In Progress: Zhang ZhiDong and Modern Industrial Museum / Studio Daniel Libeskind

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Architects: Studio Daniel Libeskind
Location: ,
Architect Of Record: Zhong Nan Design Institute
Contractor: G.C Wisco Construction
Area: 7,240 sqm
Photographs: Studio Daniel Libeskind

Shanghai Hongqiao CBD Office Headquarters Building / LYCS Architecture

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LYCS Architecture has shared drawings and renderings for their Hongqiao CBD Office Headquarters Building, which broke ground this month.  Situated in a rapidly developing part of western and at the center of a transportation hub, the project is scheduled to be completed in 2014.

River Heights Pavilion / People’s Architecture Office

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Architects: People’s Architecture Office
Location: , Shanxi Province,
Principal: Hezhe, James Shen, Zangfeng
Project Team: Zhang minghui, Liu xiujuan, Jennifer Tran
Area: 1,800 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office

Suzhou Creek Boutique Hotel / DAtrans Architecture Office

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Architects: DAtrans Architecture Office
Location: , China
Architects: Chen Xudong, Yan Mengfei, Chen Yang, Wen Yifeng
Area: 500 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Geng Tao

Shanghai Pudong International Airport / Paul Andreu Architecte

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Architects: Paul Andreu Architecte
Location: , China
Design Team: F.Tamisier, G.Andreu, P.Gonon, H.Boitard
Area: 220,000 sqm
Year: 1999
Photographs: Paul Maurer

Jean Nouvel Selected to Design National Art Museum of China

Jean Nouvel’s Winning NAMOC Proposal

The rumors are true: Jean Nouvel has been selected as the official winner of the highly acclaimed National Art Museum of (NAMOC) competition in . According to Dezeen, the news has been confirmed by Nouvel’s adviser, Oliver Schmitt. Though little has been released about the winning design, earlier reports have described it as a “vast structure” based on the simplicity of a single line – “a single brush stroke.”

In an interview with Financial Times, Nouvel quoted the Chinese artist Shi Tao (1642-1707): “A single line is the source of everything in existence. [...] We started with calligraphy. [...] Pupils used to spend half a year just on that first line with a brush. That first line contains all of Chinese culture – painting, writing and the energy of Chi.”

Pingtan Art Museum / MAD

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Chinese firm MAD sends us their latest museum project: Pingtang Art Museum. With a projected area of over 40,000 square meters and as the largest private museum in Asia, the museum will display thousands of pieces of national treasures. 

China Bans Construction of Government Buildings Until 2019

Government building and plaza in Xilinhot, 2009. Image © Flickr User CC timzachernuk

In a move to tackle corruption and improve the image of the Communist Party (CPC), ’s President Xi Jinping has banned the construction of government buildings for the next five years. The BBC reports that “Glitzy new government buildings, sometimes in impoverished areas, have been a source of public outrage.” The ban also includes luxury renovations and expansions “done under the guise of repair work.”

Dalian International Conference Center / Coop Himmelb(l)au

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Architects: Coop Himmelb(l)au
Location: Dalian,
Design Principal: Wolf D. Prix
Project Partner: Paul Kath (until 2010), Wolfgang Reicht
Project Architect: Wolfgang Reicht
Design Architect: Alexander Ott
Design Team: Quirin Krumbholz, Eva Wolf, Victoria Coaloa
Area: 117,650 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Duccio Malagamba

Yongjia World Trade Centre / UNStudio

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Architects: UNStudio
Location: , China
Architects In Charge: Ben van Berkel, Astrid Piber
Design Team: Hannes Pfau, Ger Gijzen, Juliane Maier, Martin Zangerl and Sontaya Bluangtook, Amanda Chan, Albert Gnodde, Jan Kokol, Patrik Noome, Mo Lai, Jan Rehders, René Rijkers, Stefano Rocchetti, Shuang Zhang
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of UNStudio

Xuhui Binjian Media City 188S-G-1 Tower and Podium Winning Proposal / Aedas

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Aedas recently won the competition to design Xuhui Binjian Media City 188S-G-1 Tower and Podium with their very dynamic and unique shaped proposal. Located in , their tower begins with an extruded rectangular plan, and independent from the podium, meets the ground to allow circulation around its base. More images and architects’ description after the break.

UNStudio Wins Yongjia World Trade Center Competition in Wenzhou

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Dutch architecture firm has announced that their proposal for the Yongjia World Trade Center Competition has been selected as the winning entry. Unlike the typical world trade center—which usually represents only a concentration business or financial programs— has incorporated recreational and cultural facilities and residential units into their plan. For the site in the riverside city of Wenzhou, located in the southeastern Zhejiang province of , identified the driving force behind the project as the “notion of precious objects on a tray…where the continuous podium landscape occupies the entire site and serves as a tray-like, green plain for the towers.”

City in Sky / Mu Wei + Sam Cho + Yu Hui

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Architects: Mu Wei + Sam Cho + Yu Hui
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Yu Hui
Contractor: 39 kids and families from Natur Organic Life, AaL volunteer students
Area: 100 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Li Xiao & Jiang Jiang

National Art Museum of China Entry / Gehry Partners

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Gehry Partners has just released their highly anticipated proposal for the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) in . Though rumors from last year reported Frank Gehry and Jean Nouvel as the competition’s top contenders, with Nouvel taking the lead, a winner has yet to be confirmed.

Gehry’s design, which is intended to promote cross cultural understanding and appreciation for Chinese contemporary art, aims at setting a new standard for 21st century Chinese architecture. Perhaps the most defining element of the design is the “translucent stone” facade, which is made of a new type of glass developed by Gehry Partners that is said to have the qualities of jade.

More images and the architect’s description after the break…

Dyv-net, Dynamic Vertical Networks Proposal / JAPA Architects

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JAPA Architects shared with us their proposal, Dyv-net, Dynamic Vertical Networks, which deals with the development of modern, efficient and environmentally acceptable farming structures. Located in the Tai Po District, the second largest administrative district in , the architects foresee a paradigm shift to vertical agriculture structures which can be integrated into a territorial network along the country. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Gateway of Shenzhen Southern University of Science and Technology Proposal / penda

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Titled ‘Between earth and sky’, this proposal for the new Gateway of Southern University of Science and Technology by penda is a metaphor of formal contrasts to design a campus landmark. Their design for an entrance sculpture at the University is a connection of 2 opposites: the fluid, lower part connects the gate to the gentle hills of the landscape in the background and carries a grid of lights, which can be seen as a connection to the cosmos – a contrast of the earth and the sky. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The World’s Largest Building Opens in China

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Although Dubai has held claim to the world’s tallest building for a few years, 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.

Video: This is Shanghai

A little over thirty years ago, was a fairly dense, mid-rise city with no . Now, has been transformed into a global metropolis with over 4,000 skyscrapers – twice as many as New York. In an attempt to capture the “diversities and eccentricities of the metropolis that is beyond the famous skyline,” photographer Rob Whitworth and urban identity expert JT Singh joined forces to create ‘This is Shanghai.’