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Sneak Peek: Zaha Hadid Architects' Nanjing International Youth Culture Center

12:10 - 26 September, 2016
© Khoo Guo Jie
© Khoo Guo Jie

Photographer Khoo Guo Jie of Béton Brut has provided us with some new images of Zaha Hadid Architects’ Nanjing International Youth Culture Centre, now nearing completion along the Yangtze river in Hexi New Town, Nanjing’s new central business district.

Occupying a 5.2 hectare site, the complex contains 465,000 square meters of floor space, which includes a hotel, conference center, offices and underground parking, and is part of a larger masterplan by ZHA that will feature a pedestrian bridge linking the plaza with the other side of the river.

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Nanjing Green Light House / Archiland International

19:00 - 26 July, 2016
Nanjing Green Light House / Archiland International, Courtesy of Archiland International
Courtesy of Archiland International

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Area

    5500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Archiland International

Renovation of Nanjing Confucius Temple / DC ALLIANCE

02:00 - 13 January, 2016
Renovation of Nanjing Confucius Temple / DC ALLIANCE, © Lyu Hengzhong
© Lyu Hengzhong

© Lyu Hengzhong © Lyu Hengzhong © Lyu Hengzhong © Lyu Hengzhong +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Design Team

    Dong Yi , Cheng Jiujun ,Zhao Wei ,Jin Yuan, Wang Bin
  • Client

    Local government of Qinhuai district
  • Site Area

    42,000 sqm
  • Area

    42000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Ennead Architects Announces Plans for New Tech District in China

08:00 - 8 December, 2015
Ennead Architects Announces Plans for New Tech District in China, Courtesy of Ennead Architects
Courtesy of Ennead Architects

Ennead Architects has unveiled the plans for its new project, the Qilin Technology Innovation Park, located in Nanjing, China. The 468,000 square meter project seeks to give a new direction to Chinese urbanism, as it moves away from the trend of “individual architectural trophies,” and towards “creating a holistic district identity and memorable urban space on a human scale.”

Inspired by Silicon Valley, the new science and technology district will create a “24-7 mixed-use urban research hub,” with commercial and government office space, conference facilities, residential buildings, hotels, retail environments, and public open space.

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Fangshan Tangshan National Geopark Museum / Studio Odile Decq

02:00 - 8 August, 2015
Fangshan Tangshan National Geopark Museum / Studio Odile Decq, © Odile Decq
© Odile Decq

© Odile Decq © Odile Decq © Odile Decq © Odile Decq +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Client

    Nanjing Tangshan Investment and Development Company Limited
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Baiyunting Culture and Art Center / Dushe Architectural Design Co

21:00 - 12 March, 2015
Baiyunting Culture and Art Center / Dushe Architectural Design Co, © Su Sheng Liang
© Su Sheng Liang

© Su Sheng Liang © Su Sheng Liang © Su Sheng Liang © Su Sheng Liang +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Architecture Director

    Zhang Qi Lin
  • Project Director

    Ling Ke Ge
  • Design Team

    Xu Qi, Zhang Ya Chao, Zhang Jia Qi
  • Area

    25000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

An Interview with Zhang Lei, AZL Architects

01:00 - 3 February, 2015
An Interview with Zhang Lei, AZL Architects, Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel / AZL Architects. Image © Yao Li
Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel / AZL Architects. Image © Yao Li

“We have to try to work with scale and memory. I think in the last twenty years the main problem is that we lost the 归宿感 [sense of belonging]. The people here have been moving from house to house for a long time, the result is that we don’t have a feeling of home… even if you are staying in a nice house or villa you don’t consider it as an ideal or permanent home where you could stay. This might be considered the problem. More than ten years ago we used to have that feeling, the sense to belong to a specific space. We used to live in neighbourhoods where we had a social background, a community, now you don’t have any community, you don’t see the neighbors any more. Now Chinese people are becoming lonely, they are losing that feeling and becoming 'homeless'.” - Zhang Lei, Nanjing, 2013

Model Animal Research Center of Nanjing University / AZL architects. Image Courtesy of AZL Architects Slit House / AZL architects. Image © Nacasa & Partners Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel / AZL Architects. Image © Yao Li CIPEA No.4 House / AZL architects. Image © Yao Li +17

Cipea Villa / Sanaksenaho Architects

01:00 - 1 December, 2014
Cipea Villa / Sanaksenaho Architects, © Tuomas Uusheimo
© Tuomas Uusheimo

