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Examining China's "Edifice Complex"

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.

'Shenyang International Automobile City' Winning Proposal / 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

  • Architects: Nota Design International pet Ltd
  • Location: Shenyang, Liaoning, China
  • Architects: Nota Design International pte Ltd
  • Area: 21000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Nota Design International pte Ltd

© Nota Design International pte Ltd © Nota Design International pte Ltd © Nota Design International pte Ltd © Nota Design International pte Ltd

Yuwan Restaurant / Nota Design Architects + Engineers

  • Architects: Nota Design Architects + Engineers
  • 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

© Jian Long © Jian Long © Jian Long © Jian Long

Palace 66 / Kohn Pedersen Fox

© 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.