Why China’s President Says “No More Weird Buildings”

The President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, has reportedly called for an end to the “weird buildings” being built in China, and particularly in the nation’s capital, . In a two hour speech at a literary symposium in Beijing last week, Mr Xi expressed his views that art should serve the people and be morally inspiring, identifying architectural projects such as OMA’s CCTV Headquarters as the kind of building that should no longer be constructed in Beijing.

With China’s construction boom being one of the most talked about features of today’s architecture scene – and many a Western practice relying on their extravagant projects to prop up their studios – the Chinese leader’s comments have the potential to affect the landscape of architectural practice worldwide. But what is behind these sentiments? Read on after the break to find out.

1305 Studio Office / 1305 Studio

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Architects: 1305 Studio
Location: Changhua Road, Xuhui, ,
Corporate Identity: SHEN QIANG
Area: 306.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shen Photography

Family Box in Beijing / SAKO Architects

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Architects: SAKO Architects
Location: Beijing, Beijing,
Architect In Charge: Keiichiro SAKO, Kumiko Fukasawa
Area: 4150.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ruijing Photo

No. 18 Guan Shu Yuan Hutong / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects

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Architects: Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects
Location: , , China
Area: 160.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Jeremy San

playze and Schmidhuber Selected to Design Ningbo’s Urban Planning Museum

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playze and Schmidhuber have been selected as winners of an invited competition to design the Urban Planning Exhibition Center in Ningbo, . Inspired by the ancient artform of the Chinese ribbon dance, the exhibition center aims to “blur the lines” between citizens and decision makers in a way that grants the public “rare access into the inner-workings of the city” in an effort to strengthen the relationship between local government and community.

The idea of the Chinese “Urban Planning Museums” is the nation’s response to the rapid urban growth occurring in many of its major cities. The museums are intended to communicate city planning and development issues to the public. You can learn more about playze and Schmidhuber’s design, after the break.

ChangSha Vanke Club House / Tsushima Design Studio

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Architects: Tsushima Design Studio
Location: , Hunan,
Client: ChangSha Vanke Ltd.
Year: 2013
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

Hainan Blue Bay Westin Resort Hotel / gad·Zhejiang Greenton Architectural Design

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Architects: gad·Zhejiang Greenton Architectural Design
Location: , Hainan,
Architects In Charge: Zhang Wei, Jiang Fang
Area: 62000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yao Li, Zhao Qiang, Ian F. Gibb

CHEGS Campus Canteen / KNOWSPACE

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Architects: KNOWSPACE
Location: Baoding, Hebei,
Architect In Charge: Erhard An-He Kinzelbach Architekt BDA
Area: 660.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Lv Hengzhong

Beijing No.4 High School Fangshan Campus / OPEN Architecture

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Architects: OPEN Architecture
Location: Changyang, Fangshan,
Architect In Charge: Li Hu, Huang Wenjing
Project Architect: Daijiro Nakayama
Area: 57773.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Xia Zhi, Su Shengliang

Li Xiaodong Wins The Inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize

The Liyuan Library. Image Courtesy of RAIC / Li Xiaodong Studio

The Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC) have announced that Li Xiaodong has been awarded the inaugural Moriyama International Prize, named after esteemed Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama. The prize, which comes with a monetary value of CAD$100,000, has been established to recognise buildings that are judged to be “transformative, inspired as well as inspiring, and emblematic of the human values of respect and inclusiveness.”

The jury deliberated projects submitted from nine countries: , , France, Germany, Israel, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom and Tajikistan. According to the citation, the jury was “impressed by the breadth of international interest in the prize and encouraged by the high level of engagement with the aims and objectives of the program revealed in the submissions.” The prize is open to all architects irrespective of nationality and location and seeks to recognise a single work of architecture (as opposed to a life’s work), celebrating buildings in use.

Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel / AZL Architects

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Architects: AZL Architects
Location: , Jiangsu,
Area: 200.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yao Li

ChenJiaShan Park Tea Lounge Renovation / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects

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Architects: Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects
Location: Jiading, , China
Design Team: Liu Yuyang, Benson Chen, Jimmy Poek, Yongjiang Liang, Gang Zhao
Area: 850.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Jeremy San

Long Museum West Bund / Atelier Deshaus

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Architects: Atelier Deshaus
Location: Longteng Avenue, Xuhui, Shanghai, , 200231
Architect In Charge: Liu Yichun, Chen Yifeng
Design Team: Liu Yichun, Chen Yifeng, Wang Longhai, Wang Weishi, Wu Zhenghui, Wang Xuepei, Chen Kun
Area: 33007.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Su Shengliang, Xia Zhi

Angdong Hospital Project / Rural Urban Framework

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Architects: Rural Urban Framework
Location: Baojing, , Hunan,
Architect In Charge: Joshua Bolchover and John Lin
Design Team: Joshua Bolchover and John Lin, Rural Urban Framework (RUF)
Project Team: Mark Kingsley, Jeffery Huang, Crystal Kwan, Huang Zhiyun, Tiffany Leung, Johnny Cullinan, Tanya Tsui, Joyce Ip
Area: 1450.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework (RUF)

Senior Center of Guangxi / Atelier Alter

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Architects: Atelier Alter
Location: , Guangxi, China
Architects In Charge: Xiaojun Bu, Yingfan Zhang
Area: 17576.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier Alter

Tianjin Riverside 66 / Kohn Pedersen Fox

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Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox
Location: , , China
Design Principal: James von Klemperer, FAIA
Director/Senior Designer: Jeffrey Kenoff, AIA
Project Team Leader Ny: Audrey Choi
Project Team Leader Hk: Edwin Lau
Area: 152800.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Tim Griffith

Jinqiao 21 Office / Space Cube Design Lab

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Architects: Space Cube Design Lab
Location: Pudong, , China
Area: 35517.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Su Shengliang

Joyce Wang’s Hong Kong Restaurant Named World’s Best Interior of 2014

World Interior of the Year 2014: MOTT32 / . Image Courtesy of INSIDE

Joyce Wang Studio’s MOTT32 bar and restaurant in has been named the best interior space of 2014. The news was announced today in Singapore at the INSIDE World Festival of Interiors, alongside the World Architecture Festival’s Building of the Year announcement

MOTT32, which initially took first in it’s category, was selected as the world’s best interior from 60 nominations and a shortlist of nine. The project was lauded for it’s “rich texture”, “theatrical environment” and “sophisticated” detail. 

More about the “world’s best interior,” after the break.