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Designing in Dialogue: The Architecture of von Gerkan, Marg and Partners Exhibition

gmp Architekten's touring exhibition, 'Designing in Dialogue: The Architecture of von Gerkan, Marg and Partners' is currently being hosted by the Chinese National Museum in Beijing until August 25. In this exhibition, gmp will provide an overview of their work: sketches and drawings provide an idea of the conceptual thoughts, models present designs in three dimensions and photos document the completed buildings. The exhibited gmp projects are grouped regionally by continent and in six categories which cover important fundamental, practical and theoretical aspects of gmp’s work. More information after the break. 

Luxury Villa Built on Beijing Rooftop To Be Demolished

As architects, it's often difficult for us to accept that the users who inhabit our buildings will modify the design in ways we never intended (or wanted). Of course, one can usually reasonably suspect that, at the very least, an inhabitant will never do this: a Professor Zhang has spent the last six years building a two-story luxury villa (complete with surrounding rocks and trees) on the roof of a Beijing apartment building. Unfortunately for Zhang, however, who legally bought the penthouse apartment, but never requested the planning permission to subsequently doze it and re-build another structure entirely, the Authorities will demolish the villa in the next 15 days, claiming that it places a dangerous amount of extra weight upon the building and increases "the susceptibility of the construction to earthquakes or lightning strikes." Story via the Shanghaiist.

Family Box / Crossboundaries Architects

  • Architects: Crossboundaries Architects
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Architect: Crossboundaries Architects
  • Collaborating Architects & Engineers: BIAD International Studio & BIAD TSH International Studio
  • Client: Children Enterprise (UK) Limited
  • Area: 2300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Chaoying Yang

© Chaoying Yang © Chaoying Yang © Chaoying Yang © Chaoying Yang

Jean Nouvel Named as Winner of National Art Museum of China Competition

The rumors are true: Jean Nouvel has been selected as the official winner of the highly acclaimed National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) competition in Beijing. According to Dezeen, the news has been confirmed by Nouvel’s adviser, Oliver Schmitt. Though little has been released about the winning design, earlier reports have described it as a “vast structure” based on the simplicity of a single line - “a single brush stroke.” 

In an interview with Financial Times, Nouvel quoted the Chinese artist Shi Tao (1642-1707): “A single line is the source of everything in existence. [...] We started with calligraphy. [...] Pupils used to spend half a year just on that first line with a brush. That first line contains all of Chinese culture – painting, writing and the energy of Chi.” 

CTS Temple of Heaven Performance Zone Winning Proposal / Aedas

Aedas recently unveiled their master plan proposal for the CTS Temple of Heaven Performance Zone. Located in Beijing, their concept consists of a trio of urban, garden and lake environments while aiming to become the capital’s core cultural and commercial district and establish an international modern city life standard. More images and architects’ description after the break.

National Art Museum of China Entry / Gehry Partners

Gehry Partners have just released their highly anticipated proposal for the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) in Beijing. Though rumors from last year reported Frank Gehry and Jean Nouvel as the competition’s top contenders, with Nouvel taking the lead, a winner has yet to be confirmed.

Gehry’s design, which is intended to promote cross cultural understanding and appreciation for Chinese contemporary art, aims at setting a new standard for 21st century Chinese architecture. Perhaps the most defining element of the design is the “translucent stone” facade, a new type of glass developed by Gehry Partners that is said to have the qualities of jade.

More images and the architect’s description after the break...

'The Cola-Bow' Installation / penda

Designed by penda, the cola-bow installation is a public art installation made out of more than 17,000 recycled plastic bottles, which were braided to create a shape inspired by the swings of the Coca-Cola logo. Designed for the 2nd Beijing University Creation Expo, which turns into the Beijing Design Week, the installation aims to also serve as a statement against plastic pollution by taking trash and turning it into a shelter. More images and architects' description after the break.

'Shanshui City' Book Launch and Exhibition / Ma Yansong of MAD Architects

Displayed earlier this month in a Qing Dynasty courtyard garden at Wu Hao in Beijing, Ma Yansong's 'Shanshui City exhibition featured more than twenty architectural models and works of art that are scattered around the ancient courtyard. Among rocks, screen walls, bamboo groves, pools of water and beneath the sky, the scale of each piece varies and collectively they form a futuristic utopian urban landscape. The newly issued book "Shanshui City" - released simultaneously with the exhibition - is an important turning point for Ma Yansong's ten years of architectural practice and theory. More images and information on the exhibition after the break.

Refurbishment of a Warehouse / TAO - Trace Architecture Office

©  SHU He
© SHU He
  • Architects: TAO - Trace Architecture Office
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Architect In Charge: HUA Li
  • Design Team: HUA Li, Guo Pengyu, Zhu Zhiyuan, Jiang Nan, Li Guofa
  • Area: 430.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: SHU He, Courtesy of TAO Architect’s Office

©  SHU He ©  SHU He ©  SHU He ©  SHU He

Elite Group Headquarters / Crossboundaries Architects

© Lucas Zimmermann
© Lucas Zimmermann
  • Architects: Crossboundaries Architects
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Architect: Crossboundaries Architects
  • Client: Elite Education and Communication Group, Beijing
  • Area: 750.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Lucas Zimmermann

© Lucas Zimmermann © Lucas Zimmermann © Lucas Zimmermann © Lucas Zimmermann

360 HQ office / edg Corporation Ltd.

  • Architects: edg Corporation Ltd.
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Chief Designer: David Ho
  • Designer: Echo Zhang, Serena Shu, Tian Ren
  • Area: 36000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: David Ho

© David Ho © David Ho © David Ho © David Ho

TAOA Studio / Tao Lei Architecture Studio

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

Courtesy of Tao Lei Architecture Studio Courtesy of Tao Lei Architecture Studio Courtesy of Tao Lei Architecture Studio Courtesy of Tao Lei Architecture Studio

Micro-house / Studio Liu Lubin

Courtesy of Studio Liu Lubin
Courtesy of Studio Liu Lubin
  • Architects: Studio Liu Lubin
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • 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

Courtesy of Studio Liu Lubin Courtesy of Studio Liu Lubin Courtesy of Studio Liu Lubin Courtesy of Studio Liu Lubin

W House / Slow Architecture

  • Architects: Slow Architects
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Architects: SLOW Architects
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Fei Zhiwei

© Fei Zhiwei © Fei Zhiwei © Fei Zhiwei © Fei Zhiwei

Iberia Center for Contemporary Art / Approach Architecture Studio

  • Architects: Approach Architecture Studio
  • Location: Beijing
  • 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
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Approach Architecture Studio

Courtesy of Approach Architecture Studio Courtesy of Approach Architecture Studio Courtesy of Approach Architecture Studio Courtesy of Approach Architecture Studio

The Lushi Hill Club / Atelier Fronti

Courtesy of Atelier Fronti Courtesy of Atelier Fronti Courtesy of Atelier Fronti Courtesy of Atelier Fronti

Johnnie Walker House in Beijing / Asylum + LOVE

  • Architects: LOVE
  • Interior Designers: Asylum
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Client: Diageo
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Diageo

© Diageo © Diageo © Diageo © Diageo