Broadway Malyan Designs New Urban District in Chengdu

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Broadway Malyan has been awarded a commission to design the initial phase of a new, iconic urban district in Chengdu in Western China. The  Creative Centre will be the first landmark in a larger master plan for a high-tech mixed use and business park, set to be called Tianfu New Town.

Committed to setting a high standard of environmentally conscious and sustainable design for the region, Chengdu Creative Centre and the future Tianfu New Town district aim to cut current energy consumption standards in half. The entire complex will be composed of interconnected office, retail, and public green space anchored by a striking central retail tower, 110 meters tall.

AD Interviews: Keith Griffiths, Chairman of Aedas, on Appoaching Densification in London

Keith Griffiths. Image Courtesy of Aedas

Following the recent announcement of Aedas’ demerger into two separate companies - one retaining the Aedas name and the other now known as AHR - we spoke to Keith Griffiths, Chairman of Aedas’ global board and a practicing architect for close to three decades. The company, which was recently ranked by the Architects’ Journal as the 5th largest and most influential practice in the world, have now moved their head office to London’s Chandos Place and are championing a new approach to urban regeneration in the UK’s capital. Alongside discussing how an international practice of Aedas’ scale successfully operates, Griffiths offered his insight into how the future looks for European cities based on a tried and tested Asian model of densification.

To find out how Aedas approach sustainability in flourishing Asian markets, as well as the significance of the ‘urban hub’ typology for ’s metropolitan future, read the interview in full after the break.

Exploring Post Earthquake Reconstruction: 2013 AIM Competition Awards Announced

Winning Entry: Architecture Renovation Award. Image Courtesy of AIM

Architects in Mission (AIM) recently announced the winners for their 2013 competition with the topic, Post Reconstruction, Ya’an Sichuan – Rebuild Panda’s Hometown from the The Ya’an Earthquake occurred at 08:02 Time on the 20th April 2013. The epicenter was located in Lushan County, Ya’an, Sichuan, about 116km (or 72 miles) from Chengdu (along the Longmenshan Fault) in the same province that was hit heavily by the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. For this year’s competition, AIM asked participants to pay particular attention to the master planning of the Snow Mountain Village, whilst developing new business models to encourage economic growth for local villagers. See the four winning entries after the break.

The World’s Largest Building Opens in China

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Although has held claim to the world’s tallest building for a few years, China is now claiming to now have the worlds largest building. Measuring at 500 meters long, 400 meters wide and 100 meters high, the newly constructed Century Global Center in is reportedly capable of housing 20 Sydney Opera Houses in its 1.7 million square meter interior.

Greenland Group Chengdu East Village CBED Plots Proposal / Aedas

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Located inside East village, Aedas recently unveiled their ice mountain-inspired design for the Greenland Group Chengdu East Village CBED Plots. Comprised of office, retail, residential spaces and a 486-meter-high tower, the design stayed in line with the ice mountain concept, which expands to the continuity of the mountain range and landscape terrain with fissures located on the foot of the mountain. More images and architects’ description after the break.

MOCA Chengdu / Jiakun Architects

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Architects: Jiakun Architects
Location: Chengdu,
Architect In Charge: Liu Jiakun, Wang Lun, Luo Hong, Fang Xianhao, Luo Ming
Landscape Designers: Liu Jiakun, Luo Ming, Li Jing
Contactor: Fourth Construction, Engineering Company
Area: 8027.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Jiakun Architects

Two Short Films Capture the Essence of Steven Holl Architects’ Sliced Porosity Block

 collaborated with Spirit of Space to create two short films that capture the essence of Chengdu’s newest sustainable micro-city: Sliced Porosity Block. Shaped by the distribution of natural light, this multi-use complex of five sun-carved concrete towers defines itself by the formation of three large public valleys that, not only supports a hybrid of different functions, but anchors the building into the surrounding urban fabric.

View an intimate account of these poetic spaces in the film above and then discover the ideas that inspired them in a conversation with Steven Holl below. The interview also includes an exclusive take on Holl’s post-completion thoughts of Lebbeus Woods’ last built installation: the Light Pavilion.

More information and images of Sliced Porosity Block can be found here on ArchDaily. 

Sliced Porosity Block / Steven Holl Architects, by Hufton + Crow

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With much awaited anticipation, Steven Holl‘s Sliced Porosity Block in , China has just been completed. Forming giant public plazas with a mix of various functions, the group of five towers is intended to be seen as more of a public area despite its towering design as already witnessed in the site. Its sun sliced geometry results from required minimum daylight exposures to the surrounding urban fabric prescribed by code and calculated by the precise geometry of sun angles. The large public space framed by the block is formed into three valleys inspired by a poem of Du Fu (713-770). In some of the porous openings chunks of different buildings are inserted.

