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100 Public Spaces: From Tiny Squares to Urban Parks

06:30 - 3 April, 2019
© DuoCai Photograph
© DuoCai Photograph

© Gianluca Stefani © Thomas Zaar © Tomasz Zakrzewski © Sebastien Michelini + 112

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The key to successfully designing or recovering public spaces is to achieve a series of ingredients that enhance their use as meeting places. Regardless of their scale, some important tips are designing for people's needs, the human scale, a mix of uses, multifunctionality and flexibility, comfort and safety, and integration to the urban fabric.

To give you some ideas on how to design urban furniture, bus stops, lookouts, bridges, playgrounds, squares, sports spaces, small parks and urban parks, check out these 100 notable public spaces.

Indoor Playground (Doubling as Lecture Hall) of Yueyang County No.3 Middle School / SUP Atelier

23:00 - 27 January, 2019
Indoor Playground (Doubling as Lecture Hall) of Yueyang County No.3 Middle School / SUP Atelier, Full view. Image © Xia Zhi
Full view. Image © Xia Zhi

Birdview. Image © Xia Zhi Eastern facade. Image © Xia Zhi Northwest square. Image © Xia Zhi stairs connecting playground and campus. Image © Xia Zhi + 54

  • Architects

  • Location

    Yueyang District, Hunan, China
  • Category

  • Architects Team

    Yehao Song, Xiaojuan Chen, Dan Xie, Jingfen Sun, Surtoo Bai, Yingnan Chu, Dongchen Han, Haowei Yu
  • Collaborators

    Nan Chen, Hongfeng Fei, Xin Tan
  • Clients

    Yueyang County No.3 Middle School
  • Area

    1368.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

MINI LIVING Urban Cabin / Penda

12:20 - 3 October, 2018
MINI LIVING Urban Cabin / Penda, © Xia Zhi
© Xia Zhi

© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi © Laurian Ghinitoiu + 38

18 Fantastic Permeable Facades

12:00 - 23 September, 2018
© Hiroyuki Oki
© Hiroyuki Oki

© Nguyen Thai Thach © Koji Fuji / Nacasa & Partners Inc © Pedro Nuno Pacheco © Gonzalo Viramonte + 20

Recently, a new trend in architecture has emerged: Several of the latest projects highlighted by ArchDaily, including some winners in the Building of the Year Awards, are using permeable facades as an attractive option for their exterior finishes.

Better lighting, ventilation, and visibility are some of the advantages brought by this type of façades. Below is a selection of 15 images from prominent photographers such as Andrés Valbuena, Pedro Nuno Pacheco, and Koji Fuji Nacasa & Partners Inc.

White Pagoda Temple Hutong Courtyard Renovation / B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio

23:00 - 12 July, 2018
White Pagoda Temple Hutong Courtyard Renovation / B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio, © Zhi Xia
© Zhi Xia

No.6 room. Image © Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia No.1 room. Image © Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia + 70

  • Architects

    Shuhei Aoyama, Yoko Fujii, Yang Yujia,Wang Danli
  • Project Location

    No. 14, Gongmenkou 2, Xicheng District, Beijing, China
  • Client

    sth.here
  • Site Area

    246.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographer

    Zhi Xia

Mind Space / Penda

20:00 - 24 March, 2018

© Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia + 41

  • Interiors Design

  • Location

    Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
  • Category

  • Lead Designers

    Dayong Sun, Shuyan Wan, Chris Precht
  • Design Team

    Yuhong Xie, Xu Wen, Pengchong Li, Rongsheng Chen, Zizhi Yu, Mingxue Sun
  • Lighting Design

    Jiuge Lighting, Haiyan Zhu
  • Area

    570.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photography

    Zhi Xia

Wujiachang Kindergarten / Atelier Fronti

22:00 - 15 January, 2018
Wujiachang Kindergarten / Atelier Fronti, © Xia Zhi
© Xia Zhi

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

  • Architects

  • Location

    Lianhuachi W Rd, GongZhuFen/WanShou Lu, Haidian Qu, Beijing Shi, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Yun Wang
  • Design Team

    Rufeng Wang, Guannan Zhao, Keping Ji, Zhengyan Li, Xin Zhao
  • Area

    2300.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

The MaoHaus / AntiStatics Architecture

01:00 - 5 January, 2018
MaoHaus Exterior. Image © Xia Zhi
MaoHaus Exterior. Image © Xia Zhi

MaoHaus Night. Image © Xia Zhi MaoHaus Exterior. Image © Xia Zhi MaoHaus Detail. Image © Xia Zhi MaoHaus Site. Image © Xia Zhi + 52

  • Architects

  • Location

    Banqiao South Alley, Beijing, China
  • Category

  • Principal Architects

    Martin Miller, Mo Zheng
  • Design Team

    Luke Theodorius E. D. Santoso, Zhiwen Sun, Frank Lee
  • Fabrication and Installation

    eGrow
  • Area

    2000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

XinXian Inn Hotel / penda

09:00 - 3 January, 2018
© Xia Zhi
© Xia Zhi

© Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi + 30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chaoyangmen S Alley, Dongcheng, Beijing, China
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Chris Precht, Dayong Sun, Jing Wang, Yu Zizhi Li Pengchong, Wen Xu, Mingxue Sun
  • Area

    1000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Striking Images of Exposed Steel: The Best Photos of the Week

12:00 - 3 September, 2017
Striking Images of Exposed Steel: The Best Photos of the Week, © Imagen Subliminal
© Imagen Subliminal

High strength, ease of transport, and simplicity of assembly are among the many major advantages of steel. But while utilitarian steel structures tend to be hidden by architects, working with exposed steel can lead to attractive results. Steel not only brings lightness to a design, but can also offer different expressions of color and texture, depending on the treatment of the material. Below we present a selection of 14 photos of steel architecture from well-known photographers such as Adrien Williams, Imagen Subliminal, and Sergio Pirrone.

© Pete Eckert © Sergio Pirrone © Agustín Garza © Paul Crosby + 16

The Best Photos of the Week: The Beauty of Concrete

12:00 - 20 August, 2017

Due to its ability to be shaped into complex forms and the diversity of textures that it can offer, concrete is one of the favorite materials of many architects, who appreciate its capacity to help them realize their designs. For this reason, for this week's Photos of the Week we have selected 20 images that highlight the beauty and expressiveness of this material. Read on to see a selection of renowned photographers such as Brigida González, Bruno Candiotto, Élena Marini Silvestri, and Raphael Olivier.

© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Élena Marini Silvestri © Ivan Brodey © Fernando Stankuns + 21

Space Renovation of No.5 Teaching Building / C+ Architects

20:00 - 4 July, 2017
Space Renovation of No.5 Teaching Building  / C+ Architects, © Xia Zhi
© Xia Zhi

© Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Cheng Yanchun
  • Project Architects

    Cao Pengfei, Hao shimeng
  • Area

    2300.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Beijing Cidi Memo iTown / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects

20:00 - 3 July, 2017
Beijing Cidi Memo iTown / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects, © Zhu Siyu
© Zhu Siyu

© Zhu Siyu © Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi + 54

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chaoyang District,Beijing,China
  • Category

  • Design Principal

    Liu Yuyang
  • Project Architect

    Li Ning
  • Design Team

    Che Peiping, WuYaping, Lian Funing, Yang Ke, Che Jin, Luo Kun, Wang Xiaoling
  • Area

    6300.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Ying Gallery Renovation / Praxis d’Architecture

19:00 - 28 June, 2017
Ying Gallery Renovation / Praxis d’Architecture, © Xia Zhi
© Xia Zhi

© Xia Zhi © Praxis d’Architecture © Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi + 46

Renovation of Captain's House / Vector Architects

22:00 - 21 May, 2017
Renovation of Captain's House / Vector Architects, © Xia Zhi
© Xia Zhi

© Howard Chan © Howard Chan © Howard Chan © Howard Chan + 55

10 Young Chinese Architecture Firms To Watch Out For

09:30 - 10 January, 2017
10 Young Chinese Architecture Firms To Watch Out For

2016 has been a momentous year for Chinese architecture. From the completion of the Harbin Opera house by MAD to the Aga Khan Awards recognizing Zhang Ke of Standard Architecture for his micro-scale design of the Hutong Children’s Library and Art Centre in Beijing. It seems the general perception of Chinese architecture has finally moved beyond the big, weird and ugly.

Since we’ve started to branch out into China, the ArchDaily China team has been able to discover the rich layers beyond just these rising Chinese stars. As part of the country's large-scale urbanization process, last year, we posted some of the large-scale projects designed by China’s (largely unknown) Design & Research institutions such as train stations and cultural centers.

In addition, we’ve also come across a series of smaller, lesser known, younger practices that focuses more on small-scale experimental work. Here are our top ten favorites: 

Tiantai No.2 Primary School . Image © Yu Xu Youth Hotel of iD Town. Image © Chaos.Z Tea House in Hutong. Image © Wang Ning Chi She. Image © Su Shengliang + 25

Inventronics Technology Park / gad

20:00 - 2 December, 2016
Inventronics Technology Park / gad, © XIA Zhi
© XIA Zhi

© XIA Zhi © XIA Zhi © XIA Zhi © XIA Zhi + 29

Hongkun Art Auditorium / penda

21:00 - 16 November, 2016
Hongkun Art Auditorium / penda, © Xia Zhi
© Xia Zhi

© Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi + 43

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing,China
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Chris Precht, Dayong Sun, Jing Wang, Li Pengchong, Wen Xu, Bai Xue, Mingxue Sun
  • Area

    270.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs