Daxing Factory Conversion / Nie Yong + Yoshimasa Tsutsumi

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Location: Daxing, , China
Area: 4964.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Misae Hiromatsu

Office Renovation in Hangzhou / Daipu Architects

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Location: Hangzhou, Zhejiang,
Design Team: Dai pu, Luo yaqin, Wang tiantian
Contractor: Zhejiang Sunshine Decoration Engineering Co. Ltd
Furniture Manufacture: Hangzhou Runzhu Science & Technology Co. Ltd
Area: 640.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Xia zhi

Outdoor Room / MODU

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Architects: MODU
Location: Beijing,
Collaborators: Ho-Yan Cheung, Arup
Year: 2013
Photographs: Matthew Niederhauser

Bing Thom Architects to Design University of Chicago Center in Hong Kong

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The University of Chicago has chosen to design a new home for the Chicago Booth Asia Executive MBA Program in Hong Kong. The center will begin construction in October 2014 on Mount Davis, a heritage site that was originally used as a military encampment for the British Army in the 1940s and then a detention center.

An Interview with Yung Ho Chang, Atelier FCJZ

Yung Ho Chang. Image © Pier Alessio Rizzardi

“When you find a piece of stone which is three or four hundreds years old, then you understand the notion of time as more than what we can experience as human beings. At that moment the old thing might be beautiful, it might be ugly. It doesn’t matter, but it gives you a sense of profound time, and then you understand your history and ancestors that lived in a different world, different from the one we are in now.”-Yung Ho Chang

Located in Beijing’s Yuanming Yuan Park, next to the ruins of the mixed-style Baroque Palace, Yung Ho Chang’s office is in an ancient wooden dwelling, surrounded by vegetable gardens grown by the architects of the studio.

In this conversation, Yung Ho, who established ’s first independent architectural office, Atelier FCJZ in 1993, laying the foundation of contemporary practice in China, talks about his story, describing a Beijing which has disappeared as well as the contemporary Beijing and its “New Beijing Sky.” He talks about using references from movies, literature, art and artists, describing his approach to in accordance with his philosophy of life.

Hotel ICON / Rocco Design Architects

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Architects: Rocco Design Architects
Architect In Charge: Rocco Design Architects
Area: 36,000 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Rocco Design Architects

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

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Architects: 6A2 Studio, Architectural Design & Research Institute of Tsinghua University
Location: Wudaokou, Haidian, ,
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”

/ 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 “Best Tall Building Worldwide” 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, China
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ben McMillan, Courtesy of Casanova + Hernandez Architects

Samaranch Memorial Museum / Archiland

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

Round Up: China’s Next Generation of Museums

Guangdong Museum / . Image © Marcel Lam

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 videos, 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 , 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”.