UA Studio 7 and Aedas’ Central Business District for Hongqiao Airport Now Underway

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Urban Architecture (UA Studio 7) and Aedas‘ winning proposal for the Hongqiao Central Business District has broke ground at Shanghai’s domestic Hongqiao Airport, mainland China’s fourth busiest airport. The 18.4 hectare office and retail center, masterplanned by UA, has been divided into two parts: UA Studio 7 will design the office district, “a flower with eight leaves,” while Aedas designs the shopping, hotel, and conference center along a “bow curve” of pedestrian flow.

According to UA, the winning scheme’s success was “due to a highly energy-efficient architecture proposal combined with an urban plan that allows for pedestrian-friendly spaces.”

Composite Building / Aedas

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Aedas has recently unveiled this design for a serviced apartment building in Hong Kong. Situated in the neighborhood of Mongkok, one of the most densely populated areas on the planet, the building is squeezed into what the architects refer to as a “challengingly small” site of 614 square meters. More images and description after the break.

Seven Architectural Sins Committed Around the World

20 Fenchurch Street, or the “” / Rafael Viñoly Architects.. Image © Flickr User pembridge2

With the recent news that Rafael Viñoly Architects’ 20 Fenchurch Street (or the “Walkie Talkie“) in has been producing an unusually hot solar reflection, dubbed the “Death Ray,” we’ve put together a list of seven architectural blunders around the world – from the worrying to the downright absurd.

THR350 / Aedas

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Architects: Aedas
Location:
Area: 1832.0 sqm
Year: 2013
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Xuhui Binjian Media City 188S-G-1 Tower and Podium Winning Proposal / Aedas

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Aedas recently won the competition to design Xuhui Binjian Media City 188S-G-1 Tower and Podium with their very dynamic and unique shaped proposal. Located in , their tower begins with an extruded rectangular plan, and independent from the podium, meets the ground to allow circulation around its base. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Greenland Group Chengdu East Village CBED Plots Proposal / Aedas

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Located inside East village, Aedas recently unveiled their ice mountain-inspired design for the Greenland Group Chengdu East Village CBED Plots. Comprised of office, retail, residential spaces and a 486-meter-high tower, the design stayed in line with the ice mountain concept, which expands to the continuity of the mountain range and landscape terrain with fissures located on the foot of the mountain. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Xuzhou Suning Plaza Proposal / Aedas

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Connecting time and space with the ‘lucky cloud’, the Aedas designed Suning Plaza is interpreted as magical and delightful, bringing history to life in . Located in the ‘Imperial Emperor’s Town’ of China, the changing of forms inspires reverie and the oval buildings reflect the union of masculine and feminine qualities as well as power and gentleness. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Xiamen Wu Yuan Wan Mixed-Use Development Winning Proposal / Aedas

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Designed by Aedas, their competition winning proposal to design a bay front, mixed-use development in Wu Yuan Wan, Xiamen, is comprised of a shopping mall, a five-star hotel and two SOHO towers. With a total gross floor area of 175,000 square meters, their design aims to become the centerpiece of a new master plan. Ultimately, it will be a new retail landmark and a well integrated complex that responds to its watery surrounding.  More images and architects’ description after the break.

Mapletree Minhang Development Proposal / Aedas

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With the ground breaking ceremony recently held to kick start construction, the Aedas designed Mapletree Development Project involves two sites – Mapletree Business City and VivoCity. With a site area of approximately 119,000 square meters and a gross floor area of about 297,000 square meters, Vivocity is designed as a double looped mall with high efficiency. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Holland Park School / Aedas

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Architects: Aedas
Location: , UK
Client: The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Area: 20,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Aedas

Rotherham Central Station / Aedas

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Architects: Aedas
Location: , South Yorkshire, UK
Structural Engineer: Arup, Leeds
Funding Contributors: Yorkshire forward, Network Rail (Access for all Scheme)
Client: South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE)
Area: 1,150 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Daniel Hopkinson

In Progress: Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi / HDR Architecture

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Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE
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Completion Year: 2013
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Al Bahar Towers Responsive Facade / Aedas

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A quick glimpse at the upcoming weather for will show a week of intense sunshine, temperatures steadily above 100 degrees Fahrenheit with 0% chance of rain.  In such extreme weather conditions, even architects listing environmental design as their top priority are up against a tough battle.  Never mind that the sand can compromise the structural integrity of the building, the intense heat and glare can render a comfortable indoor environment relatively impossible if not properly addressed.  For Abu Dhabi’s newest pair of towers, Aedas Architects have designed a responsive facade which takes cultural cues from the “mashrabiya”, a traditional Islamic lattice shading device.

More about the towers’ shading system after the break.

Express Rail Link West Kowloon Terminus / Andrew Bromberg

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The high-speed rail terminus station will connect to various major cities in the Mainland with the largest rail network in our history. Located centrally in within the city’s urban realm and equipped with fifteen tracks, the facility will probably be the largest below ground terminus station in the world.

Designed by of Aedas, in collaboration with Aecom, the West Kowloon Terminus will function more like an international airport than a rail station; this means that the facility needs to have both custom and immigration controls for departing and arriving passengers.. More images and architects’ description after the break.

CTBUH Names Best Tall Buildings for 2012

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Four innovative towers in Canada, Qatar, Australia and Italy have named the best tall buildings in the world for 2012 by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), the international not-for-profit association. These towers demonstrate the continued renaissance of tall building development worldwide, as a record number of 88 tall buildings soaring over 200 meters were completed in 2011, compared to 32 buildings in 2005. Another 96 tall buildings are projected to compete this year, with China being the largest contributor.

The four regional winners include the Absolute Towers in Mississauga, Canada (Americas); 1 Bligh Street, Sydney (Asia and Australia); Palazzo Lombardia, Milan (Europe); and Doha Tower in Doha, Qatar (Middle East and Africa). Additionally, Al Bahar Towers in Abu Dhabi won the ’s first Innovation Award for the project’s computer sun-screen.

“The winners display remarkable creativity, as well as a respect for the environment, connection with place, and the urban surroundings,” said Richard Cook, awards committee chairman and founding partner of Cook+Fox Architects.

Continue after the break to learn more.

Starlight Place / Aedas

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Architects: Aedas
Location: Chongqing,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Aedas

   

Aedas Receives 8 Honors at the Asia Pacific Property Awards

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Aedas recently won 8 prestigious awards at the Asia Pacific Property Awards presentation ceremony, which was held on April 28 in Kuala Lumpur. Center 66 from Hang Lung Properties, a mixed use development of 376,800 sqm straddling across two sites conjoined by a public plaza hosting a cluster of heritage buildings in , PRC, won “5 Star Award, Best Mixed Use Architecture for China”, and subsequently won “Best Mixed Use Architecture Award for Asia Pacific”. More information on their awards after the break.

PierESCAPE / Aedas Architects, Davis Brody Bond and Martha Schwarz Partners

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Aedas Architects, Davis Brody Bond and Martha Schwartz Partners proposal PierESCAPE goes beyond the Navy Pier Centennial Vision as it aims to strengthen the connections between water, land, nature, city, culture, civic space and infrastructure with a “series of dock-like extensions”. The proposal respects the history of the Pier while identifying unique opportunities that will them to create a 21st century waterfront experience that is both a historical and contemporary destination.

Continue reading for more information and video of the team’s presentation.