Tea House / Archi-Union Architects

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Architect: Archi-Union Architects
Location: No. 1436 Jungong Road, Yangpu District, ,
Area: approx 300 sqm
Construction: August, 2010 – May, 2011
Chief Designer: Philip F. Yuan
Design Team: Alex Han, Fuzi He
Photographer: Zhonghai Shen

Hong Kong Alternative Car Park Tower / Chris Y. H. Chan + Stephanie M. L. Tan

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The Alternative Car Park Tower, designed by Chris Y. H. Chan + Stephanie M. L. Tan, is an alternative building typology that could fit for a city with very limited land resources. At the same time, they are critiquing the current developments of most metropolitan cities: growing rapidly without vision and preparation for our human future. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Plot 6 & Tea House in Jiangsu Software Park / Atelier Deshaus

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Architect: Atelier Deshaus (Liu Yichun/Zhuang Shen/Chen Yifeng)
Location: Jishan, Jiangnin Developed District, Nanjing, China
Project Team: Chen Yifeng, Liu Yichun, Zhuang Shen, Chen Juan, Tang Yu
Building Area: 20000 sqm
Site Area: 24238 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Shu He

Dragon Skin Pavilion / Emmi Keskisarja, Pekka Tynkkynen & LEAD

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Architects: Emmi Keskisarja, Pekka Tynkkynen, Kristof Crolla (LEAD) and Sebastien Delagrange (LEAD)
Location: Kowloon Park,
Collaborators: Gilles Retsin, EDGE Laboratory for Architectural and Urban Research, Tampere University of Technology, UPM Kymmene
Built Area: 16 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Pekka Tynkkynen, Emmi Keskisarja

Night Club Hotel in Hong Kong: Extremely Negative / YS Groundwork

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We have already introduced you to the Night Club Hotel: Bubble X (2nd place) and Elevated Night Club (3rd place) winning entries for the Night Club Hotel in Hong Kong by vGH Company and Urbanplunger respectfully. We now unveil the first place proposal, submitted by Hong Kong based architecture firm YS Groundwork. Extremely Negative is concerned with distancing itself from the typical design solutions that produce mega-structures and commercial towers. Instead, the team decided to invert the structure creating a void below grade that can be occupied at multiple levels with programs such as an open air disco, a hostel and a monastery.

More images from this proposal after the break!

Spiral Gallery Ⅱ / Atelier Deshaus

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Architect: Atelier Deshaus (Liu Yichun / Chen Yifeng)
Location: Tianzhu Rd, Jiading New Town, , China
Project Team: Chen Yifeng, Liu Yichun, Li Jun
Project Area: 560 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Shu He, Yao Li, Su Shengliang

Night Club Hotel in Hong Kong: BUBBLE X / vGH Company

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As we have recently shared with you the third place winner of the international competition to design a Night Club Hotel in the dense city of , we now present to you the second prize winning proposal. Designed by the young, Marseille-based architecture firm vGH Company, BUBBLE X is an object of desire that promises “the existence of a carnal place where sensuality, eroticism and exhilaration prevail.”

Continue reading for vGH Company’s project description.

Xiayu Kindergarten, Shanghai / Atelier Deshaus

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Architect: Atelier Deshaus (Liu Yichun/Zhuang Shen/Chen Yifeng)
Location: Huale Rd, Qingpu, , China
Project Team: Chen Yifeng, Liu Yichun, Zhuang Shen, Fan Minji, Tang Yu
Site Area: 17070 sqm
Building Area: 6328 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Zhang Siye

More photos of Wang Shu’s work by Iwan Baan

Zhongshan Road | ©

From Iwan Baan‘s website we are bringing you two more projects by 2012 Pritzker laureate, : The Ceramic House (Coffee House) in the Jinhua Architecture Park, where Ai Wei Wei, working as the curator, brought together 16 architects from around the world to create a pavilion-city along the banks of the river Yiwu; and the Zhongshan Road renovation in Hangzhou.

Some more photographs after the break, and the complete photoset on Iwan’s website.

‘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: , Inner Mongolia, China
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: , Jiading New Town, , 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 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: , 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, Shenzhen,
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.