Archinect - News 2018-12-12T00:22:41-05:00 The world's 'deepest hotel' just opened to guests in an abandoned Chinese quarry Alexander Walter 2018-11-16T15:50:00-05:00 >2018-11-16T15:57:30-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Rising 88 metres (290 feet) from the floor of an abandoned quarry, the 18-storey InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland Hotel in the city&rsquo;s Songjiang district has been in development for 12 years and cost 2 billion yuan (US$287.9 million) to complete. Of its 18 floors, just two are aboveground while its two lowest are completely submerged by a lake that occupies the remainder of the vast quarry pit.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Remember the Chinese '<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deep Pit Hotel</a>' that was poised to open inside an abandoned quarry outside of Shanghai? Officially titled InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland, the 336-room luxury property finally launched yesterday.<br></p> OPEN Architecture completes cave-like UCCA Dune Art Museum Justine Testado 2018-11-15T14:58:00-05:00 >2018-11-15T14:58:39-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Carved into a sand dune along a quiet beach in the port city of Qinhuangdao, the new Ullens Center for Contemporary Art&nbsp;Dune Art Museum debuted its first art exhibition last month, after three years of construction.</p> <p>Aranya commissioned Beijing-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OPEN Architecture</a> to design the museum, which is operated by the UCCA. The architects gave the museum a pared down aesthetic that features organic forms and cave-like spaces.&nbsp;The 930 square-meter museum contains 10 galleries and a cafe.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Wu Qingshan.</figcaption></figure><p>&ldquo;Its interconnected, organically shaped spaces echo those of caves&mdash;the earliest form of human inhabitance, whose walls were once home to some of man&rsquo;s first works of art,&rdquo; OPEN Architecture explains.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Cafe. Photo: Wu Qingshan.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Gallery skylights. Photo: Wu Qingshan.</figcaption></figure><p>The building features multiple openings of different sizes and orientations to provide natural lighting into the space as well as offer views of the changing sky and sea throughout the day. Local workers in Qinhuangdao &mdash; some o...</p> Chinese city to launch artificial moon into space. ​What could possibly go wrong? Alexander Walter 2018-10-29T19:13:00-04:00 >2018-10-30T17:03:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>It might sound like a plot cooked up by a cartoon villain, but a city in southwestern China is aiming to launch into space an artificial moon that could replace streetlights by bathing the ground in a &ldquo;dusk-like glow.&rdquo; [...] the satellite&rsquo;s mirror-like exterior would reflect sunlight down to Earth, creating a glow about eight times brighter than the moon. The artificial moon, which he said would orbit about 500 kilometers above Earth, could save $174 million in electricity from streetlights.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The capital of China's Sichuan province, Chengdu, could have its own illumination satellite&nbsp;'moon' up in the skies by 2020, according to the <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People's Daily</a></em>.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Light pollution</a>, and its documented health effects on humans and nocturnal wildlife, doesn't seem to be much of a concern to the officials behind the audacious&nbsp;space-mirror scheme. As Kang Weimin, Director of the Institute of Optics, School of Aerospace at Harbin Institute of Technology, attempts to reassure: "The light of the satellite is similar to a dusk-like glow, so it should not affect animals&rsquo; routines." &ndash; Okay, we're all cool.</p> Exhibit claiming to show works by contemporary Japanese artists Yayoi Kusama and Takashi Murakami faces legal action Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-26T14:16:00-04:00 >2018-10-26T14:17:00-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>An exhibit traveling around China is facing legal action by the artists the exhibit claims to be showcasing. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">According</a> to <em>Nikken Asian Review</em>, a Chinese company has been putting on pop-ups since April that have been displaying forged works meant to be by contemporary Japanese artists <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yayoi Kusama</a> and Takashi Murakami. A recent iteration in Shanghai that began in mid-September has already been shut down after Kusama and her representatives were made aware of the fake works.</p> <p>Neither Kusama, who is known for her playful installations, nor Murakami, whose work blends Japanese traditional and pop culture, are claiming any involvement with the various exhibitions. Kusama&rsquo;s lawyer, Yoshifumi Onodera has said they are looking into taking legal action against the organizers who have not yet been identified. Murakami&rsquo;s attorney, Hiroshi Kamiyama, echoed this sentiment, telling reporters at the <em>Asian Review</em> that they are considering a similar response.</p> <p>As China's art market has grown into an 8...