Shanghai Natural History Museum / Perkins+Will

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Architects: Perkins+Will
Location: 510 Bei Jing Xi Lu, Jingan Qu, Shanghai Shi, , 200000
Area: 44517.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: James and Connor Steinkamp

Santiago Calatrava Commissioned to Design His First Bridge in China

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The Hubei United Investment Group (HUIG) has commissioned Santiago Calatrava to design three major highway and pedestrian bridges in the AECOM-masterplanned city of Huashan, 12 miles east of downtown Wuhan. The bridges will be Calatrava’s first project in China. They will span a new man-made canal that bisects Huashan’s urban center and connects two lakes that feed the Yangtze River.

“It gives me great personal satisfaction and represents a grand challenge that I face with great enthusiasm to help develop this ambitious project that enables me to design my first bridges in the Far East,” says Calatrava.

Poggenpohl Shanghai Studio / OFA

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Architects: OFA
Location: NGS (Wanrong Road), Zhabei, , China, 200072
Cost: CNY15,000,000
Area: 2200.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nacasa & Partners

Liyuan Middle School / Minax Architects

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Architects: Minax Architects
Location: , Jiangsu,
Area: 40800.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Su Shengliang

OMA Designs Chinese Pavilion for 2015 Venice Art Biennale


The Contemporary Art Foundation has commissioned OMA to design the Chinese Pavilion at the 56th Venice Art Biennale, just a year after Rem Koolhaas served as director of the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale. The exhibition, “Other Future” will feature the work of composer Tan Dun, architect Liu Jiakun, artist Lu Yang, filmmaker Wu Wenguang / Caochangdi Work Station and choreographer Wen Hui / Living Dance Studio in an “immersive environment where artworks are juxtaposed in a field of projections and stages connecting the interior and exterior works.”

A Look at China’s “Nail Houses”

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China‘s rapid growth has led to some unusual situations; shocking images of so-called “” continue to circle the internet, depicting defiant homeowners refusing to give up their homes for low compensation in the name of “progress.” Standalone homes, and even some graves, are being surrounded by high-rise development and roadways, as land disputes play out in court. The Atlantic has just published a fascinating round-up of these peculiar situations. You can view them all, here.  

The Soundwave / Penda

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Architects: Penda
Location: Xiangyang, Hubei,
Area: 5000.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Xia Zhi

A Rare Look Inside OMA’s CCTV Building in Beijing

Since the building’s construction concluded in 2012, images of OMA’s Headquarters have permeated the media. But inside views of this mutant skyscraper — characterized by a soaring 72 meter cantilever — have remained rare. Until now, that is. Images originally published by International Design and shared on WeChat by 广电独家 reveal the interior of OMA’s CCTV Headquarters, including Emmy-winning set designer Jim Fenhagen’s news studios. 

Take a peek inside the meeting rooms, hallways and control centers of CTBUH’s 2013 Best Tall Building Worldwide. 

Morphosis Breaks Ground on Shenzhen Office Tower


Construction is underway on a striking new tower by Morphosis Architects in Shenzhen. “A departure from conventional towers,” as the practice describes, the “Hanking Center Tower” merges commercial retail with private office space through the folding of its steel structure. Beyond that, tenants are connected via a series communal sky gardens and a massive sun-lit atrium that occupies the building’s core. 

Urban Systems Office’s Bundle Tower Reimagines the Bank of China

The tower forms a new landmark within this fast developing city in . Image Courtesy of

London-based design group Urban Systems Office has developed a work-flow system employed in their  180-meter “Bundle Tower” to redefine the office typology of the Bank of China. Informed by its specific site features, the mixed-use Bundle Tower creates an open floor plan that responds precisely to its surrounding conditions and unique site requirements.

Jordan Road Restaurant & Bar / CAA

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Architects: CAA
Location: Yunnan,
Area: 400.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Courtesy of CAA

Aimer Fashion Factory / Crossboundaries Architects

Architects: Crossboundaries Architects
Location: Shunyi, Beijing,
Area: 53000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Zhi Xia, Chaoyang Ying

Yangtai Shan Villa / Design Crew for Architecture

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Architects: Design Crew for Architecture
Location: Guan Jia Ling, Haidian Qu, Shi, China, 100095
Architect In Charge: Jinpeng YUAN
Partners In Charge: Nicolas CHAUSSON, Jiaoyang HUANG
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jinpeng YUAN

Geology Museum / LeeMundwiler Architects

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Architects: LeeMundwiler Architects
Location: 大鹏半岛, Longgang, Shenzhen,
Consultants: BLY Landscape Architecture Planning & Design Institute; Huayi Design.
Area: 6200.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Yujiang Peng

Xiang Jing + Qu Guangci Sculpture Studio / aterlier100s+1

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Architects: aterlier100s+1
Location: Songzhuangzhen, Tongzhou, , China
Architects In Charge: Peng Lele, Zeng Renzhen, Yang Guang, Ling Lin
Area: 1257.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Zeng Renzhen

Earthly Pond Service Center of International Horticultural Exposition / HHD_FUN

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Architects: HHD_FUN
Location: , Shandong,
Area: 23000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: DuoCai Photograph, Zhenfei Wang

Student Accommodation / Wuyang Architecture

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Location: Jian Chuan Lu, Minhang Qu, Shi, China
Project Architect: FENG Lu
Engineering: SRIBS
Area: 975.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: SU Shengliang

Heavenly Water Service Center of International Horticultural Exposition 2014 / HHD_FUN

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Architects: HHD_FUN
Location: , Shandong,
Area: 6539.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: DuoCai Photograph, Zhenfei Wang