NBBJ Designs Towering Shenzhen Campus for Internet Giant

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NBBJ has unveiled a 250-meter-high, two-tower campus that will become Tencent’s main headquarters at the High-Tech Industrial Park upon completion in 2016. As the world’s third-largest internet corporation, and 2013’s most innovative Chinese company according to FastCo, Tencent hopes the new campus will serve as a vibrant workplace for an expanding workforce of 12,000 employees.

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Selected to Design Island School in Hong Kong

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schmidt hammer lassen architects, in collaboration with Thomas Chow Architects, has won a commission to design a new Island School in Hong Kong. Envisioned as a “sustainable learning landscape,” the 28,000-square-meter, state-of-the-art facility aims to promote optimal learning through flexible classroom spaces and by establishing a deep connection with the surrounding landscape and local community.

VPANG + JET + Lisa Cheung to Design West Kowloon Arts Pavilion

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A team consisting of ltd, JET Architecture Inc and Lisa Cheung has been announced as winner of a competition to design an arts pavilion for the (the “WKCDA”) in Hong Kong. With completion planned for 2015, the pavilion is expected to be used as a small-scale exhibition and events space for independent artists and designers. It will also serve as the primary home for exhibitions and programs organized by M+, Hong Kong’s museum for visual culture, before the completion of Herzog & de Meuron’s museum building in late 2017.

Shenzhen Bay Super City International Competition

is located in the south of Guangdong, China, facing across the river. In 2012, it had a permanent population of 10.54 million and its GDP, standing at RMB 1,295 billion, ranked the fourth amongst cities in Mainland China for years. After more than thirty years of reform and opening up, it has developed from a small town in the southern coast of China to a modern metropolis, becoming a miniature of China’s reform, opening-up and modern construction.

According to the latest comprehensive urban planning of Shenzhen, areas surrounding the Shenzhen Bay will become the most important section in the broader area of Shenzhen and Hong Kong. Shenzhen Bay will be the power house for Shenzhen, inspiring the city to be one of the best in the world. From the west to the east, it will have a Shenzhen-Hong Kong cooperation section for the modern service industry at the front, a business district at the back and the Shenzhen Bay Super Headquarters Base.

The main content for the competition is urban and architectural design plans for the central area of the Super Headquarters. The scope of the design covers all land plots encircled by the red line and the surrounding roads and the park (see attached graphs for details). It is planned that 35.2 hectares of land will be used with a building area of 1.5-1.7 million square meters.

Hongkun Art Gallery / penda

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Architects: penda
Location: ,
Area: 2000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Xia Zhi

KSP Designs Floating ‘Urban Helix’ for Changsha

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KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten International has been awarded first prize for their proposal of a new “urban helix” in Changsha, , that extends public space from the city center into Lake Meixi. The concept serves as a catalyst, marking a termination point on a new street axis that culminates into a pedestrian ramp symbolically spiraling 30 meters above a 20,000 square meter artificial island.

The Cellar / Chiasmus Partners

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Architects: Chiasmus Partners
Location: Shanghai,
Architect In Charge: James Wei Ke, Hyunho Lee, AIA
Design Team: Laura Pumar, Yin Fengkun, Wu Shuang, Jiang Miaowei, Zhang Wei, Liu Dewei, Xie Siyu, Qiao Ya, Wang Lihui, Zeng Shihua, Aude Pelamourgue, Huang Ying, Gong Nan, Zhou Wanru
Area: 725 sqm
Photographs: Aaron Qiao

World’s Tallest Buildings of 2013 Dominated by Asia

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According to the latest Tall Report, 73 buildings in excess of 200 meters were completed in 2013 worldwide, the second highest total only behind 2011 with 81 completions. The increase of completions from 2012 to 2013 continues a significant upward trend that, since 2000, has seen an astounding 318 percent increase in tall buildings. 

Vanke Tsing Tao Pearl Hill Visitor Center / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

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Architects: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Location: , Shandong, China
Design Team: Robert Miller, FAIA – Principal, Jeremy Evard, AIA – Project Manager, Alan Dodson, 
Adam Pazan
Contractor: StructureCraft, SKF
Area: 22000.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Nic Lehoux, Courtesy of

The Suit / AnLstudio

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Architects: AnLstudio
Location: , Guangdong, China
Design Team: Yongseok Kwon, Hyoyoun Kwon
Area: 561 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of AnLstudio

Material Inspiration: 10 Projects Inspired by Glass

To celebrate the launch of ArchDaily Materials, our new product catalog, we’ve rounded up 10 awesome projects from around the world that were inspired by one material: . Check out the projects after the break…

Yongjiang Tennis Club / Zhang Jingang

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Architects: Zhang Jingang
Location: , Zhejiang, China
Design Team: Wang Cun, Fang Wei,Wang Yunhai, Wang Jun, Hu Yingjian
Area: 15,843 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Zhang Jingang

1/2 Stadium / Interval Architects

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Architects: Interval Architects
Location: Huangzhuang Vocational Senior High School Branch School, Shijingshan, , China, 100040
Project Architect: Oscar KO, GU Yunduan
Area: 17000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: GU Yunduan

OPEN Prototype for Temporary Sales Pavilion / OPEN Architecture

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Architects: OPEN Architecture
Location: , China
Architect In Charge: Li Hu, Huang Wenjing
Area: 1115.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Su Shengliang

Guangzhou Circle / Joseph di Pasquale architect

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Architects: Joseph di Pasquale architect
Location: , Guangdong, China
Design Team: Alessandro Tonassi, Nazareno Cerquaglia, Ma Jun, Zhang Hong Ge, Ma Chong, Wang Ying, Yi Ji Xuan, Peng Hui Fang, Cui Hong
Structural: SIGGMA engineering, Politecnico di Milano
Enginering: SCUT, South China University of Technology
Building Site Engineer: Wang Zhan Shan, Chen Jing Qian
Area: 85000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Joseph di Pasquale architect

Hanjie Wanda Square / UNStudio

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Architects: UNStudio
Location: Shahu Avenue, Wuchang, , Hubei, China, 430073
Design Team: Ben van Berkel, Caroline Bos, Astrid Piber with Ger Gijzen and Mo Lai, Konstantinos Chrysos, Ariane Stracke, Veronica Baraldi and Thomas van Bekhoven, Elisabeth Brauner, Rodrigo Cañizares, Luis Etchegorry, Albert Gnodde, Ka Shin Liu, Chiara Marchionni, Cynthia Markhoff, Tomas Mokry, Iris Pastor, Machiel Wafelbakker, Shuang Zhang, Jinming Feng, Xinyue Guo, Cheng Gong
Model Makers: Patrick Noome, Todd Ebeltoft, Ali Ashgar
Area: 22630.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Edmon Leong

Jinan Vanke Marketing Center / Tsushima Design Studio

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Architects: Tsushima Design Studio
Location: , Shandong, China
Landscape Architects: Yamato Planning Consultant Co
Area: 1,557 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

Shanghai Vanke / Tsushima Design Studio

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Architects: Tsushima Design Studio
Location: , China
Landscape Architects: Studio on Site
Collaborators: Kobayashi Maki Design Workshop, Inc. (KMDW)
Area: 23320.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa