparently not worthy of publication in the journals of the 1990s. The world stage has changed, with the emergence of a humanity that is decentralized yet local; globalized, yet heterogeneous; accelerated, yet unbalanced. There are no longer red and blue countries, but a wide variety of colors, exploding like a Pollock painting.

This serves as a preamble to consider the outstanding projects of 2016 according to the British critic Oliver Wainwright, whose map of the world appears to extend from New York in the West to Oslo in the East, with the exception of Birzeit in Palestine. The Global South represents more than 40% of the global economy and already includes most of the world’s megacities, yet has no architecture worthy of recognition? We wanted to highlight the following projects in order to expand the western-centric world view, enabling us to truly comprehend the extent of architectural innovation on a global scale.

10 Traditional Festivals Around the World: A Good Excuse to See New Architecture

09:30 - 13 January, 2017

We experience our cities daily through ordinary acts, whether it’s commuting, looking for a quiet place, having lunch downtown, or even exercising. However, one of the most exceptional ways to experience the different roles of a city's urban space is through traditional festivals, rooted in local cultures presented through different clothing, culinary arts, dances and other arts.

Through these festivals, one can see the uses and the demands of the urban public space, in which cultural actions offer new ways to take over the city - at a time when the streets are no longer just a transit space and become a space of leisure and residence, overtaken by a different atmosphere.

New cultures are built on new practices. Through travel, architects can expand their repertoire and gain new influences for their projects. Here, we take a look at some traditional festivals around the world that serve as a good excuse to unveil new ways of thinking about a city and, as a result, to see great architectural works.

The Results Are In: 2016 Is a Record-Breaking Year for Tall Buildings

08:00 - 13 January, 2017
The Results Are In: 2016 Is a Record-Breaking Year for Tall Buildings, Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre. Image Courtesy of K11 New World Development
Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre. Image Courtesy of K11 New World Development

In its annual report, the 2016 Tall Building Year in Review, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has announced that 2016 saw the completion of a record 128 buildings 200 meters or higher. This number surpasses the previous record of 114 completions set in 2015. Eighteen of these buildings became the tallest in their city, country, or region, and ten earned the designation of supertall, at 300 meters and above.

Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre. Image Courtesy of K11 New World Development Ningbo Bank of China. Image Courtesy of Ningbo Eastern New City Development Warsaw Spire. Image Courtesy of UNK Ghelamco Shenzhen CFC Changfu. Image © Cheng Chen +13

House of Gang xia Jie Cun / Atelier KAI Architects

20:00 - 12 January, 2017
House of Gang xia Jie Cun / Atelier KAI Architects, © A Duo
© A Duo

© A Duo © A Duo © A Duo © A Duo +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chongyang, Xianning, Hubei, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Xie Kai
  • Design Team

    Liu Xingang, Wen Liang, Su Cong
  • Area

    270.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Country Shop in Huashu Village / ZHOU Ling Design Studio

19:00 - 12 January, 2017
Country Shop in Huashu Village / ZHOU Ling Design Studio, © Hou Bowen - Zhou Ling
© Hou Bowen - Zhou Ling
  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Chief Designer

    ZHOU Ling
  • Design team


    Qiu Gao Ying, Yin Yi, Wu Shi Jia, Quan Ping, Wu Chao Nan
  • Site Area

    668 m2
  • Area

    150.68 m2
  • Project Year

    09/2014– 06/2015
  • Photographs

Seclusive Jiangnan Boutique Hotel / gad

22:00 - 11 January, 2017
Seclusive Jiangnan Boutique Hotel / gad, © Yi Fan
© Yi Fan

© Yi Fan © Yi Fan © Yi Fan © Yi Fan +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Interior

    GFD Interior Designs
  • Client

    Seclusion Group
  • Area

    2816.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Nanning Planning Exhibition Hall / Z-STUDIO + ZHUBO DESIGN

19:00 - 11 January, 2017
Nanning Planning Exhibition Hall  / Z-STUDIO + ZHUBO DESIGN , Aerial photo. Image © Courtesy of ZHUBO DESIGN
Aerial photo. Image © Courtesy of ZHUBO DESIGN

Exterior. Image © Courtesy of ZHUBO DESIGN Exterior. Image © Courtesy of ZHUBO DESIGN Interior. Image © Courtesy of ZHUBO DESIGN Aerial photo. Image © Courtesy of ZHUBO DESIGN +44

  • Architects

  • Location

    Qing Xiu District, Nanning City, Guangxi Province, China
  • Lead Project Designer

    Feng Guo Chuan
  • PROJECT TEAM

    Zhang Chun Liang, Yi Yu Jun, Jia Yao Dong、Liang Qi Bo、Liu Hui、Liu Hai Long、Gao Jing Jing、Yang An、Liu Li Li, Zhao Bao Sen, Zhang Mei Song
  • Area

    21238.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Chetian Tourist Center / West-line studio

20:00 - 10 January, 2017
Chetian Tourist Center / West-line studio, © Jingsong Xie / West-line studio
© Jingsong Xie / West-line studio

© Jingsong Xie / West-line studio © Jingsong Xie / West-line studio © Jingsong Xie / West-line studio © Jingsong Xie / West-line studio +32

Aedas Releases Plans for Blooming Bamboo-Inspired Tower in China

16:00 - 10 January, 2017
Aedas Releases Plans for Blooming Bamboo-Inspired Tower in China, Courtesy of Aedas
Courtesy of Aedas

Aedas has released its design for Gmond International Building, a representative regeneration project located in the old town area of Shenzhen, China. The 200-meter super high-rise building is inspired by the traditional form of Chinese totem bamboo, which symbolizes prosperity and moral integrity.

