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Exploring Post Earthquake Reconstruction: 2013 AIM Competition Awards Announced

01:00 - 7 April, 2014
Exploring Post Earthquake Reconstruction: 2013 AIM Competition Awards Announced, Winning Entry: Architecture Renovation Award. Image Courtesy of AIM
Winning Entry: Architecture Renovation Award. Image Courtesy of AIM

Architects in Mission (AIM) recently announced the winners for their 2013 competition with the topic, Post Earthquake Reconstruction, Ya’an Sichuan - Rebuild Panda’s Hometown from the Earthquake. The Ya'an Earthquake occurred at 08:02 Beijing Time on the 20th April 2013. The epicenter was located in Lushan County, Ya'an, Sichuan, about 116km (or 72 miles) from Chengdu (along the Longmenshan Fault) in the same province that was hit heavily by the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. For this year's competition, AIM asked participants to pay particular attention to the master planning of the Snow Mountain Village, whilst developing new business models to encourage economic growth for local villagers. See the four winning entries after the break.

The World’s Largest Building Opens in China

00:00 - 7 July, 2013
The World’s Largest Building Opens in China, Courtesy of The Telegraph
Courtesy of The Telegraph

Although Dubai has held claim to the world’s tallest building for a few years, China is now claiming to now have the worlds largest building. Measuring at 500 meters long, 400 meters wide and 100 meters high, the newly constructed Century Global Center in Chengdu is reportedly capable of housing 20 Sydney Opera Houses in its 1.7 million square meter interior.

Greenland Group Chengdu East Village CBED Plots Proposal / Aedas

01:00 - 6 July, 2013
Greenland Group Chengdu East Village CBED Plots Proposal / Aedas, Courtesy of Aedas
Courtesy of Aedas

Located inside Chengdu East village, Aedas recently unveiled their ice mountain-inspired design for the Greenland Group Chengdu East Village CBED Plots. Comprised of office, retail, residential spaces and a 486-meter-high tower, the design stayed in line with the ice mountain concept, which expands to the continuity of the mountain range and landscape terrain with fissures located on the foot of the mountain. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Clock Museum Of the Cultural Revolution / Jiakun Architects

01:00 - 27 April, 2013
Clock Museum Of the Cultural Revolution / Jiakun Architects, © Bi Kejian
© Bi Kejian

© Bi Kejian © Bi Kejian © Bi Kejian © Bi Kejian + 14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Dayi, Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • Category

  • Principal Architect

    Liu Jiakun
  • Design Team

    Yang Ying, Song Chunlai
  • Area

    3885.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

MOCA Chengdu / Jiakun Architects

01:00 - 17 April, 2013
Courtesy of Jiakun Architects
Courtesy of Jiakun Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Liu Jiakun, Wang Lun, Luo Hong, Fang Xianhao, Luo Ming
  • Landscape Designers

    Liu Jiakun, Luo Ming, Li Jing
  • Contactor

    Sichuan Fourth Construction, Engineering Company
  • Area

    8027.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011

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Two Short Films Capture the Essence of Steven Holl Architects’ Sliced Porosity Block

00:00 - 20 February, 2013

Sliced Porosity Block / Steven Holl Architects, by Hufton + Crow

03:00 - 18 January, 2013
© Hufton + Crow
© Hufton + Crow

With much awaited anticipation, Steven Holl‘s Sliced Porosity Block in Chengdu, China has just been completed. Forming giant public plazas with a mix of various functions, the group of five towers is intended to be seen as more of a public area despite its towering design as already witnessed in the site. Its sun sliced geometry results from required minimum daylight exposures to the surrounding urban fabric prescribed by code and calculated by the precise geometry of sun angles. The large public space framed by the block is formed into three valleys inspired by a poem of Du Fu (713-770). In some of the porous openings chunks of different buildings are inserted.

We have already brought you images of the project as it was under way, but the latest images from Hufton + Crow truly capture this inviting public realm in the heart of this metropolis like no one else!

Check out all the latest images of Steven Holl’s Sliced Porosity Block after the break.

Steven Holl Architects' complete Sun-shaped Micro-City in Chengdu

00:00 - 16 January, 2013
© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Four years after breaking ground, Steven Holl Architects’ have completed the Sliced Porosity Block in the heart of Chengdu, China. Located at the intersection of the first Ring Road and Ren Ming Nam Road, visitors are able to access the three million square foot complex without using private transport means as it is directly connected to Chengdu’s public transportation system. Stimulating a micro urbanism, the five towers offer offices, serviced apartments, retail, a hotel, cafes, and restaurants. Rather than being designed as object-icon skyscrapers, the Sliced Porosity Block identifies itself as a metropolitan public space with large plazas and a hybrid of different functions.

More on Steven Holl’s Sliced Porosity Block after the break.

