R&D Center "Looks Towards Beijing" With Calligraphic, Symbolic Form

01:00 - 20 June, 2014
View from Ground Level. Image Courtesy of J. J. Pan & Partners
View from Ground Level. Image Courtesy of J. J. Pan & Partners

The Beijing city district of Wanjing has traditionally been a gateway for people entering the city. Its name literally translates as “Looking Towards Beijing.” J. J. Pan and Partners seek to renew that title with the design of Beijing Automotive Group’s new Research and Development Center. Taking inspiration from the character 北 (bei), which signifies openness, as well as Beijing itself, this mixed use building is meant to become a symbolic landmark both for Wanjing and for the company it houses.

Refurbishment of the Offset Printing Factory / Origin Architect

01:00 - 2 June, 2014
Refurbishment of the Offset Printing Factory / Origin Architect, © Xia Zhi
© Xia Zhi
  • Architects

  • Location

    Dongcheng, Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Li Ji
  • Design Team

    Zhang Hui, Lian Hui, Wang Jing
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi +24

Lecture / Four Urban Models in China's Accelerated Urbanization: Local Public Space Implications

00:00 - 28 May, 2014
Lecture / Four Urban Models in China's Accelerated Urbanization: Local Public Space Implications

China's accelerated urbanization juxtaposes many local and global urban models in the contemporary urban space of the mega-city/metacity region. Since 1945 the global and local discourse on urban design and development has been dominated by four conceptual models. These four models, the metropolis, the megalopolis, the fragmented metropolis and the megacity/metacity have appeared in Asia with local characteristics and with special, hybrid characteristics. China's rapid urbanization has been based on an equally rapid industrialization that has telescoped the historical development pattern of western nations into 60 years. 

House in Dawanglu / Tsutsumi & Associates

01:00 - 20 May, 2014
House in Dawanglu / Tsutsumi & Associates, © Misae Hiromatsu
© Misae Hiromatsu

© Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu +14

MAD Breaks Ground on Complex that Redefines Beijing’s “City Landscape”

01:00 - 28 April, 2014
MAD Breaks Ground on Complex that Redefines Beijing’s “City Landscape”, Site. Image © MAD
Site. Image © MAD

Construction has commenced on MAD’s Chaoyang Park Plaza within one of Beijing’s largest public parks and central business district. A continuation of Ma Yansong’s “Shan-Shui City” concept, which aims reintroduce nature into the urban realm, the mixed-use complex reinterprets natural formations illustrated in traditional Chinese paintings as contemporary “city landscapes.” 

“Like the tall mountain cliffs and river landscapes of China, a pair of asymmetrical towers creates a dramatic skyline in front of the park,” described MAD. “Ridges and valleys define the shape of the exterior glass facade, as if the natural forces of erosion wore down the tower into a few thin lines.” 

The Forbidden City Red-wall Teahouse / CutscapeArchitecture

01:00 - 25 April, 2014
The Forbidden City Red-wall Teahouse / CutscapeArchitecture, © Wang Yi
© Wang Yi
  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Hong ZHANG, Hetian ZHANG
  • Design Team

    Cheng ZHANG, Hongbin PAN, Cheng LIAN, Ziyue LIU, Penghao AN, Jihua SUN, Jie JING, Xiaowei HAN
  • Area

    280.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Zhang Hetian © Wang Yi © Wang Yi © Wang Yi +24

Museum of the Fangshang Geopark / BIAD

01:00 - 9 April, 2014
© Chaoying Yang
© Chaoying Yang
  • Architects

  • Location

    Fangshan, Beijing, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Yinong Li,Yaolei Sun
  • Design Institute

    Beijing Institute of Architectural Design, 6A8 Studio
  • Area

    10000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

© Chaoying Yang © Chaoying Yang © Chaoying Yang © Chaoying Yang +25

An Interview with MAD Architects' Ma Yansong: Constructing Icons, Identity & China's Future Cities

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
An Interview with MAD Architects' Ma Yansong: Constructing Icons, Identity & China's Future Cities, Ma Yansong, MAD Architects. Image © Edoardo Giancola
Ma Yansong, MAD Architects. Image © Edoardo Giancola

I look into myself, trying to express myself. I think sometimes maybe you have an idea from a dream. It sounds ridiculous but you draw something out of your dream. Where does this dream come from? It must somehow relate to some situation. So what I'm interested in is to keep discovering what is really inside of me. I'm not a genius that from the first moment I already know what I want. - Ma Yansong -

Beixinqiao district, in Beijing, is changing fast: the ancient urban tissue is being demolished as new high-rises are growing.Located in this environment, Ma Yansong’s office sits within an old and anonymous construction. In contrast to its exterior, the inside is characterized by wood, white walls and plants that transform the place into a sophisticated environment.International young architects are busy modeling new organic-shaped buildings on the other side of the world; meanwhile a golden fish swims in the eternal loop of the “fish tank” in the centre of the room.

