‘Calling of the Sea’ – Exhibition Hall for Yantai Development Zone Blueprint / Origin Architect

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‘Calling of the Sea’, the proposal for the exhibition hall for Development Zone Blueprint by Origin Architect, will be not only a space to exhibit the blueprint of Yantai City, but also present an attitude itself and the possible future of the coastal city, as well as the visions experienced directly. The starting point for the entire design derives from cherishing and respect to unique land conditions. It makes an attempt for common development and symbiotic relationship of urban architectures and nature, protect and develop natural resources, and restore hangovers from the past. In the end, it can make the city’s single coastal environment thriving. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Wang Shu’s Work – 2012 Pritzker Prize

Ningbo History Museum © Lv Hengzhong, Courtesy of

Today, from Amateur Architecture Studio has been announced as the  2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate.

Here you will find a selection of his recent projects, such as the New Academy of Art in Hangzhou, the Ceramic House and the Ningbo History Museum.

Ordos Art & City Museum / MAD Architects

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Architect: MAD Architects
Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia,
Directors: Ma Yansong, Yosuke Hayano, Dang Qun
Design Team: Shang Li, Andrew C. Bryant, Howard Jiho Kim, Matthias Helmreich, Linda Stannieder, Zheng Tao, Qin Lichao, , Sun Jieming, Yin Zhao, Du Zhijian, Yuan Zhongwei, Yuan Ta, Xie Xinyu, Liu Weiwei, Felipe Escudero, Sophia Tang, Diego Perez, Art Terry, Jtravis B Russett, Dustin Harris
Client: Municipality of Ordos
Site Area: 27,760 sqm
Building Area: 41, 227 sqm
Building Height: 40 m
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Shu He

Spiral Gallery / Atelier Deshaus

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Architect: Atelier Deshaus (Liu Yichun / Chen Yifeng)
Location: Tianzhu Rd, , , China
Project Team: Liu Yichun, Chen Yifeng, Fan Beilei
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 250 sqm
Photographs: Shu He , Yao Li,  Zhang Siye, Liu Yichun

Affordable Housing Proposal / FCHA

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The strategy by FangCheng Architects for the affordable housing design in Shenzhen involves bringing the apartments outside the urban core. Their concept is to build as many affordable houses as possible in the urban center, which can decrease residents’ travelling time and increase usage and sharing of urban facilities. This strategy aims to improve social housing integration in the urban core which is done through building 6200 affordable housing units in the urban center. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Ultralight Centrifugal Pavilion / Clavel Arquitectos

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Architects: Clavel Arquitectos – Manuel Clavel Rojo
Location: Shenzhen, China
Collaborators: Ricardo Carcelén González, Diego Victoria García, Robin Harloff, Rafael de Giles González, David Hernández Conesa
Client: 2011 & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture
Completion: December 2011
Total area: 150 sqm
Photographs: Cristóbal Palma

Maillen Hotel And Apartment / Urbanus

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Architects: Urbanus
Location: Yanshan Road, Shekou, Nanshan District, , China
Project Designers, Design Director: Meng Yan, Zhu Jialin
Architecture Design: Zheng Ying, Huang Zhiyi, Yao Xiaowei, Zuo Lei, Liu Xiaoqiang, Yie Peijun, Li Da, Shen Yandan, Ji Yuyu, Zhang Zhen, Liu Liu, Liu Zirong, Xia Miao, Yuan Yi, Guo Donghai
Landscape Design: Xing Guo, Wei Zhijiao, Ding Yu, Cedric Yu, Li Jing, Huang Yihong, Liao Zhixiong
Client: China Merchants Real Estate Co. Ltd.
Completion: 2011
Site Area: 13,198 sqm
Floor Area: 21,540 sqm
Photographs: Wu Qiwei

SuZhou 133: BaiTang One Kindergarten Project / CPG Advisory

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Integrated within the overall residential development of SuZhou 133: Baitang One, the aim of the kindergarten design by CPG Advisory is to provide a high quality, inspiring environment for early age education in the new CBD of SuZhou, . The design concept is based on the famous children classic: Jack and Beanstalk. By using vines, leaves and beans as the architectural and landscape design elements, a kindergarten associated with the “Magic World” in the story of Jack and Beanstalk is created. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Elevated Night Club Hotel in Hong Kong / Urbanplunger

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The young architectural studio Urbanplunger was recently awarded third prize in the international competition to design a Night Club Hotel in the dense city of . Their proposal consists of a uniquely suspended building structure described as an “architectural parasite” that leans on neighboring buildings in order to elevate itself above ground. Read on for more.

SOM Wins Master Plan Competition for Beijing Bohai Innovation City

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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) has been selected as winner of an international design competition with its Bohai Innovation City master plan that illustrates a new model of compact, environmentally enhanced urban design.

The winning proposal centers a new environmentally friendly district along the high-speed rail line, linking the national capital to the port city of Tianjin while leveraging the economic and lifestyle assets of the Beijing-Tianjin corridor. The city expansion will bring 17.6 million square meters of mixed-use development, with a focus on providing a premier headquarters location for advanced industries in the dynamically growing Bohai Rim, a region that already accounts for more than a quarter of ’s GDP.

Continue reading for more.

Nanshan Wedding Center / Urbanus

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Architects: Urbanus
Location: Nanshan Distrit, ,
Design Director: Meng Yan, Zhu Jialin 
Project Director: Zhang Zhen, Fu Zhuoheng, Wei Zhijiao
Architecture Designers: Wang Jun, Yin Yujun, Hu Zhigao,Li Qiang, Zhang Xinfeng 
Landscape Designers: Liao Zhixiong, Lin Ting, Yu Xiaolan, Liu Jie
Collaborator: Guoqun Studio (Interior Design); Shenzhen Keyuan Construction Group co.,Ltd (Curtain wall Design)
Client: Construction Bureau of Nanshan District
Completion: 2011
Site Area: 3,002.5 sqm
Floor Area: 977.5 sqm
Photographs: Meng Yan, Wu Qiwei

Ming-Tang Hot Spring Resort / CT Design

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Architect: CT Design + Cooperation Team
Location: , Hebei Province,
Site Area: About 12 hectares at the first phase
Investment: About 600,000,000 TWD
Hot Spring Hotel Area: 13,000 sqm approx.
Design Team: C T Design, Taipei Taiwan, Yuan-Sheng Chen, Chin-Ling Tseng, Ya-Hsin Chen, Annelie Hakansson
Cooperation Team: LPD Landscape Planning & Design Inc, Tokyo Japan; Yutaka Akama; Hideyuki Ishii; Michiko Yokota and Light
Completion: Nov 2010
Photographs: Tony

Sanya Block 5 / NL Architects

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As part of a resort development, the first prize proposal for Block 5 by NL Architects consists of 8 blocks of 6 stories on top of a ground floor with restaurants, bars and retail. Located in the Hainan Province and the southernmost city in , Sanya is well known for its tropical climate and popular tourist destination. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Shanxi Grand Theater / Arte Charpentier Architectes

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The project of the Shanxi opera house in , designed by Arte Charpentier Architectes, is at the heart of challenges such as the rapid development of the city and imposing reflections on its planning and scope. Situated in the new district of Changfeng, in the heart of a green island, it participates in the creation of a new centrality for the city. More images and project description after the break.

Pass Plus Cafe / Imagine Native

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Architect: Imagine Native
Location: Hongqiao Railway Station, , China
Firm Principal: Edmond Tse (HKIA), F. Fung (HKIA), C. Lai
Client: Pass Plus Restaurant Management Co. Ltd.
Area: 140 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Kingkay Architectural Photography

Heads Up: 10 Fastest Growing and Declining Cities

Santiago, Chile: Photo by Flickr user Gord McKenna, licensed through Creative Commons.

According to Derek Thompson’s article for The Atlantic, the Brookings Institute recently published a ranking of the world’s 200 largest metropolitan economies. The Global MetroMonitor division of the Brookings Institute, published the report on January 2012. In this brief synopsis, he reveals the “10 Fastest-Growing (and Fastest-Declining) Cities in the World”. Among the fastest growing is Santiago, Chile, the only Latin American country in the top 10. The top 10 is primarily populated by Asian countries – China, Turkey and all have multiple cities in on the list. Conversly, the tail end of the list is dominated by Western European countries most affected by the economic downturn, with just two cities from the US – Sacramento, California and Richmond, Virginia.

The survey primarily focuses on their economic development comparing income and job growth, to say nothing of the cultural, societal, and political circumstances which may or may not be contributing the dynamism of each city’s economy. Thompson points out, two of the fastest growing cities in the world, Izmir, Turkey and Santiago, Chile are also among the poorest. Developing countries have the most to gain as they join the global economy but it may still be sometime before the economic growth balances a comfortable standard of living.  Watch the interview with Alan Berube from MetroMonitor.

With all of that in mind, follow us after the break for a look at the list.

Haxi New District Office Building / ZNA

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Architects: ZNA / Zeybekoglu Nayman Associates
Location: Harbin,
Site area: 18,100 sqm
Building area: 23,109 sqm
Project Years: 2007-2009
Client: Haxi Traditional Manufacture District Redevelopment, LTD.
Photographs: Gao Han

   

Update: Xi’an International Horticultural Expo 2011

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Throughout the past year we have been keeping you updated on the events leading up to the commencement of the Xi’an International Horticultural Expo which ran from May through October 2011 and welcomed over 15 million visitors during its 178-day run. As the largest and best attended international horticultural event of 2011, the Expo offered architects and landscape architects the unique opportunity to design for a traditional event model which became the precedent for the world’s fairs of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. To define the expo’s primary experience, the organizers held an international competition, selecting the “Flowing Gardens” project by London-based design firm Plasma Studio and GroundLab. Developed in collaboration with the local landscape practice , “Flowing Gardens” is comprised of a 37 hectare master plan, including a 5,000SM Creativity Pavilion, a 4,000SM Greenhouse, a 3,500SM Gate Building and various landscapes which run along an extended spine that delineates the site. The project initiated the redevelopment of a large area of Xi’an between the airport and the city’s ancient center, famous as the home of the Terracotta Army of the Qin Dynasty. More after the break.