Li Xiaodong Wins The Inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize

The Liyuan Library. Image Courtesy of RAIC / Li Xiaodong Studio

The Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC) have announced that Li Xiaodong has been awarded the inaugural Moriyama International Prize, named after esteemed Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama. The prize, which comes with a monetary value of CAD$100,000, has been established to recognise buildings that are judged to be “transformative, inspired as well as inspiring, and emblematic of the human values of respect and inclusiveness.”

The jury deliberated projects submitted from nine countries: , China, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom and Tajikistan. According to the citation, the jury was “impressed by the breadth of international interest in the prize and encouraged by the high level of engagement with the aims and objectives of the program revealed in the submissions.” The prize is open to all architects irrespective of nationality and location and seeks to recognise a single work of architecture (as opposed to a life’s work), celebrating buildings in use.

Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel / AZL Architects

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Architects: AZL Architects
Location: Nanjing, Jiangsu,
Area: 200.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yao Li

ChenJiaShan Park Tea Lounge Renovation / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects

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Architects: Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects
Location: Jiading, , China
Design Team: Liu Yuyang, Benson Chen, Jimmy Poek, Yongjiang Liang, Gang Zhao
Area: 850.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Jeremy San

Long Museum West Bund / Atelier Deshaus

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Architects: Atelier Deshaus
Location: Longteng Avenue, Xuhui, , China, 200231
Architect In Charge: Liu Yichun, Chen Yifeng
Design Team: Liu Yichun, Chen Yifeng, Wang Longhai, Wang Weishi, Wu Zhenghui, Wang Xuepei, Chen Kun
Area: 33007.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Su Shengliang, Xia Zhi

Angdong Hospital Project / Rural Urban Framework

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Architects: Rural Urban Framework
Location: Baojing, , Hunan,
Architect In Charge: Joshua Bolchover and John Lin
Design Team: Joshua Bolchover and John Lin, Rural Urban Framework (RUF)
Project Team: Mark Kingsley, Jeffery Huang, Crystal Kwan, Huang Zhiyun, Tiffany Leung, Johnny Cullinan, Tanya Tsui, Joyce Ip
Area: 1450.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework (RUF)

Senior Center of Guangxi / Atelier Alter

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Architects: Atelier Alter
Location: , Guangxi, China
Architects In Charge: Xiaojun Bu, Yingfan Zhang
Area: 17576.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier Alter

Tianjin Riverside 66 / Kohn Pedersen Fox

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Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox
Location: Tianjin, Tianjin,
Design Principal: James von Klemperer, FAIA
Director/Senior Designer: Jeffrey Kenoff, AIA
Project Team Leader Ny: Audrey Choi
Project Team Leader Hk: Edwin Lau
Area: 152800.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Tim Griffith

Jinqiao 21 Office / Space Cube Design Lab

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Architects: Space Cube Design Lab
Location: Pudong, , China
Area: 35517.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Su Shengliang

Joyce Wang’s Hong Kong Restaurant Named World’s Best Interior of 2014

World Interior of the Year 2014: MOTT32 / . Image Courtesy of INSIDE

Joyce Wang Studio’s MOTT32 bar and restaurant in has been named the best interior space of 2014. The news was announced today in Singapore at the INSIDE World Festival of Interiors, alongside the World Architecture Festival’s Building of the Year announcement

MOTT32, which initially took first in it’s category, was selected as the world’s best interior from 60 nominations and a shortlist of nine. The project was lauded for it’s “rich texture”, “theatrical environment” and “sophisticated” detail. 

More about the “world’s best interior,” after the break. 

RTA-Office Designs Service Center for China’s International Garden Expo

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RTA-Office has been selected to design and construct ’s 10th International Garden Expo Service Center in Wuhan. The center will serve as the main entrance for pedestrian and public transportation visitors on the edge of the Fuhe River at the 214 hectare site’s north entrance. 

The Expo, which will commence in 2015, is one of the largest garden events in China. It will take place within the grounds of the Zhang Gongdi forest park and occupy a vast landfill area, making the Expo’s realization a major ecological restoration project.  

More from the architects, after the break.

Tiantai No.2 Primary School / LYCS Architecture

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Architects: LYCS Architecture
Location: Tiantai, , Zhejiang,
Area: 10190.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yu Xu, Shengliang Su

Jing Mian Xin Cheng / Spark Architects

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Architects: Spark Architects
Location: Beijing, Beijing,
Project Director: Jan Felix Clostermann
Project Architect: Phi Wenhui Lu
Desing Team: Andrew Ng, Chris Taeubert
Area: 87800.0 sqm
Photographs: ShuHe

Emerging Objects Design 3D Printed Salt House

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The architects of Emerging Objects have devised a scheme for a 3D printed house made from locally harvested salt and concrete. Known as the “3D Printed House 1.0,” the case study residence was commissioned by the Jin Hai Lake Resort . It integrates traditional construction methods with renewable 3D printed materials, manufactured by Emerging Objects, to build a house that is sustainable, structurally sound and beautiful.

Travel Diary: Álvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira by Fernando Guerra

About one month ago, three major figures in Portuguese architecture – Pritzker Laureate Álvaro Siza, architect Carlos Castanheira and one of today’s most prominent architectural photographers, Fernando Guerra -  began an uncommon adventure.

During 22 days the architects traveled through many Asian countries inaugurating buildings, visiting new projects and meeting other architects like Pritzker Laureate Whang Shu. At the end of their trip, the trio visited the “Shadow of light – a portrait of Álvaro Siza” exhibition opening and vernissage, in Macau, realized by .

We were able to follow this intimate journey through the images taken by Guerra and published every day in his Instagram – a careful, spontaneous and delicate photographic narrative that shows a little bit of what were these weeks with Siza and Castanheira were like. Back in Portugal, Fernando Guerra published an interesting report on those last weeks and generously shared with us both his writings and his beautiful pictures.

Read the text and enjoy Guerra’s photographs after the break.

“Cloud Citizen” Awarded Joint Top Honors in Shenzhen Bay Super City Competition

Courtesy of Urban Future Organization and CR-Design

Cloud Citizen, a proposal for a new high-rise typology by Urban Future Organization and CR-Design, in collaboration with a team of experts at Chalmers Technical University, has been jointly awarded the highest prize in the Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan Competition. Their futuristic design features a singular mega building complex that aims to create a hyper dense urban center that gives back to the environment. Read on after the break to learn more about the proposal.

GMT London / Z&M Architects

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Architects: Z&M Architects
Location: Xintiandi, , China, 200000
Design Team: Liu Zhiyong, Meng Hao
Client: xintiandi & GMT LONDON
Area: 185.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Su Shengliang

JH Factory Complex Design / XU Kai

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Location: Huli, Xiamen, Fujian, , 361009
Area: 9500.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Amelie Yang, Courtesy of XU Kai

Jean Nouvel Releases Official Design for National Art Museum of China

To the East, a fusion of sky and gardens. Image © Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Jean Nouvel has unveiled the official design for the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC). Originally inspired by the simplicity of “a single brush stroke,” the 21st century art and calligraphy museum will become the centerpiece of a new cultural district at Olympic Park, rising next to the historic axis of and symbolically connecting to the Forbidden City.

New images of the and more from Nouvel, after the break…