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

Zaha Hadid and ADPI Unveil Plans for World’s Largest Passenger Terminal in Beijing

00:00 - 5 February, 2015
Zaha Hadid and ADPI Unveil Plans for World’s Largest Passenger Terminal in Beijing , © ZHA / Methanoia
© ZHA / Methanoia

ADP Ingeniérie (ADPI) and Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) have unveiled designs for what will be the world’s largest airport passenger terminal - the Beijing New Airport Terminal Building. The Daxing scheme, based off the bid-winning planning concept by ADPI, hopes to alleviate traffic from Beijing’s existing Capital Airport, which is operating beyond its planned capacity.

“Initially accommodating 45 million passengers per year, the new terminal will be adaptable and sustainable, operating in many different configurations dependent on varying aircraft and passenger traffic throughout each day,” stated ZHA in a press release. “With an integrated multi-modal transport centre featuring direct links to local and national rail services including the Gaotie high speed rail, the new Daxing airport will be a key hub within Beijing’s growing transport network and a catalyst for the region’s economic development, including the city of Tianjin and Hebei Province.”

Photography Panels Become “Pop-Up Habitats” in this Exhibition by People’s Architecture Office

01:00 - 14 December, 2014
Photography Panels Become “Pop-Up Habitats” in this Exhibition by People’s Architecture Office, Pop-Up Gallery.Times Museum, Guangzhou. Image Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO)
Pop-Up Gallery.Times Museum, Guangzhou. Image Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO)

Inspired by the recent popularity of amateur photography in China, People’s Architecture Office (PAO) + People’s Industrial Design Office (PIDO) repurposed reflective photography panels to create multipurpose Pop-Up Habitats. Incredibly lightweight and comprised of only flexible steel rings and a soft fabric, the Pop-Up Habitats can fold quickly and form self-supporting structures when expanded.

The Pop-Up Habitat has been exhibited in numerous architecture and design festivals around the world -- including Beijing Design Week and the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture in Shenzhen -- and in numerous forms. The Pop-Up Habitats have been turned into an auditorium, a gallery and a canopy, in addition to “an unintended but apt backdrop for selfies" at one exhibition. A consumer version has also been developed as a “weatherproof modular tent.”

Check out some of the exhibitions the Pop-Up Habitats have been featured in after the break. 

Pop-Up Gallery.Times Museum, Guangzhou. Image Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO) Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO) Pop-Up Gallery.Times Museum, Guangzhou. Image Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO) Pop-Up Gallery.Times Museum, Guangzhou. Image Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO) +28

ACE Cafe 751 / dEEP Architects

01:00 - 11 December, 2014

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    LI Daode
  • Area

    600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of dEEP

Courtesy of dEEP Courtesy of dEEP Courtesy of dEEP Courtesy of dEEP +44

Vanke Daxing Sales Gallery / Spark Architects

01:00 - 13 November, 2014
Vanke Daxing Sales Gallery / Spark Architects, © Shu He
© Shu He
  • Architects

  • Location

    Daxing, Beijing, China
  • Project Director

    Jan Felix Clostermann
  • Project Architect

    Christian Taeubert
  • Team

    Hua Ye, Karl Nyqvist, Ben de Lange, Ali Yildrim, Duarte Nuno Silva, Katarzyna Irzyk, Huan Wang, Nuno Cardoso Dias, Elaine Kwong, Bing Han (landscape concept design)
  • Area

    391000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Shu He © Shu He © Shu He © Shu He +36

The Courtyard House Plugin / People's Architecture Office

01:00 - 24 October, 2014
The Courtyard House Plugin / People's Architecture Office, Courtesy of People's Architecture Office
Courtesy of People's Architecture Office

Courtesy of People's Architecture Office Courtesy of People's Architecture Office Courtesy of People's Architecture Office Courtesy of People's Architecture Office +28

How I Built A New China: A talk with Expo 2010 Planner Siegfried Zhiqiang Wu

01:00 - 24 October, 2014
How I Built A New China: A talk with Expo 2010 Planner Siegfried Zhiqiang Wu, The main entrance of the Shanghai 2010 Expo. Image © Weixuan Wei
The main entrance of the Shanghai 2010 Expo. Image © Weixuan Wei

"We need a new generation of cities in China" - Siegfried Zhiqiang Wu

As the tide of urbanization sweeps across most of the developing areas in China, the building frenzy has become a Chinese phenomenon. Some people are making money from it, some people are getting power from it, and some people are worrying about it. Recently, a new set of policies and reports have been published by the Chinese central government, and the whole society seems to be boosted by the new talk of a Chinese Dream. But, what is really happening inside China? Can it absorb this enormous growth? And, will urbanization continue in a proper way?

As the chief planner of the 2010 Shanghai Expo, Siegfried Zhiqiang Wu has been deeply involved for years in many of China’s main urbanization projects. It was almost midnight when we met Professor Wu in Shanghai, and although Wu had just gotten off a night flight from Beijing, his passion, frankness and intelligence remained undoubtedly impressive. In the following edited talk with interviewer Juan Yan, Professor Wu discusses China's dramatic urbanization, its architectural culture and the future of smart cities.

Family Box in Beijing / SAKO Architects

01:00 - 19 October, 2014
Family Box in Beijing / SAKO Architects, © Ruijing Photo
© Ruijing Photo
  • 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 +7

No. 18 Guan Shu Yuan Hutong / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects

01:00 - 17 October, 2014
No. 18 Guan Shu Yuan Hutong / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects, © Jeremy San
© Jeremy San

© Jeremy San © Jeremy San © Jeremy San © Jeremy San +19

Li Xiaodong Wins The Inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize

01:00 - 13 October, 2014
Li Xiaodong Wins The Inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize, The Liyuan Library. Image Courtesy of RAIC / Li Xiaodong Studio
The Liyuan Library. Image Courtesy of RAIC / Li Xiaodong Studio

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 +12

ADPI Beats Foster + Partners to Land Beijing's Daxing Airport Competition

00:00 - 1 October, 2014
ADPI Beats Foster + Partners to Land Beijing's Daxing Airport Competition, Foster + Partners completed Terminal 3 at Beijing Capital International Airport in 2008. Image © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners
Foster + Partners completed Terminal 3 at Beijing Capital International Airport in 2008. Image © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

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

01:00 - 28 September, 2014
Jing Mian Xin Cheng / Spark Architects, © ShuHe
© ShuHe
  • 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 +25

Emerging Objects Design 3D Printed Salt House

01:00 - 26 September, 2014
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

01:00 - 18 September, 2014
Jean Nouvel Releases Official Design for National Art Museum of China, To the East, a fusion of sky and gardens. Image © Ateliers Jean Nouvel
To the East, a fusion of sky and gardens. Image © Ateliers Jean Nouvel

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

00:00 - 16 September, 2014

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.

Home Cafes / Penda

01:00 - 1 September, 2014
Home Cafes  / Penda, © Zhi Xia
© Zhi Xia

© Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia +41

Emperor Qianmen Hotel / asap

01:00 - 28 August, 2014
Emperor Qianmen Hotel  / asap, © Jonathan Leijonhufvud
© Jonathan Leijonhufvud
  • Architects

  • Location

    Dongcheng, Beijing, China
  • Lead Architect

    Adam Sokol
  • Area

    7500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud +26