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The Results Are In: 2016 Is a Record-Breaking Year for Tall Buildings

08:00 - 13 January, 2017
The Results Are In: 2016 Is a Record-Breaking Year for Tall Buildings, Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre. Image Courtesy of K11 New World Development
Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre. Image Courtesy of K11 New World Development

In its annual report, the 2016 Tall Building Year in Review, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has announced that 2016 saw the completion of a record 128 buildings 200 meters or higher. This number surpasses the previous record of 114 completions set in 2015. Eighteen of these buildings became the tallest in their city, country, or region, and ten earned the designation of supertall, at 300 meters and above.

Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre. Image Courtesy of K11 New World Development Ningbo Bank of China. Image Courtesy of Ningbo Eastern New City Development Warsaw Spire. Image Courtesy of UNK Ghelamco Shenzhen CFC Changfu. Image © Cheng Chen +13

Aedas Releases Plans for Blooming Bamboo-Inspired Tower in China

16:00 - 10 January, 2017
Aedas Releases Plans for Blooming Bamboo-Inspired Tower in China, Courtesy of Aedas
Courtesy of Aedas

Aedas has released its design for Gmond International Building, a representative regeneration project located in the old town area of Shenzhen, China. The 200-meter super high-rise building is inspired by the traditional form of Chinese totem bamboo, which symbolizes prosperity and moral integrity.

With nearly 60,000 square meters of gross floor area, the building will house the headquarters for Tellus-Gmond, Grade 5A lettable office spaces, and a jewelry-trading center.

Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas +6

Hanking Center Tower in China to Become Tallest Detached Core Building Worldwide

12:00 - 31 December, 2016

Morphosis Architects’ Hanking Center Tower in Shenzhen, China has recently topped out, with the 62nd floor now in place. Defined by its detached core configuration, the building positions its primary core 9 meters outside its main body, connected by a series of sky bridges and braces, in order to increase flexibility and light penetration into the floor plate.

Two secondary cores in the body of the building provide structural reinforcement and house private elevators for VIP users, as well as freight elevators and mechanical services.

In an effort to serve global professionals and bring density to the suburb of Nanshan, the tower will feature flexible office space on its open floor plate, anchored by high-end retail and dining.

© Luxigon © Morphosis Architects © Luxigon © Morphosis Architects +12

SimplyWork 3.0 Co-working Space / 11architecture Ltd.

20:00 - 26 December, 2016
SimplyWork 3.0 Co-working Space / 11architecture Ltd., © ZC Architectural Photography Studio
© ZC Architectural Photography Studio

© ZC Architectural Photography Studio © ZC Architectural Photography Studio © ZC Architectural Photography Studio © ZC Architectural Photography Studio +24

Plugin Tower / People's Architecture Office

20:00 - 3 December, 2016
Plugin Tower / People's Architecture Office, View 2. Image © Hannah Wu / People's Architecture Office
View 2. Image © Hannah Wu / People's Architecture Office

View 1. Image © Hannah Wu / People's Architecture Office Interior 2. Image © Hannah Wu / People's Architecture Office Birdview 2. Image © Hannah Wu / People's Architecture Office Interior 1. Image © Hannah Wu / People's Architecture Office +24

Mystical Game / Feel Design

20:00 - 1 December, 2016
Mystical Game / Feel Design, Courtesy of Feel Design
Courtesy of Feel Design

Courtesy of Feel Design Courtesy of Feel Design Courtesy of Feel Design Courtesy of Feel Design +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Goofy, Elva
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Feel Design

Aedas Wins Two International Competitions to Design Airports in Shenzhen and Hong Kong

16:00 - 23 November, 2016
Aedas Wins Two International Competitions to Design Airports in Shenzhen and Hong Kong, Shenzhen Airport Satellite Concourse, China, by Aedas. Image Courtesy of Aedas
Shenzhen Airport Satellite Concourse, China, by Aedas. Image Courtesy of Aedas

Aedas have recently won two international competitions to design international airport buildings: the Shenzhen Airport Satellite Concourse and Hong Kong International Airport Third Runway Passenger Building.

In recent years, Aedas have emerged as a leader in airport design, as they are also currently working on the Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 2 Expansion, and have previously worked on Hong Kong International Airport Midfield Concourse and North Satellite Concourse. With the two newly-won projects, Aedas hopes to reinforce their strength and growing influence in airport design.

Flahalo Office Renovation / Atelier LI

19:00 - 2 November, 2016
Flahalo Office Renovation / Atelier LI , © Kevin Ho
© Kevin Ho

© Kevin Ho © Kevin Ho © Kevin Ho © Kevin Ho +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Designer

    Jingze LI
  • Client

    Flahalo Creative Management
  • Area

    350.0 sqm
  • Photographs

MVRDV + Zhubo Studio Win Competition for New Sports and Cultural Center in Shenzhen

09:55 - 10 October, 2016
MVRDV + Zhubo Studio Win Competition for New Sports and Cultural Center in Shenzhen, Located in a residential area which stretches from the Nanshan mountain park to the Yangtai mountain park, the experience centre connects nature, sports and culture to serving wide-ranging age groups and interests.. Image © MVRDV
Located in a residential area which stretches from the Nanshan mountain park to the Yangtai mountain park, the experience centre connects nature, sports and culture to serving wide-ranging age groups and interests.. Image © MVRDV

MVRDV and Zhubo Architecture Design have won a competition to design the Xili Sports and Cultural Centre in Shenzhen, China. The new experience center will consist of four distinct volumes housing a theater, a basketball and badminton arena, a multi-function arena and a swimming pool, as it seeks to “transform the lives of the different generations of people living nearby, through offering a more humanistic model for sports and culture.”

The Xili Sports and Cultural centre is set to become the social and well-being focal point of Shenzhen’s Dasha Green corridor.. Image © MVRDV The special elevated running track is the signature element as it connects, weaving in and out of all volumes.. Image © MVRDV The large-scale sports stadium has a social aspect; connecting it with the community through its offering of a wide range of sports and cultural activities in all four volumes.. Image © MVRDV © MVRDV +5

Aedas Reveal Dynamic New Design For The Shenzhen Luoho Friendship Trading Centre

08:00 - 13 September, 2016
Aedas Reveal Dynamic New Design For The Shenzhen Luoho Friendship Trading Centre, Courtesy of Aedas
Courtesy of Aedas

A department store in Shenzhen, China, is currently undergoing a major transformation into what the architect describes as an "a new sustainable and iconic design for the city." Designed by Aedas, the Shenzhen Luoho Friendship Trading Centre will include a new skyscraper and a "vibrant and porous" 7-story retail podium. Integrated landscaping and green balconies turn the development into an "urban oasis" in the heart of the city.   

Prince Bay Marketing Exhibition Centre / AECOM

19:00 - 29 August, 2016
Prince Bay Marketing Exhibition Centre / AECOM, © Zhang Xuetao
© Zhang Xuetao

© Zhang Xuetao © Zhang Xuetao © Zhang Xuetao © Zhang Xuetao +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Prince Bay, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Design Team

    AECOM (Shenzhen) Ltd
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

MLA+ and CAUPD Win Urban Design Competition to Regenerate Along the G107 Highway in Shenzhen

06:00 - 16 August, 2016
MLA+ and CAUPD Win Urban Design Competition to Regenerate Along the G107 Highway in Shenzhen, Courtesy of MLA+
Courtesy of MLA+

Foreign leading firm MLA+ and local leading firm the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design, in collaboration with Felixx Landscape Architects & Planners and the Shenzhen Municipal Design & Research Institute, have won first prize in the urban design competition for the regeneration of an area along the G107 highway in the Bao’an district of Shenzhen, China.

Located on both aspects of the G107, the one- to two-kilometer piece of land forms a 53-square-kilometer area for the new plan, which will redevelop a fragmented industrial landscape created by the highway and Shenzhen’s identity as a former “Factory of the World” city.

