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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

© Jeremy San © Jeremy San © Jeremy San © Jeremy San

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.

Jing Mian Xin Cheng / Spark Architects

  • Architects: Spark Architects
  • Location: Beijing, Beijing, China
  • Project Director: Jan Felix Clostermann
  • Project Architect: Phi Wenhui Lu
  • Desing Team: Andrew Ng, Chris Taeubert
  • Area: 87800.0 sqm
  • Photographs: ShuHe

© ShuHe © ShuHe © ShuHe © ShuHe

Emerging Objects Design 3D Printed Salt House

Interior. Image Courtesy of Emerging Objects
Interior. Image Courtesy of Emerging Objects

The architects of Emerging Objects have devised a scheme for a 3D printed house made from locally harvested salt and concrete. Known as the “3D Printed House 1.0,” the case study residence was commissioned by the Jin Hai Lake Resort Beijing. It integrates traditional construction methods with renewable 3D printed materials, manufactured by Emerging Objects, to build a house that is sustainable, structurally sound and beautiful. 

Jean Nouvel Releases Official Design for National Art Museum of China

Jean Nouvel has unveiled the official design for the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC). Originally inspired by the simplicity of “a single brush stroke,” the 21st century art and calligraphy museum will become the centerpiece of a new cultural district at Olympic Park, rising next to the historic axis of Beijing and symbolically connecting to the Forbidden City.

New images of the NAMOC and more from Nouvel, after the break… 

70 Documentaries By Spanish And Portuguese Architects To Be Exhibited In Beijing

LaMIPA, a non-profit "architectural exchange platform" dedicated to exhibiting art and culture, will be part of the 2014 Beijing Design Week (BJDW) with a launch event on September 25th 2014 and following events on the 26th and 28th. Exhibiting seventy documentaries by Spanish and Portuguese architects, and organised in conjunction with the Spanish and Portuguese Embassies to China, the unique audiovisual LaMIPA collection will be part of the main section of the Beijing Design Week festival. Alongside the exhibition a series of lectures from a number of renowned practices including Souto de Moura and OAB Ferrater will also be taking place.

Emperor Qianmen Hotel / asap

  • Architects: asap
  • Location: Dongcheng, Beijing, China
  • Lead Architect: Adam Sokol
  • Area: 7500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jonathan Leijonhufvud

© Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud

Fortune Plaza / P&T Group

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R&D Center "Looks Towards Beijing" With Calligraphic, Symbolic Form

View from Ground Level. Image Courtesy of J. J. Pan & Partners
View from Ground Level. Image Courtesy of J. J. Pan & Partners

The Beijing city district of Wanjing has traditionally been a gateway for people entering the city. Its name literally translates as “Looking Towards Beijing.” J. J. Pan and Partners seek to renew that title with the design of Beijing Automotive Group’s new Research and Development Center. Taking inspiration from the character 北 (bei), which signifies openness, as well as Beijing itself, this mixed use building is meant to become a symbolic landmark both for Wanjing and for the company it houses.

Lecture / Four Urban Models in China's Accelerated Urbanization: Local Public Space Implications

China's accelerated urbanization juxtaposes many local and global urban models in the contemporary urban space of the mega-city/metacity region. Since 1945 the global and local discourse on urban design and development has been dominated by four conceptual models. These four models, the metropolis, the megalopolis, the fragmented metropolis and the megacity/metacity have appeared in Asia with local characteristics and with special, hybrid characteristics. China's rapid urbanization has been based on an equally rapid industrialization that has telescoped the historical development pattern of western nations into 60 years. 

House in Dawanglu / Tsutsumi & Associates

  • Architects: Tsutsumi & Associates
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge: Yoshimasa Tsutsumi
  • Area: 93.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Misae Hiromatsu

© Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu

MAD Breaks Ground on Complex that Redefines Beijing’s “City Landscape”

Construction has commenced on MAD’s Chaoyang Park Plaza within one of Beijing’s largest public parks and central business district. A continuation of Ma Yansong’s “Shan-Shui City” concept, which aims reintroduce nature into the urban realm, the mixed-use complex reinterprets natural formations illustrated in traditional Chinese paintings as contemporary “city landscapes.” 

“Like the tall mountain cliffs and river landscapes of China, a pair of asymmetrical towers creates a dramatic skyline in front of the park,” described MAD. “Ridges and valleys define the shape of the exterior glass facade, as if the natural forces of erosion wore down the tower into a few thin lines.” 

The Forbidden City Red-wall Teahouse / CutscapeArchitecture

  • Architects: CutscapeArchitecture
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge: Hong ZHANG, Hetian ZHANG
  • Design Team: Cheng ZHANG, Hongbin PAN, Cheng LIAN, Ziyue LIU, Penghao AN, Jihua SUN, Jie JING, Xiaowei HAN
  • Area: 280.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Wang Yi, Zhang Hetian, Chen Su

© Zhang Hetian © Wang Yi © Wang Yi © Wang Yi