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Zaha Hadid Architects Releases Images of Tower with the World's Tallest Atrium

08:40 - 16 February, 2017
© MIR
© MIR

Zaha Hadid Architects has released new images of Leeza SOHO, their mixed-use design in Beijing's Lize Financial Business District. The project is notable for its 190-meter tall atrium, which rises the full height of the building, uniting two twisting sections which contain 172,800 square meters of office and residential space. At the base of the tower, a new transit hub straddles a subway tunnel that is currently under construction.

Cultural Center in Northern Haidian District / THAD

20:00 - 15 February, 2017
Cultural Center in Northern Haidian District / THAD, © Wu Jiming
© Wu Jiming

© Wu Jiming © Wu Jiming © Wu Jiming © Wu Jiming +35

Arrow Factory Hutong Media & Culture Creative Space / META Studio

20:00 - 24 January, 2017
Arrow Factory Hutong Media & Culture Creative Space / META Studio, © Chun Fang
© Chun Fang

© Chun Fang © Chun Fang © Chun Fang © Chun Fang +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Design Team

    Shuo Wang, Jing Zhang, Yaping Wu
  • Area

    400.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

The Unexpected Stories Behind 10 Skyscrapers That Were Actually Built

04:00 - 24 January, 2017
The Unexpected Stories Behind 10 Skyscrapers That Were Actually Built, Torre Velasca. Image © José Tomás Franco
Torre Velasca. Image © José Tomás Franco

As long as there have been buildings mankind has sought to construct its way to the heavens. From stone pyramids to steel skyscrapers, successive generations of designers have devised ever more innovative ways to push the vertical boundaries of architecture. Whether stone or steel, however, each attempt to reach unprecedented heights has represented a vast undertaking in terms of both materials and labor – and the more complex the project, the greater the chance for things to go awry.

Ryugyong Hotel. Image © José Tomás Franco Robot Building. Image © José Tomás Franco CCTV Headquarters. Image © José Tomás Franco Cayan Tower. Image © José Tomás Franco +21

Yi She Mountain Inn. / DL Atelier

19:00 - 23 January, 2017
Yi She Mountain Inn. / DL Atelier, © Sun Haiting
© Sun Haiting

© Sun Haiting © Sun Haiting © Sun Haiting © Sun Haiting +29

Look Inside a Collection of Beijing-Based Architecture Offices, Photographed by Marc Goodwin

04:00 - 20 January, 2017
Look Inside a Collection of Beijing-Based Architecture Offices, Photographed by Marc Goodwin, ZAO/standardarchitecture – one office interior photographed by Goodwin. Image © Marc Goodwin
ZAO/standardarchitecture – one office interior photographed by Goodwin. Image © Marc Goodwin

Architectural photographer Marc Goodwin has recently completed the third collection of his "ultra-marathon of photoshoots" – this time in Beijing. Following his unique insight into the spaces occupied by Nordic architectural offices (based in Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Helsinki) and his look at studios both large and small lived in by London-based practices, Goodwin has turned his lens to the burgeoning number of offices in the Chinese capital. From MAD Architects' magnificent old printing works to ZAO/standardarchitecture's purpose-built studio, here is a view into the places that architectural offices call home.

URBANUS Architecture & Design, Inc.. Image © Marc Goodwin Chiasmus Partners, Inc.. Image © Marc Goodwin ZAO/standardarchitecture. Image © Marc Goodwin C+ Architects. Image © Marc Goodwin +24

inSports Beijing / Powerhouse Company

20:00 - 7 January, 2017
inSports Beijing / Powerhouse Company, © Powerhouse Company
© Powerhouse Company

© Powerhouse Company © Powerhouse Company © Powerhouse Company © Powerhouse Company +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Partners in Charge

    Nanne de Ru, Stijn Kemper
  • Design Team

    Anne Larsen, Ryanne Janssen, Thomas Grievink, Frank Loer, Borys Kozlowski, Yoko Cao, Erik Hoogendam, Mika Woll, Matteo Pavanello
  • Area

    1000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

MeePark / Lattitute

20:00 - 30 December, 2016
MeePark / Lattitute, © Hector Peinador
© Hector Peinador

© Hector Peinador © Hector Peinador © Hector Peinador © Hector Peinador +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Principal Architect

    Manuel N. Zornoza
  • Project Architects

    Jorge Cortés de Castro, Andrea Ramos Rodriguez
  • Area

    700.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

House Renovation in Xirongxian Hutong / OEU-ChaO

22:00 - 29 December, 2016
House Renovation in Xirongxian Hutong / OEU-ChaO, © Zhi Cheng
© Zhi Cheng

© Zhi Cheng © Zhi Cheng © Zhi Cheng © Zhi Cheng +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Zhi Cheng
  • Area

    32.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Zhao Hua Xi Shi Living Museum / IAPA Design Consultants

19:00 - 28 December, 2016
Zhao Hua Xi Shi Living Museum / IAPA Design Consultants, © ZENG Zhe
© ZENG Zhe

© ZENG Zhe        © ZENG Zhe        © ZENG Zhe        © ZENG Zhe        +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Paul Bo Peng, Yang, Yen Hu, Stoney Yu
  • Area

    2500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

A Hutong Home Renovation / CAA

19:00 - 14 December, 2016
A Hutong Home Renovation / CAA, © Huo Cheng
© Huo Cheng

© Huo Cheng © Huo Cheng © Huo Cheng © Huo Cheng +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Liu Haowei
  • Area

    90.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

BAITAcinema / BaO Architects

22:00 - 25 November, 2016
BAITAcinema / BaO Architects, © BaO Architects
© BaO Architects

© BaO Architects © BaO Architects © BaO Architects © BaO Architects +25

Courtyard House at the foot of the Great Wall / IAPA Design Consultants

20:00 - 25 November, 2016
Courtyard House at the foot of the Great Wall  / IAPA Design Consultants, © ZENG Zhe
© ZENG Zhe

© ZENG Zhe    © ZENG Zhe    © ZENG Zhe    © ZENG Zhe    +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Paul Bo Peng, Yen Hu, Stoney Yu, ZENG Zhe
  • Area

    125.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Dengshikou Hutong Residence / B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio

20:00 - 23 November, 2016
Dengshikou Hutong Residence / B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio, © Ruijing Photo
© Ruijing Photo

© Ruijing Photo © Ruijing Photo © Ruijing Photo © Ruijing Photo +42

  • Architects

  • Location

    Dengshikou, DongDan, Dongcheng Qu, China, 100005
  • Design Team

    Shuhei Aoyama, Yoko Fujii, Lingzi Liu
  • Area

    43.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

The French International School of Beijing / Jacques Ferrier Architecture

20:00 - 17 November, 2016
The French International School of Beijing / Jacques Ferrier Architecture, © Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly +28

MAD Architects Unveils Design for Translucent China Philharmonic Hall in Beijing

09:35 - 18 October, 2016
MAD Architects Unveils Design for Translucent China Philharmonic Hall in Beijing, Exterior View. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects
Exterior View. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects

MAD Architects has unveiled the design of the new China Philharmonic Hall in Beijing. Conceived in collaboration with renowned acoustic expert Yasuhisa Toyota (Walt Disney Concert Hall, Philharmonie de Paris, Suntory Hall, etc.), the concert hall will serve as the China Philharmonic Orchestra’s first permanent residency while becoming “a cultural exchange and China’s new locus for classical music.”

To be located at the south side of the Workers Stadium East Gate in Beijing’s Central Business District, the 26,587 square meter (286,000 square foot) building has been envisioned as a “hidden gem” and a place of peaceful respite within the city.

“We wanted to create a pure and sacred oasis in the midst of the bustling city,” says Ma Yansong, founder & principal partner of MAD Architects. “From the moment you enter the building, you will be taken to another time and space.”

Bird's Eye View. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects Lobby. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects Main Concert Hall. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects Philharmonic Hall diagram. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects +22

Caochang Hutong Installation, 'I was here'

15:20 - 13 October, 2016
Caochang Hutong Installation, 'I was here', © XU Cheng
© XU Cheng

'I was here' is Crossboundaries contribution to a larger series of installations in the Caochang Hutong area, 'Real Existence', which opened on September 27.

AD Classics: Forbidden City / Kuai Xiang

05:30 - 3 October, 2016
AD Classics: Forbidden City / Kuai Xiang, The Forbidden City, Beijing. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia user pixelflake (licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0)
The Forbidden City, Beijing. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia user pixelflake (licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0)

As the heart of Imperial China from 1421 until 1912, the Forbidden City—a palatial complex in the center of Beijing—represented the divine authority of the Emperors of China for over five hundred years. Built by the Ming Emperor Zhu Di as the centerpiece of his ideal capital city, the palace would host twenty-four different emperors and two dynasties over the course of its history. Even after the subsequent democratic and communist revolutions that transformed China in the early 20th Century, it remains as the most prominent built relic of a cosmopolitan empire.[1]

A scale model of the Forbidden City, viewed facing south. ImageCourtesy of Flickr user Can Pac Swire (licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0) The golden tiles of the roof, the ends of which were adorned with auspicious icons and characters, were a key symbol of the Forbidden City’s imperial status. ImageCourtesy of Flickr user See-ming Lee (licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0) The Meridian Gate, through which visitors would pass on their way to an audience with the emperor. ImageCourtesy of Wikimedia user Jorge Lascar (licensed under CC BY 2.0) The Hall of Supreme Harmony viewed from the south. ImageCourtesy of Wikimedia user Daniel Case (licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0) +10