Public Folly – Water Tower Renovation / META – Project

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Architects: META – Project
Location: , Liaoning,
Design Team: Wang Shuo, Zhang Jing, Chang Qianqian, Huang Limiao, Lin Changyan, Tang Heng
Client: China VANKE Co., Ltd.
Area: 30 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Chen Su

Design Republic Design Commune / Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

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Architects: Neri&Hu Design and Research Office
Location: ,
Partners In Charge: Lyndon Neri & Rossana Hu
Associate In Charge: Cai Chun Yan
Design Team: Wang Yan, Fu Ying, Guo Peng, Peter Eland, Jonas Hultman, Markus Stoecklein, Christina Cho, Jeongyon Mimi Kim, Ella Ye Lu, Federico Saralvo, Zhao Lei, Xiao Lei, Darcy Tang
Area: 2,400 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute

Daxinganling Culture and Sports Center / Had Architects

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Architects: Had Architects
Location: Jagdaqi, Da Hinggan Ling, Heilongjiang,
Design Team: Tang Jiajun, Luo Peng, Ji Qiang ,Wang Conglong
Area: 26,360 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tang Jiajun

Heritage Park of Qin Er Shi Mausoleum / Lacime Architectural Design

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Location: Xi’an, Shaanxi,
Design Team: Song Zhaoqing, Li Jing, Zhao Jinxin, Chen Cheng and Zhang Tengfei
Collaborators: Chen Cheng, Zhang Tengfei
Area: 7000.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Yao Li

Rethinking the Split House / Neri & Hu Design and Research Office

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Architects: Neri & Hu Design and Research Office
Location: ,
Area: 193 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute

Southwest International Ethnic Culture and Art Center Winning Proposal / Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute

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Located in the core area of Chenggong New C.B.D, the main challenge for the design of the Southwest International Ethnic Culture and Art Center was to integrate the local cultures plus various functional programs into one contemporary yet harmonious form. Designed by team members Wang Wensheng, Damian Donze and Sidney Gong of the Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute, their winning proposal takes on an abstract path to integrate the local cultures. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Hefei 1912 Commercial Street / Lacime Architectural Design

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Location: , Anhui, China
Design Team: Song Zhaoqing, Wang Ya, Cai Jingkai, Chen Bin, Jin Guangxian, Liu Yang
Client: Golden Land Real Estate
Collaborators: Chen Bing, Jin Guangxian, Liu Yang
Area: 83452.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Shi Jinzhong

Mixed Use Tower Winning Proposal / DOS Architects

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Invited to take part in the competition setup by the site’s promoter, GWA (Grow Wealth Assets) in March this year, DOS Architects’ proposal for the Mixed Use development in was just announced as the winner. With the challenge of producing a unique and iconic building, their ‘Cantilevering courtyard tower’ consists of 219,000 sqm of mixed-use space including a hotel, office space, retail and residential units. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Xi’an Greenhouse / Plasma Studio

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Architects: Plasma Studio
Location: Xi’an, Shaanxi,
Architect In Charge: Eva Castro, Holger Kehne, Ulla Hell
Area: 4000.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Plasma Studio

Designing in Dialogue: The Architecture of von Gerkan, Marg and Partners Exhibition


gmp Architekten‘s touring exhibition, ‘Designing in Dialogue: The Architecture of von Gerkan, Marg and Partners‘ is currently being hosted by the Chinese National Museum in until August 25. In this exhibition, gmp will provide an overview of their work: sketches and drawings provide an idea of the conceptual thoughts, models present designs in three dimensions and photos document the completed buildings. The exhibited gmp projects are grouped regionally by continent and in six categories which cover important fundamental, practical and theoretical aspects of gmp’s work. More information after the break. 

WKCDA Abandons West Kowloon Park Competition in Hong Kong

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A major competition for a 40ha waterfront park in Hong Kong has been scrapped by the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA). Thus, Foster + Partners’ competition-winning City Park will be abandoned, despite its potential to transform the Victoria Harbour’s reclaimed edge into an important Asian hub for artistic exchange.

Read on to find out why the WKCDA has called it quits.

Lintong Zhiyang Cultural Park / Lacime Architectural Design

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Location: Lintong, Xi’an, Shaanxi,
Design Team: Song Zhaoqing, Zhao Jingxin
Collaborators: Chen Yan, Liu Xiaoli
Client: Lingtong Committee
Area: 45107.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Yao Li

SOHO Hailun Plaza / UNStudio


This 33-story SOHO Hailun Plaza is currently being constructed in the dense city of . Located at the intersection of two metro lines, the plaza will include a 130-meter office tower and five mixed-use podiums. The design, by UNStudio, treats each structure as a set of objects shaped by the flow of commuters. Each facade will be cloaked in a similar, faceted texture that will “change in appearance when approached from different directions.”

Video: Inside a Chinese, Parisian Ghost Town

This Parisian ghost town in , China has become the archetype of China’s architectural copycat culture. Brought to light by the folks at The Atlantic Cities, this short video by German filmmaker Caspar Stracke accounts for an average day in this faux-Parisian development where less than 10,000 residents call home.

For more about China’s copycat culture, read Why China’s Copy-Cats Are Good For Architecture.

Bayuquan Library / DSD

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Architects: DSD
Location: Bayuquan, , Liaoning,
Architect In Charge: Kege Ling
Assisted By: Yin Qin, Ding Wu and Long Chen from Shanghai Zhongsen Architecture Design
Interior Design: DSD, China Architecture Design & Research Group, Tsinghua Gongmei
Interior Designer: Jianguo Wang, Ye Zhang
Acoustic Design: China IPPR International Engineering Corporation
Stage Facility: China PLA General Armament Department
Photographs: Courtesy of DSD

Gensler Tops Out on World’s Second Tallest Skyscraper: Shanghai Tower

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On schedule to be China’s tallest and the world’s second tallest skyscraper, the Gensler -designed Tower has topped out at 632 meters (2,074 feet). Upon completion in 2014, the spiraling megastructure will complete a trio of towers – including the adjacent Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center – to become the centerpiece of the city’s Lujiazui commercial district – one of Asia’s leading financial centers which developed from farmland in just over 20 years.

Defined by series of distinctive sky gardens, the state-of-the-art tower will house Class-A office and retail space, along with a luxury hotel and cultural venues.

Continue reading to learn how the Shanghai Tower’s structure saved millions and why it will achieve LEED Gold.

Mianzhu Museum Fianl / Zhenggong Feng

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Architects: Zhenggong Feng
Location: Mianzhu,
Design: Suzhou Industrial Park Design&Research Institute Co.,Ltd
Area: 3,100 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Zhenggong Feng

K11 Art Mall Shanghai / Kokaistudios

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Architects: Kokaistudios
Location: , China
Design Team: Andrea Destefanis, Filippo Gabbiani, Pietro Peyron, Li Wei, Carmen Lee, Wang Yun, Coco Cheng
Local Architect: Tong Ji Architecture Design Research Institute
Area: 35500.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Charlie Xia