Dashun Pavilion / Pro-Form Architects

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Architects: Pro-Form Architects
Location: Shanghai,
Design Team: WANG Fangji, YIN Wei, SONG Zhuoer, XIAO Xiao, NIE Xin
Year: 2011
Photographs: LV Hengzhong

Interview with Rocco Yim of Rocco Design

Guanzhou Museum. Image Courtesy of Rocco Design

In the ancient culture identity is a touch of spatiality. Our use of space is psychological, you line up sequences of courtyards and buildings in order of importance so it prepares your mood, they get a sense of anticipation. We could reuse this spatially in today’s different types of buildings to achieve different purposes, but it originates from the past — that makes it Chinese.” – Rocco S. K. Yim, , 2013

On the 38th floor of the AIA Tower, ’s office faces the bay, from which you see the quintessential view of the city: the Hong Kong skyline. is the founder of Rocco Design Architects Limited (founded in 1982) and responsible for the design of iconic buildings like the International Finance Centre in Hong Kong. In this conversation he talks about the importance of the density created and supported by the urban flow in China, and his unique point of view on iconic architecture in relation to ancient culture.

Thousands of Inhabitants May Be Relocated As Chinese Bankers Eye Venezuela’s Torre David

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Torre de David (the Tower of David) - the world’s tallest slum and the subject of Urban-Think TankJustin McGuirk, and Iwan Baan‘s Golden Lion-winning Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2012 - is once again making headlines. Venezuelan newspaper TalCual reports that the Venezuelan government is in negotiations with Chinese banks interested in purchasing the building.

Tower of David is an unfinished financial skyscraper in downtown . Construction began on the tower in 1990, but the death of the principal investor in 1993 and the subsequent banking crisis that hit the country in 1994 froze construction; by the end of the year, the tower was in the hands of the state. Nevertheless, in 2007 two thousand homeless citizens took over and inhabited the skyscraper, making it the tallest vertical slum in the world.

Daidai Pavilion / Pro-Form Architects

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Architects: Pro-Form Architects
Location: Jiading, ,
Design Team: WANG Fangji, XUE Jun, SONG Zhuoer, LI Peng
Year: 2011
Photographs: LV Hengzhong

Kale Café / YAMO Design

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Architects: YAMO Design
Location: Binjiang, Hangzhou, Zhejiang,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of YAMO Design

Zhangmiao Exercise Park / Archi-Union Architects

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Architects: Archi-Union Architects
Location: Baoshan Road, ,
Architect In Charge: Philip F. Yuan
Area: 4,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects

Jiangyin Primary & Secondary School / BAU Brearley Architects + Urbanists

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Architects: BAU Brearley Architects + Urbanists
Location: Yushanwan Garden, Furong Avenue Side Road, Jiangyin, Wuxi, Jiangsu,
Area: 56000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shu He

Suzhou School / BAU Brearley Architects + Urbanists

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Architects: BAU Brearley Architects + Urbanists
Location: Suzhou, Jiangsu,
Architect In Charge: James Brearley, Fang Qun, Jiang Han, ,Lin Donghui, Richard Tam, Olga Mladenovic, Nicky Chang, Mao Jie, Zhou Yinying, Chen Lei
Year: 2009
Photographs: Shu He

Hangzhou Duolan Commercial Complex / BAU Brearley Architects + Urbanists

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Architects: BAU Brearley Architects + Urbanists
Location: Xiasha, Jianggan, Hangzhou, Zhejiang,
Archtiecture Team: Jiang Han, James Brearley, Huang Fan, Lin Youzhen, Zhen Lili, Cao Xizhen
Landscape Team: Huang Fang, Xiong Juan, Li Shuyun
Year: 2012
Photographs: Shu He

The Lotus Building and People’s Park / studio505

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Architects: studio505
Location: Wujin, , Jiangsu, China
Year: 2013
Photographs: John Gollings

Phoenix Valley / studio505

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Architects: studio505
Location: Wujin, , Jiangsu, China
Year: 2013
Photographs: John Gollings

Kunshan Visitor Center / Vector Architects

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Architects: Vector Architects
Location: Kunshan, , Jiangsu,
Architect In Charge: Gong Dong
Project Architects: Zhimin Zhou, Xiangdong Kong, Feng Xu, Ran Huo
Area: 280 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shengliang Su

Flamingo Shanghai Office / Neri & Hu Design and Research Office

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Architects: Neri & Hu Design and Research Office
Location: 7 Mengzi Road, Huangpu, , , 200231
Architect In Charge: Lyndon Neri, Rossana Hu
Associate In Charge: Nellie Yang
Project Manager: Jerry Guo
Desing Team: Begoña Sebastian, Anqing Zhu, Kelvin Huang, Brian Lo, Zhao Yun, Litien Poeng
Client: Flamingo
Area: 620.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Dirk Weiblen

Jiahe Boutique Hotel / Shangai Dushe Architecture Design

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Architects: Shangai Dushe Architecture Design
Location: Jiangyin, , Jiangsu,
Architects In Charge: Kege Ling, Yijia Liu
Area: 7,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shengliang Su

Rocco Designs New Campus for Chu Hai College of Higher Education

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Modeled after its dense urban surroundings, Chu Hai College of Higher Education’s new campus in Hong Kong meets a complex program while giving students a fantastic view of the ocean. Designed by Rocco Design Architects Limited, the building’s geometry stacks different programmatic uses on top of each other and connects them with a vertical boulevard. The result is a sculptural entity, partially inspired by Chinese calligraphy, that seeks a balance between solid and void.

R&D Center “Looks Towards Beijing” With Calligraphic, Symbolic Form

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The Beijing city district of Wanjing has traditionally been a gateway for people entering the city. Its name literally translates as “Looking Towards .” J. J. Pan and Partners seek to renew that title with the design of Beijing Automotive Group’s new Research and Development Center. Taking inspiration from the character 北 (bei), which signifies openness, as well as Beijing itself, this mixed use building is meant to become a symbolic landmark both for Wanjing and for the company it houses.

Fumihiko Maki Commissioned to Design China’s First Design Museum

Model of the Shekou Museum. Image © China Merchants Property Development & Maki and Associates

The Pritzker Prize-winning architect Fumihiko Maki has revealed early designs for China‘s “first major design museum”, a project in the Shekou district of Shenzhen commissioned by China Merchants Group (CMG) in collaboration with London’s V&A Museum. The design model was unveiled yesterday at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in London, where representatives of CMG and the V&A signed a collaboration agreement to deliver the museum, which is hoped to open at the end of 2016.

Maki’s design for the Shekou Museum features three severely cantilevered volumes atop a deconstructed plinth; a staircase at the corner of the building also leads to the green public space on the roof.

More on the project after the break

Biennale Exhibit Examines the “Chinese Condition” – What Happens When 1% of the World’s Architects Design 33% of its Buildings

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“Chinese architects account for 1% of the world total, but the turnover from building work is 1/10 of the world total. In other words, one hundredth of the world’s architects must design 33% of all buildings and they must do this for just 1/10 of the profit. How does this condition effect architecture?”

This is the question that motivates THECONDITIONOFCHINESEARCHITECTURE, the exposition TCA ThinkTank displayed within the Chinese Pavilion at this year’s . Read the curators’ description of their exposition’s look into the perceptions and reality of Chinese architecture, after the break.