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Chinese Architecture

Life and Aesthetics Experience in Phoenix Mansion / gad

23:00 - 17 September, 2018
Life and Aesthetics Experience in Phoenix Mansion / gad, Courtesy of gad
Courtesy of gad

© Yi Fan © Yi Fan © Yi Fan © Yi Fan + 22

  • Architects

    gad
  • Location

    Feng Qi Lu, Xiacheng Qu, Hangzhou Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, China
  • Landscape design

    Ueyakato Landscape, Suzhou Institute of Landscape Architecture Design
  • Interior design

    Carlisle Design Studio, Burega Farnell (L.A.)
  • Area

    2127.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Nanjing Museum / CCTN Design

20:00 - 8 June, 2018
Gallery of special exhibitions. Image Courtesy of CCTN Design
Gallery of special exhibitions. Image Courtesy of CCTN Design

Original Wood Stairs At the Junction. Image © Guangyuan Zhang Atrium of Gallery of Special Exhibtions. Image Courtesy of CCTN Design Facade Detail. Image Courtesy of CCTN Design Junction area between the reserved old main hall and the newly built gallery of history. Image © Guangyuan Zhang + 28

  • Architects

  • Location

    321 Zhongshan E Rd, Xuanwu Qu, Nanjing Shi, Jiangsu Sheng, China
  • Lead Architect

  • Associates

    Youfen Wang, Dapeng Wang, Jing Chai, Pengjun Zhang, Huiyu Liu, Xiaoyi Luo, Weifeng Chen, Ying Ying
  • Collaborators

    Jiangsu Provincial Architectural Design & Research Institute Ltd,
  • Area

    84500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Wang Jing Memorial Hall / DnA

00:00 - 28 May, 2018
© Ziling Wang
© Ziling Wang

© Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang + 26

  • Architects

    DnA
  • Location

    Wangcun, Songyang, Lishui, Zhejiang, China
  • Lead Architect

  • Client

    Village Committee of Wang Village
  • Area

    406.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

What It’s Like to be an Architect who Doesn’t Design Buildings

06:00 - 6 April, 2018
What It’s Like to be an Architect who Doesn’t Design Buildings, Han Zhang along with her team at <a href="http://www.archdaily.cn">ArchDaily China</a>. Image Courtesy of Han Zhang
Han Zhang along with her team at ArchDaily China. Image Courtesy of Han Zhang

There's an old, weary tune that people sing to caution against being an architect: the long years of academic training, the studio work that takes away from sleep, and the small job market in which too many people are vying for the same positions. When you finally get going, the work is trying as well. Many spend months or even years working on the computer and doing models before seeing any of the designs become concrete. If you're talking about the grind, architects know this well enough from their training, and this time of ceaseless endeavor in the workplace only adds to that despair.

Which is why more and more architects are branching out. Better hours, more interesting opportunities, and a chance to do more than just build models. Furthermore, the skills you learn as an architect, such as being sensitive to space, and being able to grasp the cultural and societal demands of a place, can be put to use in rather interesting ways. Here, 3 editors at ArchDaily talk about being an architect, why they stopped designing buildings, and what they do in their work now. 

Wuyuan Skywells Hotel / anySCALE

22:00 - 21 February, 2018
Wuyuan Skywells Hotel / anySCALE, Exterior. Image © Marc Goodwin
Exterior. Image © Marc Goodwin

Exterior. Image © Marc Goodwin Public space. Image © Marc Goodwin Surroundings. Image © Marc Goodwin Exterior. Image © Marc Goodwin + 40

  • Architects

  • Location

    Wuyuan, Shangrao, Jiangxi, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Andreas Thomczyk
  • Design Team

    Andreas Thomczyk, Mika Woll, Amy Mathieson, Danxin Sun, Kevin Wang
  • Area

    1385.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Lijiang Back and Forward Boutique Hotel / NTYPE

19:00 - 8 February, 2018
Lijiang Back and Forward Boutique Hotel / NTYPE, Central Yard Night View. Image © Joao Lemos
Central Yard Night View. Image © Joao Lemos

Central Yard Day View. Image © Joao Lemos Facade Screen Casting Light and Shadow into the Room. Image © Joao Lemos Local Naxi Lady Walking Through the Corridor Connecting the Front and Back. Image © Joao Lemos Lobby. Image © Joao Lemos + 20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Lijiang, Yunnan, China
  • Lead Architects

    Joao Lemos, Yang Yang
  • Design Team

    Fabio Paulo, Henrique Narciso, Huihui Zhou
  • Area

    703.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Best Modern Examples of Ancient Courtyard Renovations in China

12:00 - 3 February, 2018
© Fangfang Tian
© Fangfang Tian

Chinese courtyard houses are one of the most common housing typologies spanning all the way from the northern capital of Beijing to the poetic southern cities Hangzhou and back to the picturesque regions of Yunnan. Typically referred as heyuan, these courtyards homes are simply a “yard enclosed on four sides."

Traditionally, heyuans were large single-family homes, built to house multiple generations of descendants, thus the essential gathering place for micro-communities. Today, however, many heyuans in China are faced with the challenges of encroaching urban development. The national reforms of the 1950’s divided up many existing courtyards to be occupied by multiple families and groups, exhausting ancient sanitation systems nationwide. These practical circumstances together with market-driven conditions have sparked a renewed interest among architects, to upgrade the conditions of these ancient courtyards and explore the spatial and conceptual possibilities of the typology within their fast-changing urban fabric. Scroll down for a selection of projects that will refresh your understanding of Chinese courtyards.