We have already brought you images of the project as it was under way, but the latest images from Hufton + Crow truly capture this inviting  public realm in the heart of this metropolis like no one else!

Check out all the latest images of ’s Sliced Porosity Block after the break.

Steven Holl Architects complete Sun-shaped Micro-City in Chengdu

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Four years after breaking ground, Steven Holl Architects have completed the Sliced Porosity Block in the heart of Chengdu, . Rather than being designed as object-icon skyscrapers, the three million square foot complex identifies itself as a metropolitan public space with large plazas and a hybrid of different functions. The five towers stimulate a micro urbanism by offering offices, serviced apartments, retail, a hotel, cafes, and restaurants.

More on ’s Sliced Porosity Block after the break.

Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas to design Cultural Center in Chengdu

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Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas has been announced as winner of an international competition to design and construct the first cultural center in , China. In their winning proposal, Fuksas combined four, elliptical shaped buildings with a spiral structure to create an inclusive artist complex that offers a center for the performing arts, a cultural center, offices Writer and Literary Association, and an apartment building for artists.

Learn more about the Chengdu Tianfu Cultural and Performance Center after the break.

The Lanxi Curtilage / Archi Union Architects

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Architects: Archi Union Architects Inc
Location: International Intangible Cultural Heritage Park, ,
Architect In Charge: Philip F. Yuan
Client: Chengdu Qingyang Suburb Construction & Development Co., Ltd.
Area: 4,000 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: SHEN Zhonghai

Sky Courts / Höweler + Yoon Architecture

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Architects: Höweler + Yoon Architecture
Location: , China
Year: 2012
Area: 20,000 sq ft
Photographs: Yihuai Hu, Courtesy of Höweler + Yoon Architecture

Pinnacle One Office Building / Make Architects

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Located in ’s prosperous and rapidly expanding business district, the innovative office building design for Pinncale One by Make Architects will be an impressive addition to the growing urban landscape, known as the financial hub of Western . Currently under construction, the new international Grade-A office tower forms part of the Chengdu Daci Temple Cultural and Commercial Complex, a mixed-use development by Sino-Ocean Land and Swire Properties. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Mix C / Callison

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Architects: Callison
Location: , China
Client: China Resources Land Limited
Year Completion: 2012
Area: 324,600 sm
Photographs: Callison

  

Blue Sky Building Project / KSP Juergen Engel Architekten

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KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten recently won the international competition entitled “Blue Sky Building Project” for the Air China headquarters in the major west Chinese city of . With its design for the high-rise, the international team from Frankfurt/Main and headed by Johannes Reinsch, Managing Director of KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten, saw off five other entries. The office boasts a gross surface area (GSA) of 124,000 m² and offers space for a total of 5,470 workspaces. The fact that the high-rise design should serve as a role model with regard to energy efficiency and sustainability is of major concern to the developer. More images and architects’ description after the break.

In Progress: Sliced Porosity Block / Steven Holl Architects

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Construction of Steven Holl Architects’ Sliced Porosity Block is making progress in , China. The large hybrid complex topped out at a 123 meters in September and is scheduled for completion in 2012. The five towers house offices, serviced apartments, retail, a hotel, cafes, and restaurants. The 105,000 square foot site will stimulate a micro-urbanism and offer generous amounts of public open space.

Architects: Steven Holl Architects
Location: Chengdu, China
Project Area: 310,000 sqm
Project Year: In Progress
Under Construction Photographs: Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl Architects’ Sliced Porosity Block Tops Out

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The Sliced Porosity Block—the Raffles City development designed by Steven Holl Architects in Chengdu—celebrates its topping out at 123 meters. Located just south of the intersection of the First Ring Road and Ren Min Nan Road, the 3 million square feet mixed-use complex consists of five towers with offices, apartments, retail, a hotel, cafes, and restaurants. More images and complete press release after the break.

China as Architectural Testing Ground

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The emergence of on the global economic stage has been discussed at nauseum in myriad publications. But this emergence has had an impact on the world of architecture, providing a testing ground where architects can experiment with new ideas about sustainability and urban growth. These new ideas have been realized in recently completed structures, and more are just beginning construction or have been proposed for the future. More on these new buildings after the break.