Value Farm / Thomas Chung

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Architects:
Location: Shekou, Nanshan, Shenzhen, 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, China
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 ’s Qianhai financial district. Adjacent to the district’s Qianhaiwan metro station, the two districts are expected to boost cross-border trade between 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.

VIDEO: Watch Two Men Scale the World’s 2nd Tallest Tower

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“We prepared carefully and picked an appropriate date, the Chinese New Year day. At that time the security was less watchful, workers were on vacations, and cranes did not work. We got to the crane at around midnight. [...] The result you can see in our new video.”

Those are the rather unassuming words of Vitaliy Raskalov, a Ukrainian “roof-hacker, urban-explorer, blogger” who has just pulled off an extraordinary, jaw-dropping stunt (way more incredible than his humble words would suggest).

Raskalov and Russian photographer Vadim Mahora broke into and climbed the Gensler-designed Shanghai Tower, soon to be China’s tallest and the world’s second tallest skyscraper at 632 meters (2,074 feet) high. Although the tower will eventually boast the world’s fastest elevators (reaching 40mph), the pair had to climb the 120 flights of stairs by foot (taking them about two hours); they then spent another 18 hours sleeping and waiting for the weather to clear. The staggering resulting images show not just the dizzying heights, but also fantastic views of the adjacent Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center (together, the trio of buildings that are re-defining the skyline).

Check out the incredible images, after the break.

Guodian New Energy Technology Research Institute Beijing / BIAD 3A2 Studio

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Architects:
Location: Changping, , China
Design Team: Ye Yiqian, Liu Weigang, Xue Jun, Duan Wei, Cong Zhen, Huo Jianjun, Wang Yazhao, Xu Xiaoying
Area: 240,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Yang Chaoying

AD Interviews: David Gianotten / OMA

During the Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, we had the opportunity to speak with David Gianotten, partner-in-charge of OMA’s Hong Kong office. Gianotten launched the Dutch firm’s Asian headquarters in 2009, where he supervises major projects such as the Shenzhen Stock Exchange and the Taipei Performing Arts Centre.

Standing outside of the recently completed Stock Exchange headquarters, he answered our questions about urbanization, innovation and the intricacies of running an office in an environment with such rapid urban growth. Shenzhen has proven an experiment of economic openness and is a vivid example of China’s recent growth. The city’s skyline is practically a physical graph of an upward-trending economy, with buildings designed by nearly every internationally renowned architecture firm. But OMA’s Shenzhen Stock Exchange building stands apart from the rest not only because of its impeccable construction (a rarity in the fast-paced building booms of Chinese cities), but also because it houses the institution that lists China’s biggest companies.

The 254 meter tower is an elegant structure that combines pure volumes with an exoskeleton grid clad in translucent glass. It represents a characteristic OMA-approach to innovative architectural solutions, made possible by extensive programmatic and technical research.

Read the full interview (which includes Gianotten’s insights on the study of architecture, the role of architects, and the importance of simplicity when communicating complex innovation) after the break.

Finnish/Chinese Architects Explore Copying and Collaboration at the Shenzhen Biennale

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As part of the Shenzhen Architecture Biennale, Finnish practice Lassila Hirvilammi Architects entered into a collaboration with Chinese architect Gigi Leung to explore the themes of copying, authenticity and knowledge transfer between cultures. Working with master craftsmen, they created two versions of the same space (each influenced by their respective cultures), intentionally blurring the line between copying and taking inspiration.

Read on for more on this lesson in sharing differing architectural understandings

New Opera in Jinan / Paul Andreu Architecte

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Architects: Paul Andreu Architecte
Location: Jinan, Shandong,
Design Team: Katharina Kriener, Stephanie Boufflet, Pengzi Zhang, Riccardo Vanigli, Olivia Faury, Antoine Barbeyer, Yanfang Niu, Kasia Dudzik, Hailin Zhai, Chen Wei, Wei Dong, Guo Kun
Year: 2013
Photographs: Philippe Ruault

Wulumuqi Road Apartment / SKEW Collaborative

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Architects: SKEW Collaborative
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Eunice Seng, H. Koon Wee, Darren Zhou
Design Team: Zhao Wenju, Sam Cheng
Area: 110 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of SKEW Collaborative

Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport / Studio Fuksas

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Architects: Studio Fuksas
Location: Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, Bao’an, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
Architect In Charge: Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas
Architect Of Record: BIAD ( Institute of Architectural Design),
Area: 500,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Studio Fuksas

Jia Little Exhibition Center / SKEW Collaborative

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Architects: SKEW Collaborative
Location: Songjiang, Shanghai,
Architect In Charge: Eunice Seng, H. Koon Wee, Darren Zhou
Design Team: I-Shin Chow, Xiong Haiying, Pauline Dai, Ji Lijun, Wang Peng, Teoh Renjie, Beatrix Redlich
Area: 38,000 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of SKEW Collaborative

Vertical Glass House / Atelier FCJZ

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Architects: Atelier FCJZ
Location: Longteng Avenue, Xuhui, ,
Principal Architect: Yung Ho Chang
Project Architect: Lu Bai
Project Team: Li Xiang Ting, Cai Feng
Client: West Bund
Area: 170.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier FCJZ

Suzhou SND District Urban Planning Exhibition Hall / BDP

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Architects: BDP
Location: Jiangsu,
Area: 12000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Marco Jacobs

China Taiyuan Coal Transaction Center / 2A2 Design Department, Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (BIAD)

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Architects: 2A2 Design Department, Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (BIAD)
Location: , Shanxi, China
Architect In Charge: Mi JunRen, Liu MingJun
Technical Director: Nie XiangDong, Li DaPeng
Structure: Chen BinLei, Zhao Nan, Hu ZhengPing
Area: 114000.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Yang ChaoYing

NBBJ Designs Towering Shenzhen Campus for Internet Giant

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NBBJ has unveiled a 250-meter-high, two-tower campus that will become Tencent’s main headquarters at the High-Tech Industrial Park upon completion in 2016. As the world’s third-largest internet corporation, and 2013’s most innovative Chinese company according to FastCo, Tencent hopes the new campus will serve as a vibrant workplace for an expanding workforce of 12,000 employees.

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Selected to Design Island School in Hong Kong

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schmidt hammer lassen architects, in collaboration with Thomas Chow Architects, has won a commission to design a new Island School in . Envisioned as a “sustainable learning landscape,” the 28,000-square-meter, state-of-the-art facility aims to promote optimal learning through flexible classroom spaces and by establishing a deep connection with the surrounding landscape and local community.

VPANG + JET + Lisa Cheung to Design West Kowloon Arts Pavilion

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A team consisting of VPANG architects ltd, Inc and Lisa Cheung has been announced as winner of a competition to design an arts pavilion for the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (the “WKCDA”) in Hong Kong. With completion planned for 2015, the pavilion is expected to be used as a small-scale exhibition and events space for independent artists and designers. It will also serve as the primary home for exhibitions and programs organized by M+, Hong Kong’s museum for visual culture, before the completion of Herzog & de Meuron’s museum building in late 2017.

Shenzhen Bay Super City International Competition

Shenzhen is located in the south of Guangdong, , facing across the river. In 2012, it had a permanent population of 10.54 million and its GDP, standing at RMB 1,295 billion, ranked the fourth amongst cities in Mainland China for years. After more than thirty years of reform and opening up, it has developed from a small town in the southern coast of China to a modern metropolis, becoming a miniature of China’s reform, opening-up and modern construction.

According to the latest comprehensive urban planning of Shenzhen, areas surrounding the Shenzhen Bay will become the most important section in the broader area of Shenzhen and Hong Kong. Shenzhen Bay will be the power house for Shenzhen, inspiring the city to be one of the best in the world. From the west to the east, it will have a Shenzhen-Hong Kong cooperation section for the modern service industry at the front, a business district at the back and the Shenzhen Bay Super Headquarters Base.

The main content for the competition is urban and architectural design plans for the central area of the Super Headquarters. The scope of the design covers all land plots encircled by the red line and the surrounding roads and the park (see attached graphs for details). It is planned that 35.2 hectares of land will be used with a building area of 1.5-1.7 million square meters.