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Zhejiang Conservatory of Music Student Apartments / gad + GLA

19:00 - 31 May, 2018
© Yao Li
© Yao Li

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

  • Architects

    GLA, gad
  • Location

    Zhuantang Street, Xihu District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Peidong Zhu
  • Project leaders

    Yuhong Wang, Ping Song
  • Design Team

    Jian Bao, Mingqi Shen, Panyi Mao, Lingfeng Xu, Jianjun Li, Jian Zhou, Guohua Huang, Limei Guo
  • Owner

    Department of culture of Zhejiang Province Zhejiang Conservatory Of Music
  • Area

    54518.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

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

09:30 - 9 May, 2018
Atelier Deshaus: "The Idea Is Not to Create an Object But to Construct a Path", Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai, 2014. Image © Su Shengliang
Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai, 2014. Image © Su Shengliang

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 © Su Shengliang Kindergarten of Jiading New Town, Shanghai, 2008. Image © Shu He Spiral Gallery I, Shanghai, 2011. Image © Shu He Huaxin Wisdom Hub, Shanghai, 2015. Image © Chen Hao + 28

13 Impressive Chapels from Around the World

12:00 - 1 April, 2018
13 Impressive Chapels from Around the World, © Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc
© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc

© Nicolás Campodónico © Yao Li © STUDIO associates © Davide Perbellini + 14

This week we present a selection of the best images of chapels which have been published on our site. These 13 projects from locations around the world reveal the many different ways available to designers to create sacred spaces such as chapels. Below is a selection of images by prominent photographers such as Adolf BereuterYao Li, and João Ferrand

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

13:00 - 5 April, 2015
10 Stunning Images of Sacred Spaces, Church of Seed / O Studio Architects. Image © Iwan Baan
Church of Seed / O Studio Architects. Image © Iwan Baan

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