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Aedas Unveils Dragon-Inspired Complex Design in Zhuhai, China

06:00 - 27 June, 2017
Aedas Unveils Dragon-Inspired Complex Design in Zhuhai, China, Courtesy of Aedas
Courtesy of Aedas

Aedas has unveiled their Phase II designs of Hengqin Headquarters Complex in Zhuhai, China. The site is located on an island that sits near the Lotus Bridge linking Zhuhai to Macau, overlooking some of the largest casino resorts across the river. 

The complex is set to be an integrated cultural tourism-oriented complex with two high-rise Grade-A office towers and a series of retail, banquet, entertainment and leisure venues. The form of the main buildings is said to have taken inspiration from the traditional Chinese symbol of two dragons chasing for a pearl, meant to symbolize good fortune and happiness:

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Aedas Wins Competition for Mountaintop Resort in Southern China

16:15 - 10 May, 2017
Aedas Wins Competition for Mountaintop Resort in Southern China, Courtesy of Aedas
Courtesy of Aedas

Aedas has been selected as the winners of a competition to design a new luxury resort located on Hengqin Island in Zhuhai, China. Inspired by the lush natural scenery of the island and by the traditional Lingnan architectural style, the resort promises to offer “a  haven of comfort and relaxation amidst the bustling city life.”

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The World's 20 Largest Architecture Firms

16:45 - 8 May, 2017
The World's 20 Largest Architecture Firms

Earlier this year, BDOnline released the 2017 edition of the WA 100, their annual survey of the world's largest practices. Ranking the firms by the number of architects they employ, the full report also investigates these firms' financial records and industry trends. The top spots show only slight changes from last year's rankings, with Japan's Nikken Sekkei taking second place from AECOM being perhaps the most notable change. However, the big story behind this year's WA 100 is the rapid growth of #1 firm Gensler, with the firm increasing their lead from last year. The firm now employs almost 800 more architects than any other firm in the world.

"Gensler’s total domination of the rankings continues as it achieves the seemingly impossible task of growing still more after last year’s huge leap in size," says BDOnline, noting that the company's total of 2,570 employed architects represents an increase of almost 1,000 in under 2 years. Gensler's co-chief executive Diane Hoskins explains this growth as the result of expanding overseas while continuing to expand in the US. "It’s not an either/or," she explained to BDOnline.

Read on to see the top 20, or go see the full list of 100 top practices at BDOnline here (for subscribers only).

Aedas Unveils Project at Start of Historic Maritime Silk Road

16:00 - 18 February, 2017
 Aedas Unveils Project at Start of Historic Maritime Silk Road, © Aedas
© Aedas

Aedas has unveiled its plans for Nansha Kingboard Free Trade Zone Mixed-Use Project, a new building sited at the starting point of the ancient Maritime Silk Road in Guangzhou, China.

Located on an irregularly shaped plot with views of the Jiaoman River and Phoenix Lake, the 80,762-square-meter building will be composed of a series of stacked geometric blocks in order to create varied silhouettes and capitalize on surrounding views.

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Aedas Releases Plans for Blooming Bamboo-Inspired Tower in China

16:00 - 10 January, 2017
Aedas Releases Plans for Blooming Bamboo-Inspired Tower in China, Courtesy of Aedas
Courtesy of Aedas

Aedas has released its design for Gmond International Building, a representative regeneration project located in the old town area of Shenzhen, China. The 200-meter super high-rise building is inspired by the traditional form of Chinese totem bamboo, which symbolizes prosperity and moral integrity.

With nearly 60,000 square meters of gross floor area, the building will house the headquarters for Tellus-Gmond, Grade 5A lettable office spaces, and a jewelry-trading center.

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VMS Investment Group Headquarters / Aedas Interiors


17:00 - 30 December, 2016
VMS Investment Group Headquarters / Aedas Interiors
, © Aedas Interiors
© Aedas Interiors

© Aedas Interiors © Aedas Interiors © Aedas Interiors © Aedas Interiors +8

New Mixed-Use Complex Expresses Past, Present, and Future of Chinese Culture

06:00 - 6 December, 2016
New Mixed-Use Complex Expresses Past, Present, and Future of Chinese Culture, © Aedas
© Aedas

Novotown is China’s latest cultural and creative incubator, designed by Aedas as an iconic destination on Hengqin Island in Zhuhai, China. Located just five minutes from Macau, the 120,000-square meter cultural and entertainment complex aims to straddle the roles of tourist destination and local icon. 

© Aedas © Aedas © Aedas © Aedas +5

Aedas Wins Two International Competitions to Design Airports in Shenzhen and Hong Kong

16:00 - 23 November, 2016
Aedas Wins Two International Competitions to Design Airports in Shenzhen and Hong Kong, Shenzhen Airport Satellite Concourse, China, by Aedas. Image Courtesy of Aedas
Shenzhen Airport Satellite Concourse, China, by Aedas. Image Courtesy of Aedas

Aedas have recently won two international competitions to design international airport buildings: the Shenzhen Airport Satellite Concourse and Hong Kong International Airport Third Runway Passenger Building.

In recent years, Aedas have emerged as a leader in airport design, as they are also currently working on the Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 2 Expansion, and have previously worked on Hong Kong International Airport Midfield Concourse and North Satellite Concourse. With the two newly-won projects, Aedas hopes to reinforce their strength and growing influence in airport design.

Aedas' "Cloud on Terrace" Will Bring Vertical Public Space to the Heart of Shanghai

06:15 - 8 November, 2016
Aedas' "Cloud on Terrace" Will Bring Vertical Public Space to the Heart of Shanghai, © AsymmetricA
© AsymmetricA

Aedas has unveiled plans for Gemdale Changshou Road, a new mixed-use project located within Shanghai’s urban city ring that will add 45,000 square meters (484,000 square feet) of terraced office and retail space within close proximity of a planned residential development.

Designed by Andrew Bromberg at Aedas, the design is nicknamed “Cloud on Terrace,” as it uses a series of green terraces as a visual and occupiable “bridge between the low-rise, residential developments to the south and Changshou Road to the north.”

© AsymmetricA © AsymmetricA © AsymmetricA Section. Image Courtesy of Aedas +9

The Names and Numbers Behind the World’s 100 Tallest Buildings

16:10 - 14 October, 2016
The Names and Numbers Behind the World’s 100 Tallest Buildings, via CTBUH
via CTBUH

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has released some of the facts and figures behind the projects appearing in their recent book, 100 of the World’s Tallest Buildings. The construction of tall buildings requires collaboration between many different companies and firms and the efforts of hundreds of people, but a few select firms have been responsible for more of the design and engineering achievements than any other.

Continue reading to see the 18 design architects that have contributed multiple buildings to the top 100 list.

Aedas' Pebble-Inspired Lè Architecture in Taipei Nears Completion

16:15 - 30 August, 2016
Aedas' Pebble-Inspired Lè Architecture in Taipei Nears Completion, Courtesy of Aedas
Courtesy of Aedas

Aedas has released new renderings and photos of Lè Architecture as the 18-story building approaches completion. Inspired by the form and striations of river pebbles, the office building will provide a unique work environment along the Jilong River and will mark an important milestone in the revitalization of the Nangang District of Taipei.

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With a Bookstore at its Core Aedas Unveils Mix-use Project Inspired by Rolled Book Scrolls

16:00 - 27 August, 2016
 With a Bookstore at its Core Aedas Unveils Mix-use Project Inspired by Rolled Book Scrolls, Courtesy of Aedas
Courtesy of Aedas

Aedas has unveiled the plans for its Chongqing Xinhua Bookstore Group Jiefangbei Book City mixed-use project, a complex of retail, residential, office, and hotel space with a Xinhua Bookstore at its core. Based on an ancient Chinese prose that states “knowledge brings wealth,” the project aims to integrate the concept of a book with the cultural elements of Chongqing to create an interactive commercial space.

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Aedas Designs Private Island Residences and Retreat for Malaysia

06:00 - 16 May, 2016
Aedas Designs Private Island Residences and Retreat for Malaysia, Courtesy of Aedas
Courtesy of Aedas

Aedas has unveiled their design for the new Tebrau Waterfront Residences, located in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. The new two million square-meter waterfront community will combine villas and high-rise residential towers with a variety of commercial programs and a hotel.

Andrew Bromberg of Aedas Designs Abdul Latif Jameel's Corporate Headquarters in Jeddah

12:00 - 29 April, 2016
Courtesy of Aedas and AsymmetricA
Courtesy of Aedas and AsymmetricA

Aedas has unveiled the design for Abdul Latif Jameel's Corporate Headquarters in the port city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Currently under construction, the open plan office will provide a centralized facility for 2,500 employees for Abdul Latif Jameel, the largest independently owned Toyota distributor in the world. Designed by Andrew Bromberg of Aedas, the Abdul Latif Jameel headquarters will be on a site north of Al-Balad, Jeddah's historic center, near the airport and the Prince Majid Road, a north to south thoroughfare. The headquarters project will be adjacent to existing Abdul Latif Jameel facilities including a Vehicle Service Center, workshop space, offices, a training center, and vehicle stockyard.

Courtesy of Aedas and Labtop Rendering Courtesy of Aedas and AsymmetricA Courtesy of Aedas and AsymmetricA 3rd Floor +8

Aedas-Designed Project in Shanghai Deemed World's Best Mixed-Use Project

14:00 - 29 December, 2015
Aedas-Designed Project in Shanghai Deemed World's Best Mixed-Use Project, © Aedas
© Aedas

Aedas' Mapletree Business City Shanghai and VivoCity Shanghai has been named the "ultimate world's Best International Mixed-Use Architecture" of 2015, according to the International Property Awards that were announced in London. The mixed-use development merged retail, dining and entertainment with Grade A offices to "create a dynamic environment for both business and leisure." All facilities are seamlessly connected and share a number of amenities, thus providing a "new benchmark" of 'live, work and play' in Shanghai

Construction Underway on Aedas’ “Infinite” Design for New Sina Headquarters in Beijing

08:00 - 18 July, 2015
Construction Underway on Aedas’ “Infinite” Design for New Sina Headquarters in Beijing, Courtesy of Aedas
Courtesy of Aedas

Aedas has begun construction on their winning entry to design the new Sina Headquarters in China. Located south of the Beijing Zhongguancun Software Park, the building program will include open office area, conference rooms, media rooms, library, entertainment rooms, a canteen and other supporting amenities.

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Winners of the 2014 LEAF Awards Announced

01:00 - 14 October, 2014
Winners of the 2014 LEAF Awards Announced, Refurbishment of the Year: BIG Library; Gourdon, France / CoCo Architecture with Atelier RK © Edouard Decam
Refurbishment of the Year: BIG Library; Gourdon, France / CoCo Architecture with Atelier RK © Edouard Decam

Winners have been announced for the 2014 LEAF Awards. Spanning 14 categories, including best refurbishment of the year (pictured above), all winning projects “demonstrate buildings that are setting the benchmark for the international architectural and design community.” 

See which project landed Jean Nouvel top honors, after the break.

Public Building of the Year: Saw Swee Hock Student Centre; London, UK / O'Donnell + Tuomey Best Future Building of the Year - Under Construction: Mongkok Residence; Hong Kong / Aedas Commercial Building of the Year: cultura bookstore; São Paulo, Brazil / studio mk27 Best Sustainable Development of the Year: One Central Park; Sydney, Australia / Ateliers Jean Nouvel and PTW Architects +17

AD Interviews: Keith Griffiths, Chairman of Aedas, on Appoaching Densification in London

01:00 - 22 July, 2014
AD Interviews: Keith Griffiths, Chairman of Aedas, on Appoaching Densification in London, Keith Griffiths. Image Courtesy of Aedas
Keith Griffiths. Image Courtesy of Aedas

Following the recent announcement of Aedas' demerger into two separate companies - one retaining the Aedas name and the other now known as AHR - we spoke to Keith Griffiths, Chairman of Aedas' global board and a practicing architect for close to three decades. The company, which was recently ranked by the Architects' Journal as the 5th largest and most influential practice in the world, have now moved their head office to London's Chandos Place and are championing a new approach to urban regeneration in the UK's capital. Alongside discussing how an international practice of Aedas' scale successfully operates, Griffiths offered his insight into how the future looks for European cities based on a tried and tested Asian model of densification.

To find out how Aedas approach sustainability in flourishing Asian markets, as well as the significance of the 'urban hub' typology for London's metropolitan future, read the interview in full after the break.

Nanfung Commercial, Hospitality and Exhibition Complex, Guangzhou, China. Image Courtesy of Aedas North Star Mixed-use Development, Beijing, China [Designed by Andrew Bromberg]. Image Courtesy of Aedas Hengqin International Financial Centre, Zhuhai, China. Image Courtesy of Aedas R&F Centre, Guangzhou, China {Project Design Director - Ken Wai, Aedas]. Image Courtesy of Aedas +7