Jean Nouvel Selected to Design National Art Museum of China

Jean Nouvel’s Winning NAMOC Proposal

The rumors are true: Jean Nouvel has been selected as the official winner of the highly acclaimed National Art Museum of (NAMOC) competition in . 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.”

National Art Museum of China Entry / Gehry Partners

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Gehry Partners has just released their highly anticipated proposal for the National Art Museum of China () 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, which is made of 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

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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 University Creation Expo, which turns into the 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

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Displayed earlier this month in a Qing Dynasty courtyard garden at Wu Hao in , 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

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Architects: TAO – Trace Architecture Office
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Hua Li
Design Team: Hua Li, Guo Pengyu, Zhu Zhiyuan, Jiang Nan, Li Guofa
Area: 430 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: SHU He, Courtesy of TAO Architect’s Office

Elite Group Headquarters / Crossboundaries Architects

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Architects: Crossboundaries Architects
Location: , China
Client: Elite Education and Communication Group, Beijing
Area: 750 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Lucas Zimmermann

360 HQ office / edg Corporation Ltd.

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Architects: edg Corporation Ltd.
Location: Beijing,
Chief Designer: David Ho
Designer: Echo Zhang, Serena Shu, Tian Ren
Area: 36,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: David Ho

TAOA Studio / Tao Lei Architecture Studio

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Architects: Tao Lei Architecture Studio
Location: 798 Art Bridge Gallery, Chaoyang, Beijing, , 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: , 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

W House / Slow Architecture

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

Iberia Center for Contemporary Art / Approach Architecture Studio

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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
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: , China
Area: 1600.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier Fronti

Johnnie Walker House in Beijing / Asylum + LOVE

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Interior Designers: Asylum
Location: , 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: Beijing,
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