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

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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MAD Tops Out on Beijing's Chaoyang Park Plaza

MAD Architects has topped out on Chaoyang Park Plaza, a 120-meter-high mixed use development rising in the central business district (CBD) of Beijing on the southern edge of Chaoyang Park, one of the city's largest parks. A product of Ma Yansong’s “Shanshui City” concept, which aims reintroduce nature into the urban realm, the building is designed to "push the boundary of the urbanization process in modern cosmopolitan life by creating a dialogue between artificial scenery and natural landscapes."

A Rare Look Inside OMA's CCTV Building in Beijing

Since the building's construction concluded in 2012, images of OMA's CCTV Headquarters have permeated the media. But inside views of this mutant skyscraper -- characterized by a soaring 72 meter cantilever -- have remained rare. Until now, that is. Images originally published by International Design and shared on WeChat by 广电独家 reveal the interior of OMA's CCTV Headquarters, including Emmy-winning set designer Jim Fenhagen's news studios. 

Take a peek inside the meeting rooms, hallways and control centers of CTBUH's 2013 Best Tall Building Worldwide. 

Aimer Fashion Factory / Crossboundaries Architects

  • Architects: Crossboundaries Architects
  • Location: Shunyi, Beijing, China
  • Area: 53000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Zhi Xia, Chaoyang Ying

© Xia Zhi and Yang Chaoying © Xia Zhi and Yang Chaoying © Xia Zhi and Yang Chaoying © Xia Zhi and Yang Chaoying

Yangtai Shan Villa / Design Crew for Architecture

  • Architects: Design Crew for Architecture
  • Location: Guan Jia Ling, Haidian Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100095
  • Architect In Charge: Jinpeng YUAN
  • Partners In Charge: Nicolas CHAUSSON, Jiaoyang HUANG
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Jinpeng YUAN

© Jinpeng YUAN © Jinpeng YUAN © Jinpeng YUAN © Jinpeng YUAN

Interview: Büro Ole Scheeren Unveils Designs for Guardian Art Center in Beijing

When he opened his practice in 2010, Ole Scheeren had the luxury of already being a rising star in the architecture world. The former partner of OMA made his name as partner-in-charge on landmark projects such as Beijing's CCTV Headquarters and the Interlace in Singapore, and has since made headlines with striking forms such as those in the MahaNakhon skyscraper in BangkokAngkasa Raya in Kuala Lumpur and DUO, again in Singapore. The unveiling of his latest design, the Guardian Art Center, is likely to get a lot of attention too - but for very different reasons to his previous projects.

The Guardian Art Center features none of the dramatic cantilevers and futuristic formal experimentation of Büro Ole Scheeren's other works. Instead the "hybrid art space" - located in the heart of Beijing, just a stone's throw from the Forbidden City - references the scale and materiality of the adjacent traditional buildings. The lower floors, containing an auction house and a museum with a 1,700 square meter exhibition-events space, comprise an aggregation of small "pixelated" blocks, clad in stone with a pattern of perforations derived from a 700-year-old Chinese landscape painting. Though the upper portion of the building, containing a 120-room hotel and a restaurant, is larger in scale, it is broken down by a facade of oversized glass "bricks," again a reference to the materials of the hutong next door and a "humble and non-elitist symbol in Chinese culture," according to the press release.

To find out more about this intriguing building, we spoke to Ole Scheeren, who assured us that in spite of its appearance, the Guardian Art Center is just as radical as his previous works. Read on after the break for the full interview.

Guardian Art Center by Büro Ole Scheeren. Image Courtesy of Büro Ole Scheeren Guardian Art Center by Büro Ole Scheeren. Courtyard of upper levels with educational facilities in the center. Image Courtesy of Büro Ole Scheeren Guardian Art Center by Büro Ole Scheeren. Image Courtesy of Büro Ole Scheeren Guardian Art Center by Büro Ole Scheeren, hotel room interior. Image Courtesy of Büro Ole Scheeren

Zaha Hadid and ADPI Unveil Plans for World’s Largest Passenger Terminal in Beijing

ADP Ingeniérie (ADPI) and Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) have unveiled designs for what will be the world’s largest airport passenger terminal - the Beijing New Airport Terminal Building. The Daxing scheme, based off the bid-winning planning concept by ADPI, hopes to alleviate traffic from Beijing’s existing Capital Airport, which is operating beyond its planned capacity.

“Initially accommodating 45 million passengers per year, the new terminal will be adaptable and sustainable, operating in many different configurations dependent on varying aircraft and passenger traffic throughout each day,” stated ZHA in a press release. “With an integrated multi-modal transport centre featuring direct links to local and national rail services including the Gaotie high speed rail, the new Daxing airport will be a key hub within Beijing’s growing transport network and a catalyst for the region’s economic development, including the city of Tianjin and Hebei Province.”

Photography Panels Become “Pop-Up Habitats” in this Exhibition by People’s Architecture Office

Inspired by the recent popularity of amateur photography in China, People’s Architecture Office (PAO) + People’s Industrial Design Office (PIDO) repurposed reflective photography panels to create multipurpose Pop-Up Habitats. Incredibly lightweight and comprised of only flexible steel rings and a soft fabric, the Pop-Up Habitats can fold quickly and form self-supporting structures when expanded.

The Pop-Up Habitat has been exhibited in numerous architecture and design festivals around the world -- including Beijing Design Week and the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture in Shenzhen -- and in numerous forms. The Pop-Up Habitats have been turned into an auditorium, a gallery and a canopy, in addition to “an unintended but apt backdrop for selfies" at one exhibition. A consumer version has also been developed as a “weatherproof modular tent.”

Check out some of the exhibitions the Pop-Up Habitats have been featured in after the break. 

Pop-Up Gallery.Times Museum, Guangzhou. Image Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO) Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO) Pop-Up Gallery.Times Museum, Guangzhou. Image Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO) Pop-Up Gallery.Times Museum, Guangzhou. Image Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO)

ACE Cafe 751 / dEEP Architects

  • Architects: dEEP Architects
  • Location: Beijing, Beijing, China
  • Architect In Charge: LI Daode
  • Area: 600.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of dEEP

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The Courtyard House Plugin / People's Architecture Office

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How I Built A New China: A talk with Expo 2010 Planner Siegfried Zhiqiang Wu

"We need a new generation of cities in China" - Siegfried Zhiqiang Wu

As the tide of urbanization sweeps across most of the developing areas in China, the building frenzy has become a Chinese phenomenon. Some people are making money from it, some people are getting power from it, and some people are worrying about it. Recently, a new set of policies and reports have been published by the Chinese central government, and the whole society seems to be boosted by the new talk of a Chinese Dream. But, what is really happening inside China? Can it absorb this enormous growth? And, will urbanization continue in a proper way?

As the chief planner of the 2010 Shanghai Expo, Siegfried Zhiqiang Wu has been deeply involved for years in many of China’s main urbanization projects. It was almost midnight when we met Professor Wu in Shanghai, and although Wu had just gotten off a night flight from Beijing, his passion, frankness and intelligence remained undoubtedly impressive. In the following edited talk with interviewer Juan Yan, Professor Wu discusses China's dramatic urbanization, its architectural culture and the future of smart cities.

Family Box in Beijing / SAKO Architects

  • Architects: SAKO Architects
  • Location: Beijing, Beijing, China
  • Architect In Charge: Keiichiro SAKO, Kumiko Fukasawa
  • Area: 4150.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Ruijing Photo

© Ruijing Photo © Ruijing Photo © Ruijing Photo © Ruijing Photo

No. 18 Guan Shu Yuan Hutong / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects

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Li Xiaodong Wins The Inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize

The Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC) have announced that Li Xiaodong has been awarded the inaugural Moriyama International Prize, named after esteemed Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama. The prize, which comes with a monetary value of CAD$100,000, has been established to recognise buildings that are judged to be "transformative, inspired as well as inspiring, and emblematic of the human values of respect and inclusiveness."

The jury deliberated projects submitted from nine countries: Canada, China, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom and Tajikistan. According to the citation, the jury was "impressed by the breadth of international interest in the prize and encouraged by the high level of engagement with the aims and objectives of the program revealed in the submissions." The prize is open to all architects irrespective of nationality and location and seeks to recognise a single work of architecture (as opposed to a life’s work), celebrating buildings in use.

The Liyuan Library. Image Courtesy of RAIC / Li Xiaodong Studio The Liyuan Library. Image Courtesy of RAIC / Li Xiaodong Studio The Liyuan Library. Image Courtesy of RAIC / Li Xiaodong Studio The Liyuan Library - Interior. Image Courtesy of RAIC / Li Xiaodong Studio

ADPI Beats Foster + Partners to Land Beijing's Daxing Airport Competition

ADP Ingénierie (ADPI), part of the French airport authority Aéroports de Paris (ADP), has won the competition to design Terminal 1 at Beijing's new Daxing Airport, beating both Foster + Partners, and a team composed of the China Civil Aviation Construction Group Corporation (CACC) and the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design. The design competition for the 700,000 square meter airport was announced in July 2011, with Beijing New Airport Construction Headquarters (BNAH) putting the submissions through "a long and rigorous selection process," according to ADP.

Foster lost out on the competition despite having designed Terminal 3 at Beijing's main airport, which at the time of completion in 2008 was the largest airport terminal in the world. However owing to the rapid rise in use of air transport in China that airport is already running at full capacity, necessitating the creation of another airport at Daxing, 60 kilometres south of Beijing.