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American Architects Win International Competition for "Cultural Mall" in China

A looping mixture of culture and commerce has won Joel Sanders Architect and FreelandBuck first prize in the international competition hosted by the largest media and publishing company in China, Phoenix Publishing and Media Group (PPMG).

Their 80,000 square meter winning proposal for the new Kunshan Phoenix Cultural Mall divides a large urban block into four 'cultural cores,' each five stories high and respectively housing a theater, fitness club, education center, and exhibition halls. The podium, which sits upon the glass-clad cores, spirals the length of the perimeter (comprised of stores, restaurants and cafes) and ultimately plateaus at an open park where the public and Phoenix employees would share a common space. 

Maximiliano Restaurant / FreelandBuck

  • Architects: FreelandBuck
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Architects: FreelandBuck
  • Client: Andre, Fred, and Max Guerrero
  • Area: 2200.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Nils Timms

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Earl’s Gourmet Grub / FreelandBuck

  • Architects: FreelandBuck
  • Location: Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Client: Yvonne McDonald and Dean Harada
  • Contractor: Vandermeer Contractors
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Esto, Lawrence Anderson

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