Penda Continues to Push Bamboo with Rising Canes at Beijing Design Week

12:05 - 2 October, 2015
Penda Continues to Push Bamboo with Rising Canes at Beijing Design Week, © Xia Zhi
© Xia Zhi

From the architect. Following up a year of development, Penda has unveiled their installation for Beijing Design Week (BJDW) 2015 – Rising Canes, a structural system made entirely of bamboo and ropes. Meant to be a speculation system for larger developments, the installation is fully modular, ecological and easy to expand in every direction. Bamboo was chosen as the main construction material for its long traditional roots in China and fantastic structural capability, as well as part of a desire to fight its current obscurity as a construction material. 

Speculation of Future Developments. Image Courtesy of Penda Speculation of Future Developments. Image Courtesy of Penda © Hua Su © Xia Zhi +34

Zaha Hadid's Wangjing SOHO Wins Emporis Skyscraper Award

04:00 - 30 September, 2015
Wangjing SOHO; Beijing, China / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Feng Chang
Wangjing SOHO; Beijing, China / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Feng Chang

Zaha Hadid ArchitectsWangjing SOHO in Beijing has won the 2014 Emporis Skyscraper Award. Chosen by an international panel of experts from more than 300 skyscrapers, the three-tower 200-meter-tall development is the first skyscraper in China to ever win the award. The judges were impressed by its "excellent energy efficiency and its distinctive design, which gives the complex a harmonious and organic momentum."

Each year, the Emporis Award honors the world's best new building over 100-meters-tall. Read on to see the top 10 buildings honored this year.

Guanghualu SOHO 2 / gmp Architekten

20:00 - 22 September, 2015
Guanghualu SOHO 2 / gmp Architekten, © Christian Gahl
© Christian Gahl
  • Architects

  • Location

    Guang Hua Lu, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China
  • Design

    Meinhard von Gerkan, Stephan Schütz with Stephan Rewolle
  • Area

    103000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Christian Gahl © Christian Gahl © Christian Gahl © Christian Gahl +11

Dashilar: Housing In-between

23:00 - 21 September, 2015
Dashilar: Housing In-between

Dashilar: Housing In-between is a collaborative forum and exhibition event organized by Studio X and Dashilar Platform for Beijing International Design Week 2015. Curated by Jeffrey Johnson (Studio X Beijing), Yijing Xu and Neill Mclean Gaddes (SANS, Dashilar Platform) with support from Columbia University GSAPP, Dashilar Platform and Beijing International Design Week.

‘Housing’ is a basic human necessity and has always been a critical subject of discussion around the world. With growing awareness of the gross inequalities created by neoliberal economies, significant attention has been placed recently on the housing conditions of those less privileged and marginalized.

Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Center of China / anySCALE

19:00 - 21 September, 2015
Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Center of China / anySCALE, Courtesy of Nathaniel Mcmahon
Courtesy of Nathaniel Mcmahon
  • Architects

  • Location

    Wang Jing Dong Lu No. 6, International Technology Research & Development Park
  • Design Team

    Andreas Thomczyk, Karin Hepp, Simon Berg, Vivian Zhang
  • Client

    Daimler China
  • Designed Areas

    Design Studio, Workshop, Office Space and Outside Garden
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Nathaniel Mcmahon

Courtesy of Nathaniel Mcmahon Courtesy of Nathaniel Mcmahon Courtesy of Nathaniel Mcmahon Courtesy of Nathaniel Mcmahon +16

Transportation Office / CAA

19:00 - 4 September, 2015
Transportation Office / CAA  , © CAA
© CAA
  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Liu Haowei
  • Design Team

    CAA Brand (Chen Fei, Zhang hope, Deng Yue, Zhu Yawei, Duan Lian)
  • Area

    2400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© CAA © CAA © CAA © CAA +11

Rong Bao Zhai Coffee Bookstore / ARCHSTUDIO

02:00 - 14 August, 2015
Rong Bao Zhai Coffee Bookstore / ARCHSTUDIO, © WANG Ning
© WANG Ning
  • Architects

