Arthouse / Joey Ho Design

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Architects: Joey Ho Design
Location: , Zhejiang, China
Other Designer: Yuki Leung, Momoko Lai
Area: 771 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Yong Chang Wu

Tsao & McKown: Developing a New Kind of Chinese City

Xiqu Urban Development, by Tsao & Mckown. Chengdu, Sichuan Province, , 2010. Image Courtesy of Behance

China’s rapid urbanisation has meant not only the speedy growth of cities but also the disappearance of traditional Chinese architecture. Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown (of Tsao & McKown) find this particularly troubling and so developing a new kind of Chinese city. These pedestrian friendly live-work communities would exist in stark contrast to the high-rise cities that dot the contemporary Chinese landscape. But it hasn’t all been easy. Read the full Wall Street Journal article here: “Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown Bring New Eco-Friendly Designs to China.”

In Progress: The Qingdaobei Station / AREP Architect + MaP3 Structural Engineering

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Architects: AREP Architect , MaP3 Structural Engineering
Location: Licang, , Shandong, China
Structural Analysis And Inspection: SSDI
Construction Documents: BIAD
General Contractor: CSCEC
Photographs: Courtesy of MaP3

Bubble Building / 3GATTI Architecture Studio

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The Bubble Building, a “renovation of a common, old and unattractive building” in the centre of , is a simple design containing complex environmental qualities. Unlike a conventional retrofit or renovation, 3GATTI‘s proposal places inflatables made of white antibacterial technical outdoor nylon, in front of the windows on the existing building. Their concept was to “create an icon-building, a kind of landmark very easy to recognize, a kind of sculpture with a strong character able to detach itself from the boring cityscape” with the ultimate aim to attract customers to rent both the office and commercial spaces.

Apple Patents Glass Cylinder Design

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Apple has successfully secured a patent for the cylindrical, glass entrance to its Shanghai store. After trademarking the design and layout of its retail stores last January, this is one more battle Apple has won for copyrighting its signature look.

More on the patented design after the break.

Reviving Beijing’s Hutongs with Micro Installations

Above ’s historic hutongs. Image © Ivan Walsh

The Guardian’s Oliver Wainwright documents the current trend of micro-scale installations spurring new life into the historic hutongs of Beijing and gaining support from the local communities, eager to reject the economic pressures of destroying/rebuilding. The local government’s endorsement, however, comes as a surprise – especially considering its fervent impetus to raze these areas just a few years ago. Read the full article here: Designers Use ‘Urban Acupuncture’ to Revive Beijing’s Historic Hutongs.

Tales Pavilion / Luca Nichetto

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Architects: Luca Nichetto
Location: Chaoyang, Beijing,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jonathan Leijonhufvud

Shenzhen Stock Exchange HQ / OMA

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Architects: OMA
Location: Binhe Avenue, , Guangdong,
Partners In Charge: Rem Koolhaas, David Gianotten
Collaborators: Ellen van Loon, Shohei Shigematsu
Associate In Charge: Michael Kokora
Area: 180000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Philippe Ruault

HALO: Swedish Students’ Solar Decathlon Entry

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Designed and built by 25 students from in Sweden, HALO is a socially sustainable home for four students, running on renewable energy from the sun. HALO was designed using one underlying concept: shared space is double space.

American Architects Win International Competition for “Cultural Mall” in China

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A looping mixture of culture and has won Joel Sanders Architect and FreelandBuck first prize in the international competition hosted by the largest media and publishing company in China, Phoenix Publishing and Media Group (PPMG).

Their 80,000 square meter winning proposal for the new divides a large urban block into four ‘cultural cores,’ each five stories high and respectively housing a theater, fitness club, education center, and exhibition halls. The podium, which sits upon the glass-clad cores, spirals the length of the perimeter (comprised of stores, restaurants and cafes) and ultimately plateaus at an open park where the public and Phoenix employees would share a common space.

Deyang School for Deaf & Intellectually Disabled Children / China Southwest Architectural Design and Research Institute Corp. Ltd

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Architects: China Southwest Architectural Design and Research Institute Corp. Ltd
Location: , Sichuan, China
Architect In Charge: Liu Yi
Design Team: Tang Minghao, Yang Jing, Huang Wei, Tang Rongping, Zou Min, Hu Dajian, Yao Yuan
Area: 7998.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Liu Yi

Taihu New Town Primary School / MINAX

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Architects: MINAX
Location: ,
Area: 32,830 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Lu Zhigang

Red Wall / 3Gatti Architecture Studio

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Architects: 3Gatti Architecture Studio
Location: Shanghai,
Chief Architect: Francesco Gatti
Project Manager: Summer Nie
Area: 14,300 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Shen Qiang & Daniele Mattioli

Pure Hardcore Icons Manifesto Exhibition

‘Pure Hardcore Icons Manifesto Exhibition’ will be on display from Sept 25 to October 7 as part of this year’s Design Week.

Commemorating the international publication the book ‘Pure Hardcore Icons: A Manifesto on Pure Form on Architecture’ (Published by Artifice Books on Architecture in London, 2013), the exhibition showcases original collages and photomontages, as well as objects, sculptures, paintings and animations by Cruz Garcia and Nathalie Frankowski (WAI Architecture Think Tank).

For more information, please click here.

Title: Pure Hardcore Icons Manifesto Exhibition
Organizers: WAI Think Tank
From: Wed, 25 Sep 2013 
Until: Mon, 07 Oct 2013
Venue: Beijing, Xicheng District, Dashilan, Dawailangying 8, The Factory
Address: 8 Dawailangying Hutong, Xicheng, Beijing, China

Office Complex Haokang / Archiplein

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Architects: Archiplein
Location: Kunshan, , Jiangsu, China
Area: 18,500 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Frédéric Henriques

Tianzhoushan Tea House / Archiplein

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Architects: Archiplein
Location: ,
Area: 1,000 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Frédéric Henriques

Harbin Cultural Center / MAD Architects

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Architects: MAD Architects
Location: Harbin Xiangfang Cultural Center, Zhujiang Road, Xiangfang, , Heilongjiang, , 150090
Directors: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke Hayano
Area: 1800000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of MAD Architects

Artist Studios / Knowspace

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Architects: Knowspace
Location: Songzhuan,
Area: 1,488 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Knowspace