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gmp Selected to Design New Library in Suzhou

gmp Architekten has been selected to design a new library in Suzhou in China. As Suzhou's second library, the building will be constructed in the Xiangcheng area, a newly-constructed part of the city to the North of Suzhou's historic center. Located next to one of Xiangcheng's many artificial water courses, in addition to a traditional library, the building will feature China's first fully automated storage system for 7 million books, as well as other public functions including a cinema and exhibition rooms.

Bird's-eye view from the East. Image © Willmore CG Entrance area of library. Image © Willmore CG Interior. Image © Willmore CG Interior. Image © Willmore CG

XJTLU Becomes First Chinese Architecture Course with Unconditional RIBA Accreditation

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has awarded unconditional RIBA Part 1 accreditation to the undergraduate program at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) in Suzhou, making it the first Chinese architecture program to be certified by the UK architecture body. The accreditation marks another first for XJTLU's partner university at Liverpool, which pioneered the RIBA accreditation system by becoming the first certified course in the world in 1906, and officially marks the program at XJTLU as on a par with other architecture schools around the world.

Zhangjiagang Town River Reconstruction / Botao Landscape

  • Architects: Botao Landscape
  • Location: Zhangjiagang City Price Control Bureau, 70 Renmin Middle Road, Zhangjiagang, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China, 215600
  • Area: 65000.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Botao Landscape

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Suzhou School / BAU Brearley Architects + Urbanists

  • Architects: BAU Brearley Architects + Urbanists
  • Location: Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
  • Architect In Charge: James Brearley, Fang Qun, Jiang Han, ,Lin Donghui, Richard Tam, Olga Mladenovic, Nicky Chang, Mao Jie, Zhou Yinying, Chen Lei
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Shu He

© Shu He © Shu He © Shu He © Shu He

Kunshan Visitor Center / Vector Architects

  • Architects: Vector Architects
  • Location: Kunshan, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
  • Architect In Charge: Gong Dong
  • Project Architects: Zhimin Zhou, Xiangdong Kong, Feng Xu, Ran Huo
  • Project Advisor: Nan Wang
  • Area: 280.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Shengliang Su

© Shengliang Su © Shengliang Su © Shengliang Su © Shengliang Su

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Administration Information Building / Aedas

  • Architects: Aedas
  • Location: Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, 111 Ren'ai Road, 工业园区 Suzhou, Jiangsu, China, 215123
  • Project Design Director: Andy Wen
  • Client: Suzhou Industrial Park Education Investment Development Co. Ltd.
  • Area: 59893.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Aedas

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ZHOUSHI Culture & Sports Center / UDG YangZheng Studio

  • Architects: UDG YangZheng Studio
  • Location: Kunshan, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
  • Architect In Charge: Yang Zheng, Zhang Yu
  • Design Team: Team:Zhou Song、Liu Yanlin、Zhong Kai、Qian Qian
  • Area: 31387.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Su Shengliang

© Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang

Kangka Zhouzhuang Tourist Resort Aquatic Club / UDG China

  • Architects: UDG China
  • Location: Zhouzhuangzhen, Kunshan, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China, 215325
  • Architect In Charge: Qian Qiang, Li Xiaojian, Bernd Lederle, Feng Haihua, Li Chencheng, Bi Yifei, Tanase yo shoji, Satoshi Morita, Chen Hongbin, Simone De Gradi
  • Area: 1800.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Yao Li

© Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li

Jinguyuan Mixed use Complex / Miao Design Studio

  • Architects: Miao Design Studio
  • Location: Kunshan, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
  • Architect: Pu Miao, Hanjia Design Group
  • Architect Of Record: Jiang Ninqing
  • Area: 6220.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Miao Design Studio

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Visitor Center in Lake Yangcheng Park / Miao Design Studio

  • Architects: Miao Design Studio
  • Location: Kunshan, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
  • Architects: Pu Miao and Hanjia Design Group
  • Architect Of Record: Jiang Ninqing
  • Area: 844.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Miao Design Studio

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Office complex Haokang / Archiplein

© Frédéric Henriques
© Frédéric Henriques

© Frédéric Henriques © Frédéric Henriques © Frédéric Henriques © Frédéric Henriques

Suquan Yuan / TM Studio

Courtesy of TM Studio
Courtesy of TM Studio
  • Architects: TM Studio
  • Location: suzhou, china
  • Architect : Tong Ming
  • Area: 5600.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Courtesy of TM Studio

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Suzhou Industrial Park Sports Center / NBBJ

Stadium View from River © NBBJ
Stadium View from River © NBBJ

NBBJ has shared with us their latest design in sports architecture, a multifunctional industrial sports complex for the residents of Suzhou, China. Designed as a community asset, the cultural sports hub will include a commercial center, aquatics facility, gymnasium, arena, professional sports stadium and more. All facilities will be integrated within a lush “Sports Garden” that features an abundance of pedestrian walkways, gardens and sport fields. 

The architects' description after the break...

Suzhou Industrial Park Central Business District / SWA Group

Lead by principal designers Hui-Li Lee and John Wong, SWA Group  along with consulting architect Ojanen_Chiou Architects provided the winning competition proposal for the Suzhou Industrial Park Central Business District which aims to bridge old and new cultural historic heritage through the innovative design of public open space.  Providing a focal point for the Suzhou’s CBD, the park highlights its ideal location, the connection between ecological and social environments, and the unique landscape of Jinji Lake which offers a mix of urban life and waterfront activities .

Landscape Architects: SWA Group Location: Suzhou, China Consulting Architect: Ojanen_Chiou Architects Drawings/Renderings: SWA Group

Suzhou Children's Hospital / HKS

Courtesy of HKS
Courtesy of HKS

International architecture practice HKS shared with us their proposal for the Suzhou Children’s Hospital Competition in China. The program includes a 94,800 sqm children’s hospital with 600 beds in the initial phase including over 7,000 sqm for outpatient clinics, 14 OR’s, a full service emergency department, imaging, and required support. Other major program elements include a teaching/research and administration facility, staff housing, a separate infectious disease facility, and initial parking for 800 cars. You can see more images and architect’s description after the break.

Nano-Polis: Nanotech Research and Development Park / Henn Architekten & Henn StudioB

outside view
outside view

Henn Architekten shared with us their proposal for the international competition to design the new ‘Nano-Polis Masterplan’ in Suzhou, China where they won the first prize. The proposal was designed by HENN ARCHITEKTEN’s Design & Research Studio HENN StudioB who drew their inspiration from both traditional Chinese urban planning and modern science for their concept on the research and development park for Nanotech. The use of innovative technologies and environmental strategies help to make their design a more comfortable place for its users while decreasing its energy consumption. More images and architect’s description after the break.