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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

  • Architects

    The Chinese University of Hong Kong & Kunming University of Science and Technology
  • Location

    Zhaotong, Yunnan, China
  • Principal Architects

    Edward Ng, Li Wan, Xinan Chi, Wenfeng Bai
  • Design Team

    One University One Village project team
  • Area

    148.32 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

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

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

Hanking Center Tower in China to Become Tallest Detached Core Building Worldwide

12:00 - 31 December, 2016

Morphosis Architects’ Hanking Center Tower in Shenzhen, China has recently topped out, with the 62nd floor now in place. Defined by its detached core configuration, the building positions its primary core 9 meters outside its main body, connected by a series of sky bridges and braces, in order to increase flexibility and light penetration into the floor plate.

Two secondary cores in the body of the building provide structural reinforcement and house private elevators for VIP users, as well as freight elevators and mechanical services.

In an effort to serve global professionals and bring density to the suburb of Nanshan, the tower will feature flexible office space on its open floor plate, anchored by high-end retail and dining.

© Luxigon © Morphosis Architects © Luxigon © Morphosis Architects +12

MeePark / Lattitute

20:00 - 30 December, 2016
MeePark / Lattitute, © Hector Peinador
© Hector Peinador

© Hector Peinador © Hector Peinador © Hector Peinador © Hector Peinador +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Principal Architect

    Manuel N. Zornoza
  • Project Architects

    Jorge Cortés de Castro, Andrea Ramos Rodriguez
  • Area

    700.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

House Renovation in Xirongxian Hutong / OEU-ChaO

22:00 - 29 December, 2016
House Renovation in Xirongxian Hutong / OEU-ChaO, © Zhi Cheng
© Zhi Cheng

© Zhi Cheng © Zhi Cheng © Zhi Cheng © Zhi Cheng +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Zhi Cheng
  • Area

    32.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Tsiaogou Teaching School Reading Room / SLOW Architects

19:00 - 29 December, 2016
Tsiaogou Teaching School Reading Room / SLOW Architects, © Rao Fu
© Rao Fu
  • Architects

  • Location

    Luoyang, Henan, China
  • Area

    30.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

World's Highest Bridge Opens to Traffic in Southwest China

14:00 - 29 December, 2016
World's Highest Bridge Opens to Traffic in Southwest China, Image <a href='http://www.indialivetoday.com/beipanjiang-worlds-highest-bridge-inaugurated-in-china/87276.html'>via India Live Today</a>
Image via India Live Today

Today China inaugurated the world's highest bridge, opening the new crossing to traffic after the structure was completed in September, reports China Central Television (CCTV). Crossing the Nizhu river canyon at 565 meters above water level the Beipanjiang bridge spans 1,341 meters to connect the provinces of Yunnan and Guizhou in the Southwest of the country. The 4-lane bridge is part of a network of new highways around Yunnan and Guizhou that allow access across rugged terrain that was previously largely inaccessible.

Zhao Hua Xi Shi Living Museum / IAPA Design Consultants

19:00 - 28 December, 2016
Zhao Hua Xi Shi Living Museum / IAPA Design Consultants, © ZENG Zhe
© ZENG Zhe

© ZENG Zhe        © ZENG Zhe        © ZENG Zhe        © ZENG Zhe        +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Paul Bo Peng, Yang, Yen Hu, Stoney Yu
  • Area

    2500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Undefined Black Box Gym / HAD & Epos

20:00 - 27 December, 2016
Undefined Black Box Gym / HAD & Epos, © Arch-exist Photography
© Arch-exist Photography

© Arch-exist Photography © Arch-exist Photography © Arch-exist Photography © Arch-exist Photography +18

SimplyWork 3.0 Co-working Space / 11architecture Ltd.

20:00 - 26 December, 2016
SimplyWork 3.0 Co-working Space / 11architecture Ltd., © ZC Architectural Photography Studio
© ZC Architectural Photography Studio

© ZC Architectural Photography Studio © ZC Architectural Photography Studio © ZC Architectural Photography Studio © ZC Architectural Photography Studio +24

Danxia Exhibition Center / West-line studio

20:00 - 23 December, 2016
Danxia Exhibition Center / West-line studio,  © West-line studio
© West-line studio

 © West-line studio  © West-line studio  © West-line studio  © West-line studio +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chishui, Zunyi, Guizhou, China
  • Design Team

    Haobo Wei, Jingsong Xie , Ke Zhou
  • Area

    3900.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014