Open Call: PINGDI 1.1 Alternatives for Low Carbon Architecture

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In order to effectively guide and improve the development and construction of the low-carbon pilot zone and to strength its international influence, Public Art Center, under the request from the Planning and Construction Management Office of International Low-carbon City and SEZ Construction and Development Co., Ltd., has organized an international competition for the PINGDI Pilot Zone – the urban design for the zone’s one square kilometer and the architectural design for its 0.1 square kilometer. The number in PINGDI 1.1 is the numerical sum of one and 0.1 square kilometers, and also represents the improvement and exploration of the low-carbon development method.

Morphosis Breaks Ground on Shenzhen Office Tower

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Construction is underway on a striking new tower by Morphosis Architects in Shenzhen. “A departure from conventional towers,” as the practice describes, the “Hanking Center Tower” merges commercial retail with private office space through the folding of its steel structure. Beyond that, tenants are connected via a series communal sky gardens and a massive sun-lit atrium that occupies the building’s core. 

Geology Museum / LeeMundwiler Architects

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Architects: LeeMundwiler Architects
Location: 大鹏半岛, Longgang, Shenzhen,
Consultants: BLY Landscape Architecture Planning & Design Institute; Huayi Design.
Area: 6200.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Yujiang Peng

Construction Begins on OPEN’s Pingshan Performing Arts Center in Shenzhen

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The winning entry in a competition for Pingshan’s first theater, Beijing-based OPEN Architecture‘s Pingshan Performing Arts Center has broken ground in Shenzen. The 1350-capacity theatre is located in the city’s new urban district, and slated for completion by the end of 2015.

Read more about the project and view selected images after the break.

MJH Gallery of iD Town / O-office Architects

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Architects: O-office Architects
Location: , Guangdong, China
Architect In Charge: Jianxiang HE, Ying JIANG
Design Team: Jingyu DONG, Thomas ODORICO, xiaolin CHEN, Guixiong Feng
Area: 2800.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Chaos.Z

Youth Hotel of iD Town / O-office Architects

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Architects: O-office Architects
Location: Shenzhen, Guangdong,
Architect In Charge: Jianxiang HE, Ying JIANG
Design Team: Mincong Deng, Jingyu DONG, xiaolin CHEN
Area: 1800.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Chaos.Z

Ole Bouman Appointed Director of V&A-Backed Shekou Design Museum

Shekou Design Museum. Image © China Merchants Property Development / Maki and Associates

Ole Bouman, former director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi), has been appointed director of the new Victoria and Albert Museum-backed Shekou Design Museum in Shenzhen, China. Set to open at the end of 2016 in a Fumihiko Maki-designed building within the Sea World Arts and Culture Center, the new design museum aims to serve as an international platform for Chinese design. 

“We wanted to offer the local residents an internationally important museum that would help promote the development of China’s creative industries and further progress design in China,” stated China Merchants Group (CMG) vice president Sun Chengming. CMG is collaborating with London’s V&A to realize the project. 

More about Bouman’s appointment, after the break.

Shenzhen Performing Arts Facility / ZOBOKI-DEMETER & Associates

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Architects: ZOBOKI-DEMETER & Associates
Location: , Guangdong,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of ZOBOKI-DEMETER & Associates , Zang Chao

From the Ground Up: China and the New Vertical City

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By the end of 2015, one in three of the world’s tallest buildings will be in China. With its government planned cities, the Chinese policy often favors high-density development, and some of the most radical and experimental urban design ideas can be applied in China – take for example the recent joint winner of the Shenzhen Bay Super City competition, Cloud Citizen, which takes on a more integrated and interconnected approach to vertical cities. In this article on The Guardian, Nicola Davison investigates how at this critical time in the country’s development, architects and urban planners may choose to move away from previous urban models of isolated , towards a more humane environment that seeks to emulate nature and create diverse public spaces. Read the article in full here

“Cloud Citizen” Awarded Joint Top Honors in Shenzhen Bay Super City Competition

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Cloud Citizen, a proposal for a new high-rise typology by Urban Future Organization and CR-Design, in collaboration with a team of experts at Chalmers Technical University, has been jointly awarded the highest prize in the Shenzhen Bay Super City Competition. Their futuristic design features a singular mega building complex that aims to create a hyper dense urban center that gives back to the environment. Read on after the break to learn more about the proposal.

