Yao Li


Nanjing Foreign Language School, Fangshan Campus / GLA Design

© Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li + 28

Nanjing, China
  • Architects: GLA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  164406.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

United States, China, and Japan Earn Top Spots in the World Design Rankings

While we wait for summer 2020 and another chance to watch the medal counts climb and cheer on our home countries in the next Olympics, a different type of international contest has tallied its scores and the United States has taken the gold in the World Design Rankings, with China and Japan following for second and third place respectively. Sponsored by the international A’ Design Award and Competition, the world’s largest and most diverse design accolade, the World Design Rankings are compiled based on the number of designers from each country granted an A’ Design Award.

Zhongnan Mansion Clubhouse / Kris Lin. Image © KLID Shaw Contract Group Atlanta Showroom Showroom + Office / Perkins + Will. Image © Gabriel Benzer and Nigel Marson N8-house [ House of III-BOX ] Residential House / Masahiko Sato. Image © Toshihisa Ishii Urban Skyfarm / Steve Lee. Image © Aprilli Design Studio + 23

Winners of AR House Awards 2019 Announced

General Design Co’s house in Kamitomii, Kurashiki, Japan has been announced as the winner of the AR House awards 2019, joining two Highly Commended and three Commended house projects. Now in its tenth year, the awards are diverse and wide-ranging, often branching beyond the traditional remit of the dwelling to recognize originality and excellence in design of dwellings of all types.

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.

BingDing Wood Kiln Factory Renovation / AZL architects

overall view © Li Yao
overall view © Li Yao

front entrance © Li Yao facade details © Li Yao skylight © Li Yao set fire ceremony © Li Yao + 53

Jingdezhen City, China
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1800.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel / AZL Architects

© Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li + 22

Nanjing, China
  • Architects: AZL Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  200.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014

Crane Pavilion at Crane Nature Preserve / GBBN

© Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li + 25

Xianning, China
  • Architects: GBBN
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2000.0 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

Best Small Chapel Architecture & Design

© Samuel Ludwig
© Samuel Ludwig

Cortesía de Nicolás Campodónico © Yao Li Cortesía de STUDIO associates © Davide Perbellini + 32

This week we’ve selected the best chapels previously published on our site. They reveal different ways of designing a small and sacred space. For inspiration on how to create these atmospheres, integrate different materials, and make proper use of light, we present 32 remarkable examples.

10 Images of Architecture Reflected in Water

This week we have prepared a selection of photographs in which reflections in water is used as the main compositional element. In these images, the surface qualities of the water play a fundamental role in giving the composition its final effect—either acting as a perfect mirror or giving a diffuse touch. Below is a selection of 10 images from prominent photographers such as Lu Hengzhong, Yao Li, and Nico Saieh.

© Nico Saieh © Yao Li © Lu Hengzhong © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG + 11

Zhejiang Conservatory of Music Student Apartments / gad + GLA

© Yao Li
© Yao Li

© Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li + 18

Hangzhou, China
  • Architects: GLA, gad
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  54518.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015

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

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

The One / gad

© Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li + 25

Hangzhou, China
  • Architects: gad
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  343309.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016

2017 Arcaid Awards Reveals Shortlist for World's Best Building Image

Arcaid Images has revealed the shortlist of 20 images in the running for the title of World’s Best Building Image in their 2017 Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards. The annual award selects photographs in four categories - Exterior, Interior, Sense of Place, and Building in Use - which are judged by an esteemed panel of designers, photographers and journalists based on their atmospheric quality, composition, use of scale and more.

“More than just informing people about the existence of such places, the best photos go beyond that and entice people to learn more about the buildings, cities, and landscapes – maybe even booking a flight to see them firsthand. That feeling hit me on numerous occasions,” said jury member John Hill, Editor of the World-Architects eMagazine.

Cultural Center of Beicheng Central Park in Hefei / Shenzhen Huahui Design

“crescent path”. Image © Yao Li, Sui Sicong Wall-corridor. Image © Yao Li, Sui Sicong the entrance hall. Image © Yao Li, Sui Sicong the exhibition hall. Image © Yao Li, Sui Sicong + 30

Hefei, China

DongZhuang Museum of Western Regions / Xinjiang Wind Architectural Design & Research Institute

© Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li + 43

Wulumuqi Shi, China

Shandong Art Gallery / TJAD

© Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li + 33

Jinan Shi, China
  • Architects: TJAD
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  52138.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013

10 Incredible Exposed Structures: Photos of the Week

Putting aside finishes, coatings, and cladding to work with exposed structural elements is not an easy task. Faced with this challenge, architects have demonstrated an eagerness to surpass ourselves and to design increasingly creative structures. In portraying this type of project, there are often opportunities for photographers to create incredible and innovative compositions: from geometric patterns, to the use of symmetry and rhythm, to the possibility of focusing on the textures and details of the materials. Here, we present a selection of photographs of impressive structures by renowned photographers such as Iwan Baan, Julien Lanoo and Yao Li, among others.

© ICD/ITKE University of Stuttgart © Boegly + Grazia © Courtesy of CCDI © Eric Dinardi + 12

The Exhibition Hall of Crime Evidences in Harbin / Architectural Design & Research Institute of SCUT

Sunken courtyard. Image © Yao li Birdview. Image © Yao li Meditation atrium. Image © Yao li View from railway. Image © Yao li + 31

Harbin, China
  • Architects: Architectural Design & Research Institute of SCUT
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015