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10 Young Chinese Architecture Firms To Watch Out For

2016 has been a momentous year for Chinese architecture. From the completion of the Harbin Opera house by MAD to the Aga Khan Awards recognizing Zhang Ke of Standard Architecture for his micro-scale design of the Hutong Children’s Library and Art Centre in Beijing. It seems the general perception of Chinese architecture has finally moved beyond the big, weird and ugly.

Since we’ve started to branch out into China, the ArchDaily China team has been able to discover the rich layers beyond just these rising Chinese stars. As part of the country's large-scale urbanization process, last year, we posted some of the large-scale projects designed by China’s (largely unknown) Design & Research institutions such as train stations and cultural centers.

In addition, we’ve also come across a series of smaller, lesser known, younger practices that focuses more on small-scale experimental work. Here are our top ten favorites: 

Tiantai No.2 Primary School . Image © Yu Xu Youth Hotel of iD Town. Image © Chaos.Z Tea House in Hutong. Image © Wang Ning Chi She. Image © Su Shengliang + 25

Nanjing Hongfeng Technology Park, Building A1 / One Design

© Shen Zhonghai © Shen Zhonghai © Shen Zhonghai © Shen Zhonghai + 24

Offices  · 
Nanjing Shi, China
  • architects Authors of this architecture project One Design
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    56970.0 sqm
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2014

Shanghai Hongqiao Airport Flower Building / MVRDV

© SHEN-PHOTO © SHEN-PHOTO Masterplan Rendering © SHEN-PHOTO + 16

China, China
  • architects Authors of this architecture project MVRDV
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    15000.0 sqm
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2016

Just Sleep Jiaoxi / LRH ARCHITECT & ASSOCIATES

© Highlite Images © Highlite Images © Highlite Images © Highlite Images + 20

Bath House  · 
Jiaoxi Township, Taiwan
  • architects Authors of this architecture project LRH ARCHITECT & ASSOCIATES
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2015

Transportation Office / CAA

© CAA © CAA © CAA © CAA + 11

Beijing, China
  • architects Authors of this architecture project CAA
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    2400.0 sqm
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2015

Minsheng Contemporary Art Museum / Studio Pei-Zhu

Second Floor Gallery Exterior. Image © Zhu Qingsheng First Floor. Image © Minsheng Art Museum Tsinghua Studio Visit. Image © Fang Zhenning + 22

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  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Studio Pei-Zhu
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2015

Mt Tung-Yen Public Toilet / AMBi Studio

© Te-Fan Wang © Te-Fan Wang © Te-Fan Wang © Te-Fan Wang + 30

Community  · 
Taiwan, Taiwan
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project AMBi Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project