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M Woods Entrance Revitalization / Vector Architects

© Xia Zhi© Xia Zhi© Xia Zhi© Xia Zhi+ 27

  • Architects: Vector Architects
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Anping County Guangjun Mesh Products, Tianjin Beijing Steel Trade

Maritime Design: Rare Coastal Libraries Around the World

As architecture has evolved to include advanced building envelopes, innovative structural systems, and hybrid programs, new boundaries have been drawn. Sustainable practices and passive strategies have led architects to re-imagine building skins and the relationship between interior and exterior. While different typologies are designed with varied levels of permeability, libraries demand rigorous attention to performative facades and protected programs. This holds especially true when libraries are placed within radically changing landscapes.

© Tuomas Uusheimo© Fernando Alda© Luc Boegly© Taisuke Ogawa+ 10

“You Open Your Dwelling’s Door and You See the Mountains”: In conversation with Li Xinggang of Atelier Li Xinggang

Vladimir Belogolovsky speaks with Chinese architect LI Xinggang of Beijing-based office Atelier Li Xinggang about the particularities of working within a design institute, the architect’s philosophy referred to as “poetic scenery and integrated geometry,” and his role in the design of the Bird’s Nest and why he thinks it is the most important piece of contemporary architecture in China.;

WOHA Releases New Renderings of Sustainable Inner-City Campus and Public Park in Dhaka, Bangladesh

WOHA and BRAC University have unveiled the latest images from the 5.3-acre university campus, scheduled for completion in 2021. Located in Dhaka, Bangladesh, the intervention will transform a polluted and flooded wasteland into a sustainable inner-city campus and public park.

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The MaoHaus / AntiStatics Architecture

MaoHaus Exterior. Image © Xia Zhi
MaoHaus Exterior. Image © Xia Zhi

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

Beijing, China
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Ductal®

Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort / MAD Architects

© McLennan© Xia Zhi© Xia Zhi© Xia Zhi+ 11

Huzhou, China

What's Pushing Refurbishment Fever in China?

China seems to be at the peak of a refurbishment fever. Not only hutongs in historic downtowns, but abandoned industrial factories are becoming new tech or cultural hubs, and even buildings in the risk of collapse are refurbished to extend their lifespan. Why is this happening? Who is investing? How could this happen in a country where you cannot buy properties?

In this edition of Editor's Talk, our editors from ArchDaily China share their thoughts on how in a fast-paced development process, such as the one China is going through, there is a refurbishment fever in its biggest cities.

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

Birdview. Image © Xia ZhiEastern facade. Image © Xia ZhiNorthwest square. Image © Xia Zhistairs connecting playground and campus. Image © Xia Zhi+ 54

  • Architects: SUP Atelier
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1368
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

MINI LIVING Urban Cabin / Penda

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

18 Fantastic Permeable Facades

© 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

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

Xicheng District, China

Mind Space / Penda

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  • Interior Designers: penda
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  570
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: G.e.t, 上海金缕金属材料有限公司, 京兆文化石, 南京市六合区艺源雨花石厂, 晶凯, +1

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
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016

XianXian Inn / penda

© Xia Zhi
© Xia Zhi

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

  • Interior Designers: penda
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

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

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

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