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10 Images of Architecture Reflected in Water: The Best Photos of the Week

08:00 - 26 November, 2017
10 Images of Architecture Reflected in Water: The Best Photos of the Week, © Yao Li
© Yao Li

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 + 11

The One / gad

19:00 - 6 November, 2017
The One / gad, © Yao Li
© Yao Li

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

  • Architects

    gad
  • Location

    Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Landscape Design

    Belt Collins
  • Area

    343309.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

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

11:40 - 2 October, 2017

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.

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

22:00 - 18 August, 2017
DongZhuang Museum of Western Regions / Xinjiang Wind Architectural Design & Research Institute, © Yao Li
© Yao Li

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

Shandong Art Gallery / TJAD

02:00 - 7 August, 2017
Shandong Art Gallery / TJAD, © Yao Li
© Yao Li

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

  • Architects

  • Location

    11777 Jing Shi Lu, Lixia Qu, Jinan Shi, Shandong Sheng, China, 250014
  • Architect in Charge

    Li Li
  • Design Team

    Wang Wensheng, Zhou Jun, Ma Xiyin, Wang Yining
  • Area

    52138.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

10 Incredible Exposed Structures: Photos of the Week

14:00 - 23 July, 2017

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

20:00 - 15 June, 2017
The Exhibition Hall of Crime Evidences in Harbin / Architectural Design & Research Institute of SCUT, Building entrance. Image © Yao li
Building entrance. Image © Yao li

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

  • Architects

    Architectural Design & Research Institute of SCUT
  • Location

    Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, China
  • Principal Architect

    He Jingtang
  • Project Year

    2015

Shitang Village Internet Conference Center / AZL Architects

20:00 - 30 March, 2017
Shitang Village Internet Conference Center / AZL Architects, © Hou Bowen
© Hou Bowen

© Yao Li © Hou Bowen © Hou Bowen © Hou Bowen + 27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Zhong Huaying, Zhang Lei
  • Design Team

    Zhong Huaying, Zhang Lei, Xi Hong
  • Area

    3000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

The 10 Best Global* Architecture Projects of 2016 (*Asia, Africa and South America Not Excluded)

08:00 - 15 January, 2017
The 10 Best Global* Architecture Projects of 2016 (*Asia, Africa and South America Not Excluded)

As the common phrase attests, “history is written by the victors.” We therefore know that the story of the West is that of Europe and the United States, while the other actors in world history are minimized or invisible: it happened to the Chinese and Japanese during World War II, to the Ottoman Empire in sixteenth-century Europe, and to racial majorities in the common reading of Latin American independence. The same thing happens in architecture.

The current boom of the Global South is based not only on new work, but rather on the recognition of an invisible architecture which was apparently not worthy of publication in the journals of the 1990s. The world stage has changed, with the emergence of a humanity that is decentralized yet local; globalized, yet heterogeneous; accelerated, yet unbalanced. There are no longer red and blue countries, but a wide variety of colors, exploding like a Pollock painting.

This serves as a preamble to consider the outstanding projects of 2016 according to the British critic Oliver Wainwright, whose map of the world appears to extend from New York in the West to Oslo in the East, with the exception of Birzeit in Palestine. The Global South represents more than 40% of the global economy and already includes most of the world’s megacities, yet has no architecture worthy of recognition? We wanted to highlight the following projects in order to expand the western-centric world view, enabling us to truly comprehend the extent of architectural innovation on a global scale.

Da Chang Muslim Cultural Center / Architectural Design & Research Institute of SCUT

20:00 - 13 November, 2016
Da Chang Muslim Cultural Center / Architectural Design & Research Institute of SCUT, Night view. Image © Yao Li
Night view. Image © Yao Li

Night view of the arch. Image © Yao Li Arch detail. Image © Yao Li Arch. Image © Yao Li © Yao Li + 23

  • Architects

    Architectural Design & Research Institute of SCUT
  • Location

    Dachang County, Hebei Province, China
  • Design Team

    Guo Weihong, Pan Yudan, Zheng Changbo, Li Kaixin, Chen Zong, Wang Renyu, Huang Guannan
  • Principal Architect

    He Jingtang
  • Area

    35000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Avant-Garde Ruralation Library / AZL Architects

19:00 - 27 June, 2016
Avant-Garde Ruralation Library / AZL Architects, © YAO Li
© YAO Li

© YAO Li © YAO Li © YAO Li © YAO Li + 28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Zhejiang, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Zhang Lei / AZL Architects
  • Design Team

    Zhang Lei,Liu Wei, Ma Haiyi,Chen Junjun, Zhang Qilin, Shao Xuan
  • Photographers

