In Progress: Sliced Porosity Block / Steven Holl Architects


Construction of Steven Holl Architects’ Sliced Porosity Block is making progress in Chengdu, . The large hybrid complex topped out at a 123 meters in September and is scheduled for completion in 2012. The five towers house offices, serviced apartments, retail, a hotel, cafes, and restaurants. The 105,000 square foot site will stimulate a micro-urbanism and offer generous amounts of public open space.

Architects: Steven Holl Architects
Location: Chengdu, China
Project Area: 310,000 sqm
Project Year: In Progress
Under Construction Photographs: Steven Holl Architects

Lake Sanyon Arts and Cultural Square Competition Proposal / Chi Wai Chan

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As the winning entry for a competition to design an arts and cultural square at Lake Sanyon in Daqing, , the project by Chi Wai Chan examines the relationships between the elements of the water, the sky and the earth. A waterfront promenade that ensues the formal attributes and fluidity of the water, a 1,394 m long canopy with LED display that transpires the form of the clouds and a ground condition of self-similar marine lifeform that establishes the view corridors to the lake; these three design elements serve as the organizing apparatus for the design of the square. More images and project description after the break.

Tianjin West Railway Station / gmp architekten

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Architects: gmp architekten
Location: , China
Client: Tianjin Ministry of Railway
Design: Meinhard von Gerkan and Stephan Schütz with Stephan Rewolle
Project Leader: Jiang Lin Lin
Structural Engineers: schlaich bergermann und partner
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 179,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of gmp architekten

BOYI Gallery / Tao Lei Architect Studio

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Architect: Tao Lei Architect Studio
Location: North Street of East Imperial City of ,
Project Area: 600 sqm
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Courtesy of Tao Lei Architect Studio

Yunlong Digital and Technology Park / NAUTA

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NAUTA Architecture & Research, in collaboration with P.B.A. Architectural Design Ltd. shared with us their design for the Yunlong Digital and Technology Park. Sustainability in a fast urbanization calls for simplicity, sobriety, pragmatism and elegance. The most efficient way to emerge in a screaming parade is silence. The design for the business park provides R&D offices and facilities for innovation industry, which focuses on mid-high level of the market. More images and architects’ description after the break.

SOM’s Design Chosen for Nanjing Waterfront Sustainable Redevelopment

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Modern urban living, commerce and tourism are a part of the new multi-district redevelopment plans for Nanjing’s Yangtze Redevelopment. Selected by based MCC Real Estate Company, SOM has imagined a scheme that will create a new area of neighborhoods, shopping districts and corporate skyscrapers embodying a new identity for Nanjing and a mixed-use cityscape for its people.

SOM Director Douglas Voigt said, “The core concept of the SOM plan for Nanjing Xiaguan is making connections. Connecting the city to the river. Connecting the best of urban living to nature. Connecting under–utilized land to value creation that will increase growth, tourism and prosperity. Connecting Nanjing’s rich heritage with China’s rising economy.”

Korean Corporate Pavilion / UnSangDong Architects

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Designed for the Industrial Pavilion, UnSangDong Architects imagined the Korean Corporate Pavilion coinciding along the subjects of green city and green life. It is named Communi-Imagination and it holds the introspection of environment together with innovation of technology. Korea got over the unfortunate situation of the Korean War which didn’t seem to be possible and has achieved unimaginable development and innovation. This space represents technology and spirit of Korean enterprises which is the main agent of these accomplishments. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Tower Block Complex / gmp Architekten

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Following their success in winning first prize in an international competition, the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) have been commissioned to realize a tower block complex of ten buildings in . The design by gmp is for a financial enterprise center on a site of about 80,000 square meters in this large eastern Chinese metropolis. The above ground gross floor space of the 120 to 200 meter high tower blocks will be about 500,000 square meters. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Starlit Learning Center / The XSS

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Architects: The XSS
Location: , China
Project Area: 230 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of The XSS

1K House – Pinwheel House / Ying chee Chui

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’1K house’ was a design studio in the Department of Architecture, MIT in 2009 co-taught by Professor Yung Ho Chang, Chairman of Department of Architecture, MIT, Professor Tony Ciochetti, Chairman of Center for Real Estate, MIT, and Professor Dennis Shelden, Department of Architecture, MIT. It is a project designed for the rural poor in the earthquake area, , China who lost their home during the seismic disaster in 2008. The Pinwheel house is the selected project to be built in China and it became the first built project, by architect, Ying chee Chui, an MArch’11 student at MIT, in summer 2010.

