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Built Nature: When Architecture Challenges Human Scale

Going beyond human scale is not a novelty. For centuries, builders, engineers, and architects have been creating monumental edifices to mark spirituality or political power. Larger than life palaces, governmental buildings, or temples have always attracted people’s admiration and reverence, nourishing the still not fully comprehensible obsession with large scale builds.

Nowadays, some of the largest and most impressive structures relate less to religious or governmental functions and seem to be turning towards more cultural programs. Most importantly though, today’s grandiose works are generally and openly imitative of Nature.

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Beijing Fashion Factory B Courtyard / AntiStatics Architecture

Courtyard B Building façade and shared balcony. Image © Zhi XiaEvery studio has private entry and shared balcony. Image © Zhi XiaIn-between space to office units from indoor. Image © Zhi XiaCourtyard B shared landscape and industrial installation. Image © Zhi Xia+ 31

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  12000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: 广东蒲公英新型材料有限公司

Nearly Zero Energy Building of the Gui'an Innovation Park / SUP Atelier

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  • Architects: SUP Atelier
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  701
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015

Shougang NO.3 Blast Furnace Museum / CCTN Design

elevator. Image Courtesy of CCTN Design9.7m platform inside the furnace. Image © Dong Wangtop view. Image © Dong Wangaerial view. Image © Dong Wang+ 42

Beijing, China
  • Architects: CCTN Design
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  49800
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

JOLOR Showroom / Atelier tao+c

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  • Architects: Atelier tao+c
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  740
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Cassina, Modernica, NORR11, VitrA, JOLOR, +3

Liyang Yangwan Visitor Center / Origin Architect

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  • Architects: Origin Architect
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  331
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

XiXian New Area Chongwen Jing River Eco-Restaurant and Hotel / Plasma Studio + PMA

Top view. Image © Zhi XiaRoof railing detail. Image © Zhi XiaInterior space. Image Courtesy of Plasma Studio + PMADramatically cliff ending of the building. Image © Zhi Xia+ 20

Xi’an, China
  • Architects: PMA, Plasma Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  6500
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

Naheya Kindergarten / WEI architects

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  • Architects: WEI architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  6800
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

Aranya Art Center / Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

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M WOODS Art Community / B.l.U.E. Architecture Studio

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Canal Art Museum / officePROJECT

Horizontal volume of Building. Image © Haiting Sun2nd floor platform and absorbed scenery. Image © Haiting SunThe floating labyrinth. Image © Ke ChangWater penetration as resident place. Image © Haiting Sun+ 36

Beijing, China
  • Architects: officePROJECT
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1900
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

Forest Valley Hot spring Center / B.l.U.E. Architecture Studio

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Yongjiang Experimental School / DC Alliance

inner court. Image © Xing Zhi Ying Xiangstadium. Image © Pan Gaoinner court. Image © Xing Zhi Ying Xiangnorthwest aerial view. Image © Zhi Xia+ 36

Ningbo, China
  • Architects: DC Alliance
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  29500
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

co(al)-yard / reMIX studio

gif. Image © Zhi Xiainterior bamboo garden. Image © Zhi Xialayering and transparencies. Image © Zhi Xiathe bamboo garden. Image © Zhi Xia+ 24

Beijing, China
  • Architects: reMIX studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  930
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

Lamborghini Exhibition Center / PMA

south viewing from airport highway. Image © Zhi Xiacontinuous facade. Image © Zhi Xiatransforming facade of the office area on the 2F. Image © Zhi Xiaviewing from 2F VIP lounge to staircase. Image © Zhi Xia+ 21

Zhengzhou, China
  • Architects: PMA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1030
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

Liyang Museum / CROX

close view. Image © Zhi Xiasoutheast side. Image © Zhi Xiaatrium details. Image © Zhi Xianorthwest side. Image © Zhi Xia+ 39

Changzhou, China
  • Architects: CROX
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  19000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

Z Office / C+ Architects

Atrium. Image © Zhi Xia
Atrium. Image © Zhi Xia

Atrium. Image © Zhi XiaAtrium. Image © Zhi XiaAtrium. Image © Zhi XiaConference Room 8F. Image © Zhi Xia+ 20

  • Architects: C+ Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  4200
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: ALPI, Covering Chile, FilzFelt, Milliken