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

© Masao Nishikawa

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

Folding Red / Jike Zhicheng

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Architects: Jike Zhicheng
Location: Lujiazui, Pudong, , China
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

© Jerry Yin

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

Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

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

Sky SOHO Leasing Showroom / GAP Architects

© Raymond Lau & Jerry Yin

Architects: GAP Architects
Location: Shanghai,
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

© Dirk Weiblen

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

Skyline View. Image Courtesy of 3GATTI

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.

Apple Patents Glass Cylinder Design

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Apple has successfully secured a patent for the cylindrical, glass entrance to its Shanghai store. After trademarking the design and layout of its retail stores last January, this is one more battle Apple has won for copyrighting its signature look.

More on the patented design after the break.

American Architects Win International Competition for “Cultural Mall” in China

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A looping mixture of culture and commerce has won Joel Sanders Architect and FreelandBuck first prize in the international competition hosted by the largest media and publishing company in , (PPMG).

Their 80,000 square meter winning proposal for the new Kunshan Phoenix Cultural Mall divides a large urban block into four ‘cultural cores,’ each five stories high and respectively housing a theater, fitness club, education center, and exhibition halls. The podium, which sits upon the glass-clad cores, spirals the length of the perimeter (comprised of stores, restaurants and cafes) and ultimately plateaus at an open park where the public and Phoenix employees would share a common space.

Red Wall / 3Gatti Architecture Studio

© Shen Qiang & Daniele Mattioli

Architects: 3Gatti Architecture Studio
Location: Shanghai,
Chief Architect: Francesco Gatti
Project Manager: Summer Nie
Area: 14,300 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Shen Qiang & Daniele Mattioli

The Commune Social / Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

© Pedro Pegenaute

Architects: Neri&Hu Design and Research Office
Location: Jiangning Road, ,
Architect In Charge: Lyndon Neri, Rossana Hu
Associate In Charge: Cai Chun Yan
Area: 495 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute

Design Republic Design Commune / Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

© Pedro Pegenaute

Architects: Neri&Hu Design and Research Office
Location: ,
Partners In Charge: Lyndon Neri & Rossana Hu
Associate In Charge: Cai Chun Yan
Design Team: Wang Yan, Fu Ying, Guo Peng, Peter Eland, Jonas Hultman, Markus Stoecklein, Christina Cho, Jeongyon Mimi Kim, Ella Ye Lu, Federico Saralvo, Zhao Lei, Xiao Lei, Darcy Tang
Area: 2,400 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute

Google Timelapse Reveals Effects of Rapid Urbanization

This satellite image of Bolivia shows dramatic deforestation in the Amazon Basin. Courtesy of .

NASA, in cooperation with TIME and Google, has unveiled startling timelapse images of Earth from orbit collected by ’s Landsat program since 1984. This program, created not for spycraft but for monitoring the way in which humans are rapidly altering the surface of the planet, consists of eight satellites that have collected millions of pictures in the course of two generations. When sifted through, cleaned up and stitched together, these pictures come together to create a high-definition slideshow that reveals some of the drastic changes our planet is undergoing – most notably through widespread urbanization.