‘Housing With a Mission’ Project at the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Biennale on Architecture and Urbanism

1000 dwellings for the 'Ant Tribe'

The project ‘housing with a mission’, featured at the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Biennale on architecture and urbanism, is designed as a co-production by five Chinese and five Dutch architectural offices and aims at building 1000 dwellings for the ‘Ant Tribe’ in Beijing. This is the Chinese name for the generation of millions of young graduates who live in cramped conditions in the outskirts of cities and work in low-paid jobs.

The Chinese offices include Standard Architecture, Urbanus, O-Office, Node and CAFA. The Dutch firms include aronsgelauff, Next, KCAP, NL architects and Barcode. More images and project description after the break.

COFCO Tianjin Showroom / L&A Design Group

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Architects: Shi Xudong
Location: East River District, ,
Team: Shi Xudong, David Ai, Carrie Zhang
Completion: 2010
Land Area: 8629 sqm
Built area: 4192 sqm
Photographs: Chen Jun Wei

Netdragon Commune / OPEN Architecture

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At the virgin beach front area where Min River meets the Pacific Ocean, and adjacent to Fuzhou Changle Airport, Netdragon Websoft Company is building their brand new campus. Nearly 700 employees and their families will relocate from the center of Fuzhou city to here. OPEN Architecture is commissioned to design a new living quarter for them on a 50,000m² piece of land that used to be an eel farm. This is a very interesting and young community of people. Their work is to create wonderful virtual worlds that entertain millions of people. In real life and on this land of their new dreams, they need a unique living area and a brand new collective life style. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Update: Hangzhou Gateway Tower / JDS Architects

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Back in June, we shared JDS winning mixed use project for , China.  Conceptualized as the iconic link that fuses two prominent parts of the city, the H project is a dynamic experiment of formal expression.  The tiered volume opens pedestrian connections at the ground level, and supports a generous landscape that functions as a rain water retainer on the roof level.   The young firm has just received the necessary building permits, and will begin construction in March of 2012.  We’ll keep you covered on the building’s progress, and be sure to view our previous coverage of the winning competition proposal here.

Eegoo Offices / dEEP Architects

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Architects: dEEP Architects
Location: ,.
Principal Architect: Li, Dao de
Floor area: 2300sqm
Client: eegoo Culture
Photographs: DEEP, ZERO GC

   

YanPaiXi Village / Regional Construction Studio

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YanPaiXi Village, designed by , is located in Guzhang County, Western Hunan. The houses in the village are surrounded by terraces which were built along the mountain and are divided into a number of large and small blocks by channels which are generated by nature. The society is steady and the residents are sincere and honest. Inspired by this village, the device attempts to explore an inter-growth prototype by implanting this “light” model in an urban and rural space. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Hangzhou Waves / JDS


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JDS has just been awarded first prize for their Waves scheme – a competition entry that called for the design of not one, but two buildings for the financial district of Xintiandi of , China.    The two sloping volumes offer different exterior expressions and hold different programmatic entities (a hotel and an office building); yet, the forms are guided by similar attitudes regarding sunlight, green roofs, an active ground plane, etc, which immediately creates a strong relationship between the pair.

More about the winning competition entry after the break.

Urban Planning Museum / Architects Collective

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The Urban Planning Museum, designed by Architects Collective, is to be the gateway to the city center redirecting several main streets to the main boulevard. The building skin consists of a careful arrangement of transparent and opaque triangular surfaces closing and revealing the interior of the museum to the urban surrounding. This simple formal strategy keeps the building from overheating in summer and allows natural light in winter. More images and project description after the break.

Re-thinking Shanghai 2012 Competition

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Architectural firm 10 Design from and Hong Kong is inviting anyone of all ages – architects, students artists, all who are interested – to take part at their recently started competition, Re-thinking Shanghai 2012.

Partly driven by social and ecological sustainability issues of today’s society, they are trying to change the way people perceive architecture in by providing new solutions for areas witnessing major transformation in recent past. All entries must be submitted by March 28th. For more information, visit their official website here.

Gizmo / STUDIO UP

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Architects: Lea Pelivan + Toma Plejić / STUDIO UP
Location: ,
Project team: Irena Bakić, Josipa Baričević, Nikola Brlek, Luka Cvitan, Jelena Martić, Marko Salopek, Hana Svatoš-Ražnjević, Vanda Trifunović
Collaboration: Velcon Projekt: Albert Pavlović, Veljko Nižetić, Lidija Nizić, Marko Sardelić (cosntruction design)
Photographs: Miljenko Bernfest, Marko Salopek

Dalian Public Library / Architects Collective

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The new library in by Architects Collective is designed to become the center and heart for the local community with a strong relationship to the ocean and the bay. The building is placed in a park setting and aims to be a landmark for locals and visitors and a symbol for the creative and environmentally friendly future of New Pulian. More images and project description after the break.

China Mobile Building / Synarchitects

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As the world’s largest mobile phone provider, Mobile is seeking for a universally valid company representation. A part of Mobiles company philosophy is the client company relationship, which is also reflected in the building configuration design by Synarchitects . The China Mobile Building combines the company’s global image with local context and meaning, custom tailored for the location. The industrial and historical background of is interlaced into the building and finds its representation in one of the two volumes standing for past, history and local tradition. More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘And then it became a city…’ Film Series at the 2011 Shenzhen & Hong Kong Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture

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‘And then it became a city…’ is a film series featured at the 2011 Shenzhen & Hong Kong Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture. The Biennale is curated by Terence Riley and just opened last week – on view in through February 18, 2012. And then it became a city… shows the everyday life and activity of six planned cities under sixty years old. The cities featured include Gabarone, Chandigarh, , Almere, Las Vegas, and Brasilia. More trailers on the films about their corresponding cities can be viewed after the break.

Video: Ultra Light Village / Clavel Arquitectos, by Cristobal Palma

Architectural photographer Cristobal Palma shared with us this short clip of the Ultra Light Village installation by Clavel Arquitectos, on view at the Shenzhen Civic Square. This is part of a series of installations for the 2011 Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Urbanism / Architecture Biennale, open until February 18th, 2012.

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Ai Weiwei as TIME Person of the Year: Runner-Up

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Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was selected as one of the runner-up candidates for TIMES 2011 Person of the Year Award. is known in the architecture world for his collaboration with Herzog & de Meuron, serving as the artistic consultant for the Beijing National Stadium, otherwise known as the Bird’s Nest stadium.

Ai Weiwei is well-known for his political activism, being openly critical of the Chinese government’s stance on democracy and human rights. Following his arrest in earlier this year, Weiwei was detained and interrogated for over two months without any official charges. He was then fined $2.4 million for back taxes and penalties, which he believes to have been politically motivated.

When TIME journalists Hannah Beech and Austin Ramzy asked Weiwei about what motivated him to merge the Internet with political activism, he credited his involvement with architecture.

“I got involved with architecture. To work in architecture you are so much involved with society, with politics, with bureaucrats. It’s a very complicated process to do large projects. You start to see the society, how it functions, how it works. Then you have a lot of criticism about how it works.”

Read the entire TIME article and full interview with Ai Weiwei here.

Housing Development / Y Design Office

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Under rapid housing developments in the past years, has benefited much in terms of economy. However, important values such as value in sense of community and individual identity were lost. This thesis hereby critically reviews current and past housing projects in and stating the notion of verticality as the only solution. The ambition of Y Design Office is a new alternative high-rise residential typology, in which its inhabitants are given unique units and allocations in accordance to specific zoning strategy within a tower structure, thus creating a phenomenal living experience through bonding and acquiring needs by each and every single individual. It is a re-interpretation of the balance between genericity and specificity aiming at formulating an extraordinary democratic living concept. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Chinese/German Eco-Park / gmp Architekten

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An ecologically designed city quarter for living and working is currently being developed in ’s , on the coast of the Yellow Sea, to plans by architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp). The construction of the Chinese/German Eco-Park in Qingdao goes back to an agreement between the two countries, which was signed by the Federal Ministry for Economics and the Federal Ministry for the Environment during Angela Merkel’s state visit in July 2010; it is scheduled for completion in 2015. More images and project description after the break.

Wuxi Xidong Park Bridge / L&A Design Group

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L&A Design Group has developed an exciting contemporary bridge design as an architectural highlight of Xidong Park, located in Jiangsu province, China. The bridge is planned to be the main connection between the north and south foreshores of the parks lake and allows visitors access to a small island destination that commands views over the water as well as café facilities and pocket gardens. More images and architects’ description after the break.