Zaha Hadid Designs “City of Dreams” Hotel Tower in Macau

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Zaha Hadid Architects has designed a 40-story luxury hotel for ’s premier leisure and entertainment destination known as “City of Dreams.” Perceived as a single “sculptural element” united by an exposed exoskeleton mesh structure, the “simple volume” was extruded from its rectangular site as two towers connected at the podium and roof levels, with two organically-shaped bridges punctuating the tower’s center external void. This central void is then celebrated by a 40-meter tall, “grandiose atrium” that greets visitors as they enter the hotel.

Take a digital tour through the building and into the atrium via a newly released video, after the break…

Tianjin Qiaoyuan Bridge Culture Museum / Sunlay

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Architects: Sunlay
Location: ,
Design Team: Zhang Hua
Area: 2,220 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Sunlay

Basketball Stadium in Dongguan / gmp architekten

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Architects: gmp architekten
Location: , Guangdong,
Design: Meinhard von Gerkan and Stephan Schütz with Stephan Rewolle
Project Manager: Katina Roloff
Client : Dongguan Civil Construction Administration Office
Seats : 14,730
Area: 60600.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Christian Gahl

Kangka Zhouzhuang Tourist Resort Aquatic Club / UDG China

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Architects: UDG China
Location: Zhouzhuangzhen, Kunshan, , Jiangsu, China,
Architect In Charge: Qian Qiang, Li Xiaojian, Bernd Lederle, Feng Haihua, Li Chencheng, Bi Yifei, Tanase Yo Shoji, Satoshi Morita, Chen Hongbin, Simone De Gradi
Area: 1800.0 sqm
Photographs: Yao Li

HENN Wins Competition to Design Wenzhou High-Rise

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HENN has been selected to design a 160-meter, mixed-use tower for a new Central Business District in the eastern metropolis of . Located in close proximity to the Ou Jiang river, on the district’s southern edge, the Tower hopes to serve as the gateway to the new city development.

The Architecture of Kowloon Walled City: An Excerpt from ‘City of Darkness Revisited’

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In light of the release of a second, revised edition of City of Darkness – the authoritative text on Kowloon Walled City, which you can help Kickstart here — authors Greg Girard and Ian Lambot have shared an excerpt from City of Darkness Revisited

The early phases of the Walled City were characterised by predictable building typologies and the buildings were constructed on the principle of squatters’ rights, with random construction on spots of available land by whoever got there first. Alleyways and passages evolved – unplanned – into the established ‘map’ of the City, which would remain until it came down. A basic electric supply existed, increasingly burdened by illegal connections that frequently overloaded the system, and the few standpipes supplied the only water. As the need to accommodate the ever growing residential and commercial populations forced it to in the 1960s, the building typology of the Walled City made the leap from two- to three-storey residential structures to taller, six- to seven-storey ones. This represented an important threshold, because at these greater heights the buildings unavoidably became more complex and required greater labour to realise, reinforced concrete, more investment, and so on. They also required a different way of living. Water had to be transported up to the higher floors by hand. Likewise the propane gas canisters that furnished fuel to cook or heat water.

Hangzhou Xixi National Wetland / Sunlay + RHINESCHEME GmbH

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Architects: Sunlay, RHINESCHEME GmbH
Location: Hangzhou, Zhejiang,
Design Team: Zhang Hua, Fan Li, Li Jiangyuan, wolf loebel, Li Ran, Lukasz Piasta, Zhang Xin
Area: 4722.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Shu He Photography

The Screen / Li Xiaodong Atelier

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Architects: Li Xiaodong Atelier
Location: , Zhejiang, China
Architect In Charge: Li Xiaodong
Design Team: Martijn de Geus, Jerry Hau, Ying Xin, Renske van Dam
Cost: 8 million RMB
Area: 600 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Martijn de Geus

Museum of the Fangshang Geopark / BIAD

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Architects: BIAD
Location: Fangshan, ,
Architects In Charge: Yinong Li,Yaolei Sun
Design Institute: Beijing Institute of Architectural Design, 6A8 Studio
Area: 10,000 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Chaoying Yang

