MAD Breaks Ground on Complex that Redefines Beijing’s “City Landscape”

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Construction has commenced on MAD’s Chaoyang Park Plaza within one of ’s largest public parks and central business district. A continuation of Ma Yansong’s “Shan-Shui City” concept, which aims reintroduce nature into the urban realm, the mixed-use complex reinterprets natural formations illustrated in traditional Chinese paintings as contemporary “city landscapes.” 

“Like the tall mountain cliffs and river landscapes of , a pair of asymmetrical towers creates a dramatic skyline in front of the park,” described MAD. “Ridges and valleys define the shape of the exterior glass facade, as if the natural forces of erosion wore down the tower into a few thin lines.” 

Vanke New City Center Sales Gallery / Spark Architects

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Architects: Spark Architects
Location: , Jiangsu,
Project Director: Stephen Pimbley
Area: 800 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shu He

The Pinch Library And Community Center / Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin

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Architects: John Lin + Olivier Ottevaere
Location: , China
Project Team: Crystal Kwan (Project Manager), Ashley Hinchcliffe, Connie Cheng, Johnny Cullinan, Jacky Huang
Area: 80 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin

The Forbidden City Red-wall Teahouse / CutscapeArchitecture

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Architects: CutscapeArchitecture
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Hong ZHANG, Hetian ZHANG
Design Team: Cheng ZHANG, Hongbin PAN, Cheng LIAN, Ziyue LIU, Penghao AN, Jihua SUN, Jie JING, Xiaowei HAN
Area: 280.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Wang Yi, Zhang Hetian, Chen Su

amphibianArc Claims First Prize in Ningbo Yinzhou Planning Competition

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amphibianArc has been announced as winner of the Southern CBD Portal Planning competition. Commissioned by the same developers of the Ningbo Museum designed by Wang Shu, the ”transit-oriented” proposal aims to become the “driving force” of urban life in the masterplan’s fourth and final phase.

Construction Begins on UDG China’s Nanjing Office Tower

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Construction has begun on the new Jianye District office tower in . Designed by UDG China, the multi-level complex will house hundreds of government workers throughout almost 100,000 square meters of office space.

LITTLE Designs Locally-Inspired Cultural Campus for Anqiu

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The fertile Anqiu region of China’s Shangdong Province is known locally as the land of “cultivation, stone hills, and creeks.” Thus, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting’s (LITTLE) design for Anqiu’s new cultural campus and fitness center is based upon these very elements.

The campus will host five buildings raised on a plinth: a multi-functional citizen’s center, a 10,000 square meter performing arts building, a central public library, and two museums devoted to Anqiu’s history and urban development. Each of these buildings will be clad in a thin veneer of local stone, transforming them into rocky outcrops that reference the local hills.

Chinese Firm 3D Prints 10 Homes in 24 Hours

Winsun New Materials, a construction firm based in China, has successfully built ten small-scale houses using a massive 3-D printer. The 22 foot tall machine uses glass fibers and cement to produce building elements, such as walls, in successive layers. Winsun estimates that their printing process is approximately half as costly as traditional construction methods. Acknowledging ’s strict environmental policies, the company also has plans to use scrapped construction materials to print future buildings. You can read more about this ongoing project in this article from the Wall Street Journal.

Architecture Studio in Wujigeng Building / ISO workshop

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Architects: ISO workshop
Location: Nanjing, Jiangsu,
Architect In Charge: Qi Wei
Area: 2000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Yao Li

Chinese to Build “Dubai 2.0″ in Kenya

The new city is planned for land South-East of ’s Capital, Nairobi. Image © Flickr CC User DEMOSH

As reported by Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper, a group of Chinese investors has revealed plans for a new city in Kenya that will “match the splendour of Dubai“. Though the investors are still resolving details with the Kenyan government, the city is planned for an area in Athi River, around 30km south-east of Nairobi, and is billed as a Chinese-controlled economic zone. At this early stage, the plans feature at least 20 skyscrapers. You can find more details of the proposal here.

UDG China Breaks Ground on Wuxi Kindergarten

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The United Design Group (UDG) China has begun construction the “Xieli Garden” resettlement community kindergarten in . The three-story building, designed as a “spiraling elliptical ring,” aims to create an ideal learning environment for children with ample natural light and a direct connection to outdoor space. 

Rafael de La-Hoz Unveils TEDA Monument in Tianjin

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Spanish architect Rafael de La-Hoz has designed a mirrored, 60-meter monument to commemorate the 30 anniversary of the Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA). The design, titled “A Cut between heaven and earth”, was “driven by an effort to analyze the process of abstraction and reinterpretation of the site.”

Zaha Hadid Designs “City of Dreams” Hotel Tower in Macau

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Zaha Hadid Architects has designed a 40-story luxury hotel for ’s premier leisure and entertainment destination known as “City of Dreams.” Perceived as a single “sculptural element” united by an exposed exoskeleton mesh structure, the “simple volume” was extruded from its rectangular site as two towers connected at the podium and roof levels, with two organically-shaped bridges punctuating the tower’s center external void. This central void is then celebrated by a 40-meter tall, “grandiose atrium” that greets visitors as they enter the hotel.

Take a digital tour through the building and into the atrium via a newly released video, after the break…

Tianjin Qiaoyuan Bridge Culture Museum / Sunlay

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Architects: Sunlay
Location: Tianjin,
Design Team: Zhang Hua
Area: 2,220 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Sunlay

Basketball Stadium in Dongguan / gmp architekten

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Architects: gmp architekten
Location: , Guangdong,
Design: Meinhard von Gerkan and Stephan Schütz with Stephan Rewolle
Project Manager: Katina Roloff
Client : Dongguan Civil Construction Administration Office
Seats : 14,730
Area: 60600.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Christian Gahl

Kangka Zhouzhuang Tourist Resort Aquatic Club / UDG China

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Architects: UDG China
Location: Zhouzhuangzhen, Kunshan, , Jiangsu, China,
Architect In Charge: Qian Qiang, Li Xiaojian, Bernd Lederle, Feng Haihua, Li Chencheng, Bi Yifei, Tanase Yo Shoji, Satoshi Morita, Chen Hongbin, Simone De Gradi
Area: 1800.0 sqm
Photographs: Yao Li

HENN Wins Competition to Design Wenzhou High-Rise

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HENN has been selected to design a 160-meter, mixed-use tower for a new Central Business District in the eastern China metropolis of . Located in close proximity to the Ou Jiang river, on the district’s southern edge, the Tower hopes to serve as the gateway to the new city development.

The Architecture of Kowloon Walled City: An Excerpt from ‘City of Darkness Revisited’

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In light of the release of a second, revised edition of City of Darkness – the authoritative text on Kowloon Walled City, which you can help Kickstart here — authors Greg Girard and Ian Lambot have shared an excerpt from City of Darkness Revisited

The early phases of the Walled City were characterised by predictable building typologies and the buildings were constructed on the principle of squatters’ rights, with random construction on spots of available land by whoever got there first. Alleyways and passages evolved – unplanned – into the established ‘map’ of the City, which would remain until it came down. A basic electric supply existed, increasingly burdened by illegal connections that frequently overloaded the system, and the few standpipes supplied the only water. As the need to accommodate the ever growing residential and commercial populations forced it to in the 1960s, the building typology of the Walled City made the leap from two- to three-storey residential structures to taller, six- to seven-storey ones. This represented an important threshold, because at these greater heights the buildings unavoidably became more complex and required greater labour to realise, reinforced concrete, more investment, and so on. They also required a different way of living. Water had to be transported up to the higher floors by hand. Likewise the propane gas canisters that furnished fuel to cook or heat water.