Shanghai Pudong International Airport / Paul Andreu Architecte

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Architects: Paul Andreu Architecte
Location: ,
Design Team: F.Tamisier, G.Andreu, P.Gonon, H.Boitard
Area: 220,000 sqm
Year: 1999
Photographs: Paul Maurer

Jean Nouvel Selected to Design National Art Museum of China

Jean Nouvel’s Winning Proposal

The rumors are true: Jean Nouvel has been selected as the official winner of the highly acclaimed National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) competition in . According to Dezeen, the news has been confirmed by Nouvel’s adviser, Oliver Schmitt. Though little has been released about the winning design, earlier reports have described it as a “vast structure” based on the simplicity of a single line – “a single brush stroke.”

In an interview with Financial Times, Nouvel quoted the Chinese artist Shi Tao (1642-1707): “A single line is the source of everything in existence. [...] We started with calligraphy. [...] Pupils used to spend half a year just on that first line with a brush. That first line contains all of Chinese culture – painting, writing and the energy of Chi.”

Pingtan Art Museum / MAD

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Chinese firm MAD sends us their latest museum project: Pingtang Art Museum. With a projected area of over 40,000 square meters and as the largest private museum in Asia, the museum will display thousands of pieces of national treasures. 

China Bans Construction of Government Buildings Until 2019

Government building and plaza in Xilinhot, 2009. Image © Flickr User CC timzachernuk

In a move to tackle corruption and improve the image of the Communist Party (CPC), ’s President Xi Jinping has banned the construction of government buildings for the next five years. The BBC reports that “Glitzy new government buildings, sometimes in impoverished areas, have been a source of public outrage.” The ban also includes luxury renovations and expansions “done under the guise of repair work.”

Dalian International Conference Center / Coop Himmelb(l)au

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Architects: Coop Himmelb(l)au
Location: Dalian,
Design Principal: Wolf D. Prix
Project Partner: Paul Kath (until 2010), Wolfgang Reicht
Project Architect: Wolfgang Reicht
Design Architect: Alexander Ott
Design Team: Quirin Krumbholz, Eva Wolf, Victoria Coaloa
Area: 117,650 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Duccio Malagamba

Yongjia World Trade Centre / UNStudio

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Architects: UNStudio
Location: , China
Architects In Charge: Ben van Berkel, Astrid Piber
Design Team: Hannes Pfau, Ger Gijzen, Juliane Maier, Martin Zangerl and Sontaya Bluangtook, Amanda Chan, Albert Gnodde, Jan Kokol, Patrik Noome, Mo Lai, Jan Rehders, René Rijkers, Stefano Rocchetti, Shuang Zhang
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of UNStudio

Xuhui Binjian Media City 188S-G-1 Tower and Podium Winning Proposal / Aedas

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Aedas recently won the competition to design Xuhui Binjian Media City 188S-G-1 Tower and Podium with their very dynamic and unique shaped proposal. Located in , their tower begins with an extruded rectangular plan, and independent from the podium, meets the ground to allow circulation around its base. More images and architects’ description after the break.

UNStudio Wins Yongjia World Trade Center Competition in Wenzhou

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Dutch architecture firm has announced that their proposal for the Yongjia World Trade Center Competition has been selected as the winning entry. Unlike the typical world trade center—which usually represents only a concentration business or financial programs— has incorporated recreational and cultural facilities and residential units into their plan. For the site in the riverside city of , located in the southeastern Zhejiang province of China, identified the driving force behind the project as the “notion of precious objects on a tray…where the continuous podium landscape occupies the entire site and serves as a tray-like, green plain for the towers.”

City in Sky / Mu Wei + Sam Cho + Yu Hui

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Architects: Mu Wei + Sam Cho + Yu Hui
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Yu Hui
Contractor: 39 kids and families from Natur Organic Life, AaL volunteer students
Area: 100 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Li Xiao & Jiang Jiang

National Art Museum of China Entry / Gehry Partners

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Gehry Partners has just released their highly anticipated proposal for the National Art Museum of (NAMOC) in Beijing. Though rumors from last year reported Frank Gehry and Jean Nouvel as the competition’s top contenders, with Nouvel taking the lead, a winner has yet to be confirmed.

Gehry’s design, which is intended to promote cross cultural understanding and appreciation for Chinese contemporary art, aims at setting a new standard for 21st century Chinese architecture. Perhaps the most defining element of the design is the “translucent stone” facade, which is made of a new type of glass developed by Gehry Partners that is said to have the qualities of jade.

More images and the architect’s description after the break…

Dyv-net, Dynamic Vertical Networks Proposal / JAPA Architects

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JAPA Architects shared with us their proposal, Dyv-net, Dynamic Vertical Networks, which deals with the development of modern, efficient and environmentally acceptable farming structures. Located in the Tai Po District, the second largest administrative district in , the architects foresee a paradigm shift to vertical agriculture structures which can be integrated into a territorial network along the country. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Gateway of Shenzhen Southern University of Science and Technology Proposal / penda

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Titled ‘Between earth and sky’, this proposal for the new Gateway of Southern University of Science and Technology by penda is a metaphor of formal contrasts to design a campus landmark. Their design for an entrance sculpture at the University is a connection of 2 opposites: the fluid, lower part connects the gate to the gentle hills of the landscape in the background and carries a grid of lights, which can be seen as a connection to the cosmos – a contrast of the earth and the sky. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The World’s Largest Building Opens in China

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Although Dubai has held claim to the world’s tallest building for a few years, is now claiming to now have the worlds largest building. Measuring at 500 meters long, 400 meters wide and 100 meters high, the newly constructed Century Global Center in is reportedly capable of housing 20 Sydney Opera Houses in its 1.7 million square meter interior.

Video: This is Shanghai

A little over thirty years ago, was a fairly dense, mid-rise city with no skyscrapers. Now, has been transformed into a global metropolis with over 4,000 skyscrapers – twice as many as New York. In an attempt to capture the “diversities and eccentricities of the metropolis that is beyond the famous skyline,” photographer Rob Whitworth and urban identity expert JT Singh joined forces to create ‘This is Shanghai.’

Greenland Group Chengdu East Village CBED Plots Proposal / Aedas

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Located inside East village, Aedas recently unveiled their ice mountain-inspired design for the Greenland Group Chengdu East Village CBED Plots. Comprised of office, retail, residential spaces and a 486-meter-high tower, the design stayed in line with the ice mountain concept, which expands to the continuity of the mountain range and landscape terrain with fissures located on the foot of the mountain. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen Campus) Master Plan Winning Proposal / Rocco Design Architects

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Rocco Design Architects Ltd., in collaboration with Gravity Partnership Ltd. and Wang Weijen Architecture, recently won the international competition for the new campus for the Chinese University of in Shenzhen. Currently in construction, the planning concept for the new campus is “Academic Clusters, Campus Green and Natural Terrain”. Phase one of the campus is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2015. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Jiaotong University of Law / Kokaistudios

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Architects: Kokaistudios
Location: ,
Area: 10500.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Charlie Xia

Madong Masterplan Winning Proposal / HYHW Architects

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Designed by HYHW Architects and Planners, the local development strategy and strategic focus of the Madong Masterplan is aimed at building upon history, automotive culture, sports culture, encouraging advances in manufacturing and modern services, with cultural charmand continual innovation in a technologically advanced green city. Serviced by a highway to the North and with Jiading Forest to the South-West, it benefits from convenient transport connections and the close proximity to the ecological landscape. More images and architects’ description after the break.