Changbaishan Exhibition Hall Winning Proposal / ZNA

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ZNA / Zeybekoglu Nayman Associates just won the competition to design the Changbaishan Exhibition Hall in , China. The exhibition center is centered on the functions of displaying, negotiation & reception and signing, and also has the advanced function of conducting activities, business & leisure, etc. as well as the indispensable supporting functions of office, storage and finance, etc. The construction of their project skillfully uses cultural elements, pursuing energy conservation and environmental protection and adhering to the principles of low construction energy consumption & durable construction. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Wuzhen Theater / Artech Architects

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Architects: Artech Architects
Location: Zhejiang,
Design Architect: Kris Yao
Design Team Taipei: Kuo-Chien Shen, Winnie Wang, Wen-Li Liu, Jake Sun, Andy Chang, Kevin Lin
Design Team Shanghai: Wen-Hong Chu, Fei-Chun Ying, Nai-Wen Cheng, Chu-Yi Hsu, Qi-Shen Wu, Jane jiang, Lei Feng
Contractor: Jujiang Construction Group
Area: 21750.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: David Chen, Fei-Chung Ying

Xuzhou Suning Plaza Proposal / Aedas

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Connecting time and space with the ‘lucky cloud’, the Aedas designed Xuzhou Suning Plaza is interpreted as magical and delightful, bringing history to life in Xuzhou. Located in the ‘Imperial Emperor’s Town’ of , the changing of forms inspires reverie and the oval buildings reflect the union of masculine and feminine qualities as well as power and gentleness. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Xiamen Wu Yuan Wan Mixed-Use Development Winning Proposal / Aedas

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Designed by Aedas, their competition winning proposal to design a bay front, mixed-use development in Wu Yuan Wan, Xiamen, China is comprised of a shopping mall, a five-star hotel and two SOHO towers. With a total gross floor area of 175,000 square meters, their design aims to become the centerpiece of a new master plan. Ultimately, it will be a new retail landmark and a well integrated complex that responds to its watery surrounding.  More images and architects’ description after the break.

Mapletree Minhang Development Proposal / Aedas

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With the ground breaking ceremony recently held to kick start construction, the Aedas designed Mapletree Minhang Development Project involves two sites – Mapletree Business City and VivoCity. With a site area of approximately 119,000 square meters and a gross floor area of about 297,000 square meters, Vivocity is designed as a double looped mall with high efficiency. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Films & Architecture: “24 City”

This Chinese movie by the acclaimed director cannot be considered documentary by having actors performing most of the scenes. However, it represents an attempt to show the dissociation between the rapid urban development and social behaviour of a population that seems to be a “victim” of globalisation.

The film is focused on a complex designed and deployed by the government with militar purposes, as a factory for producing and repairing mechanical elements for the army. This whole area became a city in itself where three generations grew up. Nowadays the future of this space will be to accomodate hundreds of luxury apartments, for what not only some modifications are going to take place, but the entire site will be demolished.

What do you think about this issue between physical environment and the social framework that constitutes a city? How should we consider this kind of mono-functional cities and what could be its future?

Video: Bianca Bosker Discusses Architectural Imitation in China

In ’s effort to modernize its cities, it has used architectural mimicry – essentially “copy-cat architecture” as journalist and author Bianca Bosker puts it – to rapidly and substantially “adapt to the market” for urban development.  Watch this video as Bosker describes the atmosphere of imitation that China has  adapted to bring western architectural styles to its housing market. Bianca Bosker is the author of “Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China”, in which she gives a tour of the various towns within major cities that have seen this rapid development.  Cities like Hangzhou has its own imitation of Venice, which includes man-made canals, townhouses, and villas.   has its own version of Paris, Eiffel Tower included.  And Beijing has an imitation of the London Bridge.

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Sanya Lake Park Super Market Proposal / NL Architects

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Housing Corporation VANKE recently asked NL Architects to make a proposal for a Super Market as part of a big resort in , the southernmost city in . Renowned for its tropical climate and for being a popular tourist destination, the site of the resort will consist of three clusters of large residential slabs of 21 stories high enveloping semi enclosed gardens. The public space plays a crucial role in the atmosphere of the area as a whole so a lot of consideration is going into creating a pleasant environment. More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘Shenyang International Automobile City’ Winning Proposal / SBA International

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SBA International’s concept of a sustainable development among industry, business and residential in the Chinese city of just won the first prize in the in the “Tiexi Waterfront Area” competition. Their ‘Clean City Concept’ includes a reduction of CO2 emissions, environmental green areas and office buildings which comply with the latest standards of a ‘Green Building’. The planning area is divided in three theme areas and in total covers an area of 90 square kilometers. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Famen Temple Zen Meditation Center Winning Proposal / OAC

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Following OAC’s win in the international design competition and completion of the master plan for the Famen Temple Zen Meditation Center in 2012, the architects recently completed the schematic designs for the buildings, landscape, and experiential features and art installations for meditation in the first phase of the project called the ‘Eightfold Path Forest’. As part of the new cultural master plan development on the site of the renowned 1,800 year-old Famen Buddhist Temple (aka Dharma Gate Temple) outside Xi’an, , this project is one of the largest architectural and landscape commissions in the world focused around an historic religious temple.More images and architects’ description after the break.

Hongqiao Business District Winning Proposal / MVRDV

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Upon recently winning the competition, MVRDV‘s design for the Hongqiao Business District recently started construction. The plan comprises ten office towers, an underground shopping center, cultural program, parking and a sunken plaza which will bring a more intimate form of urban life into an area currently dominated by large boulevards and urban expressway’s. Located near the fourth busiest airport in all of mainland , the 4.5ha site is divided into a small northern plot of 8,409 m2 and a larger southern plot. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Hu Huishan Memorial / Jiakun Architects

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Architects: Jiakun Architects
Location: , Sichuan Province, China
Architects: Liu Jiakun, Luo Ming, Zhang Tong, Sun En
Area: 52.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Iwan Baan

Wuxi Masterplan: Mixed Use Building Complex Proposal / ATENASTUDIO


ATENASTUDIO, in collaboration with Archmaster studio, has developed a masterplan for a new district in China, which takes a 200,000 sqm buildable zoning lot to present two main keywords which are the base of all design choices and that can be defined as generator elements of all the project: landscape and waterscape. The intention is to emphasize to the maximum the presence of water making it become a diffuse system, introducing it inside the area and in every part of the project, and using it as if it was a “3D liquid material”. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Zhujiajiao Museum of Humanities & Arts / Scenic Architecture

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Architects: Scenic Architecture
Location: Shanghai,
Architect In Charge: Zhu Xiaofeng
Design Team: Li Qitong, Xu Lei, Dong Zhiping, Zhang Hao
Client: Shanghai Dianshanhu Newtown Development Ltd.
Structural & Mep: Shanghai Xiandai Huagai Architectural Design Ltd.
Area: 1,818 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Iwan Baan

National Maritime Museum Competition Entry / Holm Architecture Office (HAO) + AI

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Situated outside the city of in Northern , the proposal for the new National Maritime Museum is designed to house both new and old maritime items with a focus on celebrating the historical achievements of Chinese naval exploration through out time. Designed by Holm Architecture Offce (HAO) + AI the museum combines all aspects of the maritime world, from aquarium to sailing to education, combining a series of unique visitor experiences under one roof. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Infographic: Life Inside The Kowloon Walled City

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It has been twenty years since the of the Kowloon Walled City. To mark this, the South China Morning Post has created an info-graphic that details the facts and figures of what life was like inside this architectural oddity. 

Read more about the madness that was KWC after the break…

Zhou Chunya Art Studio / TM Studio

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Architects: TM Studio
Location: Shanghai,
Project Architects: Tong Ming, Huang Xiaoying
Client: Zhou Chunya
Area: 3000.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of TM Studio

Hebei University of Technology Library Winning Proposal / Damian Donze (Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute)

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With an area of 48,636m2, the site of the Hebei University Library is located in the center of the new Beicheng Campus. This competition winning proposal by Damian Donze, of the Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute, is clearly divided. The base of the building is designated for some offices, an archive, a network center, a convention center and an exhibitions center. This way, the West entrance is reserved for the offices and the the network center while the East entrance is reserved for the convention center and the exhibition center. More images and architect’s description after the break.