Guzhen Center / Volkan Alkanoglu

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Based on the integration of light and illumination effects, the Center, designed by Volkan Alkanoglu, will be an outstanding exhibition space that functions for its occupants, inspires its visitors, and resonates with a global audience. With a commitment to innovation and technology, the project will feature an unparalleled design vision and become a significant addition to the city of Guzhen. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Ordos 20+10 Office Complex / Preston Scott Cohen

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Designed for the project, this office complex by Preston Scott Cohen serves to create a whole new office building typology in its stance on site, promenade, and public space.


New Energy Tools to Assist in China’s Rapid Urbanization

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A new set of tools have been developed by researchers at MIT in collaboration with ’s Tsinghua University that will evaluate the performance and energy consumption of large-scale projects. Led by Dennis Frenchman and Christopher Zegras from MIT’s School of Architecture + Planning, these new set of guidelines and tools are a proactive response to the rapid urbanization of China and its ever-increasing development and infrastructure projects. The main goal is to introduce sustainable methods of implementation and construction, and responsible energy patterns one neighborhood at a time.

Civic Cultural Exhibition and Activity Center / inFORM Studio

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The city of Korla has announced that inFORM Studio has been selected as the winner of an international design competition for the Civic Cultural Exhibition and Activity Center in Korla, . It will be a symbol of a progressive future for the region of Xinjiang. The conceptual proposal embraces the master plan vision for an axial relationship of cultural buildings and a strong east/west pedestrian linkage through the site; it also responds intelligently to the climate, geological heritage, ecology, and contextual views and relationships. More about the Civic Cultural Exhibition and Activity Center after the break.

UP LIFT Zeppelin Hangar / OPEN Architecture

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OPEN Architecture was invited to participate in a competition to design a zeppelin hangar situated in the serene landscape of Maan Mountain of Auhui Province, . The challenge is to design a single structure with a clearance of 100 meters wide by 300 meters long and 100 meters in height to house the production and storage of the zeppelin. The structure also demands a single door with a clear opening of 100 meter by 100 meter to let the zeppelin go in and out. Heavy duty cranes are to be hung off the ceiling of the structure, adding substantial loads to this super structure. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Universiade Sports Center and Bao’an Stadium / gmp architekten

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To mark the occasion of the Universiade, which will take place from 12th to 23rd August 2011, the Universiade sports center and Bao’an stadium will be opened tomorrow in , southern . The international competitions to come up with a design for the buildings were won in 2006 and 2007 by the designs of Architects von Gerkan Marg and Partners (gmp). The Universiade sports center consists of a stadium, a multifunctional hall and a swimming pool. The stadium in the Bao’an district is designed as an athletics stadium. However, during the 2011 Universiade, it is being used for football matches.

Architect: Architects von Gerkan Marg and Partners (gmp)
Location: Shenzhen, China
Photographs: Christian Gahl, Stephan Schütz, gmp

Yan ZhenQing Calligraphy Museum / Serie Architects

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Yan ZhenQing Museum, designed by Serie Architects, displays works from the important calligrapher of the same name who lived in Shandong Province in during the 8th century. His work introduced an element of vertical rhythm into the calligraphic script, and set up a style that was simpler and bolder. Situated in the beautiful landscape near the city of Linyi, the museum also strikes a bold stance in relation to its landscape. Rather than merge into the landscape the museum is placed on a series of three terraces that rise slightly above the topography. On these plateaus the museum takes on the qualities of a type of traditional Chinese garden known as the scholars’ garden. More images and architects’ description after the break.

DigitalFUTURE Exhibition

The work of Wendy W Fok (WE-DESIGNS, LLC) & CUHK students (Summer 2011 – Relational Modularity Studio) will be exhibited at the DigitalFUTURE Exhibition in , China alongside other pioneering international design practices, including but not limited to: Zaha Hadid Architects, UNStudio, Greg Lynn FORM, SPAN, Evan Douglis Studio, Aranda/Lasch, among many others.

Dean Quinyun Ma and AAC Director and Exhibition Curators, Neil Leach and Philip Yuan will present remarks.

Date: 13 August 2011, 6pm-8pm / Program at 7pm

Location: CAUP Exhibition Space – Tongji University Shanghai

To RSVP, email to Kathleen Gilfoy at gilfoy@usc.edu.

LYCS Architecture Office / LYCS Architecture

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The new office of LYCS Architecture is a renovation design of a tower penthouse in downtown Hangzhou, with a panorama view of the West Lake World Heritage. The original space with is an non-professional add-on storage room to the tower roof composed of elevator mechanical room, fire escape doors and slanted drainage surfaces. The idea of this design is to create the juxtaposition of this abandoned storage space and the new office, through the material homogeneity to heterogeneity and temporal attenuation of space.

Architect: LYCS Architecture
Location: Hangzhou,
Project Team: Hao Ruan, Xu Li, Peng Wang
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 350 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of LYCS Architecture

International Design Ideas Competition Entry / AETER Architects

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AETER Architects shared with us their competition entry, titled Eco-Land, for the International Design Ideas Competition for Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point Passenger Terminal Building. Between and Hong Kong, the PTB (Passenger Terminal Building) is a transitional area interrupting the waterfront of the adjacent cities. The proposed PTB abandons its rights of the waterfront and becomes ‘in between’. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Hong Kong Alternative Car Park Tower Competition

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The parking structure has captured the imagination of novelists, photographers and film-makers, and yet it remains peripheral to our culture – best understood as a forbidding fictional setting or often as an imposing silent building that we encounter along the way. Car parks are not very appreciated by users (too cold, too dark, too insecure etc.) and this competition hopes to offer a new take on this type of building that is far too quiet.

The aim of this international competition, hosted by [AC-CA], is to design an iconic and alternative car park tower in the heart of . The new tower will include several possibilities for events such as concerts, art exhibitions, fashion shows, ceremonies dinners, cinematic projections, etc. More competition information after the break.

AD Classics: Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank / Foster + Partners

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Envisioned during a perceptive period in the former colonies history, the brief for the and Bank Headquarters was simple: to create the best bank building in the world. Through a meticulous process of questions and challenges, including the involvement of a feng shui geomancer, Foster + Partners addresses the temperament of banking in Hong Kong and how it should be expressed in built form. By doing so, it virtually reinvented the office tower. More information after the break.

South Song Museum Heritage Park / IAPA

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The Australian architecture firm IAPA recently won the South Song Museum Heritage Park competition and has wished to share their winning design with out readers here at ArchDaily. Follow after the break for an accompanying description and images from the architects.

Wuxi Elementary School Re-Design / Atelier XÜK

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Collaborating with Tongji Architecture Design & research Institute , Atelier XÜK has won a design competition for a renovation project of a historical elementary school in . Additional images of XÜK’s winning design after the jump.

Shanghai’s Pudong District on the Rise

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With nearly 23 million people, is ’s biggest and most populous city. It is the financial and commercial capital of the country and a leading cultural center in Asia. Throughout the 1990′s and 2000′s the city underwent immense growth and redevelopment, thriving on international business. The futuristic and ambitious skyline of Pudong is the heart of ’s business district, and is growing swiftly with towering skyscrapers and an advanced urban environment. More pictures and information after the break.

Dug by Topotek1

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For the 2011 Xi’an International Horticultural Exposition, the Berlin-based landscape architecture office Topotek1 “dug” a hole to the other side of the world. From its edges visitors to this garden in can peer into a real or imagined world at the end of the tunnel. Whether these are the cows from the pampas of Argentinas, commuters rushing among transit through New York City, the maritime life of Stockholm, and layers of history so audible among the streets of Berlin. These soundtracks pique the imagination of the visitors, transferring them away from , away from the garden,” and into a far-off place.

Foreign Development in China’s Growing Cities

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With ’s high level of exports and booming real estate market, it is predicted that the country is on its way to becoming the world leader in economic performance. As a result, the Chinese government has been taking steps to show the world its growing economy and the newfound modernity that has come with it. ’s largest cities have already spent hundreds of billions of dollars on new development and infrastructure projects, ranging all the way from from roads, bridges and buildings to new financial districts. In fact, the country is expected to lay down a total of 4.7 billion square feet of construction in this year alone. More information after the break.

Qingdao Science and Technology City / KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten

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KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten were awarded first place in the international competition for the Science and Technology City the company’s design for the approx. 600-hectare site in the north of the port city of .  The primary objective of the project was to create a sustainable urban living space for the 100.000 inhabitants, in which a high quality of life with ecological equilibrium is achieved.  Come back after the break for more about this project.