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Architecture City Guide: Beijing

18:00 - 24 August, 2011
Courtesy of Flickr CC License / Sarmu. Used under <a href=''>Creative Commons</a>
Courtesy of Flickr CC License / Sarmu. Used under Creative Commons

This week, with the help of our readers, our Architecture City Guide is headed to Beijing. Beijing has a range of architectural styles, but the three most prevalent are the traditional imperial style (the Forbidden City), the “Sino-Sov” style (boxy structures built between the 1950s and 70s), and lastly the explosion of a modern corporate style that is punctuated with Starchitect buildings like OMA’s CCTV TV Station HQ. We put together a list of 12 modern/contemporary buildings that we feel provides a good starting point. It is far from complete. There are dozens of other great buildings that are not our list, and we are looking to add to the list in the near future. Please add your favorites in the comment section below so we can add them on the second go around. Again thank you to all our readers who sent in their suggestions and photographs. The city guides would not be possible without your help.

To check out other cities visit our world map or our Architecture City Guide page. The Architecture City Guide: Beijing list and corresponding map after the break.

Beijing Patent Office / KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten

18:30 - 4 December, 2009

KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten was awarded first  prize for their proposal for the Beijing Patent Office.  Located in downtown Beijing, the site is near a new subway line and sits opposite the entrance hall of Caishikou Station.  The proposal integrates the Patent Office into the site’s sustainable traffic infrastructure.  The building is divided into a central hall, towers, bridges, open spaces and spacious rooftop gardens that creates an interconnected, communicative structure.   A surrounding strip embraces the individual parts of the building, extending from the roof to the façade, spanning open spaces, thereby giving the Beijing Patent Office a specific identity in the urban context.

More about the proposal and more images after the break.