Examining China’s “Edifice Complex”

The ‘Pearl of the North’ (expected to complete 2018). Image Courtesy of

In an article for the Wall Street Journal, Dinny McMahon and Yang Jie visit Shenyang – a “chilly industrial town” in north eastern 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

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Architects: META – Project
Location: Shenyang, Liaoning,
Design Team: Wang Shuo, Zhang Jing, Chang Qianqian, Huang Limiao, Lin Changyan, Tang Heng
Client: China VANKE Co., Ltd.
Area: 30 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Chen Su

‘Shenyang International Automobile City’ Winning Proposal / SBA International

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SBA International’s concept of a sustainable development among industry, business and residential in the Chinese city of 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

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Architects: Nota Design International pte Ltd
Location: , China
Project area: 21,000 sqm
Project year: 2010

Yuwan Restaurant / Nota Design Architects + Engineers

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The Yuwan Restaurant is a 5-star contemporary restaurant in , China serving western and eastern fusion delicacies.  The restaurant consists of a few important primary areas and programs namely, the Main Dinning Hall (with light stage), the Side Dinning Hall (with main stage), VIP Room 1, VIP Rom 2, VIP Room 3, Buffet Counters, Serving Counters, Seafood Counter, Entrance Hall (with waterscape features), Service Storage Zone and Kitchen Zone.

More on the design of interior spaces, materials, plans and photographs after the break.

Architects: Nota Design Architects + Engineers Pte Ltd
Location: Shenyang, China
Design Consultant: Nota Design International Pte Ltd
Design Team: Keat Ong, Gary Zeng, Zhigang Sun
Client: Jin Xiang Yu Group
Project Area: 8500 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Jian Long

Palace 66 / Kohn Pedersen Fox

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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 ’s vibrant commercial and cultural center in the Shenhe District of Zhongjie Lu.

More images and full press release after the break.