TAOA Studio / Tao Lei Architecture Studio

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Architects: Tao Lei Architecture Studio
Location: 798 Art Bridge Gallery, Chaoyang, , China, 100015
Architect In Charge: Lei Tao Architecture Studio
Area: 200.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Tao Lei Architecture Studio

Micro-house / Studio Liu Lubin

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Architects: Studio Liu Lubin
Location: Beijing,
Project Team: Liu Lubin, Wang Lin, Weng Jia, Wang Xiaofeng, Wan Li, Liang YIfan, Zhao Ye
Constructor: Architectural Design & Research Institute of Tsinghua University CO.LTD Nanjing University Of Technology Advanced Engineering Composites Research Center
Photographs: Courtesy of Studio Liu Lubin

W House / Slow Architecture

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Architects: Slow Architects
Location: ,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Fei Zhiwei

Iberia Center for Contemporary Art / Approach Architecture Studio

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Architects: Approach Architecture Studio
Location: , China
Architect In Charge: Liang Jingyu
Art Director: Lu Qiong
Design Team: Peng Xiaohu, Zhao Ning, Li Honglei, Yang Jieqing, Zhou Yuan, Gu Wei
Engineers: Beijing Jiuyuan Tri-Star Architects Partnership
Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Approach Architecture Studio

Tree Art Museum / Daipu Architects

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Location: Song zhuang, Beijing,
Design Team: Dai Pu, Feng Jing, Liu Yi
Area: 3,200 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Shu He

The Lushi Hill Club / Atelier Fronti

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Architects: Atelier Fronti
Location: ,
Area: 1600.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier Fronti

Johnnie Walker House in Beijing / Asylum + LOVE

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Interior Designers: Asylum
Location: Beijing, China
Client: Diageo
Year: 2013
Photographs: Diageo

Anatomy of a Chinese City

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In cities around the globe, change happens almost instantly. Buildings rise, buildings disappear, and skylines morph before one’s eyes. There is no better example of this, of course, than . From Ordos to Shanghai, Chinese cities are in a constant state of flux, as the Chinese people willfully abandon signs of the past and embrace the new.

Of course, it’s one thing to know this fact; it’s quite another to witness it firsthand, to experience this urgent impetus to demolish and demolish in order to build, build, build, and build. In the face of such large-scale, exponential urban development, it’s easy to feel powerless to suggest another path.

However, in publishing Anatomy of a Chinese City, that is exactly what two young architects have done. By taking the time to observe the “urban artifacts” that make a Chinese city unique, compiling over 100 drawings of everything from buildings to bicycles, Thomas Batzenschlager and Clémence Pybaro have preserved a piece of Chinese history that is quickly going extinct. 

In a world where, in the race for progress, quotidian realities are erased unthinkingly, Anatomy of a Chinese City is not just a resource, but a call-to-action, reminding us to slow down and observe the very human context that surrounds us.

Read more about Anatomy of a Chinese City, after the break…

Science and Technology Museum in Beijing / BL/KLM Architects + BIAD

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Science and technology evolve at an astounding rate. They are in constant motion and change, with such fierce speed that both surprises and excites. The non-stop evolution is boundless, and it gets faster and more dynamic every day.

Companies, industries, laboratories and research centers devote energy and make investments to discover new ways to enhance and consolidate a variety of products in general. The spaces that showcase scientific and technological progress have become hubs of social interest, where magic and fantasy of the near yet unknown future attract like a magnet that boasts an amazing array of features.

In mankind and nature, science and technology have uncovered a universe of solutions and answers that not only shapes a better future but also brings all the bits and pieces together. Nature serves as the middleman between mankind and science; there lie its strength and bright future. The virtual world has taken on paramount importance and plays the leading role in today’s stage.

Tian Yangbei Garden / BLVD International

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Interior Design: BLVD International
Location: Chaoyang, Beijing,
Creative Director: Honglei Liu
Design Director: David Perera
Senior Interior Designer: Jiayi Hu
Junior Interior Designers: Yachun Zhang, Huichao Liu
Area: 1300.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Sun Xiangyu

Raffles City Ningbo / SPARK

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Architects: SPARK
Location: ,
Project Director: Jan Felix Clostermann, Stephen Pimbley
Design Team: Jacky Chen, Yuhua Chen, Yuen Yuen Chen, Jan Felix Clostermann, Shu Fan, Jiarkai Guo, Vivian Huang, Akin Jabar, Yun Wu Jian, RenJie Li, Wenhui Lim, Minghao Liu, Oren Rabinowitz, Christian Taeubert, Wao Tao Wang, Chengming Xu, Wenzhen Yee, Hua Zhang
Area: 157,807 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: FG + SG

Beijing Agriculture University Library Winning Proposal / Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute

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The competition winning proposal for the Agriculture University Library is a successful addition to the existing campus. Designed by Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute, their design takes care of all the functions while providing a comfortable environment for students to study and research. With a construction area of about 49,000m2, the library includes a self-study area, a restaurant, an auditorium, several offices and some meeting rooms. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Sanlitun South / LOT-EK Architecture & Design

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Architects: LOT-EK Architecture & Design
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Ada Tolla, Giuseppe Lignano
Design Team: Keisuke Nibe, Koki Hashimoto, Judith Tse
Client: Guo Feng Development
Consultants: Beijing Architectural & Engineering Design Company
Area: 24,000 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Shu He, Courtesy of LOT-EK Architecture & Design

Yingjia Club at Vanke Beijing / Neri & Hu

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Architects: Neri & Hu Design and Research Office
Location: ,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Shen Zhonghai

Video: Wuhao Curated Shop, Shop Profile

The WUHAO Curated Shop is a modern approximation of a classical Chinese garden, located in one of ’s richest historical districts. Having shown at Design Week and the Milan Furniture Fair, WUHAO offers a contemporary vision of the classical Chinese garden while also nurturing the work of emerging Chinese designers and international talents. Founder and curator Isabelle Pascal shares her first encounter with the ancient courtyard and explains how the experience inspired the collections she curates today.

Nike Pop Up Showroom / Maggie Peng & Albert Tien

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Architects: Maggie Peng , Albert Tien
Location: ,
Design Team: Maggie Peng, Albert Tien
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jonathan Leijonhufvud

Galaxy Soho / Zaha Hadid Architects, by Hufton + Crow

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It’s only been a few weeks since she turned 62   but it’s already shaping up to be Zaha Hadid’s year. Yesterday, she was announced winner of the Japan National Stadium Competition   earlier this week, her latest US project, the Eli & Edythe Broad Museum  opened; and the beginning of the month saw much fanfare and frenzy surrounding her extraordinary work in Galaxy Soho .

We’ve already brought you images and video  of the project, but the latest images from Hufton + Crow truly allow you to experience Galaxy Soho – in all its curvaceous glory – like never before.

Check out all the latest images of Zaha Hadid’s Galaxy Soho, after the break…

Galaxy Soho / Zaha Hadid Architects

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Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
Location: Soho, ,
Architects In Charge: Zaha Hadid & Patrik Schumacher
Project Director: Satoshi Ohashi
Associate: Cristiano Ceccato
Project Architect: Yoshi Uchiyama
Project Team: Stephan Wurster, Michael Hill, Samer Chamoun, Eugene Leung, Rita Lee, Lillie Liu, Rolando Rodriguez-Leal, Wen Tao, Tom Wuenschmann, Seung-ho Yeo, Shuojiong Zhang, Michael Grau, Shu Hashimoto, Shao-Wei Huang, Chikara Inamura, Lydia Kim, Yasuko Kobayashi, Wang Lin, Yereem Park
Local Design Institute: BIAD Beijing Institute of Architecture & Design
Area: 332857.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Iwan Baan, Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects