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Liquid Laundry / hcreates

  • Architects: hcreates
  • Location: Xuhui, Shanghai, China
  • Architect in Charge: Hannah Churchill
  • Branding & Graphic Design: The Orange Blowfish
  • Area: 700.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Seth Powers

© Seth Powers © Seth Powers © Seth Powers © Seth Powers

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

"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 Shanghai skyline). 

Check out the incredible images, after the break.

View of the Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center from the Shanghai Tower. Image © Vitaliy Raskalov, ontheroofscom@gmail.com View from the Shanghai Tower. Image © Vitaliy Raskalov, ontheroofscom@gmail.com View of the Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center from the Shanghai Tower. Image © Vitaliy Raskalov, ontheroofscom@gmail.com View of the Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center from the Shanghai Tower. Image © Vitaliy Raskalov, ontheroofscom@gmail.com

Wulumuqi Road Apartment / SKEW Collaborative

  • Architects: SKEW Collaborative
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Architect in Charge: Eunice Seng, H. Koon Wee, Darren Zhou
  • Design Team: Zhao Wenju, Sam Cheng
  • Area: 110.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of SKEW Collaborative

Courtesy of SKEW Collaborative Courtesy of SKEW Collaborative Courtesy of SKEW Collaborative Courtesy of SKEW Collaborative

Jia Little Exhibition Center / SKEW Collaborative

  • Architects: SKEW Collaborative
  • Location: Songjiang, Shanghai, China
  • 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: 38000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of SKEW Collaborative

Courtesy of SKEW Collaborative Courtesy of SKEW Collaborative Courtesy of SKEW Collaborative Courtesy of SKEW Collaborative

The Cellar / Chiasmus Partners

  • Architects: Chiasmus Partners
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Architect in Charge: James Wei Ke, Hyunho Lee, AIA
  • Design Team: Laura Pumar, Yin Fengkun, WuShuang, Jiang Miaowei,Zhang Wei, Liu Dewei, Xie Siyu, Qiao Ya , Wang Lihui, Zeng Shihua, Aude Pelamourgue, Huang Ying, Gong Nan, Zhou Wanru
  • Project Manager: Zhao Xinghua
  • Team Leader: Li Xiaoqing
  • Technical advisor: Yu Minggui
  • Lighting Design: United Artist Lighting
  • Area: 725.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Aaron Qiao

© Aaron Qiao © Aaron Qiao © Aaron Qiao © 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: glass. Check out the projects after the break...

Shanghai Vanke / Tsushima Design Studio

  • Architects: Tsushima Design Studio
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Landscape Architects: Studio on Site
  • Collaborators: Kobayashi Maki Design Workshop, Inc. (KMDW)
  • Area: 23320.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

© Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa

Shanghai Flower Garden Square / Real Time Architecture

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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Folding Red / Jike Zhicheng

  • Architects: Jike Zhicheng
  • Location: Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai, China
  • Collaborate Design: Tonghe Shanzhi
  • Area: 320.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Jike Zhicheng

Courtesy of Jike Zhicheng Courtesy of Jike Zhicheng Courtesy of Jike Zhicheng Courtesy of Jike Zhicheng

Foster and Heatherwick Collaborate to Design Shanghai Finance Center

Foster + Partners has joined forces with Heatherwick Studio to design the new Bund Finance Centre (BFC) in the heart of historic Shanghai. 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

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 Shanghai.  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.

Glass office SOHO China / AIM Architecture

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

© Jerry Yin © Jerry Yin © Jerry Yin © Jerry Yin

Shanghai West Bund Biennial Pavilions / SHL Architects

Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Sky SOHO Leasing Showroom / GAP Architects

  • Architects: GAP Architects
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Principal designer’s name: Raymond Lau
  • Design team members: Raymond Lau, Yandong Ren, Jiabao Zhao
  • Area: 350.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Raymond Lau & Jerry Yin

© Raymond Lau & Jerry Yin © Raymond Lau & Jerry Yin © Raymond Lau & Jerry Yin © Raymond Lau & Jerry Yin

Camper Showroom / Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

  • Architects: Neri&Hu Design and Research Office
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Architect in Charge: Lyndon Neri & Rossana Hu
  • Associates: Alex Mok, Peter Eland
  • Designers: Lina Hsieh, Jacqueline Min, Ni Duan
  • Senior Associate – Graphics: Christine Neri
  • Senior Project Manager: Siwei Ren
  • Graphic Designer: Hao Zhou
  • Senior Associate – Product Designer: Brian Lo
  • Senior Product Designer: Jean-Philippe Bonzon
  • Area: 300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Dirk Weiblen

© Dirk Weiblen © Dirk Weiblen © Dirk Weiblen © Dirk Weiblen

Bubble Building / 3GATTI Architecture Studio

The Bubble Building, a "renovation of a common, old and unattractive building" in the centre of Shanghai, 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.