Express Rail Link West Kowloon Terminus / Andrew Bromberg

access to the station from the civic plaza

The high-speed rail terminus station will connect to various major cities in the Mainland with the largest rail network in our history. Located centrally in within the city’s urban realm and equipped with fifteen tracks, the facility will probably be the largest below ground terminus station in the world.

Designed by Andrew Bromberg of Aedas, in collaboration with Aecom, the West Terminus will function more like an international airport than a rail station; this means that the facility needs to have both custom and immigration controls for departing and arriving passengers.. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Dongjiang Harbor Master Plan / HAO + Archiland

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The Dongjiang Master Plan proposal by HAO (Holm Architecture Office) + Archiland Beijing includes 280,000 square meters of residential development, with 40,000 square meters of mixed-use office, retail, and public space. The design evolves around the prime beach location with a central pedestrian boardwalk that services both the low and midrise residential housing blocks. The central boardwalk runs parallel to the beach, creating views of the water while taking the visitor through areas of gardens and retail within the new development. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Headquarters of Zhejiang Wuchan Group / gmp architekten

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Architects: gmp architekten
Location: , Zhejiang,
Architect in Charge: Meinhard von Gerkan
Project Manager: Volkmar Sievers
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 12,700 sqm
Photographs: Hans-Georg Esch

Re-thinking SuZhou Creek Winning Proposal / ohm architekti

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The winning design in the Re-thinking competition for SuZhou Creek by ohm architekti proposes a city that changes in time and place, and is always perceived differently. They have created a new and unique neighborhood that is always changing, where you can set up a shop or a house and still have access to the full spectrum of surroundings. Traditional long-lasting connections are broken and new temporal connections are created – such that form only when they are convenient. A new flexible neighborhood is born with a city structure that is in motion. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Church of Seed / O Studio Architects

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Architects: O Studio Architects
Location: , Guangdong, China
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Fai Au, Iwan Baan

‘Dove of Peace’ Church / WEAVA Architects

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WEAVA Architects shared with us their proposal for the protestant church of Dong Sheng district, in the city of Ordos, Inner Mongolia, . After three years of being on stand-by and having the site relocated twice, the city and the Association of Protestants of Ordos came to an agreement to pursue the construction of the new church. As a result, the team revealed a fresh and even more accomplished design scheme, which is based on one of the most ecclesiastical symbols. This led them to the dove of peace, which is the main concept for this church. More images and architects’ description after the break.

A House For All Seasons / John Lin

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Architects: John Lin
Location: Shijia Village, Shaanxi Province,
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 380.0 sqm
Photographs: Rufwork

Grand Theater Qingdao / gmp architekten

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Architects: gmp architekten
Location: Qingdao, Shandong,
Design Team: Meinhard von Gerkan, Stephan Schütz, Nicolas Pomränke
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 60,000 sqm
Photographs: Christian Gahl

2012 AIM Architecture Competition

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The Architects in Missions (AIM) recently launched their 2012 architecture competition with the topic, “: Renewing ’s Traditional Village Lifestyle.” In setting their sights upon the eastern gate of : Shengsi Islands, participants are challenged in guiding the island villages toward a diversified economy through sustainable tourism development. Over the course of this society’s development, the unique fishing village, its products, and its lifestyle, represent a cultural resource that cannot be replicated. With the premise of helping the local population of the Shengsi Islands integrate into modern life, how can the ecology and residential environment of this archipelago be protected? The submission deadline is August 31. For more information, please visit here.

KK100 / TFP Farrells

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Architects: TFP Farrells
Location: , China
Client: Kingkey Group
Interior Design: Laguarda.Low
Structural Engineer: Ove Arup & Partners
Tower height: 441.8 m
GFA: 210,000 sqm
Completed: September 2011
Photographs: Carsten Schael, Fu Xing, Jonathan Leijonhufvud

International Commerce Centre / KPF

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Hong Kong is often referred to as one of the densest cities in the world, lined with an impressive array of skyscrapers along its shores. The latest supertall addition by architects KPF reaches an altitude of 484 meters above the in Kowloon. Located atop the new Kowloon Station, a transportation hub that feeds a network that ferries over 11 million passenger journeys per day, the International Commerce Centre is an integral part and centerpiece of the Union Square reclamation project.  Internal programming includes office space, 2 hotels, and an observation deck amongst other mixed-use functions. More details after the break.

Regeneration of the Forbidden City / WILCOTER Architects

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In the invited competition launched by the Culture Relic Bureau of , WILCOTER Architects envisioned an idea to regenerate the relics of the Forbidden City as a capital of the Ming Dynasty over six hundred years ago. In a city that needs a cultural symbol based on their own history, this proposal tries to regenerate an imperial axis, a special experience and atmosphere where people can never have chance to taste. More images and architects’ description after the break.

CLIC Headquarters / WILCOTER Architects

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WILCOTER Architects shared with us their first prize winning proposal in the international competition to design a group of buildings as the headquarter of China Life Insurance (Group) Company in the Qianjiang New City of . The concept is to create a ‘Tree of Life’, which means supplying a cover or shelter for the life, which is strong and safe to rely on. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Shan Shui Grape Garden – Yanqing Wine Park, Greenhouse and Winery / LocalDesignStudio

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The double landscape and architectural competition proposal for Yanqing Grape and Wine Park and Yanqing Greenhouse and Winery by LocalDesignStudio was organized ahead of the World Grape Conference to be held in 2014 in Yanqing County. The park was meant as a pilot project for the territory, only recently reconverted to cultivations of grapes, showing the latest technical achievements in the field of cultivation and production of wine and grape growing. Furthermore, the project was to represent the ambition of Yanqing County to become an important wine district internationally, not only oriented to business but related to a specific life-style. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Villa Jian / CU Office

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Architects: CU Office
Location: Yantai, Shandong, China
Architect In Charge: Che Fei, Zhang Xuefeng
Design Team: Zhao Chao, Li Huihui, Zhang Xin, Cui Jingyi, Zeng Yilan, Chang Yue
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Brando Posocco

Mix C / Callison

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Architects: Callison
Location: Chengdu,
Client: China Resources Land Limited
Year Completion: 2012
Area: 324,600 sm
Photographs: Callison

  

World’s Tallest Skyscraper To Be Built…In 90 Days

Chinese construction company has announced ambitious plans to construct the world’s tallest skyscraper in an implausibly swift 90 days (© Image: via Gizmag)

China is well known for its mind-bogglingly fast-paced construction, but its latest claim is truly one for the record books.

Sky City, an 838-meter (2,750-ft) building to be built by Chinese construction company Broad Sustainable Building (BSB), of  Broad Group, will not just be the tallest skyscraper on the planet, won’t just be “earthquake-proof,” won’t just implement a sustainable design approach – it will go up in only 90 days.

Skeptical? BSB isn’t. They’ve used their building technique (which involves pre-fabricating and assembling up to 95% of the materials in modular form before construction even begins) to assemble a 15-story building in 6 days and a 30-story hotel in 360 hours, CNN reports. As for safety concerns, BSB has built a 30-story prototype that withstood a simulated magnitude 9 earthquake — whether the 220-story Sky City will be as secure remains to be seen, but BSB certainly seems confident.

More fast facts and images, after the break…

Story via GizmagCNN

Oct Design Museum / Studio Pei-Zhu

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Architects: Studio Pei-Zhu
Location: , China
Principal Architect: Pei Zhu
Design Team: Xiaoming Zeng, Fan He, Jun Ke, Chongxia Jiao, Xiao Yin, Si Li
Structure Consultant: Xueyi Fu
Completion: 2011
Area: 5,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu