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Shanghai Hecheng Renovation / Stefano Boeri Architetti China

22:00 - 29 June, 2018
Shanghai Hecheng Renovation / Stefano Boeri Architetti China, © Paolo Roselli
© Paolo Roselli

© Paolo Roselli © Paolo Roselli © Paolo Roselli © Paolo Roselli + 31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Jing’an District, Shanghai, China
  • Lead Architects

    Stefano Boeri, Yibo Xu
  • Project Architect

    Pietro Chiodi
  • Design Coordinator

    Yifan Xu
  • Design Team

    Yitao Huang, Zhiyang Huang, Wenhai Zhu
  • Client

    Green Capital Group
  • Area

    4062.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Revitalizing Theatrical Hutongscape / MINOR lab

00:00 - 27 June, 2018
Revitalizing Theatrical Hutongscape / MINOR lab, view from courtyard to office. Image © Hao Chen
view from courtyard to office. Image © Hao Chen

side view of office space at ground level. Image © Hao Chen exhibition space. Image © Yi-Chi Wang view from exhibition space to office through courtyard. Image © Hao Chen front view from hutong. Image © Hao Chen + 48

  • Architects

  • Location

    26 Sanjing Hutong, Xicheng District, Beijing, China
  • Lead Architects

    Chen Liu, Yi-Chi Wang, Dan Zhao, Ping-Chen Yeh
  • Area

    255.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

The Sun Shed of Chun Qin Yuan Ecological Farm Renovation / Mix Architecture

20:00 - 26 June, 2018
The Sun Shed of Chun Qin Yuan Ecological Farm Renovation / Mix Architecture, Multiple Function Room Bamboo Umbrella and Star. Image © Lin Cong
Multiple Function Room Bamboo Umbrella and Star. Image © Lin Cong

The Edge and Partial of Umbrella. Image © Lin Cong Multiple Function Room Entrance. Image © Lin Cong Central Stage. Image © Lin Cong Entrance. Image © Lin Cong + 16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Qingshui Village, Zhenzhou town, Yizheng, Jiangsu, China
  • Design Team

    Tao Tang, Suning Zhou, Ziye Wu, Zhuju Wei, Bin Peng
  • Construction Team

    Yizheng Guanshuiling Construction Service Co., Ltd.
  • Area

    6800.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Foster + Partners Reveal Proposal for Refurbished Axis of Madrid

12:00 - 20 June, 2018
Foster + Partners Reveal Proposal for Refurbished Axis of Madrid, Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has released details of their proposed comprehensive refurbishment of the Plaza Colón building in Madrid. Located at a historically significant site in Madrid, the scheme will see the transformation and revitalization of the existing structure to “create a new iconic landmark.”

Located at the junction of Madrid’s main north-south and east-west arteries, the building occupies one of the most important intersections in Madrid and forms a key part of the city’s long-term urban vision. The building also faces the bustling Plaza de Colón, one of the largest public spaces in Madrid, while linking three distinct districts containing luxury shopping, finance, art, and historic tradition.

Why Heatherwick Studio's Zeitz MOCAA Is "A Call to Arms" For African Museums

09:30 - 20 June, 2018
© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa—or Zeitz MOCAA for short—recently received first place in ArchDaily's Refurbishment in Architecture awards, with its striking design transforming a formerly derelict industrial building into an iconic landmark in South Africa’s oldest working harbor. Developed by the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town and designed by Heatherwick Studio, the mixed-use project is now “the world’s largest museum dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora.” To celebrate the award, we sat down with group leader Matthew Cash to discuss the challenges faced during the project, its cultural importance to Africa, and the practice’s interest in refurbishment as a whole.

