Archinect - News 2018-09-20T12:35:11-04:00 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 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <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 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <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> Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Aedas unveil major boundary crossing facility for Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Alexander Walter 2018-01-16T15:38:00-05:00 >2018-01-16T15:45:19-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) and Aedas today unveiled their involvement in a boundary crossing which will provide a new entry point into Hong Kong. The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities (HKBCF) is a joint project between the two architects, working with AECOM, which will provide new connections between Hong Kong, mainland China, and Macao, and which will bring wider benefits across the Pearl River Delta.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After years of delay and enormous cost overruns, work seems to be picking up again on the ambitious&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hong Kong&ndash;Zhuhai&ndash;Macau Bridge</a> project; connecting <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hong Kong</a> International Airport with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Macau</a> across the Lingdingyang channel and Zhuhai in mainland China via a series of bridges and one undersea tunnel which, once completed, would be one of the world's longest at 34 miles/55 kilometers.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via Wikipedia</figcaption></figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aedas</a>, working with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AECOM</a>, now revealed designs and construction images of one the bridge project's key elements, the&nbsp;Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities (HKBCF).&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>HKBC Construction</figcaption></figure><p>From the architects: "The HKBCF will cover 130 hectare on a new 150-hectare artificial island reclaimed from the open waters to the north-east of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), and will benefit from the proximity to the HKIA&rsquo;s transport links, including the SkyPier Ferry Terminal, and the MTR&rsquo;s Airport Express and Tung Chung line...</p> China's extreme "duplitecture" photographed next to its Paris equivalent Hope Daley 2018-01-11T18:02:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Photographer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Francois Prost</a>'s recent photo series,<em>&nbsp;</em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Paris Syndrome</em></a>, reveals just how far China's "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">duplitecture</a>" went in the city of&nbsp;Tianducheng. Pairing images of China's replica city with its Paris equivalent&mdash;side by side it can be initially unclear which is the original.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Tianducheng&nbsp;features its own 100m high Eiffel tower, a haussmanian style neighborhood and a Versailles garden inspired park. The Paris copy&nbsp;was built 11 years ago and deemed a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ghost town</a> until just last year when the population rose to 30,000. Now Tianducheng is in many ways just another suburb with middle class people going about their daily lives.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p>Have you spotted which is the real Paris? All images on the left are of&nbsp;Tianducheng&nbsp;and all on the right are of Paris.&nbsp;<br></p><p><br></p><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>This duplitecture goes way further than simply copying a famous structure as an attraction; this is an entire city designed to have real people live in it. Dig further into the oddities and ideas around this phenomena in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CityLab's article</a>.&nbsp;<br></p>... MUJI enters the hospitality market with two new hotels in China Alexander Walter 2018-01-10T14:18:00-05:00 >2018-01-10T14:25:00-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The first images of MUJI Hotel Shenzhen have been released, and they show that it has been built to reflect the ethos of the brand that is best-known for its minimalist homeware products. [...] The company says the hotels have been designed to reflect &ldquo;an anti-gorgeous, anti-cheap&rdquo; concept. Its goal is to offer great sleep at the right price, provide a space supporting both body and mind while away from home, and connect travellers to local people and places.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Bedroom inside the MUJI HOTEL in Shenzhen.</figcaption></figure><p>After experimenting with houses for (strictly)&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dogs</a> and (mostly)&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">humans</a>, Japanese lifestyle design retailer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MUJI</a> is now also entering the hospitality sector with two new branded hotels to open in Shenzhen on January 18 and in Beijing on March 20.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Bathroom inside the MUJI HOTEL in Shenzhen.</figcaption></figure><p>To separate itself from the incumbent competition in a crowded market, MUJI describes its hotel concept having neither "exorbitantly priced and superfluent services nor dreary guest rooms resulting from the extreme reduction of quality"; a reflection of the company's design philosophy of "not too much, not too little."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Inside the MUJI HOTEL in Shenzhen.</figcaption></figure><p>To round off the experience, guests will find a MUJI Diner in the same building as well as a MUJI store to purchase all the fine products they just surrounded themselves with.</p> <p>The first hotel outside of China is scheduled to open in&nbsp;spring of 2019 in Tokyo's Ginza district.</p> <p><em>Images via&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p>... Looking to buy an unfinished skyscraper? This Chinese online auction has one listed (starting price: $84m). Alexander Walter 2018-01-02T14:45:00-05:00 >2018-01-02T14:45:25-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A 156m (511ft) skyscraper in northern Shanxi province has been listed on Taobao, China's largest e-commerce website, by a local court. [...] Construction on the building first began in 2006 and was due to be completed by 2011, according to Chinese state media outlet Xinhua. However, the developer ran into funding troubles. The building was eventually seized by the Shanxi Provincial Higher People's Court.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Fresh coat of paint, some shiplap here and there, and this puppy can be open for business in no time.</figcaption></figure><p>If a 511-ft fixer upper in the northern Chinese city of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taiyuan</a> has been on your real estate wishlist for some time, and you happen to have at least 553m yuan ($84 million) sitting idly by, then <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this listing</a> on China's popular Taobao online auction site is your biggest good news of 2018 yet.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Hurry though, the campaign ends later today.</p> Iwan Baan photographs MAD's newly completed Chaoyang Park Plaza Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-12-26T13:03:00-05:00 >2017-12-26T13:03:53-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD Architects</a> recently <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">completed their massive Chaoyang Park Plaza</a>, a 220,000 square meter, 10 building complex which draws on classic Chinese landscape paintings in its design. Completed just in time for the end of the year, this recently released set of images by acclaimed architectural photographer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Iwan Baan</a>&nbsp;demonstrate why the rock-shaped towers are making everyone's end of the year lists!</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo by Iwan Baan.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo by Iwan Baan.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo by Iwan Baan.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo by Iwan Baan.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo by Iwan Baan.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo by Iwan Baan.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo by Iwan Baan.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo by Iwan Baan.</figcaption></figure> Itching to go East? Here are 11 exciting architecture job opportunities in China & Hong Kong Hope Daley 2017-12-20T12:09:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>China based job openings have sprung up on the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Job Board</a> offering levels and positions for all. To the current job hunters out there, consider basing out of Beijing or Hong Kong and check out Archinect&rsquo;s latest roundup of current jobs on the market.</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Steven Holl Architects</strong></a> has two open positions in their Beijing office:</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Maggie's Centre at Barts by Steven Holl Architects. Photo: Iwan Baan.</figcaption></figure><p>- <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Senior Architect</a></p> <p>The firm seeks an individual with at least 8 years experience working on high-quality building projects with involvement in the complete process. The right candidate will have experience with large scale projects and be proficient in both Chinese and English.</p> <p>-<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Junior/Intermediate Architect</a></p> <p>The right candidate will possess a high degree of design sensibility, good communication and graphic skills, and 3 to 5 years of experience. Background knowledge of design development and Mandarin language skills are a plus.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Lemanarc SA</strong></a> is currently hiring a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Project Architect</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Nanjing ...</figcaption></figure> Meet Adrian Cheng, the Hong Kong property heir funding non-commercial architecture in China Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-12-18T14:04:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In Hong Kong, New World Development heir Adrian Cheng Chi-kong recently founded the non-profit organisation Culture For Tomorrow to give up-and-coming architects funding and support to realise their more experimental ideas. &ldquo;I get to meet and work with a lot of designers and architects thanks to my line of work, many of them young, aspiring and very driven,&rdquo; Cheng says. &ldquo;But increasingly we&rsquo;re noticing that a lot of great concepts by young architects often go untested.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Culture for Tomorrow</a> is a non-profit organization founded by the cultural entrepreneur Adrian Cheng. Heir of one of China's most influential business families, Cheng is the guy behind K11 Art Malls, which blend fashion retail and art together for a unique shopping experience, and C Ventures,&nbsp;an investment fund that targets millennial focused fashion brands and services.&nbsp;</p> <p>Also an investor of the London-based Dazed Media and the digital video channel Nowness, Cheng is an extremely sought-after patron and promoter of global arts and culture in China. His newest venture, Culture for Tomorrow, spotlights design and architecture and encourages cross-culture conversation through public programs and is the 39-year-old's latest attempt at modernizing his family empire.&nbsp;</p> <p>Their first initiative, Hot Is Cool, held from December 8-13, invited Finnish architect Ville Hara and Chinese architect Stanley Siu to design a sauna and pavilion, respectively. The idea is to explore the difference between ...</p> China reportedly building refugee camps on North Korean border Alexander Walter 2017-12-14T17:29:00-05:00 >2017-12-14T17:30:11-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A Chinese county along the border with North Korea is constructing refugee camps intended to house thousands of migrants fleeing a possible crisis on the Korean Peninsula, according to an internal document that appears to have been leaked from China&rsquo;s main state-owned telecommunications company.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <em>Times</em> reports that one of China&rsquo;s most prominent experts on North Korea called building the refugee camps &ldquo;absolutely reasonable.&rdquo;</p>