  • Location

    China, Beijing
  • Architect in Charge

    Han Wen Qiang
  • Design Team

    Yang Bin Lin, Huang Tao, Li Yun Tao
  • Area

    293.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© WANG Ning © WANG Ning © WANG Ning © WANG Ning +22

Crossboundaries' New Office / Crossboundaries

20:00 - 13 August, 2015
Crossboundaries' New Office / Crossboundaries, © Xia Zhi
© Xia Zhi
  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, Beijing, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Binke Lenhardt, Dong Hao
  • Area

    1500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Dong Hao © Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi +20

Video: Steven Holl Discusses Beijing's Linked Hybrid, 7 Years After Completion

14:00 - 31 July, 2015

A community of 750 units interconnected on, below and above ground, Steven Holl Architects "Linked Hybrid" was an intentional shift away from the monolithic, monofuctional skyscraper. The entire complex was designed to be a "three-dimensional urban space" that encouraged chance encounters beyond the ground floor. 

In this video architect Steven Holl talks about the building's design and how it has performed, seven years after the building's completion. 

Minsheng Contemporary Art Museum / Studio Pei-Zhu

20:00 - 28 July, 2015
Minsheng Contemporary Art Museum / Studio Pei-Zhu, Second Floor. Image © Fang Zhenning
Second Floor. Image © Fang Zhenning

Second Floor Gallery Exterior. Image © Zhu Qingsheng First Floor. Image © Minsheng Art Museum Tsinghua Studio Visit. Image © Fang Zhenning +22

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.

Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas +21

MAD Tops Out on Beijing's Chaoyang Park Plaza

14:00 - 2 July, 2015
MAD Tops Out on Beijing's Chaoyang Park Plaza, © MAD Architects
© MAD Architects

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

09:00 - 16 April, 2015
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

23:00 - 6 April, 2015

© Xia Zhi and Yang Chaoying © Xia Zhi and Yang Chaoying © Xia Zhi and Yang Chaoying © Xia Zhi and Yang Chaoying +44

Yangtai Shan Villa / Design Crew for Architecture

20:00 - 6 April, 2015
Yangtai Shan Villa / Design Crew for Architecture, © Jinpeng YUAN
© Jinpeng YUAN
  • Architects

  • 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 +18

Xiang Jing + Qu Guangci Sculpture Studio / aterlier100s+1

20:00 - 5 April, 2015
Xiang Jing + Qu Guangci Sculpture Studio / aterlier100s+1, © Zeng Renzhen
© Zeng Renzhen
  • Architects

  • Location

    Songzhuangzhen, Tongzhou, Beijing, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Peng Lele, Zeng Renzhen, Yang Guang, Ling Lin
  • Area

    1257.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Zeng Renzhen © Zeng Renzhen © Zeng Renzhen © Zeng Renzhen +21

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

05:00 - 9 March, 2015
Interview: Büro Ole Scheeren Unveils Designs for Guardian Art Center in Beijing, Guardian Art Center by Büro Ole Scheeren. Image Courtesy of Büro Ole Scheeren
Guardian Art Center by Büro Ole Scheeren. Image Courtesy of Büro Ole Scheeren

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 +22

Yanqing Grape Expo / Archea Associati

01:00 - 11 February, 2015
Yanqing Grape Expo / Archea Associati, © Cristiano Bianchi
© Cristiano Bianchi
  • Architects

  • Location

    Yanqing, Beijing, China
  • Design Team

    Archea Associati, 
Laura Andreini, Marco Casamonti, Silvia Fabi, Giovanni Polazzi
, Luana Carastro, Francesco Giordani,
Stefano Marcinkiewicz, Marco Mugnai, Mattia Mugnaini, Eleonora Prestifilippo, Feng Xiancheng
  • Area

    15000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Cristiano Bianchi © Cristiano Bianchi © Pietro Savorelli © Pietro Savorelli +41