Zaha Hadid Seeing Double in China

Wangjing SOHO: East © ZHA

Eleven Zaha Hadid projects are currently being constructed in , however one of them has the international architecture mogul seeing double. Unfortunately, Hadid has found herself in a race to finish the Wangjing SOHO office and retail complex in Beijing before pirates complete their doppelgänger version in Chongqing, a megacity near the eastern edge of the Tibetan plateau.

As reported on Spiegel Online, the Dame claimed that the pirates are currently in the lead and building faster than SOHO. The original, which is set for completion in 2014, features three curved towers whose “shimmering”, metallic skin unifies the complex as each volume appears to “dance” around each other.

Hadid is not the first to be mimicked in China. Last year, a small UNESCO-protected village in Austria, Hallstatt, was recreated, brick for brick, in the subtropical district of Guangdong, China. You can find the complete story here.

UIAC / Landa Arquitectos

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Architects: Landa Arquitectos
Location: León, Guanajuato,
Architect In Charge: Agustín Landa Vértiz
Area: 5,189.45 sqm
Proyect Year: 2011
Photographs: Jorge Vertiz Gargollo

H3 / 314 Architecture Studio

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Architects: 314 Architecture Studio
Location: Athens,
Architect In Charge: Pavlos Chatziangelidis
Consultant Engineer: Fotini Karagianni
Construction: Mohamed Ahmed
Area: 1,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of 314 Architecture Studio

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Courtesy of JBMC Arquitetura e Urbanismo

Metropolitan Train Station of Suzano Proposal / JBMC Arquitetura e Urbanismo

The proposal for the future Metropolitan Train Station of Suzano, designed by JBMC Arquitetura e Urbanismo…, will be developed in surface, in a place already occupied by the existing station, which will be deactivated after the new station starts operating.

Penzkoferhaus / Peter Haimerl Architektur

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Architects: Peter Haimerl Architektur
Location: , Germany
Year: 2012
Photographs: Edward Beierle

321 Ocean / TEN Arquitectos

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Architects: TEN Arquitectos
Location: 321 Ocean Drive, , FL, USA
Owner: AGM Aria
Are: 78,000 sq ft
Proyect Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of TEN Arquitectos / Hartness Visions

Birmingham Ormiston Academy / Nicholas Hare Architects

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Architects: Nicholas Hare Architects
Location: Grosvenor Street, Aston, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK
Structural Engineer: Nolan Associates
Services Engineer: M&E Engineers – RPS
Client: Lend Lease
Area: 8,990 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Alan Williams Photography, Courtesy of

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© Myluckypixel

Development of the ‘Terrasses des Ponchettes’ Competition Entry / CAB Architects

Known for being a popular location for strolls during the 19th century, the Terrasses des Ponchettes is one of Nice’s historical areas that has declined considerably since the 60’s. CAB Architects… has aimed their proposal around two case studies. The

Hotel Spa NauRoyal / GCP Arquitetos

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Architects: GCP Arquitetos
Location: , São Paulo, Brazil
Architects In Charge: Sérgio Coelho (author); Daniel Mariano (co-author)
Coordinator: Alessandra Araújo
Project Team: Adriana Oliveira, Sílvio Diar te, Nuno Almeida, Taís Miyake, Tomás Brunoro, Maurício Reverendo, Lucas Verone e Deise Paz
Project Area: 950 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nelson Kon

Video: Uto Elementary School / CAt

This minimalist elementary school, located in Kumamoto and designed by Japanese architects Kazuhiro Kojima and Kazuko Akamatsu (CAt), is designed to seamlessly connect the indoor and outdoor space. Within the building, individual classrooms and spaces are loosely formed by L-shaped walls that feature foldable doors and flexible components. An abundance of courtyards and airy walkways are just some of the highlights, along with a wood deck activity space found on top of the roof.

Video via JA+U.

Best of 2012: Most Popular Projects

As probably you were expecting, here are the 10 most popular projects of 2012! Thanks to all our readers and collaborators for this great year. Happy 2013!

Best of 2012: Most Retweeted Articles

The New Year is almost here! Before you head out to celebrate, check out the most retweeted articles of 2012. From the world’s first underwater hotel to a list of the most helpful apps for architects, this round up will not disappoint. Cheers!

The complete, top ten list after the break. 

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Courtesy of The Principles

WORKSHOP for Everlane / The Principles

The Principles… just recently completed an interactive project, titled the “Workshop”, for the clothing brand Everlane in the Meatpacking district of New York. As part of the Everlane’s “Not-a-Shop” series, which focuses on selling only online, “the space was a

Fidalga 800 Building / Reinach Mendonça Arquitetos Associados

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Architects: Reinach Mendonça Arquitetos Associados
Location: São Paulo, Brasil
Coordinator: Frederico Zara
Project Team: Luciana Maki, Marcelo Zahr, Denise Hino, Rodrigo Nogueira, Fernando Sunao, Humberto Buso, Tony Chen, Flora Fuji, Lucas Padovani, Rafael Costa, Caterina Chippari, Camila Benegas, Luciana Morais, Fernanda Jozsef, Maurício Metello, Maíra Cordeiro, Flávia Henriques, Natália Campos, Ana Júlia Sprovieri, Natasha Vilaça, Fernanda Duarte e João Faim
Project Area: 4,700 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nelson Kon

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Courtesy of FGMF Arquitetos

Edifício Corujas Proposal / FGMF Arquitetos

Designed by FGMF Arquitetos…, the proposal for the Edifício Corujas, aims to create a more humane space to work, going against the traditional mirrored glass cubes located in regions of São Paulo, such as Avenida Faria Lima or Avenida

Yashima Project / Shogo Iwata

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Architects: Shogo Iwata
Location: , Kagawa Prefecture, Japan
Site Area: 1,685.26 sqm
Total Floor Area: 1,566.39 sqm
Area: 933.57 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Shigeo Ogawa

In Progress: AvB Tower / Wiel Arets Architects

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Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
Location: , The Netherlands
Project Team: Bettina Kraus, Jochem Homminga, Joost Körver, Rob Willemse, Raymond van Sabben, Thorsten Schneider, Ramon Alverez Roa
Collaborators: Janosch Welzien, Jasper Stevens, Martin Tessarz, Tobias Bam- berg, Steffen Winkler, Carlatta Giacomin
Area: 24,000 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Jan Bitter

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Courtesy of modeLab

modeLab Dynamic Behaviors in Processing Webinar

The Dynamic Behaviors in Processing Webinar, which takes place January 4th from 2:00-4:30pm EST and put on by modeLab, will go in depth with the process of developing rich and responsive behaviors from scratch – think of bouncing balls, particle…