</p> China inaugurates the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, the world's longest sea-crossing bridge Justine Testado 2018-10-23T19:47:00-04:00 >2018-10-23T19:48:17-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Local leaders hope the bridge will expand the potential for growth in the area, by easing access to cheaper land on the western side and ports and other infrastructure to the east. Critics of the project say its goals are more political than economic, aiding efforts by China&rsquo;s central government to bind the former colonies of Hong Kong and Macau more tightly with the rest of the country.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Delayed by two years, billions of dollars over budget, and wrought with controversy, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge</a> was officially declared open by China's leader Xi Jinping today. Designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Aedas with AECOM,&nbsp;the 34-mile structure required over 400,000 tons of steel and includes a 4-mile undersea tunnel that links the Hong Kong side to the main bridge span.</p> <p>With the bridge, traveling from Zhuhai to Hong Kong International Airport will take 45 minutes instead of four hours, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">officials said</a>. Traveling between Zhuhai and the Kwai Tsing Container Terminal will take 75 minutes instead of 3.5 hours.</p> <p>According to The New York Times, most travelers will cross the bridge via shuttle bus lines. Private cars will have limited access, and special permits will be required to drive through the entire structure.&nbsp;<br></p> Shenzhen's elevated garden will bring pedestrians to the sky Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-11T19:31:00-04:00 >2018-10-11T19:31:48-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;Given the diversity of the buildings emerging within the Qianhai area, our preference was for a simple, bold, and confident insertion into the existing master plan,&rdquo; says Spence. &ldquo;The formality derives from the existing road grid and building plots, combined with our desire to maximize the area of raised green park linking the city to the bay. It creates a new horizon against which people can orientate.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>In the bustling city of Shenzen, the growing metropolis that bridges Hong Kong to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China's</a> mainland, an exciting <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sky garden</a> project will bring the city's transportation infrastructure to the sky. The team at&nbsp;Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners are creating a mile long elevated pathway. The main function of these elevated gardens, according to building developers, is to transition <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pedestrians</a> from the ground level to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">skyscrapers</a> in the city center.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners</figcaption></figure><p>Creating this separation of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">transit</a> levels will allow for pedestrians to enjoy a much slower paced transit experience, leaving the levels below the sky gardens for commuters riding by train or car. The project is soon to be finished in 2020.</p> Architects present their Homes of the Future at the 2018 China House Vision Exhibition Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-04T15:36:00-04:00 >2018-10-05T09:35:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Coinciding with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing Design Week</a>, the China House Vision exhibition asked ten Chinese and Japanese design studios to envision the future of living. Presenting a&nbsp;diverse range of living environments that address issues such as population crowding, space travel and climate change, firms such as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OPEN Architecture</a> showcased pavilions that challenge the way we currently think about living, and explore how we might inhabit the world of tomorrow.</p> <p>House Vision is a cultural research project initiated in 2013 by Japanese graphic designer and curator Kenya Hara. The recent Beijing-based edition,&nbsp;sited just meters from Beijing's iconic Olympic Stadium, is the first one to be held outside of Japan. Below, take a look at the futuristic designs.&nbsp;</p> Concrete Vessel by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atelier FCJZ</a>: <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Nac&aacute;sa &amp; Partners Inc. &copy; HOUSE VISION</figcaption></figure>House ATO by Atelier Deshaus: <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Nac&aacute;sa &amp; Partners Inc. &copy; HOUSE VISION</figcaption></figure>e-Vege House by Yang Design: <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Nac&aacute;sa &amp; Partners Inc. &copy; HOUSE VISION</figcaption></figure>Mars Case by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OPEN ...</a> 'World's First Underground Hotel' set to open in an abandoned Chinese quarry Alexander Walter 2018-09-28T18:29:00-04:00 >2018-09-28T18:29:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland (also known as&nbsp;the Deep Pit Hotel), will finally open its doors in October. The eye-popping, luxury hotel&nbsp;is standing out as a must-see destination in itself. Built mostly below ground in a deep pit of an abandoned quarry in southwestern Shanghai, it&rsquo;s being hailed as a modern architectural wonder. [...] Of its 18 floors, 16 are technically below ground, including two floors underwater.