XL+ Office Space / Great City & Architecture

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Architects: Great City & Architecture
Location: ,
Project area: 250 sqm
Project year: 2009 – 2010
Photographs: Wenjie HU

Pazhou Masterplan / Goettsch Partners

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A master plan by Goettsch Partners (GP) has been selected as the winning scheme in the design competition for a prominent site in the new Pazhou district in , . The Pazhou Masterplan will consist of three urban parcels that form a triangular site, which is planned for seven buildings totaling 428,000 square meters. The client and developer is Poly Real Estate (Group) Co., Ltd., ’s leading state-owned real estate company.

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Tianmen Mountain Restaurant / Liu Chongxiao

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Architects: Liu Chongxiao
Location: Guilin, China
Design group: Beijing Tong he Shan zhi Landscape Design Co.
Project team: Liu Chongxiao, He Rong, Wu Xi, Ren Sijie
Planning team: Jiang Bo, Mo Keli, Wang Chao
Project area: 627 sqm
Project year: 2011
Photographs: Deng Xixun, Liu Chongxiao, He Rong, Song Yan

Southern Island of Creativity / Chengdu Urban Design Research Center

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Designed by Chengdu Urban Design Research Center, the “Southern Island of Creativity” is the start-up phase land of the Eastern New Town which endeavors to develop creative industry and is one of the 13 strategic function zones of future , China. The Eastern New Town consists of three “Islands” based on their varied topography. The southern one is located in hallow hills, which stands adjacent to the art village which came into being spontaneously. The design team for this project consisted of architects Liu Gang, Zhang Yang, Yu Jia, Lan Mi, and Xu Xin. More images and architects’ description after the break.

International Design Ideas Competition for Liantang – Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point Passenger Terminal Building / A.Lo Design

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This submission for the Internation Design Ideas Competition for Liantang was designed by A.Lo Design for , China on a site bridged between the urban fabric of Liantang and the natural site of Heung Yuen Wai.  Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point Passenger Terminal Building sits within the boundary and balancing point between city and nature.  The design philosophy of the project is to redefine the nature of infrastructural facilities that embrace nature rather than destroying and replacing it.

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Mixed Use Center in Zhangjiagang / ATKINS


ATKINS Shanghai has recently completed the design concept for a future skyscraper/mixed use center for the future central business district of , China. Additional renderings, plans and a description from the architects can be found after the jump.

Ai Weiwei is free at last. Plus photos of his architecture work in Beijing

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“You’re not going to find any of Ai Weiwei’s work being shown in , said each Beijing gallery representative. That’s because the artist and agent provocateur has been detained for 80 days now was released today, from what the government is saying was based on “economic charges”. The name “Ai Weiwei” has joined a long list of sensitive words in this country, and associating yourself with the artist has become tantamount to asking for trouble. Just ask the Chinese curator who was questioned by authorities after putting Ai Weiwei’s name under a blank wall in Beijing’s Incident Art Festival.

While Beijing’s lively art scene might currently be scrubbed clean of Ai Weiwei’s work, there’s one thing that’s a little difficult to “harmonize” away, as it’s known here. In 1999, Ai Weiwei began moving into the world of architecture, establishing his own architecture studio called FAKE design four years later. So Ai Weiwei’s artistic vision continues to stand in the form of buildings across the nation’s capital. The most concentrated of these is the artist district of Caochangdi, a few kilometres north of the more commercial art district called 798. It’s also the location of the artist’s studio and where he headed straight to after his release.

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Wangfujing Mixed-Use Center / Latitude Studio with BIAD

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The Wangfujing Center in Beijing, China is a mixed-use space designed by Latitude Studio. The intention of the proposal is to design an architectural solution that provides a container for an endless possibility of experiences. To achieve this, Latitude Studio considered the role of the atrium in Roman architecture, which injects the space with light and air.

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Shanghai Museum of Glass / Logon Architecture

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Architects: logon | urban.architecture.design
Location: Shanghai,
Project area: 29,612 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of logon | urban.architecture.design

Brownstone Bar / Kokaistudios

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Architects: Kokaistudios
Location: ,
Interior design: Andrea Destefanis, Pietro Peyron, Carmen Lee
Client: Blue Horizon Hospitality Group
Project area: 130 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Charlie Xia

Courtyard Urbanism / Adrian Yee Cheung Lo, Ray Jiaheng Zhang, and Patricia Tung Yan Ng

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Courtyard Urbanism is a project by University of students Adrian Yee Cheung Lo, Ray Jiaheng Zhang, and Patricia Tung Yan Ng which was selected for the Gold prize at the IDesign Awards.  The project aims to reinvent the traditional Chinese courtyards in a contemporary setting where density and increased building heights affect the social dynamic of residential architecture.

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Hangzhou Gateway Tower / JDS Architects

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As the first prize winner in the Gateway Competition, JDS Architects shared with us their building concept, which is to create a gateway that is neither closing-off or dividing the city. The 15-story tower features offices, restaurants, post office, a terraced roof garden and a sunken passage that leads through a shopping center. More images and architects’ description after the break.

McKinsey & Company Hong Kong Office / OMA

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The design by OMA for the new McKinsey & Company office caters to the consulting firm’s need for a more intimate space that offers a greater sense of collaboration and community.  McKinsey confronted OMA with the following design question: How to rethink their work space in a way that is innovative and enhances the McKinsey experience?

Architects: OMA
Location: Hong Kong, China
Client: McKinsey & Company
Project Year: May 2011
Photographs: Photos by Philippe Ruault courtesy OMA

unMADE IN CHINA: Architecture Undone in P.R.C.

Ide@s invites architects and designers to submit work to participate in this year’s exhibit “unMADE IN CHINA: Architecture Undone in the P.R.C.”. Any unrealized or undone commissioned projects in of all program types and scales are welcome. A public opening of the exhibit will be held at ide@s Gallery in from September 2nd to October 1st, 2011. The exhibit will travel to Beijing and Los Angeles thereafter.

All eligible entries will be incorporated into exhibit, virtual exhibit, and catalogue. The jury will then select 12 finalists to display in greater detail. This will include large-scale printed panels, 3D animations, and physical models. All exhibition material will be produced by the gallery, at no cost to participants. For more information, please visit the exhibition’s official website.

The Great Wall / Yamasaki Ku Hong Associates Design Lab

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Seoul-based Yamasaki Ku Hong Associates Design Lab shared with us their project ‘The Great Wall’, a complex in , China. More images and architect’s description after the break.

In Progress: Taiyuan Museum / Preston Scott Cohen


Preston Scott Cohen‘s winning competition proposal for the Taiyuan Museum of Art is currently under construction.  A cluster of buildings unified by continuous and discontinuous promenades both inside and outside. The building responds to the urban parkscape in which it is set; visitors are encouraged to pass through the building while not entering into the museum itself. An exterior ramp threading through the building connects the heterogeneous hardscapes, lawns and sculpture gardens. The integration of building and landscape registers multiple scales of territory ranging from the enormity of the adjacent Fen River to the intimacy of the museum’s own particular spatial episodes.

Architects: Preston Scott Cohen
Location: Taiyuan,
Client: Taiyuan City Government
Project Team: Preston Scott Cohen (architectural design); Amit Nemlich (planning); Collin Gardner, Hao Ruan, Joshua Dannenberg (design assistants, modeling, renderings); Yair Keshet(model)
Project Consultants: Architecture Design and Research Institute of South East University
Project Area: 32,500 sqm
Project Year: 2007-2010

Holm Architecture Office (HAO) Wins Competition to Design Samaranch Memorial Museum

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HAO / Holm Architecture Office in collaboration with Archiland Beijing and Kragh & Berglund landscape architects, has won first prize in a competition to design the Samaranch Memorial Museum in Tianjin, .

Juan Antonio Samaranch of Spain was the president of the International Olympic Committee from 1980 to 2001. Throughout his presidency he advocated for reform and inclusion and was a strong supporter of China’s bid as host city for the 2008 Olympic Games. Tianjin, a city of over 12 million people in northwestern China near , was the site of several Olympic events. The new museum and memorial will both highlight Samaranch’s professional history and look to the future, offering space for rotating exhibits of contemporary art and culture.

Shenzhen Cultural Complex / Mecanoo

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Architects: Mecanoo
Location: Shezhen, China
Client: Vanke Real Estate
Project Area: 90,000 sqm
Artistic Impressions: Doug & Wolf