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Fangsuo Book Store in Chengdu / Chu Chih-Kang

  • Architects: Chu Chih-Kang
  • Location: Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • Collaborators: Fangsuo Culture Development Co., Ltd.
  • Area: 5280.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Chu Chih-Kang Space Design

Courtesy of Chu Chih-Kang Space Design Courtesy of Chu Chih-Kang Space Design Courtesy of Chu Chih-Kang Space Design Courtesy of Chu Chih-Kang Space Design

Yue Restaurant / PANORAMA

  • Architects: PANORAMA
  • Location: Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • Design Team: Horace Pan, Nick Wong, Kenny Hung
  • Area: 500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Ng Siu Fung

© Ng Siu Fung © Ng Siu Fung © Ng Siu Fung © Ng Siu Fung

Skytel / PANORAMA

  • Architects: PANORAMA
  • Location: Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • Area: 850.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Ng Siu Fung

© Ng Siu Fung © Ng Siu Fung © Ng Siu Fung © Ng Siu Fung

Broadway Malyan Designs New Urban District in Chengdu

Broadway Malyan has been awarded a commission to design the initial phase of a new, iconic urban district in Chengdu in Western China. The Chengdu 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

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 London's metropolitan future, read the interview in full after the break.

Nanfung Commercial, Hospitality and Exhibition Complex, Guangzhou, China. Image Courtesy of Aedas North Star Mixed-use Development, Beijing, China [Designed by Andrew Bromberg]. Image Courtesy of Aedas Hengqin International Financial Centre, Zhuhai, China. Image Courtesy of Aedas R&F Centre, Guangzhou, China {Project Design Director - Ken Wai, Aedas]. Image Courtesy of Aedas

Exploring Post Earthquake Reconstruction: 2013 AIM Competition Awards Announced

Architects in Mission (AIM) recently announced the winners for their 2013 competition with the topic, Post Earthquake Reconstruction, Ya’an Sichuan - Rebuild Panda’s Hometown from the EarthquakeThe Ya'an Earthquake occurred at 08:02 Beijing 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

Although Dubai 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 Chengdu 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

Located inside Chengdu 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

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

Courtesy of Jiakun Architects Courtesy of Jiakun Architects Courtesy of Jiakun Architects Courtesy of Jiakun Architects

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

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

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Four years after breaking ground, Steven Holl Architects’ have completed the Sliced Porosity Block in the heart of Chengdu, China. Located at the intersection of the first Ring Road and Ren Ming Nam Road, visitors are able to access the three million square foot complex without using private transport means as it is directly connected to Chengdu’s public transportation system. Stimulating a micro urbanism, the five towers offer offices, serviced apartments, retail, a hotel, cafes, and restaurants. Rather than being designed as object-icon skyscrapers, the Sliced Porosity Block identifies itself as a metropolitan public space with large plazas and a hybrid of different functions. 

More on Steven Holl’s Sliced Porosity Block after the break.

Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas to design Cultural Center in Chengdu

© Studio Fuksas
© Studio Fuksas

Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas has been announced as winner of an international competition to design and construct the first cultural center in Chengdu, 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

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

© SHEN Zhonghai © SHEN Zhonghai © SHEN Zhonghai © SHEN Zhonghai

Sky Courts / Höweler + Yoon Architecture

  • Architects: Höweler + Yoon Architecture
  • Location: Chengdu, China
  • Area: 20,000 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Yihuai Hu, Courtesy of Höweler + Yoon Architecture

© Yihuai Hu Courtesy of Höweler + Yoon Architecture Courtesy of Höweler + Yoon Architecture Courtesy of Höweler + Yoon Architecture

Pinnacle One Office Building / Make Architects

Located in Chengdu’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 China. 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

  • Architects: Callison
  • Location: Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • Client: China Resources Land Limited
  • Area: 324600.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Callison

© Callison © Callison © Callison © Callison

Blue Sky Building Project / KSP Juergen Engel Architekten

Courtesy of KSP Juergen Engel Architekten
Courtesy of KSP Juergen Engel Architekten

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 Chengdu. With its design for the high-rise, the international team from Frankfurt/Main and Beijing 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.