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of Atkins.</figcaption></figure><p>"The hotel houses 337 rooms and suites that boast curved balconies where guests can enjoy views of the waterfalls spilling from the surrounding cliffs and the transparent glass waterfall built into the centre of the hotel," writes <em>Lonely Planet</em> on its website. What's not to love?&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of Atkins.</figcaption></figure><p>Artificial waterfalls inside an enormous rock pit certainly feel more authentic than the 350-foot example gushing down&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this skyscraper</a>&nbsp;1,130 miles further west in the city of&nbsp;Guiyang.<br></p> Amateur Architecture Studio brings traditional Chinese materials and craftsmanship into modern architecture Hope Daley 2018-08-30T16:15:00-04:00 >2018-08-30T16:15:36-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Wang Shu and his wife, Lu Wenyu, of China&rsquo;s Amateur Architecture Studio want to protect Chinese culture and history by returning to artisanal building techniques and the use of materials such as natural stone, wood and bamboo. Wang Shu&rsquo;s rejection of what he calls &ldquo;professional, soulless architecture&rdquo; has almost become a war cry. That kind of architecture, he believes, is ruining China.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amateur Architecture Studio</a> focuses on creating work that transcends the black and white divide of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">traditional</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">modern architecture</a>. The duo have made it their mission to bring back handmade work and natural materials into modernization.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>China Academy of Art Xiangshan Campus by Amateur Architecture Studio. Image: T&otilde;nis Kimmel/Flickr. </figcaption></figure><p>Wang Shu&nbsp;was the&nbsp;first Chinese Pritzker winner,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">awarded back in 2012</a>, for&nbsp;his commitment to reviving traditional craftsmanship in the profession.&nbsp;<br><br><img src=";w=514"></p> <figcaption>China Academy of Art, Wa Shan Guesthouse, Xiangshan Campus by Amateur Architecture Studio. Image: Iwan Baan.</figcaption><p>The studio works with material such as bamboo, stone, and wood rather than only focusing on concrete and steel. The Chinese tradition of handmade construction is essential to&nbsp;Shu, who prefers the title of "artisan" rather than "architect".</p> China's projected tallest building reduces height, now ranking 5th tallest Hope Daley 2018-08-29T16:15:00-04:00 >2018-08-29T16:15:55-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Greenland Wuhan Center, designed to surpass the Shanghai Tower and become China&rsquo;s tallest building, will be falling short of its planned 636 metres (2086 feet) height, after the local government prescribed a 21 percent reduction in height for the central China supertall, according to an account in local media outlet the Paper.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture</a> won the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">competition back in 2010</a> to design China's tallest, and the world's 4th tallest, building. The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">supertall</a> was originally designed&nbsp;to&nbsp;reach 126 floors, however construction halted in August last year stopping at the 96th floor.&nbsp;</p> <p>The height reduction is due to safety concerns with the expansion of the city's air transit hub completed in 2017. The original 126 floors would now be in the path of planes approaching the Tianhe International Airport. The building will now only reach&nbsp;1,640 feet making it China&rsquo;s fifth-tallest.&nbsp;</p> BIG completes Shenzhen Energy Company's new “undulating” office skyscrapers Justine Testado 2018-08-13T18:41:00-04:00 >2018-08-20T09:54:27-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Back in 2009, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> in collaboration with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ARUP</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transsolar</a> won the international competition to design Shenzhen Energy Company's new office skyscraper. After six years of construction that began in 2012, the development has been completed at a time when <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shenzhen</a> is continuously evolving into &ldquo;China's Silicon Valley&rdquo;.</p> <figure></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Chao Zhang.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Laurian Ghinitoiu.</figcaption></figure><p>A 220-meter tower and a 120-meter tower are linked by a 34-meter, ground-level podium that houses the main lobbies, conference center, cafeteria, and exhibition space. The Shenzhen Energy Company's offices are located on the highest floors, while the remaining floors are rentable office space.<br></p> <p>No stacked blocks to be seen in this BIG design this time around either.&nbsp;The towers feature an&nbsp;undulating envelope that creates&nbsp;&ldquo;a rippled skin around both towers and breaks away from the traditional glass curtain wall,&rdquo; BIG says.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Chao Zhang.</figcaption></figure><p></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Chao Zhang.</figcaption></figure><p>The facade oscillates between transparency on one side and opacity on ...</p> Airbnb's Great Wall of China sleepover contest gets cancelled Justine Testado 2018-08-13T14:39:00-04:00 >2018-08-13T14:39:22-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Airbnb received mixed feedback on the concept &mdash; amidst concerns that the competition could cause damage to the famous wall. "We deeply respect the feedback we have received," said Airbnb in a statement. "We will be working closely with our hosts and guests in China as well as community leaders to highlight the culture and history that make China one of the most dynamic destinations in the world," said Airbnb.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Not too surprisingly, Airbnb cancelled their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Great Wall of China one-night-sleepover</a> contest a few days before its August 11 submission deadline. The company stated that they "will be in touch in the future about other ways you can explore and discover amazing experiences in China."</p> Chinese Hui Muslims resist order to demolish new mosque Alexander Walter 2018-08-10T14:27:00-04:00 >2018-08-10T14:28:45-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Hundreds of Muslims in north-western China are engaged in a standoff with authorities to prevent their mosque from being demolished. Officials said the newly built Weizhou Grand Mosque in the Ningxia region had not been given proper building permits. But worshippers refused to back down. One resident said they would not "let the government touch the mosque".</p></em><br /><br /><p>The new mosque was completed only last year, and city authorities initially wanted it torn down by Friday, citing a lack of proper planning and construction permits. Amid public outrage, authorities softened their demolition order to a "rectification plan" that demanded a less 'Arab' and more Chinese look.&nbsp;</p> <p>"The first version of that plan called for the mosque&rsquo;s 'Arab-style' domes to be replaced with traditional Chinese-style pagodas but was swiftly rejected by worshippers," <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reports</a> the Hong Kong-based <em>South China Morning Post</em>. "The government then asked the mosque&rsquo;s management committee to remove eight of the nine domes that top the mosque, leaving the largest one in the centre. That, too, was deemed unacceptable by most members of the community."</p><p>Earlier this week, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">unannounced demolition</a> of the influential Beijing studio of Chinese dissident artist&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei</a> sparked international outrage.&nbsp;</p> Ai Weiwei's Beijing studio has been demolished without prior warning Alexander Walter 2018-08-06T18:23:00-04:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Chinese authorities are razing one of the Beijing studios of dissident artist Ai Weiwei. He said that demolition crews showed up without advance warning, and have begun the process of tearing down the studio. Ai has been a longtime critic of the government, and on Saturday, he began posting videos to his Instagram feed of the studio's destruction. "Farewell," Ai wrote. "They started to demolish my studio 'Zuoyuo' in Beijing with no precaution."</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai</a>, who has been living in self-imposed exile in Berlin since Chinese authorities returned his confiscated passport in 2015, responded to <em>NPR</em> about the sudden demolition of his Zuoyou studio in Beijing:</p> <p><em>We didn't receive any advance warning or announcement of the demolition. We were required to move by a certain date, which we have not yet reached. [...] The demolition came as a surprise. Works were damaged due to the unannounced attack on the studio. There was no caution taken. However, compared to the memories which have been lost, compared to a society which has never established trust in the social order, a trust in the rule of law, or a trust in any kind of unity in defending the rights of its people, what has been lost at my studio is insignificant, and I don't even care. There are profoundly deeper and wider ruins in this deteriorating society where the human condition has never been respected.</em></p> Airbnb offers chance to spend a night on the Great Wall of China Alexander Walter 2018-08-02T14:42:00-04:00 >2018-08-02T14:46:16-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Great Wall of China receives an average of more than 27,000 visitors every single day. This fall, eight lucky people will win a night at the Great Wall with 13,000 miles of history all to themselves. In an effort to raise awareness for heritage site protection and cultural exchange, Airbnb is partnering with the Beijing Tourism Development Committee to host the first-ever overnight stays at the modern world wonder.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ever wanted to have a sleepover at one of the seven wonders of the world? Here's your chance. "Four lucky winners and their chosen guests will have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to stay the night in a custom-designed home situated on the ancient Great Wall," explains Airbnb's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Courtesy of Airbnb</figcaption></figure><p>In a magnificent, 2,600-year-old heritage structure, there will be house rules, of course, including "respect the neighbors, all 1.38 billion of them" and "if you see any dragons, do not disturb them."<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Courtesy of Airbnb</figcaption></figure><p>To enter the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">contest</a>, Airbnb asks participants to explain in 550 characters or less why it is "more important now than ever to break down barriers between cultures" and how&nbsp;prospective guests&nbsp;would want to build new connections.&nbsp;</p><p>Submissions will be accepted until August 11.</p> A 350-foot artificial waterfall gushes down this Chinese skyscraper. Because, why not? Alexander Walter 2018-07-26T16:23:00-04:00 >2018-11-29T13:46:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>As more skyscrapers rise to fill the skylines of Chinese cities, it&rsquo;s getting harder to come up with original designs to stand out. That prompted a novel idea: How about a 350-foot waterfall on one side of the building? The waterfall was built as part of the Liebian Building in Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou province in southwest China.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Fortune</em> reports that "the waterfall has generated some local controversy because the electricity needed to power its four pumps costs 800 yuan, or about $118, per hour&mdash;although the building&rsquo;s managers say that the waterfall will run only on special occasions and use recycled water from rain or the tap."</p> <p>One way to beat the summer heat.<br></p> MAD’s tent-like conference center breaks ground in China's rugged mountains Hope Daley 2018-07-26T15:08:00-04:00 >2018-07-26T17:03:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD Architects</a>' new China Entrepreneur Forum Conference Centre has broken ground in the&nbsp;rugged, snow-capped mountains of Yabuli, located in&nbsp;northeastern <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China</a>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>China Entrepreneur Forum Conference Centre by MAD Architects, located in Yabuli, CN. Image: MAD Architects. </figcaption></figure><p>The new centre will act as a permanent venue for annual summits hosted by the China Entrepreneur Forum (CEF) in&nbsp;Yabuli.&nbsp;CEF commissioned MAD Architects,&nbsp;led by Ma Yansong,&nbsp;to design a building that embodied China's entrepreneurial industry.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>China Entrepreneur Forum Conference Centre by MAD Architects, located in Yabuli, CN. Image: MAD Architects. </figcaption></figure><p>Cited along the axis of a mountain, MAD designed a dynamic, tent-like structure defined by soft and sloping lines. The building reaches only 78 feet in height allowing the structure to quietly integrate into the surrounding landscape.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>China Entrepreneur Forum Conference Centre by MAD Architects, located in Yabuli, CN. Image: MAD Architects. </figcaption></figure><p>Organized into four floors, the st...</p> UNStudio Asia completes yacht-inspired Keppel Cove Marina & Clubhouse in Zhongshan Justine Testado 2018-07-11T15:16:00-04:00 >2018-07-11T15:16:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Located along the banks of the Xi River in Zhongshan in Guangdong, the&nbsp;Keppel Cove Marina &amp; Clubhouse is UNStudio Asia's latest completed project. The&nbsp;50,000 square-meter masterplan comprises a marina&nbsp;with direct access to the Xi River, a service building, high-end residential villas and supporting infrastructure, including&nbsp;a bridge, roads, and surrounding external dykes. The project is also&nbsp;the first and only marina with a private port of immigration in all of China.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Tom Roe.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Tom Roe.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Tom Roe.</figcaption></figure><p>Featuring a facade made from bronze-colored aluminum panels, the Clubhouse was designed to resemble a yacht, UNStudio describes, that offers visitors a relaxing space and luxurious amenities for business or leisure. The shape of the building and its surrounding landscape were&nbsp;&ldquo;derived and developed based on the main access routes to the clubhouse, in combination with the most attractive view lines. In a smooth transition, spaces radiate outwards in an organic fan shape, away...</p> Construction equipment manufacturers 'extremely disappointed' with Trump's tariffs Alexander Walter 2018-06-18T14:33:00-04:00 >2018-06-18T14:35:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The American Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has criticised the Trump Administration over the introduction of 25% tariffs on $50bn of Chinese imports. Chinese goods affected include types of construction and agricultural equipment. [...] Since Trump&rsquo;s trade announcement on Friday, China has said it will impose a similar 25% tariff, also worth $50bn.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"We&rsquo;re extremely disappointed with the Trump administration&rsquo;s decision to move forward with these harmful tariffs," said&nbsp;Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) President Dennis Slater in a statement last Friday. "This move jeopardizes many of the 1.3 million good-paying manufacturing jobs our industry supports. The expected retaliatory actions by China&nbsp;also raise costs for equipment manufacturers that rely on a vast supply chain around the world, further eroding the benefits of the recent tax reform. We will continue to fight to end these tariffs immediately."