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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

Anatomy of a Chinese City

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 China. 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

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.

Tian Yangbei Garden / Spark

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

© Sun Xiangyu © Sun Xiangyu © Sun Xiangyu © Sun Xiangyu

Raffles City Ningbo / SPARK

  • Architects: SPARK
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • 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: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: FG + SG

© FG + SG © FG + SG © FG + SG © FG + SG

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

The competition winning proposal for the Beijing 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

  • Architects: LOT-EK Architecture & Design
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • 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
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Shu He, Courtesy of LOT-EK Architecture & Design

© Shu He © Shu He © Shu He Courtesy of LOT-EK Architecture & Design

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Nike Pop Up Showroom / Maggie Peng & Albert Tien

© Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud

Galaxy Soho / Zaha Hadid Architects by Hufton + Crow

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 BeijingGalaxy 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...

© Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow

'Ban' Pavilion / Orproject

Constructed for Beijing Design Week 2012, the ‘Ban’ pavilion draws inspiration from floral petals in the way the shape of the flower is created by its bent petals. Designed by Orproject, Ban is constructed from bent polymer sheets which form a self-supporting structure and create shapes and volume from a multitude of leaves. More images and architects’ description after the break.

National Museum of China Competition Entry / MAD Architects

Designed by MAD Architects for the 2011 international competition for a new national museum in Beijing, their proposal aims at being a city-sized museum where the public space is the greatest good. Situated on the central axis of the 2008 Olympic site, and part of a six mega volume masterplan, the main question became how to design something iconic on an unrealistic and inhuman city scale. Their response became a hybrid between an elevated public square and a floating mega building above. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Beijing South Station / TFP Farrells

  • Architects: TFP Farrells
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Collaborators: Third Railway Survey & Design Institute
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Fu Xing, Zhou Ruogu, Oak Taylor Smith

© Zhou Ruogu © Fu Xing © Fu Xing © Zhou Ruogu

Jean Nouvel selected to design new National Art Museum of China

© Patrick Gage Kelley
© Patrick Gage Kelley

Rumors are flying that Pritzker Prize winning architect Jean Nouvel has been selected to design the new National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) in Beijing. Although the official announcement isn’t due until November, Architectural Record has claimed that multiple, unidentified sources confirmed the news. If the reports are true, the French architect will have beat out fellow Pritzker Prize-winning architects Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid for the highly coveted commission. In a post-2008 Olympics attempt to attract more visitors to the area, the massive, 1.3 million square foot structure will be built next to the Herzog & de Meuron-designed Bird’s Nest. It will be one of three buildings planned for the area – the others being a museum dedicated to arts and crafts and a Sinology museum. Continue after the break to learn what may have given Nouvel the edge.

21 Cake Headquarters

  • Architects: People's Architecture Office
  • Location: Legend Town Creative Industry Park, Ciyunsi Bridge, Chaoyang District, Beijing
  • Design Team: Liu Xiujuan, Liang Shaoyi, Chen Yixuan, Emily Kwak, Cui Yujing
  • Client: 21 Cake
  • Area: 457.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of People's Architecture Office

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