Examining China's "Edifice Complex"

00:00 - 20 January, 2015
The 'Pearl of the North' (expected to complete 2018). Image Courtesy of Atkins
The 'Pearl of the North' (expected to complete 2018). Image Courtesy of Atkins

In an article for the Wall Street Journal, Dinny McMahon and Yang Jie visit Shenyang - a "chilly industrial town" in north eastern China which was once the country's capital (circa 1600). The city will soon be home to what's being dubbed the 'Pearl of the North', "a 111-floor office tower that will, briefly, be the seventh-largest in the world, dwarfing One World Trade Center." The tower, designed by Atkins, is "symptomatic of China’s edifice complex," McMahon notes - and the city is "just getting started." Read the article in full here.

Public Folly - Water Tower Renovation / META - Project

00:00 - 20 August, 2013
© Chen Su
© Chen Su
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shenyang, Liaoning, China
  • Design Team

    Wang Shuo, Zhang Jing, Chang Qianqian, Huang Limiao, Lin Changyan, Tang Heng
  • Client

    China VANKE Co., Ltd.
  • Area

    30.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Chen Su

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'Shenyang International Automobile City' Winning Proposal / SBA International

01:00 - 1 May, 2013
Courtesy of SBA International
Courtesy of SBA International

SBA International’s concept of a sustainable development among industry, business and residential in the Chinese city of Shenyang just won the first prize in the in the "Tiexi Waterfront Area" competition. Their ‘Clean City Concept’ includes a reduction of CO2 emissions, environmental green areas and office buildings which comply with the latest standards of a ‘Green Building’. The planning area is divided in three theme areas and in total covers an area of 90 square kilometers. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Qing Shui Wan Spa Hotel / Nota Design International pet Ltd

01:00 - 16 March, 2011
© Nota Design International pte Ltd
© Nota Design International pte Ltd

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Yuwan Restaurant / Nota Design Architects + Engineers

01:00 - 22 October, 2010
© Jian Long
© Jian Long
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shenyang, Liaoning, China
  • Architects

    Nota Design Architects + Engineers Pte Ltd
  • Design Team

    Keat Ong, Gary Zeng, Zhigang Sun
  • Design Consultant

    Nota Design International Pte Ltd
  • Client

    Jin Xiang Yu Group
  • Area

    8500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

    Jian Long

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Palace 66 / Kohn Pedersen Fox

12:30 - 17 September, 2010
© H. G. Esch
© H. G. Esch

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) recently celebrated the grand opening of its most recent retail project, Palace 66. Designed by KPF, the Hang Lung Property by Hang Lung Properties Limited covers 1.2 million square feet, and lies in the heart of Shenyang’s vibrant commercial and cultural center in the Shenhe District of Zhongjie Lu.

More images and full press release after the break.