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Why Zaha Hadid Architects' Beijing "Mega-Airport" Is Now Set To Become The World's Largest Aviation Hub

04:00 - 26 June, 2017
Why Zaha Hadid Architects' Beijing "Mega-Airport" Is Now Set To Become The World's Largest Aviation Hub, Image by Methanoia. Image © Zaha Hadid Architects
Image by Methanoia. Image © Zaha Hadid Architects

When in 2015 Zaha Hadid Architects and ADP Ingeniérie unveiled designs for the "world's largest airport passenger terminal" in Beijing, much of the political maneuvering to allow it live up to its claim remained unclear. But the situation has since changed, Bloomberg reports, with the Chinese authorities designating this new terminal—which will compete with the capital's existing airport—as "the hub for members of the SkyTeam alliance."

Transform and Rethink / Hu Yue Studio

19:00 - 19 June, 2017
Transform and Rethink / Hu Yue Studio, © Yang Chaoying, Chen Su
© Yang Chaoying, Chen Su

Courtesy of No. 19 Courtyard Courtesy of No. 8 Courtyard Courtesy of No. 19 Courtyard © Yang Chaoying, Chen Su +43

  • Architects

  • Location

    Dongcheng, Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Hu Yue
  • Design Team

    Hu Yue, Tai Fangqing, Jiang Ran, Wu Hancheng, Zhao Mochao
  • Area

    435.4 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Huawei Technological Factory Buildings / gmp Architects

02:00 - 16 June, 2017
Huawei Technological Factory Buildings / gmp Architects, Entrance of the canteen. Image © Christian Gahl
Entrance of the canteen. Image © Christian Gahl

HUAWEI Technology Park, Beijing. Image © Christian Gahl R&D building entrance courtyard. Image © Christian Gahl Lobby R&D building. Image © Christian Gahl HUAWEI Technology Park, Beijing. Image © Christian Gahl +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Design

    Meinhard von Gerkan, Stephan Schütz with Nicolas Pomränke, Stephan Rewolle
  • Project Management

    Patrick Pfleiderer, Helga Reimund, Zheng Fei
  • Area

    139355.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Twisting Courtyard / ARCHSTUDIO

20:00 - 14 June, 2017
Twisting Courtyard / ARCHSTUDIO, Courtyard. Image © Wang Ning, Jin Weiqi
Courtyard. Image © Wang Ning, Jin Weiqi

Kitchen. Image © Wang Ning, Jin Weiqi Entrance turn. Image © Wang Ning, Jin Weiqi Room - tearoom mode. Image © Wang Ning, Jin Weiqi Details. Image © Wang Ning, Jin Weiqi +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Paizihutong, Beijing, China
  • Design Team

    Han Wenqiang, Huang Tao
  • Main Materials

    Gray brick, oak panels
  • Area

    161.5 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Cityförster to Lead Design of New Beijing Government District

12:00 - 12 June, 2017
Cityförster to Lead Design of New Beijing Government District, Courtesy of Cityförster
Courtesy of Cityförster

The multi-disciplinary team 'Wasser Hannover', Cityförster and the Chinese Academy for Urban Planning and Design (CAUPD) have been selected as the first prize winners in one of three initial competitions to design the new seat of government for the Chinese capital of Beijing. Part of a planned merging of Beijing with the surrounding cities of Tianjin and Hebei, the new government district will be located in Tongzhou, an existing district southeast of the city center.

The winning scheme follows a 'landscape-planning-based' concept that is organized through a holistic water and open-space system, responding to the ecological and technical needs of the government.

Courtesy of Cityförster Courtesy of Cityförster Courtesy of Cityförster Courtesy of Cityförster +5

Roca Beijing Gallery / MAD Architects

17:00 - 2 June, 2017
Roca Beijing Gallery  / MAD Architects

Roca Beijing Gallery  / MAD Architects Roca Beijing Gallery  / MAD Architects Roca Beijing Gallery  / MAD Architects Roca Beijing Gallery  / MAD Architects +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Directors

    Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke Hayano
  • Team

    Yukan Yanagawa, Hiroki Fujino, Yin Ming, Li Yuanhao, Sear Nee
  • Area

    800.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017

Dajiaoting “Big Family” Community Center / MAT Office

19:00 - 21 May, 2017
Dajiaoting “Big Family” Community Center  / MAT Office, © Kangshuo Tang
© Kangshuo Tang

© Kangshuo Tang © Kangshuo Tang © Kangshuo Tang © Kangshuo Tang +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Dajiaoting N St, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100022
  • Design Team

    Kangshuo Tang, Miao Zhang, Siyao Huang, Xuan Cao, Ting Gong, Kaidong Jiang
  • Area

