Kunshan Huaqiao Forum and Hotel Proposal / Ojanen_Chiou Architects

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Ojanen_Chiou Architects shared with us their first prize winning proposal for the Kunshan Huaqiao Forum and Hotel where the city is known as the birthplace of traditional Kunqu opera, and is renowned for its unique canal townships in the Yangtze River Delta. The effort to create synergy between urban development and environmental habitat, while creating numerous layers of experience that maximize the use and enjoyment of the water’s edge, became the inspiration for the organization and form of the architecture. As the centerpiece of the entire development, the buildings seek to exemplify an adaptive, ecological and progressive spirit while retaining a strong connection to local cultural traditions. More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘Fierljep’ Polder and Information Centre / Bureau B+B

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The city of is located 430 kilometers north of in the province of Liaoning and lies 20 kilometers inland. The Longqiwan New Area is an urban development on the coast of the Bonzai Sea. Part of this development is a park, for which Bureau B+B is building a ‘fierljep’ polder and an information centre. This polder-garden will open during the Jinzhou World Landscape Art Exposition in 2013. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Lotus Park / Studio 505

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Australian architects and designers Studio 505 are currently completing a series of iconic projects in a new cultural precinct in Victoria’s ‘sister state’ Jiangsu Province in .

Located in Wujin in the Changzhou precinct, the 3.5 hectare Lotus Park has been designed to be occupied throughout the year with festivals and functions throughout the day and night. The design establishes a clear and active programme of functions and includes the W Gallery, a new museum of contemporary art and many new entertainment and restaurant venues. The themes of environmental sustainability, education, recreation and community focused arts programmes are key to the establishment and success of the park programme. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Institutes of Higher Learning Proposal / Adrian Lo

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, a budding architect, shared with us his first prize winning proposal for the Tropical Architecture Design Competition for Institutes of Higher Learning. His concept, “Architoptoe,” is defined as any architecture that is designed to fit a specific “social-urban-environmental biotope”. i.e. a design through understanding a city or a macro-area as a ecological system (a natural system evolved through a set of cultural, social, economical, historical and environmental rules.) Each archi-biotope is a small-scale zone with unique events and programs that are mixed and hybridized. More images and project description after the break.

Update: Erdos Museum / MAD

When we first saw MAD’s Erdos Museum for Inner Mongolia, the renderings teased us with a futuristic blob-like form that was planned for ’ designed, but yet not constructed, urban masterplan. Now, a few years later, the firm is celebrating the museum’s completion and the finished effect of both the form and its materiality can be fully appreciated. MAD shared a video on the finished project with us and we hope you enjoy it!

More info about the project after the break.

Suzhou Industrial Park Central Business District / SWA Group

Lead by principal designers Hui-Li Lee and John Wong, SWA Group  along with consulting architect Ojanen_Chiou Architects provided the winning competition proposal for the Suzhou Industrial Park Central Business District which aims to bridge old and new cultural historic heritage through the innovative design of public open space.  Providing a focal point for the Suzhou’s CBD, the park highlights its ideal location, the connection between ecological and social environments, and the unique landscape of Jinji Lake which offers a mix of urban life and waterfront activities .

Landscape Architects: SWA Group
Location: Suzhou, China
Consulting Architect: Ojanen_Chiou Architects
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Steven Holl Architects’ Sliced Porosity Block Tops Out

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The Sliced Porosity Block—the Raffles City development designed by Steven Holl Architects in —celebrates its topping out at 123 meters. Located just south of the intersection of the First Ring Road and Ren Min Nan Road, the 3 million square feet mixed-use complex consists of five towers with offices, apartments, retail, a hotel, cafes, and restaurants. More images and complete press release after the break.

MAX & Co / Duccio Grassi Architects

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Architects: Duccio Grassi Architects 
Location: IFC – Hong Kong,
Client: Max Mara Fashion Group
Project Area: 157 sqm
Project Year:  2011
Photographer: Virgile Simon Bertrand

 

How small U.S. Architectural Firms are Profiting from China’s Economic Boom

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It is a known fact that larger architectural firms have been commissioned work in China for years, giants such as Steven Holl Architects and Goettsch Partners are known to have well-established satellite offices in Shanghai. Without a doubt, Chinese work has filled the void left by the less than impressive American economy, but it is only within the past decade that these projects have been extended to smaller architectural firms within the United States.

Find out how small U.S. architectural firms are profiting from China’s economic boom after the break.

Beijing Yizhuang Mix / Design Crew for Architecture (DCA)

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Yizhuang is a new city in the south-east of . At the moment, the area is only fields on which the infrastructures’ works have already started. There is a main street that will go throughout the city from north to south. This main street will be crossed by 3 main knots defining 3 main districts: an administrative district, a cultural district and an offices district. The Yizhuang Mix, designed by Design Crew for Architecture, is located in the offices district and will be the first to be built. A train station stops right in front of the plot and the line will be linking downtown Beijing to the upcoming Yizhuang city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Bifurcating Ecologies / Kenneth To – Wendy W Fok

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Bifurcating Ecologies, designed by Kenneth To (under Design Advisor, Wendy W Fok, and Project Team, , Marco Chan), is a developmental master planning proposal which traces through humanizing the accessibility of the Hong Kong Wanchai District Waterfront through proposing new branching open landscapes and bifurcation of programs, which introduces new innovative topological energy creation that regenerates and reconnects the community. More images and project description after the break.

Passenger Terminal Building Proposal / IN&EDIT Architecture

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IN&EDIT Architecture shared with us their proposal for the Passenger Terminal Building international competition which included four vehicular bridges across the River. The project aims to emulate how trees are organisms that stand by themselves, so their shape has an inherent, structural rationality. As a result, public flow through the trunk and roots will guide pedestrians from one riverside to the other. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Haikou Tower Competition Winner / HENN

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HENN have won the first prize in the international competition to design the Tower in , China. More information and images after the break.

China as Architectural Testing Ground

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The emergence of on the global economic stage has been discussed at nauseum in myriad publications. But this emergence has had an impact on the world of architecture, providing a testing ground where architects can experiment with new ideas about sustainability and urban growth. These new ideas have been realized in recently completed structures, and more are just beginning construction or have been proposed for the future. More on these new buildings after the break.

Mochen Office / Mochen Architects & Engineers

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Architect: Mochen Architects & Engineers
Location: , China
Structural/Mechanical/Electrical/Civil Engineer: Mochen Architects & Engineers
Client: Mochen Architects & Engineers
Project Year: 2005
Project Area: 3396 sqm
Photographs: Shu He, Lin Mingshu

In Progress: Phoenix International Media Center / BIAD UFo

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Architects: BIAD UFo
Location: Beijing,
Client: Phoenix Satellite Television
Project Year: 2009-2012
Project Area: 64973 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of BIAD UFo

DAL Canopy Design / Digital Architectural Lab

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Architects: Digital Architectural Lab (DAL)
Location: , China
Collaborators: Gehry Technologies () Co., Ltd, Free sky Interior Design & Decoration Co., Ltd
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Digital Architectural Lab (DAL)

Chicony Plaza / Goettsch Partners

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Architect: Goettsch Partners
Location: , China
Project Year: 2011
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Chicony Plaza is a 37-story mixed-use complex that has just recently reached substantial completion in Chengdu, China.  Designed by of Chicago, IL, the massive complex occupies a complete city bock and, at present, serves the city of Chengdu as a department store with a 450-room hotel schedule to open in the fall of 2012.