Sanya Block 5 / NL Architects

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As part of a resort development, the first prize proposal for Sanya Block 5 by NL Architects consists of 8 blocks of 6 stories on top of a ground floor with restaurants, bars and retail. Located in the Hainan Province and the southernmost city in , Sanya is well known for its tropical climate and popular tourist destination. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Shanxi Grand Theater / Arte Charpentier Architectes

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The project of the Shanxi opera house in , designed by Arte Charpentier Architectes, is at the heart of challenges such as the rapid development of the city and imposing reflections on its planning and scope. Situated in the new district of Changfeng, in the heart of a green island, it participates in the creation of a new centrality for the city. More images and project description after the break.

Pass Plus Cafe / Imagine Native

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Architect: Imagine Native
Location: Hongqiao Railway Station, Shanghai,
Firm Principal: Edmond Tse (HKIA), F. Fung (HKIA), C. Lai
Client: Pass Plus Restaurant Management Co. Ltd.
Area: 140 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Kingkay Architectural Photography

Heads Up: 10 Fastest Growing and Declining Cities

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According to Derek Thompson’s article for The Atlantic, the Brookings Institute recently published a ranking of the world’s 200 largest metropolitan economies. The Global MetroMonitor division of the Brookings Institute, published the report on January 2012. In this brief synopsis, he reveals the “10 Fastest-Growing (and Fastest-Declining) Cities in the World”. Among the fastest growing is Santiago, Chile, the only Latin American country in the top 10. The top 10 is primarily populated by Asian countries – China, Turkey and all have multiple cities in on the list. Conversly, the tail end of the list is dominated by Western European countries most affected by the economic downturn, with just two cities from the US – Sacramento, California and Richmond, Virginia.

The survey primarily focuses on their economic development comparing income and job growth, to say nothing of the cultural, societal, and political circumstances which may or may not be contributing the dynamism of each city’s economy. Thompson points out, two of the fastest growing cities in the world, Izmir, Turkey and Santiago, Chile are also among the poorest. Developing countries have the most to gain as they join the global economy but it may still be sometime before the economic growth balances a comfortable standard of living.  Watch the interview with Alan Berube from MetroMonitor.

With all of that in mind, follow us after the break for a look at the list.

Haxi New District Office Building / ZNA

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Architects: ZNA / Zeybekoglu Nayman Associates
Location: ,
Site area: 18,100 sqm
Building area: 23,109 sqm
Project Years: 2007-2009
Client: Haxi Traditional Manufacture District Redevelopment, LTD.
Photographs: Gao Han

   

Update: Xi’an International Horticultural Expo 2011

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Throughout the past year we have been keeping you updated on the events leading up to the commencement of the Xi’an International Horticultural Expo which ran from May through October 2011 and welcomed over 15 million visitors during its 178-day run. As the largest and best attended international horticultural event of 2011, the Expo offered architects and landscape architects the unique opportunity to design for a traditional event model which became the precedent for the world’s fairs of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. To define the expo’s primary experience, the organizers held an international competition, selecting the “Flowing Gardens” project by London-based design firm Plasma Studio and GroundLab. Developed in collaboration with the local landscape practice , “Flowing Gardens” is comprised of a 37 hectare master plan, including a 5,000SM Creativity Pavilion, a 4,000SM Greenhouse, a 3,500SM Gate Building and various landscapes which run along an extended spine that delineates the site. The project initiated the redevelopment of a large area of Xi’an between the airport and the city’s ancient center, famous as the home of the Terracotta Army of the Qin Dynasty. More after the break.

Tangshan Museum Expansion / Urbanus

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Architects: Urbanus
Location: No.22, Long Ze South Road, , Hebei Province,
Construction Period: 2011
Site: 24,444 sqm
Floor Area: 49,008 sqm
Client: Tangshan Museum
Project Designers: Wang Hui, Wu Wenyi, Du Aihong, Hao Gang, Zhang Yongjian, Liu Yinyan, Zhang Miao, Cheng Zhi, Zheng Na, Chen Chun, Wei Yan, Liu Shuang, Liu Nini, Yang Qing, Chen Lan, Huo Zhenzhou
Collaborator: Beijing Longanhuacheng Architectural Design Co., Ltd
Photographs: Chen Yao, Hao Gang

Vanke Triple V / Ministry Of Design

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Architects: Ministry Of Design
Location: ,
Design Team: Colin Seah, David Tan, Daniel Aw, Jeremiah Abueva, Lynn Li, Noel Banta
Project Area: 750 sqm
Built: 2011
Photographs: CI&A Photography – Edward Hendricks

VIDEO: Xian Expo / Plasma Studio + Groundlab, by Cristobal Palma

Photographer Cristobal Palma shared with us the extended version of his video of the Xi’an Expo, a project by Plasma Studio that we saw during several stages, from the award winning entry in 2009, to conceptual design and opening, when it was visited by more than 200,000 people on the first weekend.

The Expo embodies the idea of transformation as the site was formerly a sandpit where the water was severely degraded during the 1980s.  Efforts over the past two decades have restored the ecosystem and now the Expo is able to demonstrate what can be accomplished through the use of the most advanced technology, ideas, and materials, as seen on the video. As we reported earlier, the 37 ha complex includes three buildings that are interconnected with a dynamic landscape of unfolding paths and networks of water, circulation and foliage.

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Jinan High-Tech Science and Technology Culture Center and Square / RTA-Office

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The High-tech science and technology cultural center, designed by RTA-Office, is strategically located Jinan, a city supported with a good transportation hub, making it a site with a lot of potential advantages and opportunities for development. They believe that these buildings need to reflect the cultural flavor of Jinan in eastern and local specialties; this is a place of modern technology and the software language used is able to describe the soul of the location. So they made a unique exclusive design, showing all its modern character. The result is a strong contrast between the organic approach in the genesis of the soften edges of the new buildings and hardness of the surrounding buildings. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Dalian Library / 10 Design

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The engaging and dynamic proposal for the Library by 10 design represents an attention for both an urban and internal connectivity. The library is intended to be a transformative environment that pulls visitors into a unique landscape. The building weaves into the ground creating a series of courtyards and topographic undulations- rooting itself, and then sweeping up into the air forming a bold urban landmark becoming a community center for the neighborhood. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Horticulture Expo in Qingdao / HKS

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This unique landscape and future landmark for the city of , China is a first place project, submitted by the Los Angeles office of HKS Architects, for the design of the Conservatory by the Office of 2014 Qingdao World Horticultural Expo Executive Committee. The winning proposal was selected from an international selection of projects and was shared with us by HKS. Read on for more after the break.

Xiaoquan Elementary School / TAO

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Architect: TAO (Trace Architecture Office) – HUA Li
Location: , Province, Xiaoquan town
Total Floor Area: 8,900 sqm
Construction cost: RMB 14 Million
Completion: 2010
Design team: HUA Li, Zhu Zhiyuan, Jiang Nan, Li Guofa, Kong Desheng
Photograph: Yao Li 

  

Riverside Clubhouse / TAO

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Architects: TAO  (Trace Architecture Office) – HUA Li
Location: Yancheng, , China
Design Team: HUA Li, Zhang Feng
Floor area: 500 sqm.
Completion: 2010
Client: Zhongti Corp.
Photographs: Yao Li

   

Museum of Handcraft Paper / TAO

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Architect: TAO (Trace Architecture Office) – HUA Li
Location: Yunnan, Tengchong, Xinzhuang Village,
Floor Area: 361 sqm.
Lot size: 300 sqm
Completion: 2010
Client: Committee of Gaoligong Museum of Handcraft Paper
Design team: HUA Li, Huang Tianju, Li Guofa, Jiang Nan, Sun Yuanxia, Xu Yinjun, Yang Hefeng
Photographs: Shu He

  

House of the Tree / Kokaistudios

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Architects: Kokaistudios
Location: ,
Architecture Modification: Filippo Gabbiani, Andrea Destefanis
Interior Design: Filippo Gabbiani, Andrea Destefanis, Sherry G, Zoe Lee
Client: China Resource Land (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd.
Area: 616 sqm
Project Year: November, 2011
Photographs: Charlie Xia

MoMA CHENGDU / Wande Wenmai Internaional

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Studio Ramoprimo shared with us their winning proposal for the construction of MoMA in . More images and architect’s description after the break.

‘The Lost Wall’ / YNL Design

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The Lost Wall project by YNL Design is not meant to be a physical revival of what’s lost, but rather an ideological intervention through the use of controversial architectural intrusion. It redefines the project site by sharply contrasting with the surrounding environment, an allegory of modern and its destructive treatment of Beijing’s historic buildings in the past century. The goal is to reinforce the importance of historic preservation by facilitating a cultural discussion. More images and architects’ description after the break.