    300.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Hongkun Xihongmen Sports Park / Mochen Architects&Engineers

20:00 - 14 May, 2017
Hongkun Xihongmen Sports Park / Mochen Architects&Engineers, © Hao Shu
© Hao Shu

© Hao Shu © Hao Shu © Hao Shu © Hao Shu +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Xihongmen, Daxing Qu, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Lai Jun
  • Design Team

    Gong Xin, Zhang Xuan, Shi Yanling, Shang Baoming, Wang Bo Rong, Yu Rui, Nie Yafei and so on
  • Area

    19967.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

"DESIGN H(ij)ACK" When Art/Design Meet Public Space

09:52 - 21 April, 2017
"DESIGN H(ij)ACK" When Art/Design Meet Public Space

The objective of the program is to generate tangible prototypes and solutions along the theme of "DESIGN H(ij)ACK - When Art & Design Meet Public Space". Cross-disciplinary collaboration is a necessity, combined with strong knowledge integration from research, concepts, design, to execution, “DESIGN H(ij)ACK” encourages all participants to think differently, design efficiently, and work economically, mostly important: collectively.

This Photoseries Captures the State of China’s Renowned Architectural Icons

06:00 - 20 April, 2017
This Photoseries Captures the State of China’s Renowned Architectural Icons, © Kris Provoost
© Kris Provoost

A simultaneous celebration of their cultural iconicity and distillation from their various contexts, Beautified China is a photographic essay by Kris Provoost (one-half of the vlogging duo behind #donotsettle) that tracks the evolution of Chinese architectural landmarks over the course of the past 7 years. Beginning his investigation with the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, Provoost considers a decade of architecture proposed for China by the profession’s biggest names, many of which have been built now with monumental reputations in rising cities. 

“Most ‘starchitects’ had their chance to build, or to fulfill their wildest dreams,” explains Provoost. “Some of them became landmarks: CCTV headquarters by Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren or the Bird’s Nest/National Stadium by Herzog and de Meuron for example. Others have turned a suburb into a new center, or have established a new city on its own.”

International Youth Centre / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Kris Provoost China Pavilion / JingTang. Image © Kris Provoost British Pavilion / Heatherwick Studio. Image © Kris Provoost Galaxy SOHO / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Kris Provoost +22

8 Excellent Examples of What Innovative 21st Century Schools Should Look Like

08:00 - 10 April, 2017

If we think about how the educational system worked in the past, we can quickly see that both the teaching style in schools as well as the school’s infrastructure were very different from the current system. The educational model of the twentieth century could be defined as being similar to the "spatial model of prisons, with no interest in stimulating a comprehensive, flexible and versatile education."

However, we are now at a time when social, economic and technological developments have created a more global society and where information and learning are becoming more affordable. This radical change has transformed the societies in which we live, leaving the current educational model based on a rigid and unidirectional teaching obsolete. 

As such, there are schools that have not only broken the mold of traditional teaching but have formed new educational standards, exploring new paradigms and opening up new possibilities within the design of educational spaces. Since architecture and educational models often reflect the ideology of a society, how is the school of 21st century defined? 

Vittra Telefonplan / Rosan Bosch. Image Hakusui Nursery School / Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop. Image Cortesía de Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop Kwel Ka Baung School / A.gor.a Architect. Image Cortesía de Agora Architects Farming Kindergarten / Vo Trong Nghia Architects. Image © Hiroyuki Oki +31

5 Zaha Hadid Buildings Seen From Above

08:00 - 31 March, 2017
5 Zaha Hadid Buildings Seen From Above, Galaxy SOHO, Beijing, China. Image © Deimos Imaging
Galaxy SOHO, Beijing, China. Image © Deimos Imaging

This week marks the first anniversary of the death of Zaha Hadid, the most successful and influential female architect in the architectural discipline. Born in Baghdad (Iraq) in 1950, Hadid became the first woman to receive the Pritzker Prize in 2004, and twelve years later received the gold medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Hadid's untimely death left a fascinating and inspiring legacy. Meanwhile her firm, Zaha Hadid Architects, continues to work on nearly a hundred projects worldwide. To remember her legacy, Spanish company Deimos Imaging has shared a series of photographs focusing on Hadid's work in five countries.

The images were captured by the Deimos-2 satellite, which was launched in 2014 and designed for very high-resolution Earth observation applications, providing multispectral images of just 75 centimeters per pixel. Hadid's incredible works take on a new dimension when you contemplate their proportions from the sky—or rather, from a satellite.

Zaragoza Bridge Pavilion. Image © Deimos Imaging Sheikh Zayed Bridge. Image © Deimos Imaging Heydar Aliyev Center. Image © Deimos Imaging Dongdaemun Design Plaza. Image © Deimos Imaging +26

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