KAMJZ Reveals Proposal for Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan

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Already one of the most remarkable examples of China’s urban growth in the last 30 years, Shenzhen will soon also host a bustling new financial district. The Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan aims to create a new city center with top headquarter offices for global corporations and related venues for international conferences, exhibitions, and programs. KAMJZ Architects has recently revealed their competition entry with a plan that proposes a more sustainable city center through the design of a radical new typology for office towers. Read on after the break to learn more about the proposed masterplan.

Mecanoo Begins Work on Vast Cultural Centre in Shenzhen

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Dutch based practice Mecanoo, nominated for this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize for the Library of Birmingham, have begun work on vast centre in Shenzhen marking their first project to break ground on Chinese soil. Comprising of a large public art gallery, a science museum, a youth centre, and a book mall, the 95,000 square metre development will strengthen Longgang District’s identity by “providing citizens and visitors with a renewed sense of place.” Forming a dynamic link between the high-rise of the city’s commercial district and the open spaces of Longcheng Park, the four sculpted forms emerge from the ground to create a series of arches and sheltered spaces to facilitate public events.

See the full set of images and an illustrative film after the break.

RMJM Designs Fish-Inspired Tower Clad with Aluminum Scales

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RMJM‘s Shenzhen studio has just been awarded the contract to build a 93 metre public observation tower inspired by the importance of water in the historic Doumen District, Guangdong Province, China. Perched at the confluence of two rivers, the Doumen Observation Tower will rise from the waterfront of the Zhuhai, and is inspired by the form of a fish soaring above the water, clad in aluminum scales to protect from the hot Chinese sun. The tower will occupy a minimal footprint and will be surrounded by a large public plaza.

Check out the complete specs of Doumen Observation Tower after the break. 

Inaugural Global Schindler Award Registration Now Open: Mobility in Shenzhen

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The Global Schindler Award is a new competition for that will explore questions about universal mobility and access amidst rapid globalization and urbanization. In its inaugural year, a real site in Shenzhen – a booming commercial and industrial area adjacent to Hong Kong – has been chosen as the subject of the urban design proposals. Entrants are being asked to re-imagine the city as an inclusive urban environment and will be vying for portions of the $150,000 prize fund.

Students may compete as individuals or in teams, but must work under the supervision of a faculty member. Registration is open until November 15, 2014 and entries are due on January 31, 2015. The winners, which will be chosen by an esteemed panel of interdisciplinary jury members including landscape architect Kongjian Yu of Turenscape and architect Farshid Moussavi, will be announced in early 2015.

For more information, click here.

Inside “Re-Creation” – Finland’s Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2014

Re-Creation. The Finnish Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale.. Image © Nico Saieh

Re-Creation is a two-part installation based on a concept by Anssi Lassila. One part of the installation was constructed by a Finnish master carpenter and his team, and the other by a Chinese team. Together the two parts of the installation strike up a subtle and complex dialogue between the architects and local builders.

Presented by the pavilion designed by Alvar Aalto in 1956, the installation “takes a stand on our relationship with the modern legacy and its tradition of international dialogue, and represents a quintessential product of topical international dialogue while at the same time offering its own unique interpretation of the dynamic between tradition and modernity.” See images of the pavilion and enjoy a statement from the curators after the break.

Fumihiko Maki Commissioned to Design China’s First Design Museum

Model of the Shekou Museum. Image © China Merchants Property Development & Maki and Associates

The Pritzker Prize-winning architect Fumihiko Maki has revealed early designs for China‘s “first major design museum”, a project in the Shekou district of Shenzhen commissioned by China Merchants Group (CMG) in collaboration with London’s V&A Museum. The design model was unveiled yesterday at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in London, where representatives of CMG and the V&A signed a collaboration agreement to deliver the museum, which is hoped to open at the end of 2016.

Maki’s design for the Shekou Museum features three severely cantilevered volumes atop a deconstructed plinth; a staircase at the corner of the building also leads to the green public space on the roof.

More on the project after the break

Library of South University of Science and Technology of China / Urbanus

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Architects: Urbanus
Location: , Guangdong, China
Design Director: Meng Yan
Area: 10,728 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Alex Chan

Axial Symphony / Design Systems Ltd.

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Architects: Design Systems Ltd.
Location: , Guangdong, China
Designers: Lam Wai Ming, Fanny Leung, Fang Huan Huan, Zhang Xing, Lansy Dai
Clients: Ms Sze
Area: 300 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Design Systems Ltd.