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Centre Pompidou Acquires 12 Architectural Models by MAD Architects

09:00 - 25 February, 2019
Centre Pompidou Acquires 12 Architectural Models by MAD Architects, Absolute Towers. Image © Fang Zhenning
Absolute Towers. Image © Fang Zhenning

The Centre Pompidou in Paris has acquired 12 architectural models by MAD Architects, depicting 10 significant projects undertaken by the firm. Each model embodies MAD’s core values that “look to envisioning a futuristic architecture that is akin to dream-like earthscapes – one that creates a conversation with nature, the earth, and the sky.”

The collection, permanently acquired by the Pompidou, represents projects developed by MAD between 2005 and the present day, demonstrating the evolution of the firm’s design process. The Pompidou has become the first major European cultural institution to acquire such a collection of MAD’s work, on display in an exhibition beginning in April 2019.

Clover House. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects East 34th. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (Chicago). Image © Shu He Pingtan Art Museum. Image © Shu He + 13

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

09:30 - 9 May, 2018
Atelier Deshaus: "The Idea Is Not to Create an Object But to Construct a Path", Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai, 2014. Image © Shengliang Su
Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai, 2014. Image © Shengliang Su

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

Ma Yansong: “Some People May Say My Work Is Futuristic, But I See It as Traditional”

09:30 - 30 March, 2018
Ma Yansong: “Some People May Say My Work Is Futuristic, But I See It as Traditional”, Huangshan Mountain Village. Image © Hufton + Crow
Huangshan Mountain Village. Image © Hufton + Crow

With the unconventional, undulating forms of his buildings—and the fact that his path to architectural success included a stint working for Zaha HadidMa Yansong is often miscategorized as an architect of the latter generation of Deconstructivists, interested only in futuristic forms that push the boundaries of technology for the sake of innovation as an end in itself. But in fact Ma’s designs, especially those in his home country of China, are deeply rooted in nature and tradition, as he explains in the latest interview from Vladimir Belogolovsky’s “City of Ideas” series.

Chaoyang Park Plaza. Image © Hufton + Crow Harbin Opera House. Image © Iwan Baan Huangshan Mountain Village. Image © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG Absolute Towers. Image © Iwan Baan + 93

The 50 Most Popular Architecture Photographs of 2017

12:00 - 7 January, 2018
The 50 Most Popular Architecture Photographs of 2017, © Shu He
© Shu He

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.

Spotlight: Steven Holl

12:00 - 9 December, 2017
Spotlight: Steven Holl, Linked Hybrid. Image © Iwan Baan
Linked Hybrid. Image © Iwan Baan

As the founder of Steven Holl Architects, Steven Holl (born December 9, 1947) is recognized as one of the world's leading architects, having received prestigious awards for his contributions to design over the course of nearly forty years in practice, including the prestigious Alvar Aalto Medal in 1998, the AIA Gold Medal in in 2012, and the 2014 Praemium Imperiale. In 1991, Time Magazine named Holl America's Best Architect. He is revered for his ability to harness light to create structures with remarkable sensitivity to their locations, while his written works have been published in many preeminent volumes, sometimes collaborating with world-renowned architectural thinkers such as Juhani Pallasmaa and Alberto Pérez-Gómez.

Linked Hybrid. Image © Iwan Baan       Sliced Porosity Block. Image © Hufton+Crow Nanjing Sifang Art Museum. Image ©  SHU He Campbell Sports Center. Image © Iwan Baan       + 26

Huangshan Mountain Village / MAD Architects

17:00 - 13 November, 2017
Huangshan Mountain Village / MAD Architects, © Shu He
© Shu He

© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu + 21

Videos: 16 Top Architects Discuss China's "Museum Boom"

16:30 - 26 September, 2016
Videos: 16 Top Architects Discuss China's "Museum Boom", Ordos Art & City Museum / MAD Architects. Image © Shu He
Ordos Art & City Museum / MAD Architects. Image © Shu He

Currently on display at the Aedes Architecture Forum Berlin, "ZÀI XĪNG TǓ MÙ: Sixteen Chinese Museums, Fifteen Chinese Architects," takes an in-depth look at China’s recent museum boom and its effects on the socio-political and cultural landscape of modern China.

As part of the exhibition, filmmaker Moritz Dirks sat down with 16 of the top architects working in China today, including Wang Shu, Dang Qun of MAD Architects, and Zhu Pei of Studio Pei-Zhu, to discuss the challenges of creating cultural spaces that relate both to the global, digital, urban contexts of the contemporary world and to the strong heritage and identity of Chinese culture.

Continue after the break for the 16 interviews.

Janzi Box / Spark Architects

20:00 - 22 October, 2015
Janzi Box / Spark Architects, © Shu He
© Shu He

© Shu He © Shu He © Shu He © Shu He + 17

Hangzhou Xiaoshan Linjiang Local Council Service Centre / BAU

20:00 - 29 September, 2015
Hangzhou Xiaoshan Linjiang Local Council Service Centre / BAU, © SHU He
© SHU He

© SHU He © SHU He © SHU He © SHU He + 33

  • Architects

    BAU
  • Location

    Xiao Shan
  • Category

  • Project Architect

    James Brearley
  • Design Team

    James Brearley, Zhang Yi, Lan Han, Xiao Ye, Cipher, Ye Guocong, Richard Tam
  • Landscape Team

    Fang Qun, Huang Fang, Lu Yinghong, Wang Hao, Xiong Juan
  • Area

    13807.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

An Interview With Chen Yifeng, Deshaus

10:30 - 6 May, 2015
Long Museum West Bund / Atelier Deshaus. Image © Xia Zhi
Long Museum West Bund / Atelier Deshaus. Image © Xia Zhi

“We use two aspects to express architecture: Qing [emotion], Jing [pattern]. Jing is the architectural pattern that we apply, to certify the living and working style, to consider what our architecture can bring. Another thing is the relationship between architecture and the site, the city and nature. Ancient Chinese dwellings are usually enclosed by walls, creating an introverted space. This is the second aspect Qing, more related to traditional customs, aesthetics, and our attitude towards the environment and nature. The enclosed space originates from our interpretation of Qing. What we have captured about the ancient spirit of aesthetics is a kind of uncertainty, a kind of blurry and ambiguous feeling.”
- Chen Yifeng, Shanghai, 2013

Long Museum West Bund / Atelier Deshaus. Image © Xia Zhi Kindergarten of Jiading New Town / Atelier Deshaus. Image © Shu He Spiral Gallery / Atelier Deshaus. Image © Shu He Youth Center of Qingpu / Atelier Deshaus. Image © Yao Li + 20

Vanke Daxing Sales Gallery / Spark Architects

01:00 - 13 November, 2014
Vanke Daxing Sales Gallery / Spark Architects, © Shu He
© Shu He

© Shu He © Shu He © Shu He © Shu He + 36

  • Architects

  • Location

    Daxing, Beijing, China
  • Category

  • Project Director

    Jan Felix Clostermann
  • Project Architect

    Christian Taeubert
  • Team

    Hua Ye, Karl Nyqvist, Ben de Lange, Ali Yildrim, Duarte Nuno Silva, Katarzyna Irzyk, Huan Wang, Nuno Cardoso Dias, Elaine Kwong, Bing Han (landscape concept design)
  • Area

    391000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Australian Institute of Architects Awards Best Overseas Projects by Australian Architects

00:00 - 24 July, 2014
Australian Institute of Architects Awards Best Overseas Projects by Australian Architects, Stonehenge Exhibition + Visitor Centre / Denton Corker Marshall. Image © James Davies
Stonehenge Exhibition + Visitor Centre / Denton Corker Marshall. Image © James Davies

The Australian Institute of Architects' International Area Committee Jury has announced the recipients of its 2014 international awards, given to projects completed by Australian architects overseas. The biggest winners on the night were Denton Corker Marshall, who in addition to winning the Award for Public Architecture with their Stonehenge Visitor Centre also received commendations for public architecture and commercial architecture.

BVN Donovan Hill dominated in the field of interior architecture, scooping both the award and a commendation in the category. Kerry Hill Architects also achieved the same result in the residential category. Read on after the break for the full list of awards and commendations.

Asia Square / Denton Corker Marshall. Image © John Gollings PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore / WOHA. Image © Patrick Bingham Hall The Sukhothai Residences / Kerry Hill Architects. Image © Albert Lim Shelter@Rainforest / Marra + Yeh Architects. Image © Brett Boardman + 12

Jiangyin Primary & Secondary School / BAU Brearley Architects + Urbanists

01:00 - 14 July, 2014
Jiangyin Primary & Secondary School / BAU Brearley Architects + Urbanists, © Shu He
© Shu He

© Shu He © Shu He © Shu He © Shu He + 19

Suzhou School / BAU Brearley Architects + Urbanists

01:00 - 11 July, 2014
Suzhou School / BAU Brearley Architects + Urbanists, © Shu He
© Shu He

© Shu He © Shu He © Shu He © Shu He + 9

  • Architects

  • Location

    Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    James Brearley, Fang Qun, Jiang Han, ,Lin Donghui, Richard Tam, Olga Mladenovic, Nicky Chang, Mao Jie, Zhou Yinying, Chen Lei
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

Hangzhou Duolan Commercial Complex / BAU Brearley Architects + Urbanists

01:00 - 8 July, 2014
Hangzhou Duolan Commercial Complex / BAU Brearley Architects + Urbanists, © Shu He
© Shu He

© Shu He © Shu He © Shu He © Shu He + 14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Xiasha, Jianggan, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Category

  • Archtiecture Team

    Jiang Han, James Brearley, Huang Fan, Lin Youzhen, Zhen Lili, Cao Xizhen
  • Landscape Team

    Huang Fang, Xiong Juan, Li Shuyun
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

ArchDaily Editors Select 20 Amazing 21st Century Museums

01:00 - 18 May, 2014
ArchDaily Editors Select 20 Amazing 21st Century Museums

In honor of International Museum Day we’ve collected twenty fascinating museums well worth visiting again. In this round up you’ll find classics - such as Bernard Tschumi Architects' New Acropolis Museum and Zaha Hadid Architects' MAXXI Museum - as well as lesser-known gems - such as Medieval Museum, the Natural History Museum of Utah by Ennead, and the Muritzeum by Wingårdhs. See all of our editors' favorites after the break!

Fuzhou Wusibei Thaihot Plaza / Spark Architects

01:00 - 1 May, 2014
Fuzhou Wusibei Thaihot Plaza / Spark Architects, © Shu He
© Shu He

© Shu He © Shu He © Shu He © Shu He + 30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Fuzhou, Fujian, China
  • Category

  • Project Director

    Jan Felix Clostermann Team: Mingyin Tan, Christian Taeubert, Jian Yun Wu, Ben de Lange, Emer Loraine, Wang Haiyan Leo Micolta, Cary Cheng Client: Thaihot Group
  • Area

    300000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Round Up: Made in China

00:00 - 28 April, 2014
Round Up: Made in China, Ordos Art & City Museum by MAD Architects / © Shu He
Ordos Art & City Museum by MAD Architects / © Shu He

"I have to believe that one day, the only people doing architecture in China will be Chinese architects. That’s one trend I watch, because I’m not a Chinese architect!" This is the declaration Ben Woods, an American architect living and working in China, made during a recent interview with Forbes. In honour of his prediction, work, and personal commitment to never design a skyscraper, we've rounded up a list of fitting cultural projects in China by Chinese architects. See Pritzker Prize winner Wang Shu's Ningbo Historic Museum, MAD Architect's Ordos Art & City Museum, the Jinchang Cultural Centre, the Oct Design Museum, and the Spiral Gallery II. For more information on this post's inspiration, check out the full interview and article here.