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

View from Below. Image Courtesy of RMJM

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 students that will explore questions about universal mobility and access amidst rapid globalization and . 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.

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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: Shenzhen, Guangdong,
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: Shenzhen, Guangdong,
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.

Z Gallery / O-OFFICE Architects

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Architects: O-OFFICE Architects
Location: Shenzhen, Guangdong,
Area: 2,963 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Likyfoto

Refurbish of TYJ Office Building / Shenzhen Ingameoffice Ltd

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Architects: Shenzhen Ingameoffice Ltd
Location: Shenzhen, Guangdong,
Area: 3,400 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Shenzhen Ingameoffice Ltd

Shenzhen Maritime Base and Sports Schools / 2A2 Design Department, Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (BIAD)

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Architects: 2A2 Design Department, Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (BIAD)
Location: Longgang, Shenzhen, Guangdong,
Authors: Wang RuiPeng, Zhang Hao
Area: 27180.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Yang ChaoYing

SZ-HK Biennale-Silo Reconversion / O-OFFICE Architects

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Architects: O-OFFICE Architects
Location: Chiwan Road, Nanshan, , Guangdong,
Design Team: Jianxiang He, Ying Jiang, Thomas Odorico, Zilong Liang
Concept: Ying Jiang (O-office Architects), Marc Maurer (Maurer United Architects), Teemu Hirvilaammi (Lassila\Hirvilammi Architects)
Area: 2662.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: O-office & Maurer United

Shenzhen Deli / Linehouse

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Architects:
Location: Futian, , Guangdong, China
Area: 145 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Benoit Florencon

Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture (UABB) VALUE FACTORY February Program

The Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, which enters its final weeks, has already welcomed more than 120,000 visitors. The offers a jam packed program to conclude a very inspiring UABB 2013. From now until the end of February, visitors can enjoy tours, workshops, exhibitions, performances and debates. Check out this month’s full program after the break. 

Value Farm / Thomas Chung

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Architects: Thomas Chung
Location: Shekou, Nanshan, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
Design Team: Gary Law, Bill So, Sam Wong
Area: 8120.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Value Farm

Farrells Selected to Masterplan Two Sites in Shenzhen’s Qianhai Financial District

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Farrells has been announced as winner of an international competition to masterplan two prominent commercial zones in ’s Qianhai financial district. Adjacent to the district’s Qianhaiwan metro station, the two districts are expected to boost cross-border trade between and Hong Kong. The first, 460,000-square-meter masterplan will feature a 320-meter-tall skyscraper and two 185-meter gateway towers, providing high-end office, residential and retail space, as well as serviced apartments.

AD Interviews: David Gianotten / OMA

During the Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, we had the opportunity to speak with , partner-in-charge of OMA’s Hong Kong office. Gianotten launched the Dutch firm’s Asian headquarters in 2009, where he supervises major projects such as the Shenzhen Stock Exchange and the Taipei Performing Arts Centre.

Standing outside of the recently completed Stock Exchange headquarters, he answered our questions about , innovation and the intricacies of running an office in an environment with such rapid urban growth. Shenzhen has proven an experiment of economic openness and is a vivid example of China’s recent growth. The city’s skyline is practically a physical graph of an upward-trending economy, with buildings designed by nearly every internationally renowned architecture firm. But OMA’s Shenzhen Stock Exchange building stands apart from the rest not only because of its impeccable construction (a rarity in the fast-paced building booms of Chinese cities), but also because it houses the institution that lists China’s biggest companies.

The 254 meter tower is an elegant structure that combines pure volumes with an exoskeleton grid clad in translucent glass. It represents a characteristic OMA-approach to innovative architectural solutions, made possible by extensive programmatic and technical research.

Read the full interview (which includes Gianotten’s insights on the study of architecture, the role of architects, and the importance of simplicity when communicating complex innovation) after the break.

Finnish/Chinese Architects Explore Copying and Collaboration at the Shenzhen Biennale

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As part of the Shenzhen Architecture Biennale, Finnish practice Lassila Hirvilammi Architects entered into a collaboration with Chinese architect Gigi Leung to explore the themes of copying, authenticity and knowledge transfer between cultures. Working with master craftsmen, they created two versions of the same space (each influenced by their respective cultures), intentionally blurring the line between copying and taking inspiration.

Read on for more on this lesson in sharing differing architectural understandings

Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport / Studio Fuksas

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Architects: Studio Fuksas
Location: Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, Bao’an, Shenzhen, Guangdong,
Architect In Charge: Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas
Architect Of Record: BIAD (Beijing Institute of Architectural Design), Beijing
Area: 500,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Studio Fuksas