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Shandong Art Gallery / TJAD

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Jinan Shi, China
  • Architects: TJAD
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  52138
  • 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 liBirdview. Image © Yao liMeditation atrium. Image © Yao liView from railway. Image © Yao li+ 31

Weinan Culture and Art Center / THAD

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© YAO Li

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  • Architects: THAD

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

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

Avant-Garde Ruralation Library / AZL Architects

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  • Architects: AZL Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  260
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015

Refurbishment of an Old Functional Replacement Building / UDG + SEU

© Yao Li, Qian Qiang
© Yao Li, Qian Qiang

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  • Architects: UDG + SEU
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  16987
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015

Kindergarten in Xieli Garden / UDG + SEU

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  • Architects: UDG + SEU
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  7891
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014

Hangzhou Phoenix Creative Building / gad

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  • Architects: gad
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  97000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014

Yushu Administrative Centre / THAD

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Yushu, China

An Interview With Chen Yifeng, Deshaus

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 ZhiKindergarten of Jiading New Town / Atelier Deshaus. Image © Shu HeSpiral Gallery / Atelier Deshaus. Image © Shu HeYouth Center of Qingpu / Atelier Deshaus. Image © Yao Li+ 20

10 Stunning Images of Sacred Spaces

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 IncNanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel / AZL Architects. Image © Yao LiKirche am Hohenzollernplatz / Fritz Hoger. Image © Fabrice FouilletRoof over the Walls of the Old Baños Church / BROWNMENESES. Image © Sebastián Crespo+ 10

An Interview with Zhang Lei, AZL Architects

“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 ArchitectsSlit House / AZL architects. Image © Nacasa & PartnersNanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel / AZL Architects. Image © Yao LiCIPEA No.4 House / AZL architects. Image © Yao Li+ 17

Hainan Blue Bay Westin Resort Hotel / gad

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Lingshui, China
  • Architects: gad
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  62000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014

Wuxi Sales Center / UDG China

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Wuxi, China
  • Architects: UDG China
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1337 Area:  1337
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014 Year:  2014

Architecture Studio in Wujigeng Building / ISO workshop

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  • Architects: ISO workshop
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2000 Area:  2000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013 Year:  2013

Kangka Zhouzhuang Tourist Resort Aquatic Club / UDG China

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Suzhou, China
  • Architects: UDG China
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1800 Area:  1800