The Northstar Changsha Delta project lies on a one square kilometer site with a large-scale urban development project occupying more than five million square meters of construction. Located east of the Xiangjiang River and south of the Liuyanghe River, the project will transform the landscape and shape the future development of north Changsha. The Exhibition Hall is the first built project of Northstar’s ambitious plan, It contributes to the social and economic development of the region; recoding its implementation process while fulfilling the programmatic business and sales objectives of the development.
Architects: AZL architects
Location: Changsha, Hunan Province, China
Project Team: Zhang Lei, Zhou Suning, Wang Liang
Collaborator: Architectural Design Institute, Hunan University
Project Area: 3000 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Yao Li
Built on a brownfield of a former industrial site, Houtan Park is a regenerative living landscape on Shanghai’s Huangpu riverfront. The park’s constructed wetland, ecological flood control, reclaimed industrial structures and materials, and urban agriculture are integral components of an overall restorative design strategy to treat polluted river water and recover the degraded waterfront in an aesthetically pleasing way.
Berlin based design team of Peter Ruge Architekten has shared with us their project, an adaptive reuse of Xintiandi Factory saturated with new program. Supplemental images of the project and a narrative from the architects is available after the break.
Nestled amongst a forest of towers on Old Peak Road above Central Hong Kong, the Tregunter tower holds unique layered views of Victoria Harbor. The abundance of bay windows, structural walls and beams that are common to residential towers would appear to constrain the possibilities of the apartment. However, by turning constraints into opportunities, davidclovers re-works the volumes of this apartment by using the ceiling and the floor. Subtly elongating, pressing upward, and sloping downward, the ceiling produces variable sensations of compression and expansion – making the apartment seem larger than it is, drawing delicate lines that separate dining from living. Skillfully dodging and maneuvering around air-conditioning units and structural beams, the ceiling integrates artificial light and various materials – re-orienting the apartment toward the exterior.
Location: The Peak, Hong Kong, China
Project Team: David Erdman, Clover Lee, Jason Dembski, Mui Fuk Man, Kantrina Lee, Spencer Mak
Project Area: 2,400 sqf
Photographer: Courtesy of davidclovers assisted by Ziyin Zhou
Construction is underway for the sustainable landmark CITIC Bank headquarters tower. Foster + Partners design for the 100 meter high skyscraper in Hangzhou, China intends to establish and iconic presence for the Bank in a prominent location within the new central business district situated adjacent to the Qian Jiang River.
Resonating with elements of traditional Chinese culture, the tower’s form draws inspiration from the shape of the ancient ‘dou’ or ‘ding’ vessel, a traditional symbol of wealth, dignity and stability. The facade of the diagonally-braced structure pulls inwards near the base to form a symmetrical V-shape across the south-facing elevation. Wrapped in a diagrid lattice, the floor plates widen as the tower rises expanding to provide panoramic views of the river and the surrounding public plaza.
Public places embodying shared cultural values and ideals have the opportunity to become the most important activity and urban life centers in cities. Contrary to the iconic architecture and closed façades ubiquitous in China, AZL architects feel public buildings need to present an openness and give back to the urban context, especially in the case of the Zhengdong District Urban Planning Exhibition Hall.
Architect: AZL architects
Location: Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China
Project Team: Zhang Lei, Qi Wei, Guo Donghai, Cai Zhenghua
Collaborator: Architectural Design & Planning Institute, Nanjing University
Project Area: 8,450 sqm
Project year: 2011
Photographs: Yao Li
House DE is an “infill” townhouse, spectacularly sited on a hillside above Clearwater Bay, Hong Kong. Combining two existing units into one, the design uses the volumes of three staircases to blend, burrow and interlock spaces vertically across four floors. Each “interaction” is materially monolithic, using stone, wood and a series of delicate aluminum fins. Defined by these fins, the texture and form of the lantern-volume subtly changes shape and depth, casting shadow and emitting light in different ways throughout the house.
