New Images: Inside Steven Holl’s Sifang Art Museum

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Steven Holl Architects has shared with us an impressive gallery of images of their recent project, Nanjing’s Sifang Art Museum. Rising above the lush landscape of the Pearl Spring, the new museum was designed as a physical manifestation of the parallel perspective, a technique prevalent in early Chinese paintings. From a subtly distorted courtyard with no vanishing points to an upper level gallery with calculated views and pristine light, the experience through the Sifang Art Museum is unlike any other.

See for yourself, after the break…

Pins De La Brume Hotel / GOA Architects

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Architects: GOA Architects
Location: 8 Lingyin Road, Xihu, , Zhejiang, , 310000
Design Team: Chen Binxin, Li Zheng
Project Chief Manager: He Jun
Area: 5500.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of GOA Architects

VIDEO: Steven Holl on the Sifang Art Museum

has, again, teamed up with Spirit of Space to produce two short films on the recently completed Sifang Art Museum. In the first video (above) Holl explains the project’s inspiration – the mysteries of parallel perspective seen in early Chinese paintings – and how the design subtly distorts any concept of a vanishing point at the ground level yet contrasts this notion in the upper galleries by framing the distant view of . In the second video (after the break), Spirit of Space allows you to experience this space by revealing it from all perspectives and scales.  

See the second video, after the break…

Bridging Teahouse / FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise

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Architects: FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise
Location: Architecture Park, Qingzhao Road, Jindong, , , China
Fr-Ee Team: Fernando Romero, Eduardo Sosa, María Teresa Catrip, Carlos Bedoya, León Amezcua, Alberto Amaya, Israel Álvarez, Jean Luc Fugier, Víctor Jaime, Yara Sigler
Area: 250 sqm
Photographs: Iwan Baan, FR-EE

Perspective on The Cube by Oyler Wu Collaborative

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From the architect. The Cube, a sixteen meter tall painted steel and rope installation designed for the 2013 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.

Woods Bagot Reveals Design for Wenling Sheraton

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Woods Bagot has shared their design for a destination hotel in , . The Wenling Sheraton, sited between two waterways, is scheduled to be completed in 2019. Woods Bagot says that views of the wetlands and mountains of Wenling will “ensure a quality guest experience” which includes waterfront dining, an observation deck and a pedestrian promenade.

More photos of the design after the break.

GRAFT + penda to Break Ground on Myrtle Garden Hotel

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GRAFT Architects and penda are preparing to break ground on Myrtle Garden Hotel in the outskirts of , China. Nestled on a hillside site within the largest Myrtle Flower Garden in Asia, the wooden annular structure is designed to provide a “soothing harmony between the architecture and its natural environment.” 

Shanghai Community Cubes / INCLUDED

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Architects: INCLUDED
Location: Gucun Road, Chongming, ,
Architect In Charge: Matt Mueller
Area: 150.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Marco Jacobs, Jennifer Ha

In Progress: Tianjin Riverside 66 / KPF

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Architects: KPF
Location: ,
Design Principal: James von Klemperer, FAIA
Director/Senior Designer: Jeffrey A. Kenoff, AIA
Kpf Project Team And Contributors: Jeffrey A. Kenoff, Audrey Choi, Edwin Lau, Peter Gross, Ciara Seymour, Gary Stluka, Benjamin Albury, Bernard Chang, Hanna Chang, Saera Park, Shang Chen, Sarah Smith, James Kehl, Sandra Choy, Thomas Coldefy, Javier Galindo, Onur Gun, Heejin Kim, Yoojung Kim, Ming Leung, Luis Llull, Manon Pare, Charles Portelli, Samuel Schmitz, James Siow, Kristin Speth, Donald Springer, Kyle Steinfeld, Scott Wilson, James von Klemperer, Paul Katz
Area: 152,800 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF)

The Indicator: The Slum Exotic and the Persistence of Hong Kong’s Walled City

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Whenever I see sensational exposes on the supposedly sublime spatial intensity of Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City (demolished in 1994), they strike me as nothing more than colonial fantasies that have little to do with the reality of living in the midst of one of the world’s cruelest slums. You see the Walled City pop up constantly like it’s still a valid or even interesting subject. This informal settlement has been diagramed, photographed, and written about for decades from an aesthetic point of view, rendering its victimized and oppressed inhabitants all but invisible. Not to say that this wasn’t home to a lot of people and that no “fond memories” were formed there, but still, like all slums, it was a tough place to live, fraught with contradictions in the haze of hope for a better life.

Niyang River Visitor Center / Standardarchitecture + Zhaoyang Architects

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Architects: Zhaoyang Architects, Standardarchitecture
Location: Nyingchi, Xizang (Tibet),
Area: 430.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Chen Su

UA Studio 7 and Aedas’ Central Business District for Hongqiao Airport Now Underway

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Urban Architecture (UA Studio 7) and Aedas‘ winning proposal for the Hongqiao Central Business District has broke ground at Shanghai’s domestic Hongqiao Airport, mainland China’s fourth busiest airport. The 18.4 hectare office and retail center, masterplanned by UA, has been divided into two parts: UA Studio 7 will design the office district, “a flower with eight leaves,” while Aedas designs the shopping, hotel, and conference center along a “bow curve” of pedestrian flow.

According to UA, the winning scheme’s success was “due to a highly energy-efficient architecture proposal combined with an urban plan that allows for pedestrian-friendly spaces.”

Shenzhen Deli / Linehouse

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Architects: Linehouse
Location: Futian, , Guangdong,
Area: 145 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Benoit Florencon

Dingli Sculpture Art Museum / ATR Atelier

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Architects:
Location: Quanzhou, Fujian,
Architect In Charge: Wang Yan
Design Team: Gao Guangye, Zhang Xu
Area: 3,900 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Lu Hengzhong

Latitude Studio Designs “Future Mall” Exhibition Space in Beijing

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Latitude Studio, based in Barcelona and , 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.

Value Farm / Thomas Chung

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Architects: Thomas Chung
Location: Shekou, Nanshan, , Guangdong,
Design Team: Gary Law, Bill So, Sam Wong
Area: 8120.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Value Farm

Zhengzhou Vanke City Gallery / Locus Associates

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Landscape Architects: Locus Associates
Location: Zhengzhou, Henan,
Design Team: Brandon Huang, Jerome Lee, Kenny Fung, Ray Wan
Facade Architect: Shenzhen Upright&Pure Architectural Design Co. Ltd
Local Architect: Chongqing Xinzhongjian Architectural Design Consultants
Area: 18000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Béton Brut

Farrells Selected to Masterplan Two Sites in Shenzhen’s Qianhai Financial District

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Farrells has been announced as winner of an international competition to masterplan two prominent commercial zones in Shenzhen’s Qianhai financial district. Adjacent to the district’s Qianhaiwan metro station, the two districts are expected to boost cross-border trade between Shenzhen and . The first, 460,000-square-meter masterplan will feature a 320-meter-tall skyscraper and two 185-meter gateway towers, providing high-end office, residential and retail space, as well as serviced apartments.