Wuxi Memsic Semiconductor Headquarter / UDG China

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Architects: UDG China
Location: Xishan, Wuxi, Jiangsu,
Architect In Charge: Qian Qiang, Li Xiaojian, Chi Xiaoyu
Area: 14,057.36 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of UDG China

Exploring Post Earthquake Reconstruction: 2013 AIM Competition Awards Announced

Winning Entry: Architecture Renovation Award. Image Courtesy of AIM

Architects in Mission (AIM) recently announced the winners for their 2013 competition with the topic, Post Reconstruction, Ya’an Sichuan – Rebuild Panda’s Hometown from the The Ya’an Earthquake occurred at 08:02 Beijing Time on the 20th April 2013. The epicenter was located in Lushan County, Ya’an, Sichuan, about 116km (or 72 miles) from (along the Longmenshan Fault) in the same province that was hit heavily by the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. For this year’s competition, AIM asked participants to pay particular attention to the master planning of the Snow Mountain Village, whilst developing new business models to encourage economic growth for local villagers. See the four winning entries after the break.

Hualien Residences: BIG’s Most Mountainous Housing Project Yet?

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Bjarke Ingels Group has unveiled their latest – and certainly greenest – “mountainous” housing project (for previous examples, see: Mountain Dwelling and 8 House). Although still in progress, Hualien Residences, a beach resort housing complex in Taiwan, will consist of green “landscape stripes” that resemble mountains themselves. The project, which incorporates walking paths, underground jogging paths, and an observation point, has already been recognized as a finalist in the 2014 MIPIM awards for its use of design to encourage healthy, active lifestyles for the complex’s primarily older residents. 

An Interview with MAD Architects’ Ma Yansong: Constructing Icons, Identity & China’s Future Cities

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I look into myself, trying to express myself. I think sometimes maybe you have an idea from a dream. It sounds ridiculous but you draw something out of your dream. Where does this dream come from? It must somehow relate to some situation. So what I’m interested in is to keep discovering what is really inside of me. I’m not a genius that from the first moment I already know what I want. - Ma Yansong -

Beixinqiao district, in , is changing fast: the ancient urban tissue is being demolished as new high-rises are growing.Located in this environment, Ma Yansong’s office sits within an old and anonymous construction. In contrast to its exterior, the inside is characterized by wood, white walls and plants that transform the place into a sophisticated environment.International young architects are busy modeling new organic-shaped buildings on the other side of the world; meanwhile a golden fish swims in the eternal loop of the “fish tank” in the centre of the room.

In the following interview, Ma Yansong explains contemporary cities as environments that are out-of-scale with nature. He believes a new approach must be used, one that breaks the monotonous “chessboard” of contemporary Urban China and re-establishes the balance between human beings and the natural world.

Z Gallery / O-OFFICE Architects

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Architects: O-OFFICE Architects
Location: , Guangdong,
Area: 2,963 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Likyfoto

Refurbish of TYJ Office Building / Shenzhen Ingameoffice Ltd

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Architects: Shenzhen Ingameoffice Ltd
Location: , Guangdong, China
Area: 3,400 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Shenzhen Ingameoffice Ltd

Shenzhen Maritime Base and Sports Schools / 2A2 Design Department, Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (BIAD)

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Architects: 2A2 Design Department, Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (BIAD)
Location: Longgang, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
Authors: Wang RuiPeng, Zhang Hao
Area: 27180.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Yang ChaoYing

SZ-HK Biennale-Silo Reconversion / O-OFFICE Architects

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Architects: O-OFFICE Architects
Location: Chiwan Road, Nanshan, , Guangdong,
Design Team: Jianxiang He, Ying Jiang, Thomas Odorico, Zilong Liang
Concept: Ying Jiang (O-office Architects), Marc Maurer (Maurer United Architects), Teemu Hirvilaammi (Lassila\Hirvilammi Architects)
Area: 2662.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: O-office & Maurer United

Silo-top Studio / O-OFFICE Architects

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Architects: O-OFFICE Architects
Location: Liwan, , Guangdong, China
Area: 621 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Likyfoto