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 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, China
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 , .

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 Beijing, 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,
Client: Vanke Real Estate
Project Area: 90,000 sqm
Artistic Impressions: Doug & Wolf

New Jindai Elementary School / TEKTAO

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Architects: TEKTAO/Tongji University
Location: Jindai Town in Liangping County, ,
Project team: Lou Yongqi, Ji Xiang, Yuval Zohar LEED AP, Ruo Chen, Ding Chan, Wu Zhen, Guo Ling, Wang Ci Yin, Lu Lian Jie, Wang Ye, Xu Hang Yu
Project area: 5,000 sqm
Photographs: Lou Yongqi, Yuval Zohar

Yongia Public Center / Idea Image Institute of Architects

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This proposal for the Public Center competition was submitted by Kang Chul-Hee of Idea Image Institute of Architects.  The cultural facility will be located in the landmark geographic and social center of the city plan of Yongjia, .   The design is approached at an urban scale to provide a symbolic gateway between the past and present development of the city.
Read on for more on this project.

Nanjing Sifang Art Museum / Steven Holl Architects

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The new museum is sited at the gateway to the Contemporary International Practical Exhibition of Architecture in the lush green landscape of the Pearl Spring near , . It explores the shifting viewpoints, layers of space, and expanses of mist and water, which characterize the deep alternating spatial mysteries of early Chinese painting. This coming fall the Sifang Art Museum will open to the public.

Drawings, photographs, and sketches following the break.

Architects: Steven Holl Architects
Design Architect: Steven Holl, Li Hu
Location: Nanjing, China
Associate-in-Charge: Hideki Hirahara
Project Architect: Clark Manning, Daijiro Nakayama
Project Team: Joseph Kan, JongSeo Lee, Pei Shyun Lee, Tz-Li Lin, Richard Liu, Sarah Nichol
Associate Architects: Architectural Design Institute, Nanjing University
Structural Consultant: Guy Nordenson and Associates
Lighting Design: L’Observatoire International
Client: Nanjing Foshou Lake Architecture and Art Developments Ltd
Project Area: 20,000 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Li Hu, Shu He, Steven Holl Architects

In Progress: Pan Long Gu Centre / Atelier 11


Architects: Atelier 11
Location: Ji County, Tianjin,
Commission: 2008-2009
Design Director: Xu Lei
Design Team: Gong Meng, Jin Ding
Construction Drawing: Xu Lei, Zhang Pingping, Gong Meng, Zhu Yin, Qiang Wei, Li Baoming
Project area: 37,000 sqm
Project year: 2009 – 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier 11

SOM Wins 2011 AIA Institute Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design


The Beijing Central Business District (CBD) plan by SOM can now add 2011 AIA Institute Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design to its list.  The ongoing 4,200,000 sqm project is the winning design from the international design competition expanding the CBD

The plan calls for the establishment of three new districts anchored by signature parks and green boulevards. New modes of public transportation are proposed, including express commuter rail service between the Beijing Capital International Airport, the CBD, and high speed rail service at Beijing South Station. A new streetcar system is proposed to conveniently link all areas of the CBD, and every street would be bicycle friendly. To establish a pedestrian-friendly scale for development, the plan calls for a network of small, walkable blocks.

Nan Gallery / AZL architects

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Architects: AZL architects
Location: , , China
Project Team: Zhang Lei, You Shaoping, Yuan Zhongwei
Project area: 230 sqm
Project year: 2007
Photographs: Nacasa & Partners

Yongjia Gymnasium, Swimming Pool Competition / Idea Image Institute of Architects


Idea Image Institute of Architects has submitted their latest project, the Gymnasium for our readers review. Additional images and a brief description after the jump.

Brick House / AZL architects

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Architects: AZL architects
Location: Gaochun, Jiangsu Province,
Project Team: Zhang Lei, Shen Kaikang, Zhang Ang
Collaborator: Gaochun Architectural Design Office
Project area: 580 sqm (Ye House) + 860 sqm (Wang House)
Project year: 2006 – 2008
Photographs: Iwan Baan

In Progress: Hostel, Company Retreat and Training Center / Zoka Zola Architecture + Urban Design

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Zoka Zola is an architecture firm that is interested in high degrees of optimization that are achieved through a series of inventions — similar to the inventions and optimizations leading to human flight from early gliders and flying machines to the airplane — where characteristics, shape and use of each element is in a tight interdependent relationship with every other element. Where every element can be enjoyed on its own while at the same time is an essential part of the entire assembly. These inventions toward optimization contribute to the body of usable strategies in architecture, since each assembly is optimized for a very specific set of circumstances. While this high degree of “optimization” is not yet taken seriously as an architectural objective, they believe it will become an objective of future architects because of the growing awareness of our available resources and their uses, eventually making the terms “efficient” and “optimized” common place. This project develops a series of steps towards optimization through architectural form of a building’s natural ventilation.

Architect: Zoka Zola Architecture + Urban Design
Location: Southern
MEP and Structural Engineer: Arup
Cost Estimator: Rider Levett Bucknall

Three Courtyard Community Centre / AZL architects

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Architects: AZL architects – Zhang Lei
Location: Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province,
Project Team: Zhang Lei, Shen Kaikang, Yang Hefeng
Collaborator: Yangzhou City Planning & Design Institute
Project area: 1,900 sqm
Project year: 2008 – 2009
Photographs: Iwan Baan

Water Rhythm / Beige Design

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Architects: Beige Design – Danny Chan
Location: Victoria Bay, , China
Project area: 40 sqm
Photographs: Ulso Tsang

MVRDV wins competition for Comic and Animation Museum in China


urban planning bureau has announced MVRDV winner of the international design competition for the China Comic and Animation Museum (CCAM) in Hangzhou, China. MVRDV won with a design referring to the speech balloon: a series of eight balloon shaped volumes create an internally complex museum experience of in total 30.000m2. Part of the project is also a series of parks on islands, a public plaza and a 13.000m2 expo centre. Construction start is envisioned for 2012, the total budget is 92 million Euro.

More images and architect’s description after the break.

Concrete Slit House / AZL architects

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Architects: AZL architects – Zhang Lei
Location: Nanjing, , China
Project Team: Zhang Lei, Meng Fanhao, Cai Menglei, Lu Yuan, Tang Xiaoxin
Collaborator: Architectural Design & Planning Institute, Nanjing University
Project area: 270 sqm
Project year: 2006 – 2008
Photographs: Iwan Baan

Visitor Center in Hengshan Temple / Latitude Studio

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The visitor center in Hengshan Temple, designed by Latitude Studio, aims to promote tourism in the historical-rural area of , .  The project hopes to respect the ancestral history of the site while providing a modern architecture from which to appreciate the history of .

Read on for more information after the break.