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 , has become the archetype of ’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 ’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: , China
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: Shanghai,
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

Bayuquan Theatre / DSD

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Architects: DSD
Location: Bayuquan, Yingkou, Liaoning, China
Architect In Charge: Kege Ling, Qi Xu
Assisted By: Yin Qin, Ding Wu and Long Chen from Zhongsen Architecture Design
Interior Design: DSD, China Architecture Design & Research Group, Tsinghua Gongmei
Interior Designer: Jianguo Wang, Ye Zhang
Photographs: Courtesy of DSD

Does China’s Urbanization Spell Doom or Salvation? Peter Calthorpe Weighs In…

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This article originally appeared on Metropolis Magazine’s Point of View Blog as “Q&A: Peter Calthorpe.”

The titles of Peter Calthorpe’s books trace the recent history of urban design in its most vital and prescient manifestations, starting in 1986 with Sustainable Communities (with Sim Van der Ryn) and followed by The Regional City: Planning for the End of Sprawl (with Bill Fulton), The Next American Metropolis: Ecology, Community and the American Dream, and Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change.

A founding member of the Congress for the New Urbanism and a past winner of the Urban Land Institute’s prestigious J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development, the Berkeley-based architect and planner has been at the forefront of urban design for more than three decades. In recent years, in addition to his firm’s continuing work in the United States, Calthorpe Associates has increasingly turned his attention to a country urbanizing at a pace unprecedented in world history: China.

Here Calthorpe talks about China’s unique planning process, the future of in California, and Architecture 2030’s new 2030 Palette, after the break…

Matsu Flagship Store / EXH Design

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Architects: EXH Design
Location: , China
Area: 1800.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of EXH Design

Vanke Brand Center / Vector Architects

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Architects: Vector Architects
Location: Yingkou,
Design Partner In Charge: Gong Dong
Design Team: Chen Liang, Qifeng Wang, Zhimin Zhou, Jian Wang, Mary Jane Kwan, Pingdong Sun, Feng Xu, Qing Chang
Area: 2,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shu He & Shengliang Su

Family Box / Crossboundaries Architects

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Architects: Crossboundaries Architects
Location: ,
Architect: Crossboundaries Architects
Collaborating Architects & Engineers: BIAD International Studio & BIAD TSH International Studio
Client: Children Enterprise (UK) Limited
Area: 2,300 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Chaoying Yang

In Progress: Zhang ZhiDong and Modern Industrial Museum / Studio Daniel Libeskind


Architects: Studio Daniel Libeskind
Location: Wuhan,
Architect Of Record: Zhong Nan Design Institute
Contractor: G.C Wisco Construction
Area: 7,240 sqm
Photographs: Studio Daniel Libeskind

Shanghai Hongqiao CBD Office Headquarters Building / LYCS Architecture

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LYCS Architecture has shared drawings and renderings for their Hongqiao CBD Office Headquarters Building, which broke ground this month.  Situated in a rapidly developing part of western and at the center of a transportation hub, the project is scheduled to be completed in 2014.