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Han Wenqiang of ARCHSTUDIO: “Let’s Call My Work the Art of Coordination”

09:30 - 24 May, 2018
Han Wenqiang of ARCHSTUDIO: “Let’s Call My Work the Art of Coordination”, Tea House in Hutong, 2015. Image © Wang Ning
Tea House in Hutong, 2015. Image © Wang Ning

Throughout the work of Beijing-based practice ARCHSTUDIO, there is a constant feeling of sensitivity to culture and history. That is not to say that the firm’s designs are not modern—far from it in fact—but that the work of founder Han Wenqiang infuses modern materials and forms with a distinctly Chinese sensibility, that is just as apparent in his designs for a food packaging facility as it is in a Buddhist shrine (incidentally, both designs which won ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards, in 2017 and 2018 respectively). In the latest interview from his “City of Ideas” series, Vladimir Belogolovsky speaks to Han about whether architecture is an art form and what it means to create “Chinese” architecture in the 21st century.

Haitang Villa, 2015. Image © Magic Penny Tangshan Organic Farm, 2015. Image © Jin Weiqi Twisting Courtyard, 2017. Image © Wang Ning, Jin Weiqi Waterside Buddhist Shrine, 2017. Image © Wang Ning, Jin Weiqi + 53

Explore These Architecturally Innovative Bookcases

06:00 - 23 April, 2018
Explore These Architecturally Innovative Bookcases, © Ossip van Duivenbode
© Ossip van Duivenbode

At first, books were kept in chests but as they became published in bulk they moved into the cupboard. The doors came off and the bookcase began to evolve. Today, bookcases can be integral architectural elements that shape space and, in some cases, even light. In celebration of International Day of the Book on April 23rd, ArchDaily compiled this round-up of architecturally, innovative bookcases.

Scroll down to see inventive architectural book storage from Alberto KalachARCHSTUDIOToyo Ito, and more. 

Courtesy of Alberto Kalach © Tsukui Teruaki © Dirk Weiblen © Jaime Navarro + 17

The Best Chinese Architecture of 2017

06:00 - 22 February, 2018
The Best Chinese Architecture of 2017, ArchDaily China's Best Projects of 2017
ArchDaily China's Best Projects 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.

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

Winners of the 2018 Building of the Year Awards

23:00 - 7 February, 2018
Winners of the 2018 Building of the Year Awards

With nearly 100,000 votes cast during the last two weeks, we are happy to present the winners of the 2018 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards. This peer-based, crowdsourced architecture award showcases projects chosen by ArchDaily readers who filtered thousands of projects down to the 15 best works featured on ArchDaily in 2017.

2017 Wood Design & Building Award Winners Announced

16:00 - 27 January, 2018

Jurors looked for submissions which were not only aesthetic but also pushed the perceived limitations of wood construction.

15 Houses and Their Inhabitants: The Best Photos of the Week

11:00 - 8 October, 2017
Cortesía de Atelier Vens Vanbelle
Cortesía de Atelier Vens Vanbelle

© Toby Scott © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Sasha Juliard © Isaac Ramírez Marín + 16

We are accustomed to seeing photographs in which architecture is recorded without any occupants, or perhaps captured only with models who give scale to the spaces shown. However, in recent years architectural photographers have increasingly decided to humanize the houses they document, presenting not only their architecture, but also those who inhabit these buildings. In this week's best photos, we present a selection of 15 houses captured by renowned photographers such as Luc RoymansAdrien Williams and Fernando Schapochnik.

Rockery for Play—Poly WeDo Art Education / ARCHSTUDIO

00:00 - 4 September, 2017
Rockery for Play—Poly WeDo Art Education / ARCHSTUDIO, © Wang Ning
© Wang Ning

© Wang Ning © Wang Ning © Wang Ning © Wang Ning + 30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Damei Central, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
  • Design Team

    Han Wen-Qiang, Song Hui-Zhong, Li Yun-Tao
  • Area

    770.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Lily Nails Salon / ARCHSTUDIO

19:00 - 16 August, 2017
Lily Nails Salon / ARCHSTUDIO, © Weiqi Jin
© Weiqi Jin

© Weiqi Jin © Weiqi Jin © Weiqi Jin © Weiqi Jin + 16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Fulllink Plaza, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
  • Design Team

    Wenqiang Han, Huizhong Song
  • Area

    60.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Beijing Space of Lace Pattern—Lily Nails Salon / ARCHSTUDIO

19:00 - 3 August, 2017
Beijing Space of Lace Pattern—Lily Nails Salon / ARCHSTUDIO, © Jin Weiqi
© Jin Weiqi

© Jin Weiqi © Jin Weiqi © Jin Weiqi © Jin Weiqi + 16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Blue Harbor, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
  • Design team

    Han Wenqiang, Wang Xiaoting
  • Text

    Han Wenqiang
  • Area

    100.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017

Twisting Courtyard / ARCHSTUDIO

20:00 - 14 June, 2017
Twisting Courtyard / ARCHSTUDIO, Courtyard. Image © Wang Ning, Jin Weiqi
Courtyard. Image © Wang Ning, Jin Weiqi

Kitchen. Image © Wang Ning, Jin Weiqi Entrance turn. Image © Wang Ning, Jin Weiqi Room - tearoom mode. Image © Wang Ning, Jin Weiqi Details. Image © Wang Ning, Jin Weiqi + 32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Design Team

    Han Wenqiang, Huang Tao
  • Main Materials

    Gray brick, oak panels
  • Area

    161.5 m2
  • Project Year

    2017

Lit Up: 16 Projects Illuminated by Skylights

06:00 - 30 May, 2017
Lit Up: 16 Projects Illuminated by Skylights, Courtesy of ARCHSTUDIO
Courtesy of ARCHSTUDIO

North light, south light, warm light and cool light – the diversity of skylights mean they can illuminate any space. Both a window and a ceiling, the hybrid nature of a skylight enables it to be a key element used in architectural spaces. The cool light of a north skylight is instrumental in creating a space to focus and work, while its south-facing counterpart lights up a space with that golden glow. Through its flexibility also come opportunities for expression, from its shape to its angle. Is a skylight a ribbon weaving through a roof panel? Or is it a series of dotted openings creating a mosaic of daylight on the floor? Check out these 16 examples of contemporary spaces lit by this key element below:

Waterside Buddist Shrine / ARCHSTUDIO

02:00 - 9 May, 2017
Waterside Buddist Shrine / ARCHSTUDIO, Courtesy of ARCHSTUDIO
Courtesy of ARCHSTUDIO

Courtesy of ARCHSTUDIO Courtesy of ARCHSTUDIO EntranceCourtesy of ARCHSTUDIO Courtesy of ARCHSTUDIO + 49

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tangshan, Hebei, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Wenqiang Han
  • Architectural Design

    Zhao Jiang, Xiaoming Li
  • Area

    169.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017

The 16 Stories Behind the 2017 Building of the Year Award Winners

09:30 - 16 February, 2017
The 16 Stories Behind the 2017 Building of the Year Award Winners

After two weeks of nominations and voting, last week we announced the 16 winners of the 2017 Building of the Year Awards. In addition to providing inspiration, information, and tools for architecture lovers from around the world, ArchDaily seeks to offer a platform for the many diverse and global voices in the architecture community. In this year's Building of the Year Awards that range of voices was once again on display, with 75,000 voters from around the world offering their selections to ultimately select 16 winners from over 3,000 published projects.

Behind each of those projects are years of research, design, and labor. In the spirit of the world's most democratic architecture award, we share the stories behind the 16 buildings that won over our global readership with their urban interventions, humanitarianism, playfulness, and grandeur.

Winners of the 2017 Building of the Year Awards

07:00 - 9 February, 2017
Winners of the 2017 Building of the Year Awards

With two weeks of nominations and voting now complete, we are happy to present the winners of the 2017 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards. As a peer-based, crowdsourced architecture award, these winners were chosen by the collective intelligence of over 75,000 votes from ArchDaily readers around the world, filtering over 3,000 projects down to the 16 best works featured on ArchDaily in 2016.

The winners, as always, include a diversity of architectural output from around the globe. Alongside high-profile, perhaps even predictable winners—who would have bet against BIG's first completed project in New York or Herzog & de Meuron's long-awaited philharmonic hall in Hamburg?—are more niche and surprise winners, from Nicolás Campodonico's off-grid chapel in Argentina to ARCHSTUDIO's organic food factory in China. The list also features some returning favorites such as spaceworkers, whose Casa Cabo de Vila brings them their second win in the housing category, repeating their success from 2015.

In being published on ArchDaily, these 16 exemplary buildings have helped us to continue our mission, bringing inspiration, knowledge, and tools to architects around the world. This award wouldn't be possible without the hundreds of firms that choose to publish their projects with ArchDaily every year, or without those who take part in the voting process to become part of our thousands-strong awards jury. To everyone who took part—either by submitting a project in the past year, or by nominating and voting for candidates in the past weeks—thank you for giving strength to this award. And of course, congratulations to all the winners!

Read on to see the full list of winning projects.

Tangshan Organic Farm / ARCHSTUDIO

21:00 - 3 November, 2016
Tangshan Organic Farm / ARCHSTUDIO, © JIN Wei-Qi
© JIN Wei-Qi

© JIN Wei-Qi © JIN Wei-Qi © JIN Wei-Qi © JIN Wei-Qi + 36

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tangshan, Hebei, China
  • Area

    1720.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016

Helix Garden—Lily Nails Salon / ArchStudio

19:00 - 7 July, 2016
Helix Garden—Lily Nails Salon / ArchStudio, © Jin Weiqi
© Jin Weiqi

© Jin Weiqi © Jin Weiqi © Jin Weiqi © Jin Weiqi + 15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Yau Tang Square, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
  • Design Team

    Han Wen-Qiang, Song Hui-Zhong, Huang Tao
  • Area

    66.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016

Poly WeDo Education Institution / ARCHSTUDIO

20:00 - 20 April, 2016
Poly WeDo Education Institution / ARCHSTUDIO, © Xia Zhi
© Xia Zhi

© Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi + 23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
  • Design Team

    Han Wen-Qiang, Wang Ying, Li Yun-Tao
  • Area

    1300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs