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The History of the Penrose Stair and its Influence on Design

Stairs in architecture are oftentimes a design focal point- the heavyhandedness in creating something that moves us from one level to the next, up and down repeatedly, something so simple and familiar with a twist is what makes the experience of traversing a stair so unique. Our obsession with stairs and the level of illusion that they create in architecture perhaps stems from the way that they’re able to twist the optics and perceptions of space. We understand that they transport us in one direction or another, but can stairs ever be circular? Is it possible to go up and down for eternity? 

Best Modern Examples of Ancient Courtyard Renovations in China

Chinese courtyard houses are one of the most common housing typologies spanning all the way from the northern capital of Beijing to the poetic southern cities Hangzhou and back to the picturesque regions of Yunnan. Typically referred as heyuan, these courtyards homes are simply a “yard enclosed on four sides."

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Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center / NBBJ

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  • Architects: NBBJ
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  400000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2019
  • Professionals : Buro Happold, NBBJ

Shangyin Opera House / Christian de Portzamparc

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Huangpu Qu, China

Conceiving Present Day of Future: A Talk with Zeng Qun

When architecture has been evolving within the context of “Chinese characteristics”, Shanghai as one of the national creative centers provides us with a glimpse of the transformations and the prospects of Chinese contemporary architecture. As a matter of fact, corporations are the main actors in shaping Shanghai’s cityscape, among which state-owned design groups play a significant role. As the chief architect of Tongji Architectural Design, Zeng Qun stays in the core of an institutional power with many large-scale built projects and has been experiencing the evolving of contemporary architecture in China. In the following excerpt from a conversation between Zeng Qun and the author, he talks about the corporation situation, the development process, the personal standpoint, and more.

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Shortlist for the 2018 Architectural Photography Awards Revealed

The shortlist for the 2018 Architectural Photography Awards have been revealed, bringing together 20 atmospheric images of the built environment. Categories this year ranged from a “portfolio of an individual building to a single abstract: with a professional camera or on a mobile phone.”

The 2018 edition saw a record number of entries, with photographs from 47 countries, including the UK (28%), USA (20%), Germany (6%), and China (5%). The 20 photographs were selected from four categories: exteriors, interiors, sense of place, and buildings in use.

123+ Growth Center / Wutopia Lab

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  • Architects: Wutopia Lab
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  467
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2016
  • Professionals : Lin Decoration

Neobio Family Park / X+Living

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  • Interior Designers: X+Living
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  3000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2016
  • Professionals : XiangCASA

The World Expo Museum / ECADI

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Prix Versailles Celebrates 12 Projects for Their Outstanding Commercial Architecture

The international Prix Versailles Committee has announced the recipients of its annual awards celebrating built commercial architecture. The awards were held at the UNESCO World Headquarters, with recipients hailing from 6 regions around the world. Chaired by the Mayor of Versailles François de Mazières, the international jury included architects Manuelle Gautrand, Toyo Ito, Wang Shu, and acclaimed chef Guy Laroche.

The 12 World Titles are awarded in 4 top categories: stores, shopping malls, hotels and restaurants. The winners were selected from a diverse range of 70 regional winners already present in the ceremony.

Check out the gallery of the 12 winners below:

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14 Shades of Red: Projects to Fall in Love With on Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!

We've affectionately rounded up 14 projects that use the power of the color most associated to love, passion, joy, sexuality and intensity: red

JOOOS Fitting Room / X+Living

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Hangzhou, China
  • Interior Designers: X+Living
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  1850
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2016

Wheat Youth Arts Hotel / X+Living

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  • Interior Designers: X+Living
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  4500

Zhongshuge Bookstore / Li Xiang

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Shanghai, China
  • Architects: Li Xiang
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  1000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2016

Yangzhou Zhongshuge / Li Xiang

Yangzhou, China
  • Architects: Li Xiang
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  1000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2016

Instant Red / Wutopia Lab

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Suzhou, China
  • Architects: Wutopia Lab
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  100
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2015

One Person Gallery / Wutopia Lab

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Shanghai, China