Call for Applications: FUTURE+ Aformal Academy

08:56 - 12 July, 2016
Call for Applications: FUTURE+ Aformal Academy, Fall Application
Fall Application

The Urban Design Plus is a PostGrad program. Applicants must already posses either an undergraduate or graduate degree. We are open to people with a diverse backgrounds that relate to the formation of our urban places – including architects, urban planners, landscape architects, economists, artists, sociologists, etc.

For your application we require the submission of a statement of interest [less than one A4 of text], cv/resume, and a sample of work – which could include a portfolio, work samples, and/or writing samples. All are to be submitted in one single pdf, smaller than 10mb.

Shenye TaiRan Building / ZHUBO DESIGN

20:00 - 2 June, 2016
Shenye TaiRan Building / ZHUBO DESIGN, Courtesy of ZHUBO DESIGN
Courtesy of ZHUBO DESIGN

Courtesy of ZHUBO DESIGN Courtesy of ZHUBO DESIGN Courtesy of ZHUBO DESIGN Courtesy of ZHUBO DESIGN +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    The #8 Tairan Rd, Futian District, Shenzhen, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Laura Belevica, Aaron Robin
  • Design Team

    Liu Hai Long, Li Jing, Mao Yuan Jing, Yang Guang
  • Executive Architect

    Feng Guo Chuan
  • Project Managers

    Liang Qi Bo, Zhang Zhen
  • Area

    168950.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Shenzhen VC-PE Tower / Studio Georges Hung + Huazhu Architecture & Engineering Co. Ltd.

19:00 - 27 April, 2016
Shenzhen VC-PE Tower / Studio Georges Hung + Huazhu Architecture & Engineering Co. Ltd.

Shenzhen VC-PE Tower / Studio Georges Hung + Huazhu Architecture & Engineering Co. Ltd. Shenzhen VC-PE Tower / Studio Georges Hung + Huazhu Architecture & Engineering Co. Ltd. Shenzhen VC-PE Tower / Studio Georges Hung + Huazhu Architecture & Engineering Co. Ltd. Shenzhen VC-PE Tower / Studio Georges Hung + Huazhu Architecture & Engineering Co. Ltd. +28

Mecanoo’s Cultural Center in Shenzhen Set to Top Out in April

06:00 - 31 March, 2016
Mecanoo’s Cultural Center in Shenzhen Set to Top Out in April, Courtesy of Mecanoo
Courtesy of Mecanoo

A new cultural center designed by Mecanoo, located in the Longgang district of Shenzhen, China is currently under construction and is set to top out by end-April. With the goal of revitalizing an existing park-square, the new complex includes a variety of programs such as a bookshop, an art museum, a youth center, and a science center. The nearly 100,000 square-meter building is set to open to the public in 2018. 

Open Competition: Multi-Dimensional Space Planning for Bao’an (G107 Fashion Business Zone)

13:30 - 28 March, 2016
 Open Competition: Multi-Dimensional Space Planning for Bao’an (G107 Fashion Business Zone)

Bao’an District, located in west of Shenzhen, adjacent to Pearl River Estuary in the west and bordered with Dongguan in the north, as well as in the golden corridor connecting Guangdong and Hong Kong and the heartland for development backbone of Great Pearl River Delta, is featured by advantageous geographical location. Taking National Highway G107, Bao’an Avenue and Metro Line 1 as the skeleton, the Golden Development Zone is one of the three major zones in the overall spatial structure of “three zones, two hearts, two cities and one valley” delimited by Bao’an Comprehensive Plan, with a total length of about 30km.

IBOBI Kindergarten / VMDPE

19:00 - 17 March, 2016
IBOBI Kindergarten / VMDPE, © Kevin Ho
© Kevin Ho

© Kevin Ho © Kevin Ho © Kevin Ho © Kevin Ho +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shenzhen, China
  • Design Team

    Sim Chow, Echo Jia, Vinci Chan
  • Area

    630.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs