The Best Chinese Architecture of 2017

2017 was a momentous year for Chinese architecture. From Tianjin Binhai Library taking the internet by storm with images of its terraced "sea of bookcases", to Alvar Aalto Medal recognizing Zhang Ke of standardarchitecture for his professional accomplishments. China has retained a remarkable presence in the global architecture scene.

So many of our readers around the world celebrate Chinese New Year and welcome fresh beginnings in the Year of the Dog, we would like to take a look back at 2017 and share with you the most visited projects from China. This is a collection of projects coming from world-famous practices such as MVRDV and MAD Architects, and also from the younger, local talents who have demonstrated great potential in bringing positive changes to China’s built environment.

Bund Finance Centre / Foster + Partners + Heatherwick Studio

© Laurian Ghinitoiu

Bishan Cultural and Art Center / Tanghua Architect & Associates


Qingdao Cruise Terminal / CCDI - Mozhao Studio & Jing Studio

Courtesy of CCDI

Dongziguan Affordable Housing for Relocalized Farmers / gad

Courtesy of gad

Tongling Recluse / RSAA / Büro Ziyu Zhuang

© Shengliang Su

Renovation of Captain's House / Vector Architects

© Howard Chan

East China Normal University Affiliated Bilingual Kindergarten / Scenic Architecture Office

Courtesy of Scenic Architecture Office

Tianjin Binhai Library / MVRDV + Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute

© Ossip van Duivenbode

The World Expo Museum / ECADI

© Feng Shao

Gymnasium of New Campus of Tianjin University / Atelier Li Xinggang

© Haiting Sun

Huangshan Mountain Village / MAD Architects

© Fernando Guerra

Fuzhou Jinniushan Trans-Urban Connector / LOOK Architects

© Yuedong Zhou

Raffles City Hangzhou / UNStudio

© Hufton + Crow

Liberal Arts Building No.2, Northeastern University / THAD

© Shengliang Su

Tsinghua Ocean Center / OPEN Architecture

© Iwan Baan

Victims of Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall / Architectural Design & Research Institute of South China University of Technology

© Changheng Zhan, Minghua Ma

Twisting Courtyard / ARCHSTUDIO

© Ning Wang, Weiqi Jin
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Cite: Joanna Wong. "The Best Chinese Architecture of 2017" 22 Feb 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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