An Interview With Zhang Bin, Atelier Z+

Sino-French Centre of Tongji University. Image © Zhang Siye

“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, , Sept 2013

LYCS to Break Ground on Zhejiang Printing Group Headquarters in China

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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.

An Interview with Lu Wenyu, Amateur Architecture Studio

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.

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

After inaugurating his first building in – “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

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Architects: Allied Architects International
Location: , Zhejiang,
Area: 1400.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Allied Architects International

Kale Café / YAMO Design

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

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

Hangzhou Xixi National Wetland / Sunlay + RHINESCHEME GmbH

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Architects: Sunlay, RHINESCHEME GmbH
Location: , 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

Pins De La Brume Hotel / GOA Architects

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

Office Renovation in Hangzhou / Daipu Architects

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Architects: Daipu Architects
Location: , Zhejiang,
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
Year: 2013
Photographs: Xia zhi

Baohua Chinese Painting Research Institute / Wang Deng Yue

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Location: Fuyang, , Zhejiang, China
Area: 7,180 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Savoye Architectural Photography

Placid Mogan Cottage / genarchitects

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

Arthouse / Joey Ho Design

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Architects: Joey Ho Design
Location: , Zhejiang,
Other Designer: Yuki Leung, Momoko Lai
Area: 771 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Yong Chang Wu

Xixi Artist Clubhouse / AZL Architects

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Architects: AZL Architects
Location: , Zhejiang,
Architect In Charge: Zhang Lei
Project Team: Zhang Lei, Qi wei, Zhong Guanqiu, Zhang Guangwei, Guo Donghai
Collaborator: Architectural Design Institute, ZJIU
Area: 4,000 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Yao Li

XiXi Learning Community / Atelier Fronti

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Architects: Atelier Fronti
Location: ,
Architect: Wang Yun
Area: 59,830 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier Fronti

Yuguandi – Sales Pavilion & Gallery / BLVD International

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Interior Designers: BLVD International
Location: City, China
Design Team: Honglei Liu, Jiang Min, Zongmao Lin, Haijun He, Yijun Lin
Area: 11,302 sq ft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Sun Xiangyu

Xixi Wetland Art Village / Wang Weijen Architecture

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

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

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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 by the Spring of 2014. Designed by Kengo Kuma & Associates, the 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 ’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.