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Competition Entry: HAO + AI Envision Bolong 3D Movie Museum and Mediatek for Tianjin

Commissioned by the Tianjin Urban Planning Bureau, Holm Architecture Office (HAO) and Archiland International (AI) have unveiled their competition proposal for the Bolong 3D Movie Museum and Mediatek in Tianjin.

Envisioned as part of a new media park slated for construction in the city, the building's design is playful and contemporary, offering visitors a "series of unique spatial experiences." Learn more about the project and view selected images from the proposal after the break.

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Tianjin Riverside 66 / Kohn Pedersen Fox

  • 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
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Tim Griffith

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Master Plan Revealed for Binhai Eco City in Tianjin

Holm Architecture Office and AI - 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.

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

Interior of the proposed renovation. Image © Tianhua
Interior of the proposed renovation. Image © Tianhua

Repurposing antiquated buildings is on the rise in China, 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

Spanish architect Rafael de La-Hoz has designed a mirrored, 60-meter monument to commemorate the 30 anniversary of the Tianjin 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

  • Architects: Sunlay
  • Location: Tianjin, China
  • Design Team: Zhang Hua
  • Area: 2220.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Sunlay

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In Progress: Tianjin Riverside 66 / KPF

  • 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: 152800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF)

Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) Courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF)

Samaranch Memorial Museum / Archiland

  • Architects: Archiland
  • Location: Tianjin, China
  • Collaborators: HAO architects, Kragh & Berglund landscape, COWI, TADI
  • Area: 17800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Archiland

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

Situated outside the city of Tianjin in Northern China, 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

© gmp Architekten
© gmp Architekten

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

  • Architects: tvsdesign
  • Location: Tianjin, China
  • Area: 213324.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Courtesy of tvsdesign

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Tianjin Ecocity Ecology and Planning Museums / Steven Holl Architects

© Steven Holl Architects
© Steven Holl Architects

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 Singapore 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 Tianjin 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

The hotel concept for the five-star hotel in Tianjin, 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

  • Architects: EASTERN Design Office
  • Location: Tianjin, China
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Koichi Torimura, Courtesy of EASTERN Design Office

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura

Tianjin Grand Theater / gmp Architekten

  • Architects: gmp Architekten
  • Location: Tianjin, China
  • 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
  • Structural Engineers: Schlaich Bergermann and Partner
  • Light Planning: Conceptlicht
  • Stage Technology: Kunkel Consulting
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Christian Gahl

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Taoyuanju / Vector Architects

  • Architects: Vector Architects
  • Location: Tianjin, China
  • Architect in Charge: Dongping Sun, Han Ling
  • Area: 1200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Shu He

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

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Tianjin Art Museum / KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten

  • Architects: KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten
  • Location: tianjin
  • Architect:  KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten
  • Client: Tianjin Command Key Projects, Bureau of Urban Planning, Tianjin
  • Area: 29800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 0

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