With nearly 60,000 square meters of gross floor area, the building will house the headquarters for Tellus-Gmond, Grade 5A lettable office spaces, and a jewelry-trading center.

Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas +6

10 Young Chinese Architecture Firms To Watch Out For

09:30 - 10 January, 2017
10 Young Chinese Architecture Firms To Watch Out For

2016 has been a momentous year for Chinese architecture. From the completion of the Harbin Opera house by MAD to the Aga Khan Awards recognizing Zhang Ke of Standard Architecture for his micro-scale design of the Hutong Children’s Library and Art Centre in Beijing. It seems the general perception of Chinese architecture has finally moved beyond the big, weird and ugly.

Since we’ve started to branch out into China, the ArchDaily China team has been able to discover the rich layers beyond just these rising Chinese stars. As part of the country's large-scale urbanization process, last year, we posted some of the large-scale projects designed by China’s (largely unknown) Design & Research institutions such as train stations and cultural centers

In addition, we’ve also come across a series of smaller, lesser known, younger practices that focuses more on small-scale experimental work. Here are our top ten favorites: 

Tiantai No.2 Primary School . Image © Yu Xu Youth Hotel of iD Town. Image © Chaos.Z Tea House in Hutong. Image © Wang Ning Chi She. Image © Su Shengliang +25

DressingForFun / NTYPE

20:00 - 9 January, 2017
DressingForFun / NTYPE, © Xiao Yi
© Xiao Yi

© Xiao Yi Interior Courtyard . Image © Xiao Yi Interior . Image © Xiao Yi Open deck. Image © DressingForFun +21

House Parts Office / People's Architecture Office

20:00 - 8 January, 2017
House Parts Office / People's Architecture Office, Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office
Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office

Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office gif 3: Tricyle Meeting Room +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Principals

    He Zhe, James Shen, Zang Feng
  • Design Team

    Jiang Hao, Zhang Zhen, Amy Song, Ren Depei, Chen Yihuai
  • Area

    350.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016

inSports Beijing / Powerhouse Company

20:00 - 7 January, 2017
inSports Beijing / Powerhouse Company, © Powerhouse Company
© Powerhouse Company

© Powerhouse Company © Powerhouse Company © Powerhouse Company © Powerhouse Company +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Partners in Charge

    Nanne de Ru, Stijn Kemper
  • Design Team

    Anne Larsen, Ryanne Janssen, Thomas Grievink, Frank Loer, Borys Kozlowski, Yoko Cao, Erik Hoogendam, Mika Woll, Matteo Pavanello
  • Area

    1000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

The Paradise of Color / Atelier Alter

19:00 - 6 January, 2017
© Courtesy of Atelier Alter
© Courtesy of Atelier Alter

© Courtesy of Atelier Alter © Courtesy of Atelier Alter © Courtesy of Atelier Alter © Courtesy of Atelier Alter +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Fengtai, Beijing, China
  • Chief Designers

    Xiaojun Bu, Yingfan Zhang
  • Design Team

    Xiaojun Bu, Yingfan Zhang, Dehu Du, Zhenwei Li
  • Area

    4200.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Post-Earthquake Reconstruction Project in Guangming Village / The Chinese University of Hong Kong & Kunming University of Science and Technology

20:00 - 5 January, 2017
Post-Earthquake Reconstruction Project in Guangming Village / The Chinese University of Hong Kong & Kunming University of Science and Technology, © CUHKU - KUST
© CUHKU - KUST

© CUHKU - KUST © CUHKU - KUST © CUHKU - KUST © CUHKU - KUST +17

Dongziguan Affordable Housing for Relocalized Farmers / gad

19:00 - 3 January, 2017
Dongziguan Affordable Housing for Relocalized Farmers / gad, Courtesy of gad
Courtesy of gad

Courtesy of gad Courtesy of gad Courtesy of gad. ImageBird's view © Li Yao, Chunle Liao +30

Store Renovation for Lost and Found in Beijing / B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio

20:00 - 2 January, 2017
Store Renovation for Lost and Found in Beijing  / B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio, © Yuya Hoshino
© Yuya Hoshino

© Yuya Hoshino © Yuya Hoshino © Yuya Hoshino © Yuya Hoshino +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Guo Zi Jian Jie, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
  • Architects in Charge

    Shuhei Aoyama, Yoko Fujii, Jingjing Tang, Lingzi Liu
  • Area

    120.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Martin Duplantier Architectes Designs "Illusionist" Bridges and Pavilions for Chinese National Park

06:00 - 2 January, 2017
© Martin Duplantier Architectes
© Martin Duplantier Architectes

Martin Duplantier Architectes has won a competition organized by Chinese tour company ZTG with a design for a series of “illusionist” bridges and pavilions in western Zhangjiajie, China. Contrasting with the surrounding “baroque” landscape, which is a world heritage site, the project utilizes geometric forms and delicate placement to “create a physical relationship” with its neighboring rock faces.

The project features three footbridges: "the illusion of a mirror for one, the fear of the void for the next, and lastly the setting in abyss for the final.”

© Martin Duplantier Architectes © Martin Duplantier Architectes © Martin Duplantier Architectes © Martin Duplantier Architectes +6