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Asia's Local Mesh Material: 18 Projects that Explore the Versatility of Rattan

Over the past couple of years, many designers have voiced their commitment to ethical and ecological sourcing, resorting to frugal designs through local materials, traditional techniques, and equitable architecture. Having this approach in mind, many found inspiration in their cultural heritage, reimagining ancient designs in contemporary contexts.

When thinking of recycled design trends, we can't overlook one of the most well-known and popular materials that was shared by nations all around the globe over the span of 100 years; on balconies, outdoor patios, gardens, and indoor living spaces: rattan. It is estimated that almost seven hundred million people worldwide use rattan, with many countries presenting it as an integral part of their cultures. In this article, we look at how architects and designers integrated rattan in their designs and found numerous ways to make the best out of Southeast Asia's popular local material.

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Cafes and Bars in China: Examining the Spatial Routine of Drinking

Both tea and alcohol in traditional China were similarly aestheticized, and both influenced the language of literature and art. People used to exchange alcohol as a gift in a way that they later would with tea. Today, more and more cities in China have embraced this drinking culture that passed down from generation to generation, and reinterpreted with a new contemporary fashion, which is constantly evolving in the urban cafes and bars.

Bridge Gallery / Atelier Lai

wall details. Image © Yilong Zhaochildren are reading inside the store. Image © Yilong Zhao1F interior. Image © Yilong Zhaodrainage pipe. Image © Yilong Zhao+ 35

Huangshan, China
  • Architects: Atelier Lai
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  142
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2021

River Flows in Mountain Red House / SU Architects

back garden. Image © Yilong Zhaofoyer. Image © Xuguo Tangcorridor. Image © Yilong Zhaoentrance garden. Image © Yilong Zhao+ 39

Zhangjiajie, China
  • Architects: SU Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

Woodsy Whispers Residence / Shulin Architectural Design

The unobstructed view of the east side facade on the stone dike. Image © Yilong ZhaoThe gray space formed by vacant vertical space, with distant mountains. Image © Yilong ZhaoLandscape view of distant mountains, air conditioning devices are concealed within the niche . Image © Yilong ZhaoMottled shades of trees projected into the lounge area. Image © Yilong Zhao+ 47

Zhangjiajie, China
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1200
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: 屮房

Public Village Center of Qili Village / SSDesign

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  • Architects: SSDesign
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

Ancient Apricot Mountain Dwelling Home Stay / PAN-CHINA·RESP Studio

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Quanzhou, China

The Contemporary Transformation of Traditional Chinese Architecture

The American architect, designer, and futurist Buckminster Fuller once defined the Dymaxion principle as “constructing ever more with ever less weight, time, and ergs per each given level of functional performance.”

Swan Lake Bridge House and Viewing Tower / TAO - Trace Architecture Office

overall view. Image © Hao Chennearby view. Image © Hao Chenbridge house facade. Image © Hao Chenbridge house lobby. Image © Yilong Zhao+ 49

Shanghai Yangtze 3MAP Elevator Factory Renovation / ATAH

intersection of the arc corridor. Image © Yilong Zhaointersection of the arc corridor. Image © Yilong Zhaohorizontal composition. Image © Yilong Zhaoaerial view. Image © Yilong Zhao+ 29

Shanghai, China

Mountain House in Mist / Shulin Architectural Design

Mountain house in the mist. Image © Yilong Zhao
Mountain house in the mist. Image © Yilong Zhao

North facade of the book house. Image © Yilong ZhaoHeight difference between the house and the place. Image © Yilong ZhaoVillagers drinking tea and chatting on the top of the book house. Image © Yilong ZhaoReading space . Image © Yilong Zhao+ 54

“Yolechang2020” Market / UAO Design

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Wuhan, China
  • Architects: UAO Design
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  3195
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

Why Don’t We Teach Chinese Architecture in the United States?

This article was originally published on Common Edge as "Why Don’t We Teach Chinese Architecture?"

How many U.S. architecture professors know that there is a Chinese treatise equivalent to Vitruvius’ Ten Books of Architecture? Very few, I suspect. I taught architectural history for more than 20 years before I discovered the marvelous Yingsao Fashi, a Song Dynasty book by a prominent court official who, as far as we know, was not an architect or builder. In fact, prior to the Ming Dynasty no prominent temple, palace, or shrine in China was designed by an architect because the concept of a single mastermind in charge of a building project was foreign to the East Asian way of designing environments of any kind.

Screen Pavilion / Ray&Emilio Studio

as public theater. Image © Yilong Zhaoscreen pavillion. Image © Yilong Zhaovertical symmetric relationship between people and space. Image © Yilong Zhaoscreen pavillion. Image © Yilong Zhao+ 29

Hangzhou, China

Renovation of the 809 Arsenal Relics – Hotel / 3andwich Design / He Wei Studio

New-built lobby connected with old building. Image © Yilong Zhaolobby aerial view. Image © Jinge SongAfter the renovation, the old stone wall of the first floor of the Chinese restaurant is kept, in contrast to the new materials of the second and third floors. Image © Yilong ZhaoThe historic exterior walls of the original building well-preserved with new traffic construction added. Image © Yilong Zhao+ 43

Yichang, China

Winners of the ArchDaily China Building of the Year 2020 Awards

Another year, another successful ArchDaily China Building of the Year Awards! With more than 20,000 votes gathered over the past 20 days, the results of the 2020 edition are in! Once more, the award has proved to be the largest architecture prize centered around people’s opinion. Crowdsourced, the most relevant projects of the year were nominated and selected by our readers.

This year we celebrate three projects -- highlighting a wide range of interventions, typologies, scale, material and locations, the winners are a mere reflection of the vast outreach of the profession. With new names surfacing every year, this edition, as the previous ones did, honors well-established practices and the newcomers. High-profile figures include Atelier FCJZ with its bridge museum in the Chinese countryside, Neri&Hu Design and Research Office and its sculpture art center, and Atelier Lai's Bamboo Bridge.

True to its status, ArchDaily China, the most far-reaching Chinese architectural website, is and will always be a platform for all architecture enthusiasts. Curating the best in the world, thanks to the trust of architectural firms and the devotion of our readers, ArchDaily’s realm keeps expanding exponentially. For that, we are grateful! 

ArchDaily China Building of the Year 2020 Awards: The Finalists

Following an exciting week of nominations, ArchDaily’s readers have evaluated over 800 projects and selected 10 finalists of the Building of the Year Award. Over 20,000 architects and enthusiasts participated in the nomination process, choosing projects that exemplify what it means to push architecture forward. These finalists are the buildings that have inspired ArchDaily readers the most.

Qingxiao Residence / Shulin Architectural Design

Uneven roofs. Image © Yilong Zhaostairs. Image © Yilong ZhaoThe transition between the stairs and the corridor courtyard. Image Courtesy of Shulin Architectural Designmountain pavilion. Image © Yilong Zhao+ 55

Jinhua, China