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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

An Interview with Yung Ho Chang, Atelier FCJZ

01:00 - 27 November, 2013
An Interview with Yung Ho Chang, Atelier FCJZ , Zhang Yonghe. Image © Pier Alessio Rizzardi
Zhang Yonghe. Image © Pier Alessio Rizzardi

"When you find a piece of stone which is three or four hundreds years old, then you understand the notion of time as more than what we can experience as human beings. At that moment the old thing might be beautiful, it might be ugly. It doesn't matter, but it gives you a sense of profound time, and then you understand your history and ancestors that lived in a different world, different from the one we are in now."-Yung Ho Chang

Located in Beijing’s Yuanming Yuan Park, next to the ruins of the mixed-style Baroque Palace, Yung Ho Chang's office is in an ancient wooden dwelling, surrounded by vegetable gardens grown by the architects of the studio.

In this conversation, Yung Ho, who established China’s first independent architectural office, Atelier FCJZ in 1993, laying the foundation of contemporary practice in China, talks about his story, describing a Beijing which has disappeared as well as the contemporary Beijing and its "New Beijing Sky." He talks about architecture using references from movies, literature, art and artists, describing his approach to architecture in accordance with his philosophy of life.

West Street Number 1 / 6A2 Studio, Architectural Design & Research Institute of Tsinghua University

01:00 - 20 November, 2013
West Street Number 1 / 6A2 Studio, Architectural Design & Research Institute of Tsinghua University, © Archexist
© Archexist

© Archexist © Archexist © Archexist © Archexist +29

CCTV Headquarters Named “Best Tall Building Worldwide”

00:00 - 8 November, 2013
CCTV Headquarters Named “Best Tall Building Worldwide”, CCTV/OMA Partners-in-charge: Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren, designers, David Gianotten, photographed by Iwan Baan
CCTV/OMA Partners-in-charge: Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren, designers, David Gianotten, photographed by Iwan Baan

OMA’s CCTV Headquarters in Beijing, ArchDaily’s 2012 “Building of the Year,” was deemed “Best Tall Building Worldwide” by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). Selected from a shortlist of four deserving skyscrapers, CCTV was awarded “best” due to its “unusual take on skyscraper typology.”

The jury stated: “Instead of competing in the race for ultimate height and style through a traditional two-dimensional tower soaring skyward, CCTV’s loop poses a truly three-dimensional experience, culminating in a 75-meter cantilever."

Ole Scheeren in Beijing, from Nowness

00:00 - 7 November, 2013

Ole Scheeren: A Beijing Essay  on Nowness.com

In the latest of NOWNESS' spectacular videos, Ole Scheeren - a former partner at OMA and now principal of Büro Ole Scheeren in Beijing - reflects on the past decade he has spent in China overseeing construction of the CCTV Headquarters. He muses over the delicate balancing act that Western architects maintain when they work in China, simultaneously bringing change to the city and allowing the city to change who they are and how they see the world. In this context, where change is "something that you are immediately and instantly confronted with" he believes that the CCTV Building is "both confrontational and complicit".

Mountains of Construction Debris Accumulate Outside Chinese Cities

00:00 - 29 October, 2013
Mountains of Construction Debris Accumulate Outside Chinese Cities, © Aly Song / Reuters
© Aly Song / Reuters

Chinese city-dwellers are waking to find eight stories of construction debris outside of their homes. Over two billion tons of waste, outside Beijing and other major cities, is a result of a booming construction industry. "There's no systematic way to deal with [the garbage]," says Wilson W.S. Lu, architecture professor at the University of Hong Kong, "The illegal dumping is everywhere." Recycling efforts have just begun, but local activists believe it will require a radical paradigm shift in the way Chinese residents reclaim material. Read the full New York Times article, "China's Mountains of Construction Rubble."