© Mingming Zhang Courtesy of hyperSity Architects Courtesy of Atelier Archmixing © Weiqi Jin, Ning Wang + 17

Renovation of Xi’an South Gate Plaza / China Northwest Architecture Design and Research Institute

22:00 - 9 January, 2018
huacheng park. Image © Chen Su
huacheng park. Image © Chen Su

miao garden east details. Image © Chen Su miao garden sunken plaza. Image © Chen Su song garden. Image © Chen Su song garden sunrise view. Image © Chen Su + 23

The MaoHaus / AntiStatics Architecture

01:00 - 5 January, 2018
MaoHaus Exterior. Image © Xia Zhi
MaoHaus Exterior. Image © Xia Zhi

MaoHaus Night. Image © Xia Zhi MaoHaus Exterior. Image © Xia Zhi MaoHaus Detail. Image © Xia Zhi MaoHaus Site. Image © Xia Zhi + 52

  • Architects

  • Location

    Banqiao South Alley, Beijing, China
  • Principal Architects

    Martin Miller, Mo Zheng
  • Design Team

    Luke Theodorius E. D. Santoso, Zhiwen Sun, Frank Lee
  • Fabrication and Installation

    eGrow
  • Area

    2000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Spring Whispers Book Club / FON STUDIO

22:00 - 25 December, 2017
Courtesy of FON STUDIO
Courtesy of FON STUDIO

Courtesy of FON STUDIO Courtesy of FON STUDIO Courtesy of FON STUDIO Courtesy of FON STUDIO + 27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Changxiang 5th Alley, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China
  • Project Team

    Boan Jin, Hongzhen Li, Shuanghua Luo, Yanquan Ouyang
  • Area

    70.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017

Space Renovation of 69 Beishan St. / The Design Institute of Landscape and Architecture China Academy of Art

20:01 - 8 December, 2017
Space Renovation of 69 Beishan St. / The Design Institute of Landscape and Architecture China Academy of Art, Central courtyard. Image © Aoguan Performance of Architecture
Central courtyard. Image © Aoguan Performance of Architecture

Vestibule. Image © Aoguan Performance of Architecture Courtyard and entrances. Image © Aoguan Performance of Architecture Brick pattern. Image © Aoguan Performance of Architecture Courtyard facing living area. Image © Aoguan Performance of Architecture + 36

Beijing ‘Tsuo’ / Wonder Architects

00:00 - 23 November, 2017
Beijing ‘Tsuo’ / Wonder Architects, © Haiting Sun
© Haiting Sun

Collecting’ views. Image © Haiting Sun Interaction between the rocks and our living space. Image © Haiting Sun The views corresponding with the space. Image © Haiting Sun The views corresponding with the space. Image © Haiting Sun + 32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Xicheng Qu, China
  • Lead Architects

    QiPeng Zhu
  • Design Team

    Yanpeng Liu, Yingzi Yuan
  • Landscape Design

    Li Ding
  • Lighting Design

    Zhiqiang Ding
  • Client

    Xianfeng Ye
  • Area

    100.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Tongling Recluse / RSAA / Büro Ziyu Zhuang

22:00 - 15 November, 2017
Tongling Recluse / RSAA / Büro Ziyu Zhuang, © SU Shengliang
© SU Shengliang

© SU Shengliang © SU Shengliang © SU Shengliang © SU Shengliang + 59

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tongling, China
  • Architect in Charge

  • Design Team

    Zhengdong Qi, Jing Li, Xin Zhao, Hongyu Fan, Kunyu Zhu, Jiaxin Wang (Intern)
  • Area

    160.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Wuyishan Bamboo Raft Factory / TAO - Trace Architecture Office

02:00 - 31 August, 2017
Wuyishan Bamboo Raft Factory / TAO - Trace Architecture Office, © Shengliang Su
© Shengliang Su

© Shengliang Su © Shengliang Su © Shengliang Su © Shengliang Su + 66

  • Architects

  • Location

    Xingcun Town, Wuyishan Mountain, Fujian, China
  • Lead Architect

    Li Hua
  • Design Team

    Elisabet Aguilar Palau, Jie Zhang, Laijing Zhu, Erxun Lai (site architect), Martino Aviles, Nan Jiang, Weiwen Shi, Junqin Lian
  • Area

    14629.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Hangzhou Ya Gu Quan Shan Hotel / The Architectural Design and Research Institute of Zhejiang University

20:00 - 20 July, 2017
Hangzhou Ya Gu Quan Shan Hotel / The Architectural Design and Research Institute of Zhejiang University, © Zhao Qiang
© Zhao Qiang

© Zhao Qiang © Zhao Qiang © Zhao Qiang © Zhao Qiang + 33

10 Young Chinese Architecture Firms To Watch Out For

09:30 - 10 January, 2017
10 Young Chinese Architecture Firms To Watch Out For

2016 has been a momentous year for Chinese architecture. From the completion of the Harbin Opera house by MAD to the Aga Khan Awards recognizing Zhang Ke of Standard Architecture for his micro-scale design of the Hutong Children’s Library and Art Centre in Beijing. It seems the general perception of Chinese architecture has finally moved beyond the big, weird and ugly.

Since we’ve started to branch out into China, the ArchDaily China team has been able to discover the rich layers beyond just these rising Chinese stars. As part of the country's large-scale urbanization process, last year, we posted some of the large-scale projects designed by China’s (largely unknown) Design & Research institutions such as train stations and cultural centers.

In addition, we’ve also come across a series of smaller, lesser known, younger practices that focuses more on small-scale experimental work. Here are our top ten favorites: 

Tiantai No.2 Primary School . Image © Yu Xu Youth Hotel of iD Town. Image © Chaos.Z Tea House in Hutong. Image © Wang Ning Chi She. Image © Su Shengliang + 25