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan + 11

Yu Hotel / Shanghai Benzhe Architecture Design

00:00 - 7 June, 2018
Yu Hotel / Shanghai Benzhe Architecture Design, Yard. Image © SCHRAN Architectural Photography, Xuanmin Jin
Yard. Image © SCHRAN Architectural Photography, Xuanmin Jin

Loft guest room. Image © SCHRAN Architectural Photography, Xuanmin Jin The lobby and café echo each other at a distance. Image © SCHRAN Architectural Photography, Xuanmin Jin Atrium. Image © SCHRAN Architectural Photography, Xuanmin Jin Café. Image © SCHRAN Architectural Photography, Xuanmin Jin + 29

  • Architects

  • Location

    439 Fu Xing Dong Lu, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
  • Lead Architect

    Huajian Jiang
  • Graphic Design

    Benzhe Architecture Design
  • Area

    678.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018

Shanghai Modern Art Museum / Atelier Deshaus

02:00 - 27 May, 2018
Shanghai Modern Art Museum / Atelier Deshaus, © Fangfang Tian
© Fangfang Tian

© Fangfang Tian © Fangfang Tian © Fangfang Tian © Fangfang Tian + 44

MVRDV to Transform Communist-Era Pyramid into Center for Art and Technology in Albania

14:00 - 18 May, 2018
Courtesy of MVRDV
Courtesy of MVRDV

MVRDV has unveiled its vision for transforming the Communist-era “Tirana Pyramid” in Albania into a center for technology, art, and culture. Under the plans, the abandoned structure will be revitalized as a multifunctional technology education center for Tirana’s youth, with the existing dark interior becoming open, bright, and green.

The Tirana Pyramid was opened in 1988 as the Enver Hoxta Museum, designed in honor of Albania’s former communist leader. Since then, the building has transitioned into a NATO base during the Balkan Wars, a nightclub, and an event space. Though now in decay, the building remains a popular spot for young people keen to climb on its roof. As a nod to this unique appropriation, MVRDV has made the roof officially available for all visitors.

Courtesy of MVRDV © Gent Onuzi Courtesy of MVRDV Courtesy of MVRDV + 5

7 Architects Create 7 New Community Spaces Beneath a Disused Japanese Overpass

08:00 - 17 May, 2018
7 Architects Create 7 New Community Spaces Beneath a Disused Japanese Overpass, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

A +100 meter stretch of land beneath a train overpass in Koganecho, a district of Yokohama, Japan, underwent a progressive refurbishment in which seven different types of community space, each designed by a different architect, were built within a pre-set spatial grid. Historically there were many social issues in the area, largely in relation to its profitable but dangerous black market and red-light district. Once the illegal activity was eradicated in 2005, the underpass presented a great opportunity for social re-development, and the resultant project - the Koganecho Centre - emphasized an age-old Japanese cultural commitment, where what was once broken is used to make something new.

© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu + 23

The Chicago Tribune Tower Might Have a New Neighbor: The City's Second-Tallest Skyscraper

14:39 - 24 April, 2018
The Chicago Tribune Tower Might Have a New Neighbor: The City's Second-Tallest Skyscraper, Courtesy of CIM / Golub
Courtesy of CIM / Golub

The Chicago Tribune Tower is at the center of a $1 billion development seeking to bring over 700 residential units to the city center. Developers CIM and Golub have unveiled a proposal which would see the redevelopment of the neo-Gothic tower into 163 condominiums, and the construction of a tapering skyscraper only 30 feet shorter than the Willis Tower, Chicago’s tallest building.

Courtesy of CIM / Golub Courtesy of CIM / Golub Courtesy of CIM / Golub Courtesy of CIM / Golub + 9

Jiangshan Fishing Village Renewal / Mix Architecture

00:00 - 16 April, 2018
Jiangshan Fishing Village Renewal / Mix Architecture, New and Old. Image © Bowen Hou
New and Old. Image © Bowen Hou

Bookshelves and Patio. Image © Bowen Hou Snow View. Image © Bowen Hou Glass Tea House. Image © Bowen Hou Exterior Facade. Image © Bowen Hou + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Jiangshan Village, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Lead Architects

    Ziye Wu, Suning Zhou, TaoTang
  • Design Team

    Man Liu, Junpeng Mao
  • Construction Team

    Nantong Jielida Construction Service Co., Ltd.
  • Area

    385.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • 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. 

1305 STUDIO in Shanghai / 1305 STUDIO

00:00 - 30 March, 2018
© Shen-photo
© Shen-photo

© Shen-photo © Shen-photo © Shen-photo © Shen-photo + 42

  • Architects

  • Location

    Changning Qu, Shanghai, China
  • Lead Architects

    Qiang Shen, Zhigang Fu
  • Area

    480.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

The Boundaryless / INSPIRATION GROUP

20:00 - 25 March, 2018
The Boundaryless / INSPIRATION GROUP, © Zaohui Huang
© Zaohui Huang

© Zaohui Huang © Zaohui Huang © Zaohui Huang © Zaohui Huang + 35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Guangzhou, China
  • Design director

    Thomas Xie
  • Design Team

    Maggie Yu, James Jiang, Mafa Ye, Dina Ding, Jen Wang, Joyce Song
  • Area

    375.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Kengo Kuma Transforms Shanghai Shipyard Into Multi-Use Complex

04:00 - 2 March, 2018
Kengo Kuma Transforms Shanghai Shipyard Into Multi-Use Complex, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

In the Lujiazui financial district in Pudong, Shanghai, Kengo Kuma has reimagined a 1972 shipyard into a new 9,000-square-meter multi-use complex, named Shipyard 1862. Behind original, rugged brick walls, the old shipyard was once defined by a 12 by 30-meter grid, which allowed for massive interior spaces to hold ships. In this industrial-style adaptive reuse project, Kuma was careful to preserve the building’s structural and material integrity. These photographs provided by Julien Lanoo show how the industrial shell has been transformed by the refurbishment project.

Renovation of Xi'an Dahua Textile Mill / China Architecture Design Group Land-based Rationalism D.R.C

00:00 - 28 February, 2018
Aerial. Image © Frederic Henriques
Aerial. Image © Frederic Henriques

© Guangyuan Zhang © Guangyuan Zhang © Guangyuan Zhang © Guangyuan Zhang + 65

  • Architects

  • Location

    251 Tai Hua Nan Lu, Xincheng Qu, Xian Shi, Shaanxi Sheng, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Kai Cui, Keyao Wang,Rubing Zhang, Aurelien Chen
  • Design Team

    Keyao Wang,Rubing Zhang, Aurelien Chen, Yang Liu, Fan Gao, Yang Cao
  • Landscape Designer

    Jun Feng
  • Construction Drawing

    China Northwest Building Design Research
  • Collaborators

    Western Institute of Seismic and Building Design + Design Institute of Xi’an University of Architecture And Technology
  • Paper model

    Jianjun Song
  • Award

    Second Place at 2A Asia Architcture Award 2016 Old and New category – Vienna
  • Area

    84790.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

NONG STUDIO / NONG STUDIO

22:00 - 9 February, 2018
© Chasing Wang
© Chasing Wang

© Chasing Wang © Chasing Wang © Chasing Wang © Chasing Wang + 30

  • Architects

  • Location

    1247 Suzhou South Rd., Huangpu District, Shanghai, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Chasing Wang
  • Design Team

    Neal Zhu, Luca Lannote (Italy), Kunyang Wang
  • Construction Team

    Shanghai Taoyi Building Decoration Engineering Co., Ltd
  • Area

    180.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

The Renovation of Louis Kahn's Yale University Art Center: A Significant Moment for Architectural Preservation

09:30 - 19 January, 2018
The Renovation of Louis Kahn's Yale University Art Center: A Significant Moment for Architectural Preservation, © Elizabeth Felicella, courtesy of Yale University Art Gallery
© Elizabeth Felicella, courtesy of Yale University Art Gallery

This article was originally published by Common Edge as "How the Restoration of Louis Kahn’s Yale Art Gallery Helped Kickstart Modern Preservation."

I have a distinct memory from my days as an architecture student at the University of California Berkeley in the late ‘80s. During an architectural survey class taught by Spiro Kostof, Louis I Kahn’s Yale University Art Gallery popped up in the slideshow. “Nice building,” I thought, “but what’s with those windows?”

Fifteen years later at Polshek Partnership (now Ennead Architects), I would become the project architect for the construction phase overseeing the rehabilitation of that classic building—the most challenging aspect of which was to replace “those windows.” I came to understand, intimately, how the double-paned window wall had failed almost as soon as construction was complete. Condensation accumulated between the panes, creating the foggy effect that marred my first impression of this groundbreaking building.