Xiqu Center Design Competition

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The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) recently launched a design competition to deliver one of the first landmark buildings for the West Kowloon Cultural District, the Center. The Chinese opera venue will provide a world-class facility for the preservation and development of the art form in Hong Kong and will be designed to host and produce the finest examples of Cantonese and other Chinese opera performances.The Center, scheduled for completion around the end of 2015, will be the first of 17 core arts and cultural venues to be opened within the District and one of 15 proposed performing arts venues. The deadline for submissions in April 10, 2012. More information on the competition after the break.

Occupying a prime site at the eastern edge of the District on the corner of Canton Road and Austin Road West, the center will provide a gateway of access to the Cultural District. The competition covers the design of a 1,100-seat main theatre, a 400-seat small theatre, a Tea House for performances for audiences up to 200 and ancillary training and education facilities. Michael Lynch, Chief Executive Officer of WKCDA said, “The competition heralds a new phase of the West Kowloon Cultural District development. We are proceeding to a detailed design stage and I am looking forward to working with inspired creative teams on the realization of our ambitions for the Cultural District.”

“Following the fantastic response to the West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre performances at the start of the Year of Dragon, we know Chinese Opera has a special place in the heart of Hong Kong people. We want to find a design team that can deliver for Hong Kong a world-class home for Chinese Opera practitioners, students and audiences and a facility fitting for such an important form of Chinese cultural heritage”

For more detailed information, please visit their official website here.

Changzhou Culture Center / gmp Architekten

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gmp Architekten was recently awarded the first prize in the international competition to build the Culture Center in the newly created city center. With a total floor area of 365,000 square meters, the building in this city of three million, between Wuxi and Nanjing, is six times the size of the Louvre in Paris. Reflecting elements of ’s southern Chinese culture and the city’s prominent water features, their design includes a number of museums such as an arts museum, a science and technology museum and a library, together with service facilities supporting the center for culture in the Xinbei district of the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

China Southern Airport City / Woods Bagot

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Serving , as a distinctive emblem of Southern Airlines’ global leadership, the winning proposal by Woods Bagot is a bold reinterpretation of the corporate campus model. A 400-hectare, mixed-use development, the three-precinct master plan integrates business, manufacturing, residential, and cultural amenities within a comprehensive open space network that supports recreational opportunity and bolsters ecological vitality. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Institute of Optimistic Architectures / WAI Architecture

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WAI Architecture Think Thank has completed a study for an architecture, urbanism and spatial politics laboratory in the center of . Conceived as an avant-garde institution for the education of environmental and spatial design, their design creates an educational center based on the principle of open learning and cross-disciplinarity. The building arranges the multiple programs in a sequence of open spaces and sloping floors that together form a continuous loop of learning experiences. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Sake Manzo / Beijing Matsubara and Architects

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Architects: Beijing Matsubara and Architects – Hironori Matsubara, Kazunori Yamaguchi
Location: Tuanjiehu Beisitiao, Chaoyang district, Beijing,
Total floor area: 382 sqm.
Completion: 2011
Construction: LI Qiyun
Client: Beijing YilinChuangyeShangmao Ltd
Photographs: Misae Hiromatsu

Xinjin Zhi Museum / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Location: , China
Client: Fantasia Group
Structural engineers: Oak Structural Design Office
Mechanical engineers: P.T.Morimura & Associates,LTD
Completion: 2011
Site area: 2,580 sqm
Building Area: 787 sqm
Total floor area: 2,353 sqm
Total Budget: 30,000,000RMB
Photographs: Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates

Nantong Sports Center Winning Proposal / Henn

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Henn architects recently won the first prize in the invited international competition to design a new sports center in Nantong, , which is in close proximity to . The Nantong Sports Center establishes a hybrid of landscape, public space and athletic functions. As the epicenter of the complex, the 50,000sqm stadium features a 400 m track and seating for 10,000 spectators. Smaller independent sports halls surround the central stadium, interconnected by a diagrid path network which seamlessly links all functions throughout the site. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Envision Energy Headquarters / AECOM

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The Envision Energy Headquarters, designed by AECOM, is located in Jiangyin, Province, .  Envision Energy is the leading Chinese wind turbine manufacturer that emphasizes in research, development, manufacturing, sales and maintenance.  The new 3-story 3,000 square meter facility is a mixed use, multi-layered space which includes program of offices, dining facilities, galleries and exhibition spaces, an employee recreation lounge with karaoke room, theater, gym, massage room and game room.  The facility supports all employees from skilled laborers to executive directors and encompasses the attitiude of the company, celebrating wind energy as the fastest growing clean alternative energy solution.  The architects were asked to design the facility to express this technology.