</p> <p>The latest round of tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on a variety of goods imported from&nbsp;China comes on the heels of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">steel and aluminum tariffs</a> that went into effect on March 23, 2018.&nbsp;</p> <p>Need an explainer on how the 25% steel tariff could affect the construction cost of your architectural project? Nick Butcher, Cost/Risk Group Managing Director at&nbsp;MGAC,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">put it into context</a> for us.</p>... Inaugural Serpentine Pavilion Beijing opens to the public Alexander Walter 2018-06-01T18:04:00-04:00 >2018-06-01T18:05:49-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The first Serpentine Pavilion&nbsp;co-commissioned and built outside the UK has opened its figurative doors in Beijing this week.&nbsp;</p> <p>Designed by JIAKUN Architects, the temporary structure is the result of a collaboration between London's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Serpentine Galleries</a> and WF CENTRAL in Beijing. First renderings of the structure, which draws inspiration from Confucianism mimicking the figure of an archer, were unveiled <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">earlier this year</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Serpentine Pavilion Beijing 2018, designed by JIAKUN Architects, WF Central, Beijing (May 30 &ndash; Oct 31, 2018) WF CENTRAL &copy; 2018</figcaption></figure><p>From the project description: "The Serpentine Pavilion Beijing will be a public space for cultural activities, events and social encounters at the very heart of WF CENTRAL, with a programme of cultural activities programmed across five Pavilion Weekends over the summer."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Serpentine Pavilion Beijing 2018, designed by JIAKUN Architects, WF Central, Beijing (May 30 &ndash; Oct 31, 2018) WF CENTRAL &copy; 2018</figcaption></figure><p>"With a focus on society, community and vernacula...</p> Foster + Partners' new Shenzhen HQ for drone maker DJI will feature robot fighting rings Alexander Walter 2018-05-09T15:54:00-04:00 >2018-05-11T06:09:27-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>First renderings were unveiled today of Dajiang Innovation HQ, the slick new Shenzhen headquarters of drone maker and robotics company DJI.</p><p>Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a>, the ensemble of two mirrored towers connected via a not so undramatic sky bridge is currently under construction.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Foster + Partners: Dajiang Innovation HQ, Shenzhen, China</figcaption></figure><p>"The twin towers combine sensitive research and development spaces with office and other public functions," the&nbsp;project description explains. "The floors are arranged in floating volumes cantilevered from central cores by large steel megatrusses &ndash; creating large, column-free spaces throughout, with unique quadruple-height drone flight testing labs. The towers are linked by a sky bridge, which will become another platform for showcasing the latest drone technology."<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Foster + Partners: Dajiang Innovation HQ, Shenzhen, China</figcaption></figure><p>"The ground floor features a public exhibition space that pays tribute to DJI&rsquo;s extraordinary reputation for technological develo...</p> Zaha Hadid Architects: a robot will help build the vaults of Lushan Primary School Alexander Walter 2018-04-19T16:07:00-04:00 >2018-04-25T12:42:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a> just revealed a design proposal for Lushan Primary School, a new learning center for 120 children from 12 local villages in a remote rural area of&nbsp;Jiangxi Province, China. The campus is designed as a network of intersecting barrel and parabolic vaults that accommodate various school, housing, and utility spaces.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of ZHA.</figcaption></figure><p>From the project description: "The school&rsquo;s curriculum is a synthesis of Chinese and international academic systems; combining an education in the creative arts with a comprehensive syllabus of STEM subjects that also includes advanced internet-based learning technologies. Visiting teachers and artists will make the school a focus for the community it serves."<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering by VA. Image courtesy of ZHA.</figcaption></figure><p>"Surrounded by mountains as well as the rivers and lakes fed by the Zhelin Reservoir, the school is within an agricultural region that also has a rich tradition in the production of ceramics. [...]&nbsp;The campus includes the school, dormito...</p> SOM's new Hangzhou Wangchao Center features an impressive curved silhouette Alexander Walter 2018-04-09T15:52:00-04:00 >2018-04-09T15:55:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill</a> just revealed designs for a new mixed-use skyscraper in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, a rapidly growing metropolis with a population of nearly 10 million and host of the Asian Games in 2022. <br></p> <p>The 288-meter-tall, 54-story Hangzhou Wangchao Center makes a strong first impression with its curved facade lines&mdash;merging the engineering feat of eight flowing mega-columns with architectural formal expression.</p> <p>Completion is scheduled for 2021.