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Built Nature: When Architecture Challenges Human Scale

Going beyond human scale is not a novelty. For centuries, builders, engineers, and architects have been creating monumental edifices to mark spirituality or political power. Larger than life palaces, governmental buildings, or temples have always attracted people’s admiration and reverence, nourishing the still not fully comprehensible obsession with large scale builds.

Nowadays, some of the largest and most impressive structures relate less to religious or governmental functions and seem to be turning towards more cultural programs. Most importantly though, today’s grandiose works are generally and openly imitative of Nature.

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Longgang Chuangtou Headquarters Tower / URBANUS

Part of east view. Image © Alex ChanPart of north view. Image © Alex ChanPart of east view. Image © Alex ChanInterior. Image © Alex Chan+ 43

  • Architects: URBANUS
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  233000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

Pingshan Performing Arts Center / OPEN Architecture

From public promenade to the roof garden. Image © Jonathan LeijonhufvudPublic promenade view from the neighborhood. Image © Jonathan LeijonhufvudOutdoor theater at the northwest corner. Image © Jonathan LeijonhufvudOutdoor theater. Image © Tianpei Zeng+ 40

  • Architects: OPEN Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  23542
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

Floating Archipelago, Pedestrian Bridge Design / FCHA

aerial view. Image © Tianpei Zengaerial view. Image © Tianpei ZengPleasure island. Image © Tianpei ZengVitality island. Image © Tianpei Zeng+ 25

  • Architects: FCHA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  10000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

Holy Fire Lit Place for the Second China National Youth Games 2019 / URBANUS

Holy Fire Lit Place for the Second China National Youth Games 2019. Image © Baiqiang Caomountain top exhibition hall. Image © Baiqiang Caonew fire platform. Image © Tianpei Zengnight view. Image © Baiqiang Cao+ 22

  • Architects: URBANUS
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  980
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

Tips for Using Rainwater in Architectural Projects

The total amount of water on our planet has, theoretically, stayed the same since earth's formation. It's possible that the glass of water you drank earlier contains particles that once ran down the Ganges River, passed through the digestive system of a dinosaur, or even cooled a nuclear reactor. Of course, before it quenched your thirst, this water evaporated and fell as rain millions of times. Water can be polluted or misused, but never created or destroyed. According to a UNESCO study, it is estimated that the Earth contains about 1386 million cubic kilometers of water. However, 97.5% of this amount is saline water and only 2.5% is fresh water. Of this fresh water, most (68.7%) takes the form of permanent ice and snow in Antarctica, the Arctic, and in mountainous regions. Another 29.9% exists as groundwater. Ultimately, only 0.26% of the total amount of fresh water on Earth is available in lakes, reservoirs, and watersheds, where it is easily accessible for the world's economic and vital needs. With the population steadily increasing, especially in urban areas, several countries have already had severe problems with providing the necessary amount of drinking water to their populations.

Shenzhen Shenwan Street Park / AUBE CONCEPTION

jogging path. Image © Tianpei Zengaqueduct waterscape. Image © Tianpei Zengskateboard ground. Image © Tianpei Zenglawn night view with water ripple lighting. Image © Tianpei Zeng+ 20

Shenzhen, China
  • Architects: AUBE CONCEPTION
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  11643
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

Hercules Ecosystem Supply Chain / CAPA & Yizhou Design

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Shenzhen Longhua Book City / Atelier Global

Reading Hall. Image © Tianpei Zengatrium. Image © Tianpei ZengReading Hall. Image © Tianpei ZengCultural Hall. Image © Tianpei Zeng+ 21

  • Architects: Atelier Global
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  45500
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

Shenzhen North Station Huide Tower / HPP

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Shenzhen, China
  • Architects: HPP
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  173470
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

SHUM YIP UpperHills LOFT / URBANUS

aerial view from northeast. Image © Tianpei Zenggeneral view. Image © Tianpei Zengpartial aerial view. Image © Tianpei Zenginner street. Image © Tianpei Zeng+ 37

  • Architects: URBANUS
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  105000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018