Read on for more on the design after the break.

Main Pavilion for the 9th China (Beijing) International Garden Expo / Atelier 11

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Located in natural surroundings close to the mountain, river, and wetland in the west south suburb of Beijing, Atelier 11’s proposal for the main pavilion of the Expo aims to create an artificial landscape. Rather than a manmade construction, their design echos the park’s site condition and the Expo’s particular theme. Simplistic form, unique spaces, and flexible planning become elements that both facilitate and influence one another in the overall design. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Hangzhou South Railway Station / gmp Architekten

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Following their success in winning first prize in an international competition, gmp Architekten hs been commissioned to design the new southern railway station in , . The project involves the conversion and extension of the station in the Xiao Shan district to the south of the Qiantang river; after the eastern and main railway stations it will be the third largest railway station of this metropolis. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Grey Brick Galleries, Red Brick Galleries, Three Shadows Photographic Centre by Ai Weiwei at Cao Chang Di, Beijing

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Architect: Fake Design,
Location: Cao Chang Di, Beijing
Photographs: Li Shi Xing, Andrea Giannotti

Beijing urban expansion _
The fast and enormous urban development of Beijing has transformed the city into a metropolis made of suburban residential compounds, abandoned industrial plants, community housing blocks from the 70s-80s and popular self-grown villages. A mix of high rise residential areas, business districts, impressive infrastructures enclosing spontaneous house areas surviving the demolition and renovation dictated by the construction market. The population has grown from 1 to 18 millions in 60 years, and the size of the city has reached 5 times the ancient capital within the walls – the 2nd Ring Road.

The urban expansion, mostly based on imported urban models and low quality constructions, has been exploding in the past 30 years, and it is rooted with political and economical decisions, as well as local culture and history. Briefly, Beijing is a stunning showcase of urban consequences happening in the world’s first growing economy, during an explosive industrial revolution.

Shanghai Terminal / Frank Repas Architecture

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Architect: Frank Repas Architecture
Location: Shanghai,
Structural Engineering: Weidlinger Associates, Inc. (New York)
Environmental Engineering: ARUP – Hong Kong
Glass Facades: RFR Paris, Stuttgart and Shanghai
Photographs: Antoine Duhamel

Hallway House / NL Architects

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Hallway House, a radical residential project designed by NL Architects, has been conceived within the framework of a ‘match making’ program set up by the Dutch Architecture institute (NAi), together with Housing Corporation VANKE. As a Sino-Dutch collaboration in social housing, NL Architects has created a new concept for high-quality affordable housing on a site in Huilongguan, . More images and architects’ description after the break.

Yungang Grottoes Museum in Datong / Do Union Architecture

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Architects: Do Union Architecture – Dapeng Cheng
Location: ,
Completion: 2011
Total: 9,939.46 sqm
Materials/products: VMZINC
Photographs: Do Union Architecture

7th International Strawberry Symposium / DADA Architectural Design + Planning

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Architect: DADA Architectural Design + Planning
Location: Changping District, ,
Design Architect: DADA- Principal: Wu Hua; Design Partner: Zhao Zhao
Project Managers: Duan Gong, Li Gang, Project Architect: Jonathan Kan
Parametric Design: Zhou Difeng
Design Team: Jessica Strandell, Yao Cong
Architect of Record: ZJHJ
Completion:
Budget: 300M CNY ( US$47.6M )
Built Area: 50,000 sqm
Site Area: 28,760 m
Photographs: Courtesy of DADA Architectural Design + Planning

   

Starry Night Dining / Panorama International Limited

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Architects: Panorama International Limited
Location: WuXi,
Area: 700 sqm
Completion Date: Jan 2012
Client: Star Food Service (Suzhou) Inc.
Design Team: Horace Pan, Alan Tse, Ardy Tsoi
Photographs: Ng Siu Fung

Pool At Fragrant Hill / Zephyr Architects

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Architects: Zephyr Architects
Location: ,
Client: Private
Project Area: 123 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Project Team: Zhao Zhonggui, Yang Ching-Chyi, Xu Xiaoye
Landscape Architect: Fang Musheng
Photographs: Shu He

Tsinghua University Law Department Library Proposal / Zhubo

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Seeking to improve their outdated and overcrowded department library, the intention for the design of the Law school library aims at housing their growing book collection and creating a central focus for the school. After numerous studies and surveys indicated that students and faculties in Tsinghua hunger for open and easy-communication space, Zhubo based their concept on a people-oriented idea instead of a formalistic one. At the same time, they hoped for an eye-catching library that enlivens the campus, creating a destination that attracts both students and teachers. More images and architects’ description after the break.