© Tuomas Uusheimo © Tuomas Uusheimo © Tuomas Uusheimo © Tuomas Uusheimo +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Design Team

    Matti Sanaksenaho,Pirjo Sanaksenaho, Jari Mänttäri, Maria Isotupa, Tommi Terästö, Jaana Hellinen
  • Structural Engineering

    Tero Aaltonen +local engineers
  • Area

    800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel / AZL Architects

01:00 - 12 October, 2014
Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel / AZL Architects, © Yao Li
© Yao Li

© Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Area

    200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Vanke New City Center Sales Gallery / Spark Architects

01:00 - 28 April, 2014
Vanke New City Center Sales Gallery  / Spark Architects, © Shu He
© Shu He

© Shu He © Shu He © Shu He © Shu He +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Project Director

    Stephen Pimbley
  • Area

    800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Construction Begins on UDG China's Nanjing Office Tower

01:00 - 19 April, 2014
Construction Begins on UDG China's Nanjing Office Tower, Aerial. Image © Luxigon
Aerial. Image © Luxigon

Construction has begun on the new Nanjing Jianye District office tower in China. Designed by UDG China, the multi-level complex will house hundreds of government workers throughout almost 100,000 square meters of office space.

Architecture Studio in Wujigeng Building / ISO workshop

01:00 - 14 April, 2014
Architecture Studio in Wujigeng Building / ISO workshop, © Yao Li
© Yao Li

© Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Qi Wei
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

New Images: Inside Steven Holl’s Sifang Art Museum

01:00 - 16 March, 2014
© Sifang Art Museum
© Sifang Art Museum

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 other. 

See for yourself, after the break... 

VIDEO: Steven Holl on the Sifang Art Museum

00:00 - 11 March, 2014

Steven Holl has, again, teamed up with Spirit of Space to produce two short films on the recently completed Sifang Art Museum. In the first video (above) Holl explains the project’s inspiration - the mysteries of parallel perspective seen in early Chinese paintings - and how the design subtly distorts any concept of a vanishing point at the ground level yet contrasts this notion in the upper galleries by framing the distant view of Nanjing. In the second video (after the break), Spirit of Space allows you to experience this space by revealing it from all perspectives and scales.  

See the second video, after the break…

MAD Envisions More 'Natural' Chinese Cities in the Future

00:00 - 28 December, 2013
MAD Envisions More 'Natural' Chinese Cities in the Future, © MAD Architects
© MAD Architects

Ma Yansong of MAD recently presented a 600,000 square meter urban design proposal for the city of Nanjing titled, "Shanshui Experiment Complex," at the 2013 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture in Shenzhen, China. The concept takes into account the culture, nature and history of Nanjing while reconsidering the methodology in which Chinese cities are built.

Nanjing Drum tower Hospital / Lemanarc SA

01:00 - 26 December, 2013
Courtesy of Lemanarc SA
Courtesy of Lemanarc SA
  • Architects

  • Location

    Zhongshan North Road & Drum Tower Square, Gulou, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China, 210008
  • Architect in Charge

    Vincent Zhengmao Zhang
  • Area

    230000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Lemanarc SA

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CIPEA No.4 House / AZL architects

01:00 - 5 May, 2013
CIPEA No.4 House / AZL architects, © Yao Li
© Yao Li

© Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Zhang Lei
  • Design Team

    Zhang Lei, Jeffrey Cheng, Wang Wang, Wang Yi
  • Collaborator

    Architectural Design & Planning Institute, NJU
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

Nanjing Ecological and Technological Island / AAUPC Agence Patrick Chavannes + G.C.A. Design Consulting

07:00 - 14 September, 2012
Courtesy of AAUPC Agence Patrick Chavannes + G.C.A. Design Consulting
Courtesy of AAUPC Agence Patrick Chavannes + G.C.A. Design Consulting

Located on the Yangzi River to the north-east of Nanjing in Jiangsu Province, the proposal for the Nanjing ecological and technological island, by AAUPC Agence Patrick Chavannes + G.C.A. Design Consulting, consists of a development strategy for the Yangzi delta and Jiangsu province. The aim is to define a new image for the city of Nanjing, transforming it into an open economy, developing eco-technological industries and modern services, innovating with existing mechanisms and putting in place the local development strategy of ‘crossing the Yangzi River’. More images and architects’ description after the break.