As MIT’s first low cost housing prototype, this project set the stage for the importance of low-cost developments for locations around the globe that have had natural disasters that are beyond society’s control. By reaching out, architects everywhere can take advantage of opportunities such as theses to help a society recover and rebuild. More information on the project after the break.

Wuxi Civic Centre / Serie Architects

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Serie Architects has been awarded first prize by the competition Technical Committee for the Wuxi Xishan Civic Centre in . Serie saw off strong competition from a high-powered international shortlist which included NihonSekkei, GMP Architekten, AS Architecture-Studio, and Arte Charpentier.

The scheme is oriented around a large public plaza which is intended to form the centre of public life and expression within the Civic Centre. This unadorned open space hosts public gatherings and events, government displays and temporary exhibitions. The importance of symmetry within the composition of the plan is expressed in the strong axial relationship to the main entrance. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Wisdom Plaza / MAPA

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Architects: MAPA
Location: , China
Project Team: Hoo Khuen Hin (Leader), Lim Ching Tung, Armando Atiencio, Ma Wei, Wu Xijia, Gao Chunyang, Liu Changxin
Client: Shenzhen Zhonghe Industry
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 160,000 sqm (Total GFA)
Photographs: Courtesy of MAPA

Diamond Arena / Atelier 11

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Architects: Atelier 11
Location: Beijing,
Design Director: Xu Lei
Design Team: Ding Liqun, Gao Qinglei, Liu Heng, An Peng
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 51,199 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier 11

Blurry Wall Proposal / Yaohua Wang, Scott Chung, Qing Cao, & Lennard Ong

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A wall is a binary condition: in/out, old/new, here/there. Blurry Wall, a proposal for a culture complex in , China is a project that confuses these distinctions through conflicting bodily sensations. The intention of team members, Yaohua Wang, Scott Chung, Qing Cao, and Lennard Ong, is to tune the architecture into an instrument that channels the different urban energies flowing through it, blurring the boundaries between them. More images and project description after the break.

Beijing Core Area Plan / Brininstool, Kerwin, + Lynch

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Designed by Brininstool, Kerwin, and Lynch, the Core Area Master Plan is a massive civic proposal of over 27 million square feet of building area and an additional 1.5 million square feet of public space design for the Central Business District of , .  More images and architect’s description after the break.

Kunshan Huaqiao Forum and Hotel Proposal / Ojanen_Chiou Architects

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Ojanen_Chiou Architects shared with us their first prize winning proposal for the Kunshan Huaqiao Forum and Hotel where the city is known as the birthplace of traditional Kunqu opera, and is renowned for its unique canal townships in the Yangtze River Delta. The effort to create synergy between urban development and environmental habitat, while creating numerous layers of experience that maximize the use and enjoyment of the water’s edge, became the inspiration for the organization and form of the architecture. As the centerpiece of the entire development, the buildings seek to exemplify an adaptive, ecological and progressive spirit while retaining a strong connection to local cultural traditions. More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘Fierljep’ Polder and Information Centre / Bureau B+B

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The city of Jinzhou is located 430 kilometers north of in the province of Liaoning and lies 20 kilometers inland. The Jinzhou Longqiwan New Area is an urban development on the coast of the Bonzai Sea. Part of this development is a park, for which Bureau B+B is building a ‘fierljep’ polder and an information centre. This polder-garden will open during the Jinzhou World Landscape Art Exposition in 2013. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Lotus Park / Studio 505

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Australian architects and designers Studio 505 are currently completing a series of iconic projects in a new cultural precinct in Victoria’s ‘sister state’ Jiangsu Province in .

Located in Wujin in the Changzhou precinct, the 3.5 hectare Lotus Park has been designed to be occupied throughout the year with festivals and functions throughout the day and night. The design establishes a clear and active programme of functions and includes the W Gallery, a new museum of contemporary art and many new entertainment and restaurant venues. The themes of environmental sustainability, education, recreation and community focused arts programmes are key to the establishment and success of the park programme. More images and architects’ description after the break.