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; SOM | Brick Visual</figcaption></figure><p>Here's more information about the tower from SOM: <br></p> <p>"The Hangzhou Wangchao Center will serve as a gateway to the newly planned Qianjang Century Town in Hangzhou. It will add 125,000 square meters of office, hotel, and retail programming to the rapidly expanding region. The tower is directly adjacent to one of the city&rsquo;s new subway stations, and is accessible from a major roadway."<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; SOM | Brick Visual</figcaption></figure><p>"The tower's expressive silhouette is the result of an integrated <br>architectural and engineering solut...</p> thyssenkrupp opens first rope-less, high-speed elevator test tower in China Alexander Walter 2018-03-27T15:11:00-04:00 >2018-03-27T15:17:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>German elevator specialists <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">thyssenkrupp</a> just inaugurated a new plant and test tower&nbsp;in Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province, China, only months after opening <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">another high-tech test tower</a> near the company's headquarters in Rottweil.&nbsp;</p> <p>At a height of 248 meters (or 31 floors above ground), the Zhongshan test tower even slightly surpasses the (not so) old structure in Germany. Both facilities feature the company's new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">rope-less elevator system</a>, MULTI, which can go up, down and also sideways.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: thyssenkrupp Elevator AG.</figcaption></figure><p>The 13-shaft tower is in for some heavy-duty testing: An Active Mass Damper system can both reduce the extent of tower swing caused by changes in weather conditions, and also simulate extreme seismic and&nbsp;meteorological conditions, like earthquakes and typhoons.</p><p>It comes as no surprise that China is&nbsp;thyssenkrupp's largest market in Asia: The company had sales of 17.8 percent in China in the last financial year.</p> Another car brand enters residential design: MINI is creating China's first co-living project Alexander Walter 2018-03-08T13:49:00-05:00 >2018-03-08T13:51:00-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>With its newest project, the MINI Living building in Shanghai, the car brand is continuing its venture into the urban living sector. The rental market in big cities across the world is an interesting addition to the list of urban challenges that it seeks to address with its MINI Living program.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: MINI</figcaption></figure><p>"MINI LIVING will become a home for singles, sharers and families on short, medium-term and extended tenancies," a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">statement</a> by the BMW-owned car(ish) brand explains the co-living concept. "The design and therefore the character of the apartment interiors is international, modern and clean, and features references to the history of Shanghai. However, living in an apartment that occupies only a small surface area in no way means going without. Anything that doesn&rsquo;t fit inside the apartments can be accommodated in the adjacent spaces."</p> META-Project's triangular lookout offers breathtaking views of the Songhua Lake Resort Justine Testado 2018-02-28T19:24:00-05:00 >2018-03-01T13:55:43-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Beijing-based practice&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">META-Project</a> designed this stage-like, triangular lookout built on a forest hillside at the Songhua Lake Resort in Ji Lin, China. Completed in 2017, the structure also functions as a flexible public space where exhibitions, meetings, workshops, and other events can take place.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Su Shengliang.</figcaption></figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><br></figure><figure><figcaption>Photo: Su Shengliang.</figcaption></figure><p>Adjacent to a Mongolian oak forest, the building is a &ldquo;dark, free-floating monolith&rdquo; that starkly contrasts against a snowy backdrop during the winter. In the summer, the building is surrounded by lush vegetation.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Su Shengliang.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Su Shengliang.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Su Shengliang.</figcaption></figure><p>META-Project came up with the lookout's triangular floating design to minimize its impact as much as possible to existing vegetation, while&nbsp; maximizing views of the beautiful landscape on the platform level. The structure shows off Shou-Sugi-Ban cladding (charred cedar shingles) that can appear silvery under certain angles of sunlight.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Su Shengliang.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Su Shengli...</figcaption></figure> Marina Bay Sands 2.0: Moshe Safdie sets record for tallest sky bridge with new "horizontal skyscraper" in Chongqing Alexander Walter 2018-02-26T13:57:00-05:00 >2018-02-26T14:00:10-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Construction of The Conservatory sky bridge has given Raffles City Chongqing the title of development with the highest sky bridge linking the most number of towers. [...] Designed by Moshe Safdie, Raffles City Chongqing also consists of a 350-m supertall skyscraper, which currently holds two records for being China&rsquo;s tallest residential tower and Chongqing&rsquo;s tallest building.