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Beijing

Can Architecture Save China’s Rural Villages? DnA’s Xu Tiantian Thinks So

09:30 - 20 April, 2018
Bamboo Pavilion. Image © Zhou Ruogo
Bamboo Pavilion. Image © Zhou Ruogo

Travel seven hours by car in a Southwest direction from Shanghai and you will arrive in Songyang County. The name is unfamiliar to many Chinese people, and even more foreign to those living abroad. The county consists of about 400 villages, from Shicang to Damushan.

Here, undulating lush green terraces hug the sides of Songyin river valley, itself the one serpentine movement uniting the lands. Follow the river and you will see: here, a Brown Sugar Factory; there, a Bamboo Theatre; and on the other side, a stone Hakka Museum built recently but laid by methods so old, even the town masons had to learn these ways for the first time, as if they were modern methods, as if they were revolutionary.

Can Architecture Save China’s Rural Villages? DnA’s Xu Tiantian Thinks So, Bamboo Theatre. Image © Wang Ziling
Bamboo Theatre. Image © Wang Ziling

And maybe they are. Songyang County, otherwise known as the “Last Hidden Land in Jiangnan,” may look like a traditional Chinese painting with craggy rock faces, rice fields and tea plantations, but it has also become a model example of rural renaissance. Beijing architect Xu Tiantian, of the firm DnA_Design and Architecture, has spent years surveying the villages of Songyang, talking to local County officials and residents, and coming up with what she calls “architectural acupunctures.”

Brown Sugar Factory. Image © Wang Ziling Teahouse, Damushan Tea Valley. Image © Chen Hao Teahouse, Damushan Tea Valley. Image © Jiang Xiaodong Bamboo Pavilion. Image © Zhou Ruogo Bamboo Pavilion. Image © Zhou Ruogo Bridge at Shimen Village. Image © Han Dan Bridge at Shimen Village. Image © Wang Ziling Bridge at Shimen Village. Image © Wang Ziling Wang Jing Memorial Hall. Image © Wang Ziling + 70

Lost&Found Store / C+ Architects

20:00 - 6 April, 2018
© Zhi Xia
© Zhi Xia

© Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia + 19

  • Interiors Designers

  • Location

    21 Xi Da Wang Nan Lu, Chaoyang, Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Yanchun Chen
  • Area

    205.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Song Art Museum / Vermilion Zhou Design Group

22:00 - 4 April, 2018
© Zhi Xia
© Zhi Xia

© Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia + 39

A Tale of Misplaced Trust in News Media Wins 2018 Fairy Tales Competition

14:20 - 3 April, 2018
A Tale of Misplaced Trust in News Media Wins 2018 Fairy Tales Competition, 1st Place: Deep Pool That Never Dries. Image Courtesy of Blank Space
1st Place: Deep Pool That Never Dries. Image Courtesy of Blank Space

Blank Space, in collaboration with The National Building Museum, has announced winners of their fifth annual Fairy Tales competition, unveiled in front of a live audience at the Washington D.C. National Building Museum. The competition saw submissions from 65 countries, with 3 prize winners, a runner-up, and 9 honorable mentions chosen for their exploration of current events and the creative process through well-crafted short stories and artwork. The winners were chosen by a jury of 20 leading architects, including Daniel Libeskind, Bjarke Ingels, and Maria Aiolova.

Renovation of the Multi-Function Hall in Central Academy of Fine Arts / Architecture School of CAFA

00:00 - 2 April, 2018
Renovation of the Multi-Function Hall in Central Academy of Fine Arts / Architecture School of CAFA, Interior Hall. Image © Weiqi Jin
Interior Hall. Image © Weiqi Jin

Entrance. Image © Weiqi Jin Lobby. Image © Weiqi Jin Bathroom. Image © Weiqi Jin Detail. Image © Weiqi Jin + 25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
  • Designers

    Wenqiang Han, Yang Zhao
  • Area

    1400.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

BRIC Art Space / maison h

19:00 - 26 March, 2018

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

Mind Space / Penda

20:00 - 24 March, 2018

© Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia + 41

  • Interiors Design

  • Location

    Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
  • Lead Designers

    Dayong Sun, Shuyan Wan, Chris Precht
  • Design Team

    Yuhong Xie, Xu Wen, Pengchong Li, Rongsheng Chen, Zizhi Yu, Mingxue Sun
  • Lighting Design

    Jiuge Lighting, Haiyan Zhu
  • Area

    570.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photography

    Zhi Xia

Cofco Plaza Renovation / KOKAISTUDIOS

20:00 - 23 March, 2018
Cofco Plaza Renovation / KOKAISTUDIOS, © Seth Powers
© Seth Powers

© Seth Powers © Seth Powers © Seth Powers © Seth Powers + 27

  • Architects

  • Location

    No. 8 Jianguomen inner street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China
  • Lead Architects

    Filippo Gabbiani, Andrea Destefanis
  • Architecture Design Director

    Wei Li
  • Interior Design Director

    Rake Wang
  • Design Team

    Zhantao Qin, Eva Maria Paz Taibo, Daniele Pepe, Kasia Gorecka, Marta Pinheiro, Rebecca Huang
  • LDI

    China Building Technique Group Co., Ltd
  • Area

    49000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Beijing Cultural Innovation Park / COBBLESTONE DESIGN

20:00 - 18 March, 2018
Beijing Cultural Innovation Park / COBBLESTONE DESIGN, © Yijie Hu
© Yijie Hu

© Yijie Hu © Yijie Hu © Yijie Hu © Yijie Hu + 47

  • Architect

  • Address

    No.9,Ke Yuan Roa ,Daxing District, Beijing, China
  • Lead Architects

    Tingjie (Peter) Liu
  • Design Team

    Tingjie (Peter) Liu, Lianying Qin, Biao Dai
  • Collaborators

    Shanghai Zhongfu Architectural Design Institute
  • Area

    11500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Topwin Center & InterContinental in Beijing / HOK

19:00 - 12 March, 2018
Courtesy of HOK
Courtesy of HOK

Courtesy of HOK Courtesy of HOK Courtesy of HOK Courtesy of HOK + 13

  • Architects

    HOK
  • Location

    Sanlitun, Beijing, China
  • Design Team

    HOK
  • Area

    123000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016

Genesis Skycellar / Superimpose Architecture

18:00 - 7 March, 2018

  • Architects

  • Location

    Xin Yuan Nan Lu, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing,China
  • Architect in Charge

    Carolyn Leung, Ben de Lange, Ruben Bergambagt
  • Design Team

    Carolyn Leung, Ben de Lange, Ruben Bergambagt, Huimin Xie, Yujia Deng, Xiaoyu Xu, Casper Kraai
  • Area

    203.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Courtyard Renovation at the White Pagoda Temple / Tsinghua University School of Architecture + maison h

17:00 - 5 March, 2018
© Martijn de Geus
© Martijn de Geus

© Martijn de Geus © Martijn de Geus © Martijn de Geus © Martijn de Geus + 42

Beijing Area Three Art Museum / CUN Design

20:00 - 3 March, 2018
© Ting Wang, Jin Wang
© Ting Wang, Jin Wang

© Ting Wang, Jin Wang © Ting Wang, Jin Wang © Ting Wang, Jin Wang © Ting Wang, Jin Wang + 50

  • Architects

  • Location

    A No.1 Creative Park, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Shu Cui, Jizhou Wang
  • Interior Architects

    Shu Cui, Wei Wu
  • Design Team

    Xiaoyu Liu, Shijia Ma
  • Area

    2300.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Chaoyang Future School / Crossboundaries

22:00 - 28 February, 2018
Chaoyang Future School / Crossboundaries, © Chaoying Yang
© Chaoying Yang

© Chaoying Yang © Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang + 30

Beijing Capital Museum / AREP

20:00 - 20 February, 2018
Beijing Capital Museum / AREP, © D. Boy de la Tour
© D. Boy de la Tour

© D. Boy de la Tour © D. Boy de la Tour © D. Boy de la Tour © D. Boy de la Tour + 21

BLUFISH restaurant / SODA architects

20:00 - 16 February, 2018
© Xiyu Chen
© Xiyu Chen

© Xiyu Chen © Xiyu Chen © Xiyu Chen © Xiyu Chen + 12

  • Interiors Designers

  • Location

    138 Wang Fu Jing Da Jie, Wangfujing, Dongcheng, Beijing, China
  • Designers in Charge

    Yuan Jiang, Chen Song, Fei Chen
  • Construction

    Shanghai Jin Sheng Building Decoration Engineering Co. Ltd
  • Area

    210.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Layering Courtyard in Beijing / ARCHSTUDIO

20:00 - 12 February, 2018
Layering Courtyard in Beijing / ARCHSTUDIO, Multiple Function Room. Image © CreatAR Images
Multiple Function Room. Image © CreatAR Images

Looking Down. Image © CreatAR Images Entrance. Image © CreatAR Images Multiple Function Hall. Image © CreatAR Images Night View. Image © Jin Weiqi + 59

  • Architects

  • Location

    Qianmen, Beijing, China
  • Design Team

    Wenqiang Han, Tao Huang
  • Area

    530.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

The Renovation of a Hutong House / Chaoffice

21:50 - 7 February, 2018
The Renovation of a Hutong House / Chaoffice, © Zhi Cheng, Wen Hou
© Zhi Cheng, Wen Hou

© Zhi Cheng, Wen Hou © Zhi Cheng, Wen Hou © Zhi Cheng, Wen Hou © Zhi Cheng, Wen Hou + 23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Zhi Cheng
  • Area

    28.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs