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Youth Hotel of iD Town / O-office Architects

01:00 - 14 January, 2015
Youth Hotel of iD Town / O-office Architects, © Chaos.Z
© Chaos.Z
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Jianxiang HE, Ying JIANG
  • Design Team

    Mincong Deng, Jingyu DONG, xiaolin CHEN
  • Area

    1800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Chaos.Z © Chaos.Z © Chaos.Z © Chaos.Z +18

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

00:00 - 12 January, 2015
Ole Bouman Appointed Director of V&A-Backed Shekou Design Museum , Shekou Design Museum. Image © China Merchants Property Development / Maki and Associates
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

01:00 - 11 November, 2014
Shenzhen Performing Arts Facility / ZOBOKI-DEMETER & Associates , Courtesy of ZOBOKI-DEMETER & Associates
Courtesy of ZOBOKI-DEMETER & Associates

Courtesy of ZOBOKI-DEMETER & Associates © Zang Chao Courtesy of ZOBOKI-DEMETER & Associates Courtesy of ZOBOKI-DEMETER & Associates +29

From the Ground Up: China and the New Vertical City

00:00 - 4 November, 2014
From the Ground Up: China and the New Vertical City, Cloud Citizen. Image Courtesy of Courtesy of Urban Future Organization and CR-Design
Cloud Citizen. Image Courtesy of Courtesy of Urban Future Organization and CR-Design

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 skyscrapers, 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

01:00 - 21 September, 2014
“Cloud Citizen” Awarded Joint Top Honors in Shenzhen Bay Super City Competition , Courtesy of Urban Future Organization and CR-Design
Courtesy of Urban Future Organization and CR-Design

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 Masterplan 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.

Courtesy of Urban Future Organization and CR-Design Courtesy of Urban Future Organization and CR-Design Courtesy of Urban Future Organization and CR-Design Courtesy of Urban Future Organization and CR-Design +20

KAMJZ Reveals Proposal for Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan

01:00 - 14 September, 2014
KAMJZ Reveals Proposal for Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan, Courtesy of KAMJZ Architects
Courtesy of KAMJZ Architects

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 cultural 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. 

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Mecanoo Begins Work on Vast Cultural Centre in Shenzhen

00:00 - 28 August, 2014
Mecanoo Begins Work on Vast Cultural Centre in Shenzhen, Courtesy of Mecanoo / Christopher Malheiros Architectural Visualization
Courtesy of Mecanoo / Christopher Malheiros Architectural Visualization

Dutch based practice Mecanoo, nominated for this year's RIBA Stirling Prize for the Library of Birmingham, have begun work on vast cultural 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.

Courtesy of Mecanoo / Christopher Malheiros Architectural Visualization Breaks in the volumes create sheltered spaces. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo / Doug and Wolf Exhibition Space. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo / Doug and Wolf Restaurant. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo / Doug and Wolf +7

RMJM Designs Fish-Inspired Tower Clad with Aluminum Scales

01:00 - 24 August, 2014
RMJM Designs Fish-Inspired Tower Clad with Aluminum Scales , View from Below. Image Courtesy of RMJM
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

01:00 - 13 August, 2014
Inaugural Global Schindler Award Registration Now Open: Mobility in Shenzhen , Courtesy of Global Schindler Award
Courtesy of Global Schindler Award

The Global Schindler Award is a new competition for students 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.

Inside "Re-Creation" - Finland's Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2014

00:00 - 26 July, 2014
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. 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

00:00 - 18 June, 2014
Fumihiko Maki Commissioned to Design China's First Design Museum, Model of the Shekou Museum. Image © China Merchants Property Development & Maki and Associates
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

Birds-eye view. Image © China Merchants Property Development & Maki and Associates Model of the Shekou Museum. Image © China Merchants Property Development & Maki and Associates Model of the Shekou Museum. Image © China Merchants Property Development & Maki and Associates Model of the Shekou Museum. Image © China Merchants Property Development & Maki and Associates +5

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

01:00 - 1 June, 2014
Library of South University of Science and Technology of China / Urbanus, © Alex Chan
© Alex Chan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Design Director

    Meng Yan
  • Area

    10728.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Alex Chan © Alex Chan © Alex Chan © Alex Chan +37

Axial Symphony / Design Systems Ltd.

01:00 - 27 May, 2014
Axial Symphony / Design Systems Ltd. , Courtesy of Design Systems Ltd.
Courtesy of Design Systems Ltd.

Courtesy of Design Systems Ltd. Courtesy of Design Systems Ltd. Courtesy of Design Systems Ltd. Courtesy of Design Systems Ltd. +19

Z Gallery / O-OFFICE Architects

01:00 - 3 April, 2014
Z Gallery / O-OFFICE Architects, © Likyfoto
© Likyfoto

© Likyfoto © Likyfoto © Likyfoto © Likyfoto +26

Refurbish of TYJ Office Building / Shenzhen Ingameoffice Ltd

01:00 - 1 April, 2014
Refurbish of TYJ Office Building / Shenzhen Ingameoffice Ltd, Courtesy of Shenzhen Ingameoffice Ltd
Courtesy of Shenzhen Ingameoffice Ltd
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Area

    3400.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Shenzhen Ingameoffice Ltd

Courtesy of Shenzhen Ingameoffice Ltd Courtesy of Shenzhen Ingameoffice Ltd Courtesy of Shenzhen Ingameoffice Ltd Courtesy of Shenzhen Ingameoffice Ltd +48

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

01:00 - 31 March, 2014
SZ-HK Biennale-Silo Reconversion / O-OFFICE Architects, © O-office & Maurer United
© O-office & Maurer United
  • Architects

  • Location

    Chiwan Road, Nanshan, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • 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
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© O-office & Maurer United © O-office & Maurer United © O-office & Maurer United © O-office & Maurer United +27

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

01:00 - 31 March, 2014
Shenzhen Maritime Base and Sports Schools / 2A2 Design Department, Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (BIAD), © Yang ChaoYing
© Yang ChaoYing

© Yang ChaoYing © Yang ChaoYing © Yang ChaoYing © Yang ChaoYing +43

Shenzhen Deli / Linehouse

06:00 - 22 February, 2014
Shenzhen Deli / Linehouse, © Benoit Florençon
© Benoit Florençon
  • Architects

  • Location

    Futian, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, 518048
  • Area

    145.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Benoit Florençon © Benoit Florençon © Benoit Florençon © Benoit Florençon +16