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Dwelling in Hutong / MINOR lab

office space. Image © Hao Chen guestroom. Image © Hao Chen courtyard view. Image © Hao Chen view from roof top to the courtyard (in autumn). Image © Yichi Wang + 31

Beijing, China
  • Architects: MINOR lab
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 115.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Philip Yuan of Archi-Union Architects: "The Process of Construction can be Elevated to Art Performance"

Though the understated Swiss and British Pavilions were the big (and perhaps overly literal) winners at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale investigating Freespace, it was the Chinese that put their relentless architectural progress on display. Nestled in the back of the Arsenale, the Chinese Pavilion presented dozens of built works all around Chinese countryside, each project demonstrating a meaningful social impact through the involvement of villagers in the production process. Among the most visible Chinese architects presenting at the pavilion was Shanghai-based educator and practitioner Philip Yuan, whose office Archi-Union Architects has become a major voice in the already-distinctive contemporary Chinese architecture scene.

On 19 July, 2018 curator Vladimir Belogolovsky will join gallerist and curator Ulrich Müller to discuss Philip Yuan’s work at the opening of Archi-Union Architects Collaborative Laboratory exhibition at Architektur Galerie Berlin. Belogolovsky’s interview with Philip Yuan follows after the break:

Songjiang Art Campus, Shanghai / Archi-Union Architects. Image Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects The office of Archi-Union Architects in Shanghai. . Image Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects Lanxiting, Chengdu / Archi-Union Architects. Image © SHEN Zhonghai + 24

Revitalizing Theatrical Hutongscape / MINOR lab

side view of office space at ground level. Image © Hao Chen exhibition space. Image © Yi-Chi Wang view from exhibition space to office through courtyard. Image © Hao Chen front view from hutong. Image © Hao Chen + 48

Beijing, China
  • Architects: MINOR lab
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 255.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Pingtian Village Center / DnA

Interior. Image © Ziling Wang
Interior. Image © Ziling Wang

© Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang + 36

Lishui, China
  • Architects: DnA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 308.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2015

Atelier Deshaus: "The Idea Is Not to Create an Object But to Construct a Path"

In China's newly emerging constellation of famed architects, few firms elicit the sense of surprise caused by the work of Atelier Deshaus. With projects ranging from awe-inspiring to humble, their work does not adhere to any stylistic rules, but all of their projects exude an enigmatic aura. In this interview, the latest in Vladimir Belogolovsky’s “City of Ideas” series, principals Liu Yichun and Chen Yifeng discuss the role of identity in their work and how they try to connect their buildings to the landscape.

Vladimir Belogolovsky: Is it true that you each design different projects in the studio? Why is that?

Liu Yichun: This has been true since 2010. Before that we always designed everything together. We used to have endless discussions and too many disagreements and arguments. That’s why we decided to pursue two parallel paths. This approach led to greater efficiency and it helped us to formulate clearer ideas of our independent views of architecture. It also helps us to diversify our work and to avoid forming one recognizable style.

Chen Yifeng: It is important for us to express our solutions differently, even though, fundamentally, we are working in one direction and pursuing one family of ideas.

Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai, 2014. Image © Shengliang Su Kindergarten of Jiading New Town, Shanghai, 2008. Image © Shu He Spiral Gallery I, Shanghai, 2011. Image © Shu He Huaxin Wisdom Hub, Shanghai, 2015. Image © Hao Chen + 28

Damushan Valley Teahouse / DnA

© Ziling Wang © Hao Chen © Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang + 28

  • Architects: DnA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 478.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2015

Lens Office / TAO - Trace Architecture Office

South Elevation. Image © Hao Chen Exhibition Room (Unfolded). Image © Hao Chen 2nd Floor Working Area. Image © Hao Chen Window Sill Lounge. Image © Hao Chen + 67

Chaoyang Qu, China

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

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.

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

Vanke Experimental Kindergarten / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects

Greenland & Building volume strung on the corridor. Image © Hao Chen Main entrance courtyard. Image © Hao Chen Triangle atrium skylight. Image © Hao Chen Inward main entrance, leaving space for picking up children. Image © Siyu Zhu + 42

Shanghai, China

Tongji University Affiliate Elementary School / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects

Aerial. Image © Hao Chen Teaching building. Image © Hao Chen Passages and courtyards. Image © CreatAR Images Stepped turf and landscape. Image © Hao Chen + 78

Lost Villa Boutique Hotel in Yucun / NATURALBUILD

Roof Lounge Chair and the Pool. Image © Hao Chen Lobby View North-eastwards From Corridor on 2nd Floor. Image © Hao Chen Large Window View Towards the Old Camphor From VIP Table in Restaurant. Image © Hao Chen Café and the Main Building. Image © Hao Chen + 46

德清, China
  • Architects: NATURALBUILD
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1491.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

ZhangJiang IC Harbor Phase I / Atelier Archmixing + Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects

Main entrance. Image © Hao Chen Connect the two green courtyards with three-story-height elevated space. Image © Hao Chen Rest verandah. Image © Hao Chen Aerial. Image © Hao Chen + 25

Shanghai, China

Wujiachang Kindergarten / Atelier Fronti

© Hao Chen © Hao Chen © Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi + 39

Haidian Qu, China
  • Architects: Atelier Fronti
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 2300.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2016

The 50 Most Popular Architecture Photographs of 2017

At ArchDaily, we're lucky enough to know a fantastic network of architecture professionals, allowing us to share the world's best architecture with our audience. But our articles wouldn't be the same without the many photographers who dedicate themselves to making incredible, inspiring images. For that reason, here we present the 50 most popular architecture images of 2017.

Hidden Valley House / SU Architects

© Yilong Zhao © Yilong Zhao © Yilong Zhao © Xuguo Tang + 46

  • Architects: SU Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 800.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Architect's Studio / Atelier TAO+C

© Su Sheng Liang © Su Sheng Liang © Chen Hao © Chen Hao + 34

Shanghai, China
  • Architects: Atelier TAO+C
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 77.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Plot C - Auto Innovation Park / Atelier Z+

© Yijie Hu © Yijie Hu © Yijie Hu © Hao Chen + 157

  • Architects: Atelier Z+
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 47171.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2016

20 Amazing Images of Architecture as Seen from the Sky: The Best Photos of the Week

This week we have prepared a special selection of 20 images of architecture as seen from the sky. This style of image, made possible by the emergence of drones, is increasingly used in architectural photography. It makes it possible to understand, in a single image, the totality of a project, and to see how the project interacts with the context in which it is immersed. Read on to see a selection of renowned photographers such as Hufton + Crow, Fernando Guerra, NAARO, and Jesús Granada.

© Takumi Ota © Steve Troes Fotodesign © Barbara Vetter, Vincent Heiland © Felipe Díaz Contardo + 20