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An Interview With Zhang Bin, Atelier Z+

"It’s really easy to build a building. From the very beginning to the realization; it’s very easy! You just give it an interesting form and you get approved. But the real issues are how to make it user-friendly and to enhance the quality of the life of the people trying to escape the influence of the “system”. That’s the challenge. In my experience […] I’ve learned that for architects, both Chinese and foreign, the use of form to create an object is easy but how to do the right thing is very challenging."
- Zhang Bin, Shanghai, Sept 2013

Anting culture and sports activity centre. Image Courtesy of Atelier Z+ Library of Tongji Zhejiang college. Image © Su Shengliang Building C, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University. Image © Zhang Siye Anting culture and sports activity centre. Image Courtesy of Atelier Z+

LYCS to Break Ground on Zhejiang Printing Group Headquarters in China

LYCS Architecture has won a competition to design urban headquarters for the Zhejiang Printing Group. Dubbed "The Corner of Hangzhou," their proposal is informed by the surrounding cultural context, and the distinctive highrise creates both a habitable thoroughfare and a landmark for the city.

Night view. Image Courtesy of LYCS Architecture Landscape plaza view. Image Courtesy of LYCS Architecture Southeast view. Image Courtesy of LYCS Architecture Northwest view. Image Courtesy of LYCS Architecture

An Interview with Lu Wenyu, Amateur Architecture Studio

Hangzhou Xiangshan Campus Phase 2. Image © Evan Chakroff
Hangzhou Xiangshan Campus Phase 2. Image © Evan Chakroff

“Every couple of years a new manifesto appears, but how long can it last? We need more people doing instead of talking. [At Amateur Architecture Studio] we spend an enormous amount of time experimenting, trying to resurrect the craftsmanship that is almost lost. We use a method that is passed on, hand-to-hand, to re-establish tradition instead of talking about abstract but empty concepts.”
- Lu Wenyu, Hangzhou, 2013

Pier Alessio Rizzardi: “A house instead of a building” is a really famous phrase of Amateur Architecture Studio. What is the meaning behind this concept?

Lu Wenyu: Once, Wang Shu said: “we only make houses, we don’t make architecture.” The house and architecture here have their own meanings. Making a house means making it for the people, making it more tranquil, or closer to nature, more humanized. Instead, architecture is an abstract concept, so many designs nowadays are actually architecture. So this sentence, from almost 20 years ago, “making houses, not architecture”, is about not making that abstract concept, but to make something really concrete and tangible, something that you can touch or that is made with your own hands… so when you see this house, you feel differently.

Ningbo Historic Museum. Image © Evan Chakroff Zhongshan Road. Image © Evan Chakroff CIPEA Villa, Nanjing. Image © Evan Chakroff Hangzhou Xiangshan Campus. Image © Evan Chakroff

Álvaro Siza, Carlos Castanheira and Wang Shu Design Museum for Hangzhou Art Academy

After inaugurating his first building in China – “The Building on the Water” – Álvaro Siza has just announced his second project in the country, again in collaboration with Portuguese architect Carlos Castanheira. This time the two architects will develop a museum for Hangzhou Art Academy.

The new museum - which will have approximately 15,000 sqm, a total area similar to that of Serralves Foundation building – will host an important collection of pieces from the famous German school of arts and design, Bauhaus, founded by Walter Gropius in 1919.

Seven Sage County Community Office Building / Allied Architects International

  • Architects: Allied Architects International
  • Location: Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Area: 1400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Allied Architects International

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Kale Café / YAMO Design

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

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Hangzhou Duolan Commercial Complex / BAU Brearley Architects + Urbanists

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

© Shu He © Shu He © Shu He © Shu He

Hangzhou Xixi National Wetland / Sunlay + RHINESCHEME GmbH

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

© Shu He Photography © Shu He Photography © Shu He Photography © Shu He Photography

Pins De La Brume Hotel / GOA Architects

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Courtesy of GOA Architects
  • Architects: GOA Architects
  • Location: 8 Lingyin Road, Xihu, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, 310000
  • Design Team: Chen Binxin, Li Zheng
  • Project Chief Manager: He Jun
  • Area: 5500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of GOA Architects

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Office Renovation in Hangzhou / Daipu Architects

  • Architects: Daipu Architects
  • Location: Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Design Team: Dai pu, Luo yaqin, Wang tiantian
  • Contractor: Zhejiang Sunshine Decoration Engineering Co. Ltd
  • Furniture Manufacture: Hangzhou Runzhu Science & Technology Co. Ltd
  • Area: 640.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Xia zhi

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Baohua Chinese Painting Research Institute / Wang Deng Yue

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Placid Mogan Cottage / genarchitects

  • Architects: genarchitects
  • Location: Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Architect in Charge: Kong Rui, Fan Beilei
  • Interior Designer: Jia Shaojie
  • Landscape Architect: Wang Xuanpeng
  • Area: 1055.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Hou Bowen

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Arthouse / Joey Ho Design

  • Architects: Joey Ho Design
  • Location: Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Other Designer: Yuki Leung, Momoko Lai
  • Area: 771.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Yong Chang Wu

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Xixi Artist Clubhouse / AZL Architects

  • Architects: AZL Architects
  • Location: Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Architect in Charge: Zhang Lei
  • Project Team: Zhang Lei, Qi wei, Zhong Guanqiu, Zhang Guangwei, Guo Donghai
  • Collaborator: Architectural Design Institute, ZJIU
  • Area: 4000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Yao Li

© Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li

XiXi Learning Community / Atelier Fronti

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Yuguandi - Sales Pavilion & Gallery / BLVD International

  • Architects: BLVD International
  • Location: Hangzhou City, China
  • Design Team: Honglei Liu, Jiang Min, Zongmao Lin, Haijun He, Yijun Lin
  • Area: 0.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Sun Xiangyu

© Sun Xiangyu © Sun Xiangyu © Sun Xiangyu © Sun Xiangyu

Xixi Wetland Art Village / Wang Weijen Architecture

Courtesy of Wang Weijen Architecture
Courtesy of Wang Weijen Architecture
  • Architects: Wang Weijen Architecture
  • Location: Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Client: Xixi Wetlands Park Construction Headquarter
  • Area: 4500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Wang Weijen Architecture

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Kengo Kuma Designs New Museum at China Academy of Art in Xiangshan

Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates
Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates

To further the promotion of art education, the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and China Academy of Art in Xiangshan have announced plans to construct a new university within the hilly suburbs of Hangzhou by the Spring of 2014. Designed by Kengo Kuma & Associates, the Museum at the China Academy of Art will harmonize with the lush topography and resist modifying any existing slopes to accommodate the 4,936 square meter facility. Instead, the museum’s configuration will mimic the lozenge shaped pattern that was discovered within the contour lines, generating a fluid exhibition space with linear and altering floor levels buffered by partially external galleries.

In addition, Kengo Kuma is investigating the possibility of reusing clay tiles and stones from Hangzhou's old house district so the body of the museum may appear as if the “soil of the tea gardens” were “transformed into architecture”.

More images after the break.