LYCS Architecture Office / LYCS Architecture

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The new office of LYCS Architecture is a renovation design of a tower penthouse in downtown , with a panorama view of the West Lake World Heritage. The original space with is an non-professional add-on storage room to the tower roof composed of elevator mechanical room, fire escape doors and slanted drainage surfaces. The idea of this design is to create the juxtaposition of this abandoned storage space and the new office, through the material homogeneity to heterogeneity and temporal attenuation of space.

Architect: LYCS Architecture
Location: Hangzhou,
Project Team: Hao Ruan, Xu Li, Peng Wang
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 350 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of LYCS Architecture

International Design Ideas Competition Entry / AETER Architects

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AETER Architects shared with us their competition entry, titled Eco-Land, for the International Design Ideas Competition for Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point Passenger Terminal Building. Between Shenzhen and , the PTB (Passenger Terminal Building) is a transitional area interrupting the waterfront of the adjacent cities. The proposed PTB abandons its rights of the waterfront and becomes ‘in between’. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Hong Kong Alternative Car Park Tower Competition

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The parking structure has captured the imagination of novelists, photographers and film-makers, and yet it remains peripheral to our culture – best understood as a forbidding fictional setting or often as an imposing silent building that we encounter along the way. Car parks are not very appreciated by users (too cold, too dark, too insecure etc.) and this competition hopes to offer a new take on this type of building that is far too quiet.

The aim of this international competition, hosted by [AC-CA], is to design an iconic and alternative car park tower in the heart of . The new tower will include several possibilities for events such as concerts, art exhibitions, fashion shows, ceremonies dinners, cinematic projections, etc. More competition information after the break.

AD Classics: Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank / Foster + Partners

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Envisioned during a perceptive period in the former colonies history, the brief for the Hong Kong and Bank Headquarters was simple: to create the best bank building in the world. Through a meticulous process of questions and challenges, including the involvement of a feng shui geomancer, Foster + Partners addresses the temperament of banking in Hong Kong and how it should be expressed in built form. By doing so, it virtually reinvented the office tower. More information after the break.

South Song Museum Heritage Park / IAPA


The Australian architecture firm IAPA recently won the South Song Museum Heritage Park competition and has wished to share their winning design with out readers here at ArchDaily. Follow after the break for an accompanying description and images from the architects.

Wuxi Elementary School Re-Design / Atelier XÜK


Collaborating with Tongji Architecture Design & research Institute , Atelier XÜK has won a design competition for a renovation project of a historical elementary school in . Additional images of XÜK’s winning design after the jump.

Shanghai’s Pudong District on the Rise

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With nearly 23 million people, is ’s biggest and most populous city. It is the financial and commercial capital of the country and a leading cultural center in Asia. Throughout the 1990′s and 2000′s the city underwent immense growth and redevelopment, thriving on international business. The futuristic and ambitious skyline of Pudong is the heart of ’s business district, and is growing swiftly with towering skyscrapers and an advanced urban environment. More pictures and information after the break.

Dug by Topotek1

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For the 2011 Xi’an International Horticultural Exposition, the Berlin-based landscape architecture office Topotek1 “dug” a hole to the other side of the world. From its edges visitors to this garden in can peer into a real or imagined world at the end of the tunnel. Whether these are the cows from the pampas of Argentinas, commuters rushing among transit through New York City, the maritime life of Stockholm, and layers of history so audible among the streets of Berlin. These soundtracks pique the imagination of the visitors, transferring them away from , away from the garden,” and into a far-off place.

Foreign Development in China’s Growing Cities

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With ’s high level of exports and booming real estate market, it is predicted that the country is on its way to becoming the world leader in economic performance. As a result, the Chinese government has been taking steps to show the world its growing economy and the newfound modernity that has come with it. ’s largest cities have already spent hundreds of billions of dollars on new development and infrastructure projects, ranging all the way from from roads, bridges and buildings to new financial districts. In fact, the country is expected to lay down a total of 4.7 billion square feet of construction in this year alone. More information after the break.

Qingdao Science and Technology City / KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten

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KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten were awarded first place in the international competition for the Qingdao Science and Technology City the company’s design for the approx. 600-hectare site in the north of the port city of .  The primary objective of the project was to create a sustainable urban living space for the 100.000 inhabitants, in which a high quality of life with ecological equilibrium is achieved.  Come back after the break for more about this project.

Ningbo Digital / Synarchitects

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Synarchitects has shared with us their forward thinking design for Digital in , . A skew of images can be seen after the jump in addition to a brief description from the designers.

Facade Planning for the Hangzhou Congress Center / Peter Ruge Architekten

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After perennial design and construction phase the congress center of the new city administration of , China  is completed. The concept and design of the facade was made by Peter Ruge Architekten in collaboration with Prof Wang Xiaosong from DBH GmbH. Completed images of the facade and a brief description from the architects is available after the break.

Shanghai Oriental Sports Center / gmp architekten

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The Oriental Sports Center (SOSC) just celebrated its opening for the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships from 16th to 31st July 2011. The sports complex was designed and built by architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp), who won the competitive bidding in 2008, and constructed it in under two and a half years. It consists of a hall stadium for several sports and cultural events, a natatorium (swimming hall), an outdoor swimming pool and a media centre. In keeping with a sustainable urban development policy, the SOSC was built on former industrial brownfield land along the Huangpu River. The individual venues are designed so that after the Swimming Championships, they can be used for a variety of other purposes.

Architects: gmp architekten
Location: Shanghai, China
Design: Meinhard von Gerkan and Nikolaus Goetze with Magdalene Weiss
Project Leader: Chen Ying
Team: Jan Blasko, Lü Cha, Lü Miao, Jörn Ortmann, Sun Gaoyang, Yan Lüji, Jin Zhan, Fang Hua, Martin Friedrich, Fu Chen, Ilse Gull, Kong Rui, Lin Yi, Katrin Löser, Ren Yunping, Alexander Schober, Nina Svensson, Tian Jinghai, Zhang Yan, Zhou Yunkai, Zhu Honghao
Project Year: 2011
Client: Shanghai Administration of Sports
Photographs: Marcus Bredt

SuperStadium / Alan Lu


A proposal for an Olympic complex for ’s bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics, SuperStadium, designed by Alan Lu, seeks to integrate the multitude of Olympic arenas and villages into one continuous entity. Consequently, this design allows for a seamless transition between programs and events. More images and project description after the break.

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture Win Competition for 4th Tallest Building in the World

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Chicago-based firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture recently announced that it has won an international competition to design the Greenland Center, which will likely be ’s third-tallest building, and the fourth tallest in the world, when completed in about five years at 606 meters (1,988 feet) high. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer in Wuhan near the meeting of the Yangtze and Han rivers.

More images and project description after the break.

Red Town Office / Taranta Creations

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Architects: Taranta Creations / Enrico Taranta, Juriaan Calis, Giorgio Radojkovic
Location: ,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 120 sqm
Photographs: Shen Qiang / Shen Photo

LIA Passenger Terminal Building / Edit!

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The LIA Passenger Terminal Building for , China by Edit! was developed to respond the surrounding urban structure, and to create a visually striking landmark that will act as a gate point for the city. It is designed with the intention to become an iconic character for the city while becoming an environmentally-efficient structure.

Read on for more on this project after the break.

Matsu Flagship Store / EXH Design

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Architects: EXH Design
Location: Zhaojiabang Road, ,
Project area: 1,800 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Meng Studio