UA Studio 7 and Aedas’ Central Business District for Hongqiao Airport Now Underway

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Urban Architecture (UA Studio 7) and Aedas‘ winning proposal for the Hongqiao Central Business District has broke ground at Shanghai’s domestic Hongqiao Airport, mainland China’s fourth busiest airport. The 18.4 hectare office and retail center, masterplanned by UA, has been divided into two parts: UA Studio 7 will design the office district, “a flower with eight leaves,” while Aedas designs the shopping, hotel, and conference center along a “bow curve” of pedestrian flow.

According to UA, the winning scheme’s success was “due to a highly energy-efficient architecture proposal combined with an urban plan that allows for pedestrian-friendly spaces.”

VIDEO: Watch Two Men Scale the World’s 2nd Tallest Tower

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“We prepared carefully and picked an appropriate date, the Chinese New Year day. At that time the security was less watchful, workers were on vacations, and cranes did not work. We got to the crane at around midnight. [...] The result you can see in our new video.”

Those are the rather unassuming words of Vitaliy Raskalov, a Ukrainian “roof-hacker, urban-explorer, blogger” who has just pulled off an extraordinary, jaw-dropping stunt (way more incredible than his humble words would suggest).

Raskalov and Russian photographer Vadim Mahora broke into and climbed the Gensler-designed Shanghai Tower, soon to be China’s tallest and the world’s second tallest skyscraper at 632 meters (2,074 feet) high. Although the tower will eventually boast the world’s fastest elevators (reaching 40mph), the pair had to climb the 120 flights of stairs by foot (taking them about two hours); they then spent another 18 hours sleeping and waiting for the weather to clear. The staggering resulting images show not just the dizzying heights, but also fantastic views of the adjacent Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center (together, the trio of buildings that are re-defining the skyline).

Check out the incredible images, after the break.

Wulumuqi Road Apartment / SKEW Collaborative

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Architects: SKEW Collaborative
Location: , China
Architect In Charge: Eunice Seng, H. Koon Wee, Darren Zhou
Design Team: Zhao Wenju, Sam Cheng
Area: 110 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of SKEW Collaborative

Jia Little Exhibition Center / SKEW Collaborative

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Architects: SKEW Collaborative
Location: Songjiang, Shanghai,
Architect In Charge: Eunice Seng, H. Koon Wee, Darren Zhou
Design Team: I-Shin Chow, Xiong Haiying, Pauline Dai, Ji Lijun, Wang Peng, Teoh Renjie, Beatrix Redlich
Area: 38,000 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of SKEW Collaborative

Vertical Glass House / Atelier FCJZ

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Architects: Atelier FCJZ
Location: Longteng Avenue, Xuhui, , China
Principal Architect: Yung Ho Chang
Project Architect: Lu Bai
Project Team: Li Xiang Ting, Cai Feng
Client: West Bund
Area: 170.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier FCJZ

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

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…

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

Shanghai Flower Garden Square / Real Time Architecture

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The concept of the new Shanghai Flower Garden Square by Real Time Architecture  (RTA-Office) is a reinterpretation of a traditional Chinese home. Ten villas merge to form a series of sequential spaces, replacing the conventional building type of the single, stand-alone villa. The 45 square meter landscape, thus, finds its way throughout the units’ interiors, synchronizing interior and exterior user activities.

Under Armour / Marc Thorpe Design

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Architects: Marc Thorpe Design
Location: ,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Marc Thorpe Design

Folding Red / Jike Zhicheng

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Architects: Jike Zhicheng
Location: Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai,
Collaborate Design: Tonghe Shanzhi
Area: 320 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Jike Zhicheng

Foster and Heatherwick Collaborate to Design Shanghai Finance Center

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Foster + Partners has joined forces with Heatherwick Studio to design the new Bund Finance Centre (BFC) in the heart of historic . The mixed-use, waterfront destination will serve as the “end point” to the city’s most famous street, as well as a prime connection between the old town, the Bund, and the new financial district.

Rok Oman, Principal of OFIS Architects, to Give “Architour” Lecture in Shanghai

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As part of the CA Group’s lecture series, “Architour,” principal of OFIS architects, Rok Oman, will lecture on December 7th at the Tongji Architectural Design Co. in .  For 2013 through 2015, “Architour” has as its theme “New Force of Architecture – Leading Young Architects”: each year, the CA Group will select nine young, global leaders in architecture (four from Asia and five from the West) to lecture on topics that cross typologies and disciplines, from architectural design, urban planning to interior design. Sou Fujimoto and Hirata Akihisa were the series’ first speakers.

At the end of each year, an exhibition will be mounted; and at the end of the three years, the contents of the lectures will be published as a book.

More info on the “Architour” at the CA Group‘s website and weibo.

Glass office SOHO China / AIM Architecture

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Architects: AIM Architecture
Location: ,
Architects: Wendy Saunders, Vincent de Graaf, German Roig, Carter Chen and Jiao Yan
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jerry Yin

Shanghai West Bund Biennial Pavilions / SHL Architects

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Architects: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Location: ,
Area: 240 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Sky SOHO Leasing Showroom / GAP Architects

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Architects: GAP Architects
Location: , China
Principal Designer: Raymond Lau
Design Team: Raymond Lau, Yandong Ren, Jiabao Zhao
Area: 350.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Raymond Lau & Jerry Yin

Camper Showroom / Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

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Architects: Neri&Hu Design and Research Office
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Lyndon Neri & Rossana Hu
Associates: Alex Mok, Peter Eland
Area: 300 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Dirk Weiblen

Bubble Building / 3GATTI Architecture Studio

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The Bubble Building, a “renovation of a common, old and unattractive building” in the centre of , is a simple design containing complex environmental qualities. Unlike a conventional retrofit or renovation, 3GATTI‘s proposal places inflatables made of white antibacterial technical outdoor nylon, in front of the windows on the existing building. Their concept was to “create an icon-building, a kind of landmark very easy to recognize, a kind of sculpture with a strong character able to detach itself from the boring cityscape” with the ultimate aim to attract customers to rent both the office and commercial spaces.