The Lanxi Curtilage / Archi Union Architects

00:00 - 29 November, 2012
© Shen Zhonghai
© Shen Zhonghai
  • Architects

  • Location

    International Intangible Cultural Heritage Park, Chengdu, China
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Philip F. Yuan
  • Client

    Chengdu Qingyang Suburb Construction & Development Co., Ltd.
  • Area

    4,000 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

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Sky Courts / Höweler + Yoon Architecture

01:00 - 25 October, 2012
Sky Courts / Höweler + Yoon Architecture, © Yihuai Hu
© Yihuai Hu

© Yihuai Hu Courtesy of Höweler + Yoon Architecture Courtesy of Höweler + Yoon Architecture Courtesy of Höweler + Yoon Architecture + 14

Mix C / Callison

00:00 - 20 June, 2012
Mix C / Callison, Courtesy of Callison
Courtesy of Callison

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • Category

  • Client

    China Resources Land Limited
  • Area

    324600.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012

Xinjin Zhi Museum / Kengo Kuma & Associates

01:00 - 27 March, 2012
Xinjin Zhi Museum / Kengo Kuma & Associates, Courtesy of  kengo kuma & associates
Courtesy of kengo kuma & associates

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Junshan Road, Xinjin County, Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, China
  • Category

  • Structural Engineers

    Oak Structural Design Office
  • Mechanical Engineers

    P.T.Morimura & Associates,LTD
  • Client

    Fantasia Group
  • Total Budget

    30,000,000RMB
  • Site area

    2,580 sqm
  • Total floor area

    2,353 sqm
  • Area

    787.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011

Blue Sky Building Project / KSP Juergen Engel Architekten

07:00 - 22 January, 2012
Courtesy of KSP Juergen Engel Architekten
Courtesy of KSP Juergen Engel Architekten

KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten recently won the international competition entitled “Blue Sky Building Project” for the Air China headquarters in the major west Chinese city of Chengdu. With its design for the high-rise, the international team from Frankfurt/Main and Beijing headed by Johannes Reinsch, Managing Director of KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten, saw off five other entries. The office boasts a gross surface area (GSA) of 124,000 m² and offers space for a total of 5,470 workspaces. The fact that the high-rise design should serve as a role model with regard to energy efficiency and sustainability is of major concern to the developer. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Steven Holl Architects’ Sliced Porosity Block Tops Out

10:57 - 20 September, 2011
Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects
Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

The Sliced Porosity Block—the Raffles City development designed by Steven Holl Architects in Chengdu—celebrates its topping out at 123 meters. Located just south of the intersection of the First Ring Road and Ren Min Nan Road, the 3 million square feet mixed-use complex consists of five towers with offices, apartments, retail, a hotel, cafes, and restaurants. More images and complete press release after the break.

China as Architectural Testing Ground

13:00 - 7 September, 2011
Photo by low.lighting - http://www.flickr.com/photos/low-lighting/. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
Photo by low.lighting - http://www.flickr.com/photos/low-lighting/. Used under Creative Commons

The emergence of China on the global economic stage has been discussed at nauseum in myriad publications. But this emergence has had an impact on the world of architecture, providing a testing ground where architects can experiment with new ideas about sustainability and urban growth. These new ideas have been realized in recently completed structures, and more are just beginning construction or have been proposed for the future. More on these new buildings after the break.

Chicony Plaza / Goettsch Partners

00:00 - 1 September, 2011
Chicony Plaza / Goettsch Partners, © 1st Image
© 1st Image

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Southern Island of Creativity / Chengdu Urban Design Research Center

17:00 - 26 June, 2011
bird's eye view 01
bird's eye view 01

Designed by Chengdu Urban Design Research Center, the “Southern Island of Creativity” is the start-up phase land of the Eastern New Town which endeavors to develop creative industry and is one of the 13 strategic function zones of future Chengdu, China. The Eastern New Town consists of three “Islands” based on their varied topography. The southern one is located in hallow hills, which stands adjacent to the art village which came into being spontaneously. The design team for this project consisted of architects Liu Gang, Zhang Yang, Yu Jia, Lan Mi, and Xu Xin. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Yanlord Landmark / NBBJ

00:00 - 7 March, 2011
Yanlord Landmark / NBBJ, © Paul Dingman
© Paul Dingman

© Paul Dingman              © Paul Dingman              © Paul Dingman              © Paul Dingman              + 11

  • Architects

  • Location

    National Prosecutors College of People's Republic of China Sichuan Branch (South Gate), Airport Road Tuqiao Section, Shuangliu, Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • Category

  • Architect Of Record

    China Southwest Architectural Design and Research Institute
  • Interior Design

    Lian Zhitian and CL3
  • Structural Engineer

    ARUP
  • Landscape Architect

    EDAW
  • Lighting Consultant

    Panorama
  • Curtain Wall Consultant

    Aurecon
  • Signage

    Dutton Bray
  • Property Consultant

    Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Surveyor

    DLS
  • Area

    2010.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs