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klee klee Brand-Launching Store / AIM Architecture

20:00 - 2 April, 2017
klee klee Brand-Launching Store / AIM Architecture, © Dirk Weiblen
© Dirk Weiblen

© Dirk Weiblen © Dirk Weiblen © Dirk Weiblen © Dirk Weiblen +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    101, 322 An Fu Lu, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
  • Design team

    Wendy Saunders, Ivan Yu, Byungmin Jeon, Lily Zhu, Rachel Wang, Liat Goldman, Jiaoyan
  • Area

    81.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Sasaki Unveils Design for Sunqiao, a 100-Hectare Urban Farming District in Shanghai

16:00 - 2 April, 2017
Sasaki Unveils Design for Sunqiao, a 100-Hectare Urban Farming District in Shanghai, Courtesy of Sasaki
Courtesy of Sasaki

With nearly 24 million inhabitants to feed and a decline in the availability and quality of agricultural land, the Chinese megacity of Shanghai is set to realize the Sunqiao Urban Agricultural District, a 100-hectare masterplan designed by US-based firm Sasaki Associates. Situated between Shanghai’s main international airport and the city center, Sunqiao will introduce large-scale vertical farming to the city of soaring skyscrapers. While primarily responding to the growing agricultural demand in the region, Sasaki’s vision goes further, using urban farming as a dynamic living laboratory for innovation, interaction, and education.

Courtesy of Sasaki Courtesy of Sasaki Courtesy of Sasaki Courtesy of Sasaki +17

Korean Demilitarized Zone Underground Bathhouse Competition Winners Announced

12:00 - 2 April, 2017
Korean Demilitarized Zone Underground Bathhouse Competition Winners Announced, Courtesy of arch out loud
Courtesy of arch out loud

Architectural research initiative arch out loud has announced the winners of its DMZ Underground Bathhouse international open ideas competition. The brief challenged participants to create an underground bathhouse within the Korean Demilitarized Zone, responding to long-running geopolitical tensions between North and South Korea. Ultimately, nearly 300 proposals and 900 participants explored how architecture could position itself in the middle of these turbulent conditions, seeking out new forms of non-military architecture to improve relations between the two states.

The winning entries can be found below. Full results of the DMZ Underground Bathhouse Competition, including winners, honorable mentions and Director’s Choices can be found on the competition’s webpage here.

Runner Up - Hypotenuse Thermae. Image Courtesy of arch out loud Runner Up: Cross. Image Courtesy of arch out loud Runner Up: The Lofty Sky. Image Courtesy of arch out loud Runner Up: Water Whirl. Image Courtesy of arch out loud +31

5 Zaha Hadid Buildings Seen From Above

08:00 - 31 March, 2017
5 Zaha Hadid Buildings Seen From Above, Galaxy SOHO, Beijing, China. Image © Deimos Imaging
Galaxy SOHO, Beijing, China. Image © Deimos Imaging

This week marks the first anniversary of the death of Zaha Hadid, the most successful and influential female architect in the architectural discipline. Born in Baghdad (Iraq) in 1950, Hadid became the first woman to receive the Pritzker Prize in 2004, and twelve years later received the gold medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Hadid's untimely death left a fascinating and inspiring legacy. Meanwhile her firm, Zaha Hadid Architects, continues to work on nearly a hundred projects worldwide. To remember her legacy, Spanish company Deimos Imaging has shared a series of photographs focusing on Hadid's work in five countries.

The images were captured by the Deimos-2 satellite, which was launched in 2014 and designed for very high-resolution Earth observation applications, providing multispectral images of just 75 centimeters per pixel. Hadid's incredible works take on a new dimension when you contemplate their proportions from the sky—or rather, from a satellite.

Zaragoza Bridge Pavilion. Image © Deimos Imaging Sheikh Zayed Bridge. Image © Deimos Imaging Heydar Aliyev Center. Image © Deimos Imaging Dongdaemun Design Plaza. Image © Deimos Imaging +26

Shitang Village Internet Conference Center / AZL Architects

20:00 - 30 March, 2017
Shitang Village Internet Conference Center / AZL Architects, © Hou Bowen
© Hou Bowen

© Yao Li © Hou Bowen © Hou Bowen © Hou Bowen +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Zhong Huaying, Zhang Lei
  • Design Team

    Zhong Huaying, Zhang Lei, Xi Hong
  • Area

    3000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Shaolin Flying Monks Theatre / Mailitis Architects

02:00 - 28 March, 2017
Shaolin Flying Monks Theatre / Mailitis Architects, © Ansis Starks
© Ansis Starks

© Ansis Starks © Ansis Starks © Ansis Starks © Ansis Starks +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Songshan Mountain, Dengfeng, Zhengzhou, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Austris Mailītis, Valters Murāns, Ints Menģelis, Kārlis Melzobs, Dina Suhanova, Andra Odumāne, Jekaterina Olonkina
  • Area

    614.8 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

MICR-O / Superimpose

20:00 - 27 March, 2017
© Marc Goodwin
© Marc Goodwin

© Marc Goodwin © Marc Goodwin © Marc Goodwin © Marc Goodwin +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Design Team

    Carolyn Leung, Ben de Lange, Ruben Bergambagt, Mika Woll
  • Client

  • Site

    Tai Yang Valley, Sun Commune, Lin’an, Hangzhou, China
  • Area

    243.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

CTBUH Crowns Ping An Finance Center as World's 4th Tallest Building

16:20 - 27 March, 2017
CTBUH Crowns Ping An Finance Center as World's 4th Tallest Building, © Ping An Finance Center
© Ping An Finance Center

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has announced the completion of the Ping An Finance Center in Shenzhen, China, according to CTBUH tall building criteria. At 599 meters (1965 feet), it is now officially the second tallest building in China and the fourth tallest in the world, behind only the Burj Khalifa, Shanghai Tower and Makkah Royal Clock Tower.

Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), the Ping An Finance Center is located in the heart of Shenzhen’s Fuitan District. The building contains over 100 floors of office space located above a large public podium, with a multi-story atrium providing retail, restaurants and transit options to the city and greater Pearl River delta region.

Wang Shu: "Architecture is Not Just an Object That You Place in the Environment"

10:30 - 27 March, 2017

[Architecture can] change the life of people and give them a new one right away. This is not a job for normal people to do. This should be the work of God.

Eight Tenths Garden / Wutopia Lab

02:00 - 27 March, 2017
Eight Tenths Garden / Wutopia Lab, © CreatAR
© CreatAR

© CreatAR © CreatAR © CreatAR © CreatAR +25

Calligraphy-Inspired Lakeside Hotel Proposed as the Centerpiece of Shanghai's Fengxian District

16:00 - 26 March, 2017
Calligraphy-Inspired Lakeside Hotel Proposed as the Centerpiece of Shanghai's Fengxian District, Courtesy of GroupGSA
Courtesy of GroupGSA

With their design approach treating the site as a work of art, GroupGSA’s proposal for a new hotel in Shanghai’s Fengxian District has been awarded 2nd prize in a recent competition. Located in the predominantly undeveloped Nangiao New City and part of the Yangtze River delta in south Shanghai, the Wanda Jinhai Lake Hotel aims to garner new interest in the region through the creation of a new social, cultural, and economic landmark. 

At the center of the Jinhai Lake, the new hotel integrates into the site and provides scenic vistas of the surrounding waterscape. “Inspiration stemmed from the concept of Chinese Calligraphy, the stroke of a brush with its ink dripping in the water,” say the architects. “Our site is merely a piece of art and we plan to leave our mark via our architecture which is painted on the site following the lines and the movement of the surrounding context.”

Courtesy of GroupGSA Courtesy of GroupGSA Courtesy of GroupGSA Courtesy of GroupGSA +22

Work-Studio in a Plant-House / O-office Architects

02:00 - 24 March, 2017
Work-Studio in a Plant-House / O-office Architects, © Liky Photos
© Liky Photos

© Liky Photos © Liky Photos © Liky Photos © Liky Photos +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Jianxiang He, Ying Jiang
  • Area

    1214.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Kenneth Frampton On The Work of Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu

09:30 - 23 March, 2017
Kenneth Frampton On The Work of Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu, Amateur Architecture Studio, Wa Shan Guesthouse / China Academy of Art Xiangshan Campus, Hangzhou, 2013. Image © Iwan Baan. Image Courtesy of Louisiana
Amateur Architecture Studio, Wa Shan Guesthouse / China Academy of Art Xiangshan Campus, Hangzhou, 2013. Image © Iwan Baan. Image Courtesy of Louisiana

Until April 30th, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark is exhibiting the work of Wang Shu. The first in a new series of monographic exhibitions collectively titled "The Architect's Studio," this show of the work of the 2012 Pritzker Prize winner features an exhibition catalog that includes essays from Kenneth Frampton, Ole Bouman, Yiping Dong and Aric Chen. The following excerpt from the exhibition catalog, written by Kenneth Frampton, is republished here with the permission of the author and publisher.

The work of the Amateur Architecture Studio has come into being in categorical opposition to the recent, rapacious development that has engulfed large tracts of the Chinese continent, and which was first set in motion by Deng Xiaoping’s 1983 decision to open up the People’s Republic of China to foreign trade, first with special economic zones and later with regard to the entire country. Based in Hangzhou, Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu have witnessed firsthand the juggernaut of maximizing Chinese modernization from its impact on their own city. Three decades ago, Hangzhou had been expressly chosen by them as a desirable place in which to live and work, largely because of its venerable artistic traditions and its harmonious report with nature, symbolized for them by the virtually sacred West Lake, set in the very heart of the city and traversed, then as now, by the flat-bottomed boats plying across its surface. Wang Shu’s unique sensibility takes as its point of departure the equally panoramic tranquility of traditional Chinese painting. As Wang Shu has written:

“I am always amazed by these paintings when I see that the trees, the buildings and mountains are not just placed haphazardly... every building is laid out in a certain way in relation to the landscape and the trees, the direction it faces depending on the light and the features of the location, which make it suitable for human habitation.”

Tsinghua Ocean Center / OPEN Architecture

09:00 - 20 March, 2017
Tsinghua Ocean Center / OPEN Architecture, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © ZHANG Chao +44

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shenzhen, China
  • Architect in Charge

    LI Hu, HUANG Wenjing
  • Design Team

    Victor Quiros, ZHAO Yao, ZHANG Hanyang, ZHOU Tingting, YAN Dihua, ZHOU Xiaochen, QIAO Shawei, ZHANG Chang, QI Zhengdong, Joshua Parker, CHEN Chen, Laurence Chan, JIN Boan
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

The Worlds Longest Elevated Cycling Path Opens in China

16:00 - 12 March, 2017

This month, in the city of Xiamen, China's first elevated cycling path was inaugurated. At nearly 8 kilometers long, the structure is now the world's longest elevated cycling path.

The construction of this exclusive cycling path was promoted by the Xiamen City Government to provide inhabitants with a new sustainable transportation alternative that could significantly reduce vehicular traffic on the city's already congested highways. 

Winners of the 2017 ArchDaily China Building of the Year Awards

22:00 - 6 March, 2017
Winners of the 2017 ArchDaily China Building of the Year Awards

The first edition of ArchDaily China's Building of the Year Awards has now come to a close. Like our global Building of the Year Awards, the awards given by ArchDaily China rely on the collective intelligence of an audience of informed and engaged readers to select the winners.

Once again, ArchDaily readers demonstrated their collective influence, with over 7,000 votes cast over 3 weeks to filter over 300 projects published on ArchDaily China in 2016 to find the 3 best works that mainland China and Hong Kong have to offer. Read on to see the winners.

Jade Museum / Archi-Union Architects

20:00 - 6 March, 2017
Jade Museum / Archi-Union Architects, © Chen Hao
© Chen Hao

© Chen Hao © Chen Hao © Chen Hao © Chen Hao +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    383 Huang Pi Nan Lu, XinTianDi, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
  • Architect in Charge

    Philip F. Yuan
  • Design Team

    Han Li, Yan Chao, Zhu Tianrui, Kong Xiangping, Chen Xiaoming, Sheng Junchao
  • Digital Fabrication Development and Build

    Fab-Union
  • Area

    695.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

The Leadenhall Building In London Acquired By Chinese Investors in Record-Breaking Sale

08:00 - 5 March, 2017
The Leadenhall Building In London Acquired By Chinese Investors in Record-Breaking Sale, © Richard Bryant
© Richard Bryant

The Leadenhall Building, designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, has been sold to a Chinese property magnate for a price of £1.15 billion, in what has become the second-biggest sale of a UK building in history, as well as one of China’s largest acquisitions of UK real estate. The transaction involved developer British Land and its partner Oxford Properties, who sold the tower to CC Land, a Hong Kong based company.

Tim Roberts, head of offices and residential at British Land, said: “British Land and Oxford Properties took a bold step at the early stages of the UK’s economic recovery to develop the Leadenhall Building to generate a high-quality, long-term income stream,” said Tim Roberts, head of offices and residential at British Land. “This sale shows continued investor appetite for best-in-class, well-located property in London.”

© Paul Raftery © Paul Raftery © Lee Mawdsley © Richard Bryant +7