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Anchoring New Urban Development through Public Architecture and Local Identity: Liangzhu New Town

Urban development in China has been a contentious issue, represented by megacities and endless gated communities, remnants of the country’s large communal working and living units, the ‘danwei’. However, in recent years, the paradigm has been shifted largely by developers for more innovative living concepts, the practice of designing inclusive communities anchored by public and cultural buildings serving the wider community. One of the earliest experiments, Liangzhu New Town by Vanke is now a benchmark for creating diverse community.

BRIC Art Space / maison h

© Martijn de Geus© Martijn de Geus© Martijn de Geus© Martijn de Geus+ 45

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 XuYouth Hotel of iD Town. Image © Chaos.ZTea House in Hutong. Image © Wang NingChi She. Image © Su Shengliang + 25

Nanjing Hongfeng Technology Park, Building A1 / One Design

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

Nanjing Shi, China
  • Architects: One Design
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  56970 Area:  56970
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014 Year:  2014

Shanghai Hongqiao Airport Flower Building / MVRDV

© SHEN-PHOTO© SHEN-PHOTOMasterplan Rendering© SHEN-PHOTO+ 16

  • Architects: MVRDV
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  15000 Area:  15000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016 Year:  2016

Just Sleep Jiaoxi / LRH ARCHITECT& ASSOCIATES

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Jiaoxi Township, Taiwan (ROC)

Transportation Office / CAA

© CAA© CAA© CAA© CAA+ 11

  • Architects: CAA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2400 Area:  2400
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015 Year:  2015

Minsheng Contemporary Art Museum / Studio Zhu-Pei

exterior. Image Courtesy of Studio Zhu-Peimain entrance. Image Courtesy of Studio Zhu-Pei1F lobby and atrium. Image © Qingzhu Photograph2F atirum. Image © Qingzhu Photograph+ 25

Mt Tung-Yen Public Toilet / AMBi Studio

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

  • Architects: AMBi Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  101