Wuxi Memsic Semiconductor Headquarter / UDG China

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

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 Earthquake Reconstruction, Ya’an – Rebuild Panda’s Hometown from the EarthquakeThe 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, China
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: Shenzhen, Guangdong,
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, China
Design Team: Jianxiang He, Ying Jiang, Thomas Odorico, Zilong Liang
Concept: Ying Jiang (), 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

Juxing Tower Showroom / People’s Architecture Office

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Architects: People’s Architecture Office
Location: , Shanxi,
Principal: Hezhe, James Shen, Zangfeng
Design Team: Yang bin, Lian junqin
Area: 450 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO)

Vanke Orange City Sales Center / Sunlay Design Group

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Architects: Sunlay Design Group
Location: Beijing,
Architect In Charge: Zhang Hua
Design Team: Fan Li, Tan Qingjun, Sun Rui, Zhang Yong
Area: 5,100 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shu He

Zhongxun Times / 10 Design

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Architects: 10 Design
Location: Chongqing,
Design Team: Gordon Affleck, Brian Fok, Lukasz Wawrzenczyk, Frisly Colop Morales, Jason Easter, Nick Chan, Rita Pang, Ryan Leong, Dan Narita, Jon Martin
Area: 130000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of 10 Design

3XN Designs “DreamCenter” Entertainment Hub for Shanghai

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Danish practice 3XN Architects will begin construction this year on an IMAX theater, retail and creative office complex for the massive DreamCenter entertainment district on ’s West Bund. Stressing the importance of the “red carpet” experience, 3XN will incorporate a “ version of the Spanish steps” which will be used for film premieres, festivals and other cultural events.

Lecture: Antón García-Abril & Débora Mesa in Shanghai

As part of the CA Group’s lecture series, “Architour,” principal of Ensamble Studio, Antón García-Abril & Débora Mesa, will give a lecture at 15:30 on March 29th at Tongji Architectual Design (Group) Co.,Ltd.(TJAD) auditorium in . For 2013 through 2015, “Architour” has as its theme “New Force of Architecture – Leading Young Architects”: each year, the CA Group will select nine young, global leaders in architecture (four from Asia and five from the West) to lecture on topics that cross typologies and disciplines, from architectural design, urban planning to interior design. Sou Fujimoto, Hirata Akihisa, Christian Kerez and Thomas Heatherwick were the series’ first speakers.

At the end of each year, an exhibition will be mounted; and at the end of the years, the contents of the lectures will be published as a book.

More info on the “Architour” at the CA Group‘s website and weibo.

Title: Lecture: Antón García-Abril & Débora Mesa in Shanghai
Organizers: CA GROUP, TJAD, Fortune Properties(GROUP)co., Ltd, Vanke Co., Ltd., Bulthaup
From: Sat, 29 Mar 2014 15:30
Until: Sat, 29 Mar 2014 17:00
Venue: Tongji Architectual Design (Group) Co.,Ltd.(TJAD) Auditorium 1st floor
Address: Siping North Road, Jinshan, Shanghai, China

EMG Shanghai Design Centre / O-OFFICE Architects

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Architects: O-OFFICE Architects
Location: Wujiaochang, Baoshan, , China
Area: 537 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Likyfoto

Shanghai Futures Exchange Data Processing Center / Silvio d´Ascia

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Architects: Silvio d´Ascia
Location: Shanghai,
Design Team: Silvio d’Ascia Architecture with (avec) AREP
Area: 94000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Tristan Chapuis and Silvio d’Ascia

West Taihu International Business Plaza / LAB Architecture Studio + SIADR

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Architects: LAB Architecture Studio, SIADR
Location: Wujin, Changzhou, Jiangsu,
Project Leader: Donald Bates, Andy Wang
Area: 27295.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: John Gollings, Ryuji Miya, Borong Chen

New Images: Inside Steven Holl’s Sifang Art Museum

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Steven Holl Architects has shared with us an impressive gallery of images of their recent project, Nanjing’s Sifang Art Museum. Rising above the lush landscape of the Pearl Spring, the new museum was designed as a physical manifestation of the parallel perspective, a technique prevalent in early Chinese paintings. From a subtly distorted courtyard with no vanishing points to an upper level gallery with calculated views and pristine light, the experience through the Sifang Art Museum is unlike any .

See for yourself, after the break…