Tianjin Riverside 66 / Kohn Pedersen Fox

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Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox
Location: Tianjin, Tianjin, China
Design Principal: James von Klemperer, FAIA
Director/Senior Designer: Jeffrey Kenoff, AIA
Project Team Leader Ny: Audrey Choi
Project Team Leader Hk: Edwin Lau
Area: 152800.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Tim Griffith

Master Plan Revealed for Binhai Eco City in Tianjin

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Holm Architecture Office and - along with landscape architects Kragh Berglund – have been named shared winners of the Eco City Binhai Master Plan. Located outside Tianjin in Northern China, the project will consist of a new Central Business District and five new cultural buildings. Learn more about this plan after the break.

Tianhua to Transform 97-Year-Old Chinese Textile Mill into Art Gallery

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Repurposing antiquated buildings is on the rise in , and this proposal by Tianhua Architecture Design Company serves as a prime example. Planned for a site in the Hexi district of Tianjin, the Shanghai-based practice will soon transform a 1917 textile mill into a contemporary art gallery and private museum. 

The architects, who have adapted their design to emphasize the gridded layout and high ceilings of the existing structure, plan to insert a garden courtyard deep into the building’s core. This will not only counterpoint the structure’s industrialized aesthetic, but will provide natural light deep into the interior while preserving the exiting cruciform layout. 

Rafael de La-Hoz Unveils TEDA Monument in Tianjin

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Spanish architect Rafael de La-Hoz has designed a mirrored, 60-meter monument to commemorate the 30 anniversary of the Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA). The design, titled “A Cut between heaven and earth”, was “driven by an effort to analyze the process of abstraction and reinterpretation of the site.”

Tianjin Qiaoyuan Bridge Culture Museum / Sunlay

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Architects: Sunlay
Location: ,
Design Team: Zhang Hua
Area: 2,220 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Sunlay

In Progress: Tianjin Riverside 66 / KPF

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Architects: KPF
Location: Tianjin, China
Design Principal: James von Klemperer, FAIA
Director/Senior Designer: Jeffrey A. Kenoff, AIA
Kpf Project Team And Contributors: Jeffrey A. Kenoff, Audrey Choi, Edwin Lau, Peter Gross, Ciara Seymour, Gary Stluka, Benjamin Albury, Bernard Chang, Hanna Chang, Saera Park, Shang Chen, Sarah Smith, James Kehl, Sandra Choy, Thomas Coldefy, Javier Galindo, Onur Gun, Heejin Kim, Yoojung Kim, Ming Leung, Luis Llull, Manon Pare, Charles Portelli, Samuel Schmitz, James Siow, Kristin Speth, Donald Springer, Kyle Steinfeld, Scott Wilson, James von Klemperer, Paul Katz
Area: 152,800 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF)

Samaranch Memorial Museum / Archiland

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Architects: Archiland
Location: Tianjin,
Collaborators: HAO architects, Kragh & Berglund landscape, COWI, TADI
Area: 17,800 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Archiland

National Maritime Museum Competition Entry / Holm Architecture Office (HAO) + AI

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Situated outside the city of Tianjin in Northern , the proposal for the new National Maritime Museum is designed to house both new and old maritime items with a focus on celebrating the historical achievements of Chinese naval exploration through out time. Designed by Holm Architecture Offce (HAO) + AI the museum combines all aspects of the maritime world, from aquarium to sailing to education, combining a series of unique visitor experiences under one roof. More images and architects’ description after the break.

National Convention and Exhibition Center Winning Proposal / gmp Architekten

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gmp Architekten just won the first prize in the competition to design the 1.2 million square-meter Tianjin Exhibition Center. Now the third city where an exhibition center of international importance will be built after Shanghai and Guangzhou, their design concept proposes two almost identical construction phases. They both consist of a central entrance hall roofed over by filigree canopies, 8 exhibition halls on both sides and a main central thoroughfare that connects the entrance halls with the exhibition halls. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Galaxay Mall / tvsdesign

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Architects: tvsdesign
Location: Tianjin,
Area: 213,324 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of tvsdesign

Tianjin Ecocity Ecology and Planning Museums / Steven Holl Architects

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Rising from the reclaimed salt pan and polluted tide flats of Bohai Bay, China, a new city designed for 350,000 inhabitants is being constructed from scratch. The ambitious project is being realized as a collaboration between the governments of and China with an overarching goal of becoming a poster-city for state-of-the-art sustainable aspects.

With nearly a third of this new “Eco-City” of built and substantial completion projected for 2020, the internationally renowned practice Steven Holl Architects has been commissioned to design the first two buildings in the city’s cultural district: the Tianjin Ecocity Ecology and Planning Museums. Like the Chinese “Bau Gua” or “Yin Yang,” these forms are in reverse relations, as the Ecology Museum is the “additive” complement to the “subtractive” space of the Planning Museum.

Learn more about Holl’s design after the break.

Tianjin Hotel Proposal / HAO

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The hotel concept for the five-star hotel in , China incorporates the traditional hotel amenities such as conference rooms, restaurants, and fitness areas with a vibrant gallery for art and changing exhibitions showcasing local and international artists. Designed by HAO/Holm Architecture Office, the building orients the building mass to create better views towards downtown Tianjin while curving back part of the volume to create a covered area for the hotel entrance and drop-off. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Tower of Ring / EASTERN Design Office

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Architects: EASTERN Design Office
Location: Tianjin,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Koichi Torimura

Tianjin Grand Theater / gmp Architekten

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Architects: gmp Architekten
Location: Tianjin,
Project Leaders: David Schenke, Xu Shan
Design Team: Tobias Keyl, Matthias Grünewald, Martin Gänsicke, Susan Schwarz, Verena Fischbach, Bin Zhou, Jan Demel, Thilo Zehme, Duc Nguyen, Di Wu, Fang Xie
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Christian Gahl

Taoyuanju / Vector Architects

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Architects: Vector Architects
Location: Tianjin,
Partner-in-Charge: Gong Dong, Chienho Hsu
Associate-in-Charge / Project Architect: Nan Wang
Architect: Dongping Sun, Han Ling
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 1,200 sqm
Photographs: Shu He

In Progress: Samaranch Memorial Museum / Archiland Beijing + HAO (Holm Architecture Office)

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Architects: Archiland Beijing, HAO (Holm Architecture Office)
Location: Tianjin, China
Project Area: 15,000 sqm
Client: City of Tianjin
Collaborators: Krag & Berglund, Cowi Beijing
Photographs: Courtesy of HAO

Tianjin Art Museum / KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten

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Architect: KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten
Client: Tianjin Command Key Projects, Bureau of Urban Planning, Tianjin
Competition Date: April 2009
Completion Date: May 2012
Site: 29.800 m²

Just three short years ago, German firm KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten placed first in an international competiton for the design of the Tianjin Art Museum.  This week, the museum has opened its doors to the public to enjoy galleries filled with Chinese calligraphy, western art, sculpture, and modern art.  Located along the lakeside promenade, the Art Museum enhances Tianjin’s cultural district and completes the 90-hectare development area, along with a library, an opera house and another new museum designed by various architects.

More images, drawings, and more about the art museum after the break.

CTF Tianjin Tower Breaks Ground / SOM

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Ground will be broken today, Tuesday, May 15, 2012, for Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)’s newest supertall building. The 96-story-tall CTF Tianjin Tower uses undulating curves to subtly express its three programmatic elements while presenting a bold monolithic expression on the TEDA district skyline outside Tianjin, . The 1,740-feet (530-meter) tall tower houses offices, 300 service apartments and a 350-room, 5-star hotel beneath its boldly arched top. More images and architects’ description after the break.