In the following interview, Ma Yansong explains contemporary cities as environments that are out-of-scale with nature. He believes a new approach must be used, one that breaks the monotonous “chessboard” of contemporary Urban China and re-establishes the balance between human beings and the natural world.

Vanke Orange City Sales Center / Sunlay Design Group

01:00 - 26 March, 2014
© Shu He
© Shu He
  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Zhang Hua
  • Design Team

    Fan Li, Tan Qingjun, Sun Rui, Zhang Yong
  • Area

    5100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Shu He © Shu He © Shu He © Shu He +26

Perspective on The Cube by Oyler Wu Collaborative

01:00 - 8 March, 2014
Perspective on The Cube by Oyler Wu Collaborative, Courtesy of Oyler Wu Collaborative
Courtesy of Oyler Wu Collaborative

From the architect. The Cube, a sixteen meter tall painted steel and rope installation designed for the 2013 Beijing Biennale by the Oyler Wu Collaborative, challenges the volumetric perception of its own archetypal geometry. The aspiration of the installation is to achieve the transcendence of the first dimension - the line - by simulating warping two-dimensional planes, which penetrate and populate the object framework, to create the perception of inhabitable three-dimensional space.

Latitude Studio Designs "Future Mall" Exhibition Space in Beijing

18:00 - 18 February, 2014
Latitude Studio Designs "Future Mall" Exhibition Space in Beijing, Entrance Facade (night). Image Courtesy of Latitude Studio
Entrance Facade (night). Image Courtesy of Latitude Studio

Latitude Studio, based in Barcelona and Beijing, have unveiled designs for a showroom exhibition centre in China's capital city. Integral to the design is how visitors circulate and interact with the spaces centred around the "future shopping mall". Including an auditorium, model spaces and views onto an area which is expected to see enormous retail development, the building's central atrium and "thematic sightseeing walk" offer a unique journey for the visitor.

Guodian New Energy Technology Research Institute Beijing / BIAD 3A2 Studio

01:00 - 13 February, 2014
Guodian New Energy Technology Research Institute Beijing  / BIAD 3A2 Studio, © Yang Chaoying
© Yang Chaoying
  • Architects

  • Location

    Changping, Beijing, China
  • Design Team

    Ye Yiqian, Liu Weigang, Xue Jun, Duan Wei, Cong Zhen, Huo Jianjun, Wang Yazhao, Xu Xiaoying
  • Area

    240000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Yang Chaoying © Yang Chaoying © Yang Chaoying © Yang Chaoying +38

Hongkun Art Gallery / penda

01:00 - 19 January, 2014
Hongkun Art Gallery  / penda, © Xia Zhi
© Xia Zhi
  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi +27

1/2 Stadium / Interval Architects

01:00 - 8 January, 2014
1/2 Stadium / Interval Architects, © GU Yunduan
© GU Yunduan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing Huangzhuang Vocational Senior High School Branch School, Shijingshan, Beijing, China, 100040
  • Project Architect

    Oscar KO, GU Yunduan
  • Area

    17000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© GU Yunduan © GU Yunduan © GU Yunduan © GU Yunduan +33

OPEN Prototype for Temporary Sales Pavilion / OPEN Architecture

01:00 - 8 January, 2014
© Su Shengliang
© Su Shengliang
  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Li Hu, Huang Wenjing
  • Area

    1115.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang +28

Green Design for the Future: Tsinghua-ECGB Asia Architecture Summit & Exhibition

00:00 - 10 December, 2013
Green Design for the Future: Tsinghua-ECGB Asia Architecture Summit & Exhibition

Tsinghua-ECGB Asia Architecture Summit & Exhibition will be held December 12-13, 2013 at Tsinghua University in Beijing City. Jointly sponsored by School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Tsinghua Holdings Human Settlements Construction (Group) Co., Ltd, Editorial Office of Eco-city and Green Building (ECGB) magazine, the Summit will bring together eight award winning Asian architects to share their design thinking and key projects on creative sustainability. Keynote speakers include Vo Trong Nghia, Principal Architect of Vo Trong Nghia Architects and Shigeru Ban, Founder of Shigeru Ban Architects.

Daxing Factory Conversion / Nie Yong + Yoshimasa Tsutsumi

01:00 - 29 November, 2013
Daxing Factory Conversion / Nie Yong + Yoshimasa Tsutsumi, © Misae Hiromatsu
© Misae Hiromatsu

© Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu +25

Outdoor Room / MODU

01:00 - 28 November, 2013
Outdoor Room / MODU, © Matthew Niederhauser
© Matthew Niederhauser
  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Collaborators

    Ho-Yan Cheung, Arup
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Matthew Niederhauser © Matthew Niederhauser © Matthew Niederhauser © Matthew Niederhauser +12