West Street Number 1 / 6A2 Studio, Architectural Design & Research Institute of Tsinghua University

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Architects: , Architectural Design & Research Institute of Tsinghua University
Location: Wudaokou, Haidian, , China
Architect In Charge: Wenqing Li
Design Team: Wenqing Li, Guodong Yin, Zhe Li, Yijun Qiao, Jintao Jia
Collaborators: Yan Zhang, Hongyan Li, Zhixin Xu
Area: 1,200 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Archexist

Glass office SOHO China / AIM Architecture

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Architects: AIM Architecture
Location: , China
Architects: Wendy Saunders, Vincent de Graaf, German Roig, Carter Chen and Jiao Yan
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jerry Yin

Huaxin Business Center / Scenic Architecture

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Architects: Scenic Architecture
Location: Guilin Road, Tianlin, , China,
Design Team: Zhu Xiaofeng (Design Principal), Ding Penghua (Project Designer), Cai Mian, Yang Hong, Li Haoran, Du Shigang
Area: 730 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Su Shengliang

Jinchang Cultural Centre / Teamminus

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Architects: Atelier Teamminus
Location: Jinchang, Gansu,
Area: 18000.0 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of Teamminus

Qunli Stormwater Wetland Park / Turenscape

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Architects: Turenscape
Location: , Heilongjiang, China
Area: 300,000 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Turenscape

CCTV Headquarters Named “Best Tall Building Worldwide”

/OMA Partners-in-charge: Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren, designers, David Gianotten, photographed by Iwan Baan

OMA’s CCTV Headquarters in Beijing, ArchDaily’s 2012 “Building of the Year,” was deemed “” by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). Selected from a shortlist of four deserving skyscrapers, CCTV was awarded “best” due to its “unusual take on skyscraper typology.”

The jury stated: “Instead of competing in the race for ultimate height and style through a traditional two-dimensional tower soaring skyward, CCTV’s loop poses a truly three-dimensional experience, culminating in a 75-meter cantilever.”

Ceramic Museum And Mosaic Park / Casanova + Hernandez Architects

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Architects: Casanova + Hernandez Architects
Location: Jinzhou, , Liaoning,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ben McMillan, Courtesy of Casanova + Hernandez Architects

Samaranch Memorial Museum / Archiland

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Architects: Archiland
Location: ,
Collaborators: HAO architects, Kragh & Berglund landscape, COWI, TADI
Area: 17,800 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Archiland

Red Ribbon Park / Turenscape

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Architects: Turenscape
Location: , Hebei, China
Area: 200,000 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of Turenscape

Round Up: China’s Next Generation of Museums

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Although it went largely unnoticed until Wang Shu was awarded the Pritzker Prize, China’s going through a major cultural boom. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal notes that, since 2012, hundreds of (often privately established) cultural institutions have popped up across the country, honouring everything from the famous Terracotta Soldiers to the local city planning department. We’ve rounded up a couple of these projects for your pleasure: Jean Nouvel‘s winning design for the National Art Museum, Steven Holl‘s mind-warping Sifang Museum, the seemingly extra-terrestrial Ordos City + Art Museum by MAD Architects, Trace Architecture Office‘s small museum of handcraft paper in the countryside, and a regional museum by Rocco Design Architects that takes inspiration from traditional Chinese lacquered boxes. Enjoy!

NEXT Architects Win Competition for Changsha Bridge


NEXT architects has been awarded first prize in an international competition to design a pedestrian bridge for Meixi Lake in . Designed to be “more than just a connection,” the footbridge will serve as a key public space for a new lake district within the Dragon King Harbor River development. Recreational, ecological and touristic programs will be integrated into the 150 meter-long, 24 meter-high elevated parkway.

Ole Scheeren in Beijing, from Nowness

In the latest of NOWNESS‘ spectacular , Ole Scheeren – a former partner at OMA and now principal of Büro Ole Scheeren in Beijing – reflects on the past decade he has spent in China overseeing construction of the CCTV Headquarters. He muses over the delicate balancing act that Western architects maintain when they work in China, simultaneously bringing change to the city and allowing the city to change who they are and how they see the world. In this context, where change is “something that you are immediately and instantly confronted with” he believes that the CCTV Building is “both confrontational and complicit”.

Baohua Chinese Painting Research Institute / Wang Deng Yue

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Architects: Wang Deng Yue
Location: Fuyang, , Zhejiang,
Area: 7,180 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Savoye Architectural Photography

“Fangda Business Headquarters” Winning Entry / Huasen Architects

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Huasen Architects (HSA) have been announced winners of the Fangda Headquarters competition. The winning proposal, located in Shenzhen, China, reshapes the existing site into a 300,000 sqm vortex of , office, entertainment and recreation spaces, stemming off a high-tech research and technical development hub. Competition requirements called for the integration of a bus terminal predicated on government officials’ calculations that 55% of users would arrive by bus.

Shanghai West Bund Biennial Pavilions / SHL Architects

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Architects: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Location: ,
Area: 240 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

SENSO Convention Center / MINAX

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Architects: MINAX
Location: Binhu, , Jiangsu,
Design Team: Lu Zhigang, Li Ruiyin, Li Jun
Area: 1,200 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Lu Zhigang

Steven Holl Wins Competition for Qingdao Culture and Art Center


Steven Holl Architects has been selected as winner, besting and Zaha Hadid Architects, in an invited competition for the new Culture and Art Center of Qingdao City. Located in the heart of Qingdao’s new extension, which is planned for a population of 700,000, the two million-square-foot winning proposal features a conglomerate of four art museums situated amongst a landscape of reflecting pools and gardens which are all connected by a continuous “Light Loop” that moves visitors throughout the site.

Read on for the architect’s description…

Mountains of Construction Debris Accumulate Outside Chinese Cities

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Chinese city-dwellers are waking to find eight stories of construction debris outside of their homes. Over two billion tons of waste, outside Beijing and other major cities, is a result of a booming construction industry. “There’s no systematic way to deal with [the garbage],” says Wilson W.S. Lu, professor at the University of Hong Kong, “The illegal dumping is everywhere.” Recycling efforts have just begun, but local activists believe it will require a radical paradigm shift in the way Chinese residents reclaim material. Read the full New York Times article, “China’s Mountains of Construction Rubble.