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: CapitaLand</figcaption></figure><p>If you thought <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marina Bay Sands</a>' sky bridge in Singapore was pretty impressive, hold your breath now for its younger, bigger sibling, Raffles City Chongqing, currently growing towards the sky in Central China.&nbsp;</p> <p>Also designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Safdie Architects</a>, the 1.12 million sqm megadevelopment's centerpiece are four 250-tall skyscrapers holding up an enormous 300m-long and 30m-wide curved sky bridge&mdash;taller (of course) than its Singapore inspiration and now also holding the world record as the&nbsp;development with the highest sky bridge linking the most number of towers.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: CapitaLand</figcaption></figure><p>To make the project further stand out, the developers also threw in a couple of supertall 350m-tall apartment towers&mdash;one of which already topped out and took the title of China's&nbsp;tallest residential tower and Chongqing&rsquo;s tallest building.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: CapitaLand</figcaption></figure><p>"Hoisting the three middle steel segments of The Conservatory&mdash;each weighing up to 1,100 tons&mdash;to the designated height of 250 m marks a world firs...</p> MVRDV's Dawn Bridge in Shanghai will be a footbridge, boulevard and viewpoint all in one Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-02-08T20:10:00-05:00 >2018-02-09T13:38:18-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Dutch-studio <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV</a> has won the competition to develop the Dawn Bridge, a multi-use pathway in the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China</a>. Located on the outskirts of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shanghai</a>, the ancient district was established over 1,700 years ago and is peppered with historical rice shops, banks, spice stores etc.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; MVRDV</figcaption></figure><p>The 80-meter bridge is located between new residential buildings and will help mark a new era of development to the area. Yet, given its unique, setting, the firm wanted to establish a strong relation to its surrounding. Beyond a roadway, the bridge doubles as&nbsp;a public space that gives priority to pedestrians by maximizing the space made available to them. Topped with trees and featuring trendy, amphitheater-style seating, the public space provides an overlook from which to take in the historical, river views.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; MVRDV</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; MVRDV</figcaption></figure><p>Further, "the bridge establishes a relation with the delicate surrounding by absorbing its palette of colors and materials. The grey roofs are recalled by ...</p> Serpentine Pavilion is coming to Beijing this summer Alexander Walter 2018-01-31T18:28:00-05:00 >2018-01-31T18:35:26-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>London-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Serpentine Galleries</a> are branching out to China and will be opening the inaugural Serpentine Pavilion Beijing this May. <br></p> <p>Announced as a collaboration with WF CENTRAL from Beijing, the new pavilion will be designed by JIAKUN Architects in the city's historic Dongcheng District, only a stones-throw away from the iconic Forbidden City.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Render of the Serpentine Pavilion Beijing 2018, Design by Jiakun Architects, &copy; Jiakun Architects</figcaption></figure><p>According to the architects, the pavilion design takes inspiration from Confucianism, having the architecture act as a physical representation of the traditional pursuit of <em>Junzi</em>: "The design is characterized by the figure of the Archer, in the form of a curved cantilever beam that incorporates the forces of elasticity through cables stretched between steel plates. Although modern architecture in Beijing has developed a series of powerful techniques to fight the external forces of fierce winds and unpredictable earthquakes, the Pavilion's integral...</p> China builds "world's biggest air purifier" to battle air pollution Alexander Walter 2018-01-17T13:36:00-05:00 >2018-11-29T13:46:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>An experimental tower over 100 metres (328 feet) high in northern China &ndash; dubbed the world&rsquo;s biggest air purifier by its operators &ndash; has brought a noticeable improvement in air quality, according to the scientist leading the project, as authorities seek ways to tackle the nation&rsquo;s chronic smog problem. [...] The head of the research, Cao Junji, said improvements in air quality had been observed over an area of 10 square kilometres (3.86 square miles) in the city over the past few months [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Now that the experimental <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">smog</a>-eating tower is up and running in the city of Xian, authorities are hoping to build much bigger, scaled-up versions in other Chinese cities soon: "A full-sized tower would reach 500 metres (1,640 feet) high with a diameter of 200 metres (656 feet)," the <em>South China Morning Post</em> writes.<br></p>