Venice Biennale 2012: Originaire / China Pavilion

“Sequence” by Shao Weiping © Nico Saieh

From the curator Fang Zhenning:

“Originaire” is a word created to combine the meanings of “original” and “initial”. In the Chinese language, the character for “source” is specifically in the context of the water source. As such, we invoke the idea of “originaire” to seek the origin of memory and a mental image of the original world.

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Five architects, artists, and designers were asked to create five installations from different perspectives to represent different interpretations of the meaning of “originaire”.

Dalian Planning Museum / 10 Design

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The design for the new Dalian Planning Museum by 10 Design in Dalian, is envisioned to become a new civic sculpture at the heart of the city’s main governmental district.  The building is part of the first steps made by the Planning Bureau to promote landmark architecture in Dalian with an additional seven municipal civil projects, including a library, scientific center, urban planning exhibition, museum, and teenage activity center.  The Planning Building will serve as a modern, first-class venue for offices and exhibitions, and more importantly, an addition of cultural engagement for the public within the city.  The museum is also designed to be an example of technological innovation and sustainable practices.

Follow us after the break to read about the building’s advanced technology.

Wuxi Grand Theatre / PES-Architects

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Architects: PES-Architects
Location: Wuxi, ,
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 78,000 sqm
Photographs: Jussi Tiainen, Pan Weijun, Kari Palsila, Martin Lukasczyk

EXPO Booth / Design Initiatives

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The EXPO Booth, designed and built by Design Initiatives, presented their Not Just a Chair furniture collection which was displayed at the Outdoor Lifestyle Fair from March 21-24 of this year. Two wings curve out of the advertising wall with the company’s logo – the lower one becomes a platform to showcase the furniture objects, the upper one light up the exposed objects. The lower platform can be multi-functionally used as a meeting table. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Nanjing Conference Center / tvsdesign

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Architects: tvsdesign
Location: , China
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 120,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of tvsdesign

Jean Nouvel selected to design new National Art Museum of China

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Rumors are flying that Pritzker Prize winning architect Jean Nouvel has been selected to design the new National Art Museum of (NAMOC) in Beijing. Although the official announcement isn’t due until November, Architectural Record has claimed that multiple, unidentified sources confirmed the news. If the reports are true, the French architect will have beat out fellow Pritzker Prize-winning architects Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid for the highly coveted commission.

In a post-2008 Olympics attempt to attract more visitors to the area, the massive, 1.3 million square foot structure will be built next to the Herzog & de Meuron-designed Bird’s Nest. It will be one of three buildings planned for the area – the others being a museum dedicated to arts and crafts and a Sinology museum.

Continue after the break to learn what may have given Nouvel the edge.

Design Collective / Neri & Hu

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Architects: Neri & Hu Design and Research Office
Location: ,
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 2,000 sqm
Photographs: Shen Zhonghai

Curator Wanted for 2013 UABB in Shenzhen

officials are currently searching for the next curator of the 2013 “Urbanism\Architecture Bi-City Biennale” (UABB). Established in 2005, the bi-city biennale has explored the interdependent relationship between architecture and urbanism. Last year, chief curator Mr. Terence Riley attracted over 150,000 spectators with his exhibit “Architecture creates cities. Cities create architecture.” And now, you might have the same opportunity! Curator candidates are invited to develop their unique biennale theme based on the general idea of “Urban Boarder”. The final deadline for the proposal submission is September 24th, 2012. Read on for more details.

The Black Box / Neri & Hu

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Architects: Neri & Hu Design and Research Office
Location: 88 Yuqing Road, ,
Partners In Charge: Lyndon Neri, Rossana Hu
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute, Tuomas Uusheimo, Derryck Menere, Courtesy of Neri & Hu

The Waterhouse at South Bund / Neri & Hu

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Architects: Neri & Hu Design and Research Office
Location: ,
Design Team: Lyndon Neri, Rossana Hu, Debby Haepers, Cai Chun yan, Markus Stoecklein, Jane Wang
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute, Tuomas Uusheimo, Derryck Menere

21 Cake Headquarters / People’s Architecture Office

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Architects: People’s Architecture Office (He Zhe, James Shen, Zang Feng)
Location: Legend Town Creative Industry Park, Ciyunsi Bridge, Chaoyang District,
Design Team: Liu Xiujuan, Liang Shaoyi, Chen Yixuan, Emily Kwak, Cui Yujing
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office

Ping An Finance Center / KPF

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Soon to be ’s tallest tower at 660 meters, the Ping An Finance Center by KPF will anchor the city’s new Central Business District. Positioned at the southwest corner of the intersection of Yi Tian Road and Fu Hua Road in the Futian District, the tower will connect with neighboring properties in addition to Shenzhen Line 1 Gou Wu Gong Yuan metro station. More details after the break.

Taoyuanju / Vector Architects

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Architects: Vector Architects
Location: , China
Partner-in-Charge: Gong Dong, Chienho Hsu
Associate-in-Charge / Project Architect: Nan Wang
Architect: Dongping Sun, Han Ling
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 1,200 sqm
Photographs: Shu He

In Progress: Samaranch Memorial Museum / Archiland Beijing + HAO (Holm Architecture Office)

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Architects: Archiland Beijing,
Location: , China
Project Area: 15,000 sqm
Client: City of Tianjin
Collaborators: Krag & Berglund, Cowi Beijing
Photographs: Courtesy of HAO

Meixihu Culture & Arts Centre / Hans Hollein & Partner

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Unfolding around Meixi Lake, the Meixihu Culture & Arts Centre, designed by Hans Hollein & Partner, incorporates a carefully conceived mix of functions nerved generously with waterways, underground traffic roads, and boulevards. In a prime position, overlooking the waters and the ceremony island, the project will become the largest multifunctional world class culture and art centre of international standing in the Hunan province. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Weihai Pavilion / Make Architects

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Architects: Make Architects
Location: , Shandong, China
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Shu He

Intercontinental Sanya Resort / WOHA

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Architects: WOHA
Location: 27号 Luling Rd, Sanya, Hainan,
Architect In Charge: Richard Hassell, Wong Mun Summ, Herbert Salim, Ranjit Wagh, Lai Soong Hai, Miikka Leppanen, Muhammad Sagitha, Jascha Oakes, Gabriella Patai, Mappaudang Ridwan Saleh, Anapat Chanadisai
Project Manager: Metro Millennium Consolidated Building Consultants Ltd
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 129,117 sqm
Photographs: Patrick Bingham-Hall

Parkview Club / Panorama

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Architects: Panorama
Location: , Guangdong,
Design Team: Pan, Alan Tse, Nick Wong
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 3600.0 sqm
Photographs: Ng Siu Fung