Location: Clearwater Bay, Hong Kong, China
Project Team: David Erdman, Clover Lee, Fei Mui, Jason Dembski, Yvette Herrera, Rathi Subramanian, Lam Pui Wing, Spencer Mak
Project Area: 4,300 sqf
Photographs: Almond Chu
Architects: Tao Lei
Location: Jinan, China
Project area: 580 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Tao Lei
FUTURE is launching an international ideas competition to identify the best design concepts with the challenge to develop visionary urban proposals with the intention of stimulating contemporary cities, in this case 4 different locations: Hangzhou, Nanjing, Madrid and Barcelona.
The open competition is single-phase and anonymous. Architects (architectural teams) may participate in the competition if they meet the following requirements:
- Participants in the competition shall be architecture students or architects under 31 years old on the closing date for submission of entries (June 30, 2011).
- Architectural teams participating in the competition shall have at least one architecture student or architect under 31 on the closing date for submission of entries, who will be the team leader.
For more information, visit the competition’s official website.
At eye-level with the top of IFC, one of the tallest buildings in Hong Kong, the Barker Residence holds stunning views of Victoria Harbor. The project is the first of a series of projects designed by davidclovers for a developer of residential properties in Hong Kong. The basic approach is to hone in on the most potent areas of the existing layout, and enhance them. At Barker Residence, davidclovers reworks the unit horizontally and vertically using a series of subtly inflected walls and artificially-lit ceilings to bend space around corners and through floors.
Location: The Peak, Hong Kong, China
Project Team: David Erdman, Clover Lee, Mul Fuk Man, Jason Dembski, Damlen Hannigan, Spencer Mak
Project Area: 4000 sqf
Photographs: Almond Chu
The Yuhu Elementary School Expansion Project in the UNESCO World Heritage site in Lijiang, Yunnan, China is a community service project. The project is intended as a response to the local vernacular architecture through the basic comprehension of environment, social and building conservation. Appropriate to the unique site and the complexity of the subject matter, the investigations were conducted through multidisciplinary collaboration, probing into spatial conceptions in the domains of folklore, materiality, geomancy, ecology and finally architecture.
Architect: Li Xiaodong Atelier
Location: Lijiang, Yunnan, China
Photographs: Courtesy of Li Xiaodong Atelier
The Sino-Danish Centre for Education and Research (SDC), designed by Henning Larsen Architects in Copenhagen, is devoted to Chinese-Danish collaboration. Otherwise known as the Swan Building, the new SDC reflects a vision to develop Danish presence in China. The Swan Building is a distinct landmark with a unique Danish identity on the new GUCAS campus as it combines Denmark’s national bird and self-perception and the Chinese perception of the swan as a symbol of ambition.
Read on for more after the break.
Currently under development, OKRA’s Xiang’he Garden City, consisting of a masterplan for the Park of the Floating Gardens, defines challenging ambitions, turning the former clay pits into a water park. A new garden city of approximately 700 hectares will arise close to the future 7th ring of Beijing, China. The ambitions for the park are high and should create the perfect setting for the first housing development. The park should be a place for recreation, for running, for barbequing, for celebrations and more. It should also contribute to a sustainable environment, combining green design and water. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The water house is a private house, located at the foot of snow mountain Yulong in Lijiang. Sitting on a wide open sloping site, which has a panoramic view towards Lijiang, an ancient trading settlement whose old town is famous for its historic network of waterways and bridges. The site lies at the foot of Yulong mountain, its peaks forming a dramatic backdrop to Li’s architecture. The house synthesises traditional forms and techniques to make a contemporary building that resonates with place and history. and the surrounding landscape. Conceived as an interlocking series of contemplative, inward-looking courtyards, the house has an open yet closed courtyard space. Closed in the sense, it is “secured” and “separated” physically from the ‘outside world” by design elements such as stonewall, reflective pool and leveling; yet it is open visually towards the outside environment.
Architects: Rocco Design Architects
Location: Guangzhou, China
Design Team: Rocco Yim, William Tam, C. M. Chan, Derrick Tsang, Christopher Wong, Ricky Wang, Lucia Cheung, Grace Lin, Ivan Chui, Christina Chan, Amber Wang
Project area: 41,000 sqm
Project year: 2004 – 2010
Photographs: Almond Chu, Marcel Lam