Rethinking the Split House / Neri & Hu Design and Research Office

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Architects: Neri & Hu Design and Research Office
Location: ,
Area: 193 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute

SOHO Hailun Plaza / UNStudio

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This 33-story SOHO Hailun Plaza is currently being constructed in the dense city of . Located at the intersection of two metro lines, the plaza will include a 130-meter office tower and five mixed-use podiums. The design, by UNStudio, treats each structure as a set of objects shaped by the flow of commuters. Each facade will be cloaked in a similar, faceted texture that will “change in appearance when approached from different directions.”

Gensler Tops Out on World’s Second Tallest Skyscraper: Shanghai Tower

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On schedule to be ’s tallest and the world’s second tallest skyscraper, the Gensler -designed Shanghai Tower has topped out at 632 meters (2,074 feet). Upon completion in 2014, the spiraling megastructure will complete a trio of towers – including the adjacent Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center – to become the centerpiece of the city’s Lujiazui commercial district – one of Asia’s leading financial centers which developed from farmland in just over 20 years.

Defined by series of distinctive sky gardens, the state-of-the-art tower will house Class-A office and retail space, along with a luxury hotel and cultural venues.

Continue reading to learn how the Shanghai Tower’s structure saved millions and why it will achieve LEED Gold.

K11 Art Mall Shanghai / Kokaistudios

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Architects: Kokaistudios
Location: ,
Design Team: Andrea Destefanis, Filippo Gabbiani, Pietro Peyron, Li Wei, Carmen Lee, Wang Yun, Coco Cheng
Local Architect: Tong Ji Architecture Design Research Institute
Area: 35500.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Charlie Xia

Matsu Flagship Store / EXH Design

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Architects: EXH Design
Location: ,
Area: 1800.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of EXH Design

Shanghai Hongqiao CBD Office Headquarters Building / LYCS Architecture

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LYCS Architecture has shared drawings and renderings for their Hongqiao CBD Office Headquarters Building, which broke ground this month.  Situated in a rapidly developing part of western and at the center of a transportation hub, the project is scheduled to be completed in 2014.

Suzhou Creek Boutique Hotel / DAtrans Architecture Office

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Architects: DAtrans Architecture Office
Location: , China
Architects: Chen Xudong, Yan Mengfei, Chen Yang, Wen Yifeng
Area: 500 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Geng Tao

Shanghai Pudong International Airport / Paul Andreu Architecte

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Architects: Paul Andreu Architecte
Location: ,
Design Team: F.Tamisier, G.Andreu, P.Gonon, H.Boitard
Area: 220,000 sqm
Year: 1999
Photographs: Paul Maurer

Xuhui Binjian Media City 188S-G-1 Tower and Podium Winning Proposal / Aedas

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Aedas recently won the competition to design Xuhui Binjian Media City 188S-G-1 Tower and Podium with their very dynamic and unique shaped proposal. Located in , their tower begins with an extruded rectangular plan, and independent from the podium, meets the ground to allow circulation around its base. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Mercato / Neri & Hu Design and Research Office

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Architects: Neri & Hu Design and Research Office
Location: ,
Area: 1000.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute

Video: This is Shanghai

A little over thirty years ago, was a fairly dense, mid-rise city with no skyscrapers. Now, has been transformed into a global metropolis with over 4,000 skyscrapers – twice as many as New York. In an attempt to capture the “diversities and eccentricities of the metropolis that is beyond the famous skyline,” photographer Rob Whitworth and urban identity expert JT Singh joined forces to create ‘This is Shanghai.’

Jiaotong University of Law / Kokaistudios

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Architects: Kokaistudios
Location: , China
Area: 10500.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Charlie Xia

Madong Masterplan Winning Proposal / HYHW Architects

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Designed by HYHW Architects and Planners, the local development strategy and strategic focus of the Madong Masterplan is aimed at building upon history, automotive culture, sports culture, encouraging advances in manufacturing and modern services, with cultural charmand continual innovation in a technologically advanced green city. Serviced by a highway to the North and with Jiading Forest to the South-West, it benefits from convenient transport connections and the close proximity to the ecological landscape. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Green Energy Laboratory / Archea

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Architects: Archea
Location: Shanghai,
Architect In Charge: Laura Andreini, Marco Casamonti, Silvia Fabi, Giovanni Polazzi
Area: 4,850 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Charlie Xia

Green Valley Project Proposal / Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

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Just this past Thursday, schmidt hammer lassen architects, East China Architecture and Design Institute, and Expo Construction Development Company celebrated the ground breaking for, and start of construction of, the new Green Valley project on the site of the former 2010 Expo. Located immediately next to the iconic Chinese pavilion, the architects won the international competition to design this 50,000-square-meter project last year. This project aims to become a new central urban development in , integrating new sustainable solutions in both the urban design and the individual buildings on the site. More images and architects’ description after the break.

schmidt hammer lassen architects Break Ground on Waterfront Development in Shanghai

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Following their 2012 victory in an invited international competition, Danish architecture firm schmidt hammer lassen architects has broke ground on what will be a new central urban development in . Located on the waterfront site of the 2010 World Expo, the 50,000 square-meter ‘Green Valley’ development will be based off of the Expo’s well-developed infrastructure of green parks, promenades and cultural attractions to create a vibrant new destination for all of Shanghai.

Tony’s Organic House / Playze

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Architects: Playze
Location: ,
Team: Mengjia He, Pascal Berger, Marc Schmit, Martina Knotkova, Mching Wang, Didier Callot, Felix Zheng, Maggie Tang, Benny Hou, Daisy Yuan, James Liu, Chao Yu
Light Design: UnoLai
Area: 1,230 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Bartosz Kolonko

Henkel Asia-Pacific and China / HPP Hentrich-Petschnigg

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Architects: HPP Hentrich-Petschnigg
Location: , China
Client: Henkel Company Limited
Area: 22,100 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: H.G. Esch