    YAO Li, HU Jun
  • Area

    260.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015

Hangzhou Phoenix Creative Building / gad

02:00 - 24 May, 2016
Hangzhou Phoenix Creative Building / gad, © Yao Li
© Yao Li

© Yao Li © Zhao Qiang © Yao Li © Yao Li + 36

  • Architects

    gad
  • Location

    Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Area

    97000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Yushu Administrative Centre / THAD

20:00 - 27 March, 2016
Yushu Administrative Centre / THAD, © YAO Li
© YAO Li

© YAO Li © YAO Li © YAO Li Courtesy of THAD + 19

An Interview With Chen Yifeng, Deshaus

10:30 - 6 May, 2015
Long Museum West Bund / Atelier Deshaus. Image © Xia Zhi
Long Museum West Bund / Atelier Deshaus. Image © Xia Zhi

“We use two aspects to express architecture: Qing [emotion], Jing [pattern]. Jing is the architectural pattern that we apply, to certify the living and working style, to consider what our architecture can bring. Another thing is the relationship between architecture and the site, the city and nature. Ancient Chinese dwellings are usually enclosed by walls, creating an introverted space. This is the second aspect Qing, more related to traditional customs, aesthetics, and our attitude towards the environment and nature. The enclosed space originates from our interpretation of Qing. What we have captured about the ancient spirit of aesthetics is a kind of uncertainty, a kind of blurry and ambiguous feeling.”
- Chen Yifeng, Shanghai, 2013

Long Museum West Bund / Atelier Deshaus. Image © Xia Zhi Kindergarten of Jiading New Town / Atelier Deshaus. Image © Shu He Spiral Gallery / Atelier Deshaus. Image © Shu He Youth Center of Qingpu / Atelier Deshaus. Image © Yao Li + 20

10 Stunning Images of Sacred Spaces

12:00 - 5 April, 2015
10 Stunning Images of Sacred Spaces, San Josemaría Escrivá Church / Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas. Image © Fran Parente
San Josemaría Escrivá Church / Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas. Image © Fran Parente

In the spirit of Easter Sunday, we've rounded up a compilation of ten glorious sacred spaces from our Religious Architecture Pinterest board. Ranging from traditional, reverent congregation halls to unexpected ultra-modern chapels, these spectacular places of worship are bound to inspire. Get a dose of these divine works after the break...

Ribbon Chapel / NAP Architects. Image © Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel / AZL Architects. Image © Yao Li Kirche am Hohenzollernplatz / Fritz Hoger. Image © Fabrice Fouillet Roof over the Walls of the Old Baños Church / BROWNMENESES. Image © Sebastián Crespo + 10

An Interview with Zhang Lei, AZL Architects

01:00 - 3 February, 2015
An Interview with Zhang Lei, AZL Architects, Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel / AZL Architects. Image © Yao Li
Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel / AZL Architects. Image © Yao Li

“We have to try to work with scale and memory. I think in the last twenty years the main problem is that we lost the 归宿感 [sense of belonging]. The people here have been moving from house to house for a long time, the result is that we don’t have a feeling of home… even if you are staying in a nice house or villa you don’t consider it as an ideal or permanent home where you could stay. This might be considered the problem. More than ten years ago we used to have that feeling, the sense to belong to a specific space. We used to live in neighbourhoods where we had a social background, a community, now you don’t have any community, you don’t see the neighbors any more. Now Chinese people are becoming lonely, they are losing that feeling and becoming 'homeless'.” - Zhang Lei, Nanjing, 2013

Model Animal Research Center of Nanjing University / AZL architects. Image Courtesy of AZL Architects Slit House / AZL architects. Image © Nacasa & Partners Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel / AZL Architects. Image © Yao Li CIPEA No.4 House / AZL architects. Image © Yao Li + 17

Hainan Blue Bay Westin Resort Hotel / gad

01:00 - 16 October, 2014
Hainan Blue Bay Westin Resort Hotel / gad, © Yao Li
© Yao Li

© Zhao Qiang © Zhao Qiang © Yao Li © Zhao Qiang + 23

  • Architects

    gad
  • Location

    Lingshui, Hainan, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Zhang Wei, Jiang Fang
  • Design Team

    Shang Fei, Wang Jia, Xu Qin, Hu Damin, Li Baozhong, Tian Senyuan, Chen Yonghao, Li Zijie, Li Yanfeng, Lu Zhegang, Wu Wenjian, Chen Feiyan, Lao Xiaojing, Cui Daliang, Shen Fengqiang
  • Area

    62000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel / AZL Architects

01:00 - 12 October, 2014
Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel / AZL Architects, © Yao Li
© Yao Li

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

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Area

    200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs