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Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort / MAD Architects

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

Huzhou, China
  • Architects: MAD Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 59686.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2012

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.

100 Public Spaces: From Tiny Squares to Urban Parks

© 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

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

  • Architects: SUP Atelier
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1368.0 m2
  • 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 Xia No.1 room. Image © Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia + 70

Xicheng District, China
  • Architects: Shuhei Aoyama, Yoko Fujii, Yang Yujia,Wang Danli
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Mind Space / Penda

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

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 570.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

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: 2300.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2016

The MaoHaus / AntiStatics Architecture

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

Beijing, China

XinXian Inn Hotel / penda

© Xia Zhi
© Xia Zhi

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

Dongcheng, China
  • Architects: Penda
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1000.0 m2
  • 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

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

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

Beijing, China
  • Architects: C+ Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 2300.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Beijing Cidi Memo iTown / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects

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

Ying Gallery Renovation / Praxis d’Architecture

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

Beijing, China

Renovation of Captain's House / Vector Architects

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

Fuzhou, China
  • Architects: Vector Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 470.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 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