Family Box / Crossboundaries

00:00 - 31 July, 2013
© Chaoying Yang
© Chaoying Yang
  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, 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

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

01:00 - 25 July, 2013
Jean Nouvel's Winning NAMOC Proposal
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 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

01:00 - 24 July, 2013
Courtesy of Aedas
Courtesy of 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

01:00 - 16 July, 2013
© Gehry Partners
© 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

01:00 - 26 June, 2013
© penda
© 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

00:00 - 12 June, 2013
© MAD Architects
© 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

01:00 - 11 June, 2013
©  SHU He
© SHU He

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Elite Group Headquarters / Crossboundaries

01:00 - 8 June, 2013
© Lucas Zimmermann
© Lucas Zimmermann
  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Architect

    Crossboundaries Architects
  • Client

    Elite Education and Communication Group, Beijing
  • Area

    750.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Lucas Zimmermann

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360 HQ office / edg Corporation Ltd.

01:00 - 4 June, 2013
© David Ho
© David Ho
  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, Beijing, China
  • Chief Designer

    David Ho
  • Designer

    Echo Zhang, Serena Shu, Tian Ren
  • Area

    36000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    David Ho

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TAOA Studio / Tao Lei Architecture Studio

01:00 - 4 June, 2013
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

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Micro-house / Studio Liu Lubin

01:00 - 3 June, 2013
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

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W House / Slow Architecture

01:00 - 22 April, 2013
© Fei Zhiwei
© Fei Zhiwei

© Fei Zhiwei © Fei Zhiwei © Fei Zhiwei © Fei Zhiwei +26

Iberia Center for Contemporary Art / Approach Architecture Studio

01:00 - 20 April, 2013
Courtesy of Approach Architecture Studio
Courtesy of Approach Architecture Studio
  • Architects

  • 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

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Tree Art Museum / Daipu Architects

01:00 - 19 April, 2013
© Shu He
© Shu He
  • Architects

    Daipu Architects
  • Location

    Song Zhuang, Mentougou Qu, Beijing Shi, China
  • Design Team

    Dai Pu, Feng Jing, Liu Yi
  • Area

    3200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

    Shu He

© Shu He © Shu He © Shu He © Shu He +24

The Lushi Hill Club / Atelier Fronti

01:00 - 17 April, 2013
Courtesy of Atelier Fronti
Courtesy of Atelier Fronti

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Johnnie Walker House in Beijing / Asylum + LOVE

01:00 - 6 March, 2013
© Diageo
© Diageo

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Anatomy of a Chinese City

00:00 - 5 March, 2013
Courtesy of Thomas Batzenschlager and Clémence Pybaro
Courtesy of Thomas Batzenschlager and Clémence Pybaro

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

01:00 - 2 March, 2013
© Atelier Federico Raponi
© Atelier Federico Raponi

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.