Archinect - News 2018-03-21T16:24:24-04:00 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> What is "Weird Architecture" today? China knows and doesn't want it. Anthony Morey 2017-12-08T11:50:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>China&rsquo;s State Council announced that &ldquo;weird architecture that is not economical, functional, aesthetically pleasing or environmentally friendly will be forbidden.&rdquo; Many architects and members of the public understood the frustration and bewilderment, even if they questioned the subjective nature of the official instruction.</p></em><br /><br /><p>That was a close call, thankfully '<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Weird Architecture</a>' that <em>is</em> economical, functional, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly is still completely accepted and encouraged. China may be forcing itself into a semantically and conceptually charge subjectivism that could potentially bring about some interesting project framings and abstracts.&nbsp;</p> MAD completes Chaoyang Park Plaza, dubbed as “Beijing's Central Park” Justine Testado 2017-12-04T18:42:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD Architects</a> looked to classic Chinese landscape paintings in designing the new Chaoyang Park Plaza, built within <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing</a>'s central business district. Built at the southern edge of Chaoyang Park, the new 220,000 square-meter complex has a similar function to that of New York City's Central Park, according to the architects.</p> <p>MAD Architects focused on creating a tranquil, mysterious atmosphere where nature and architecture blend. The scheme comprises 10 buildings designed with curved organic forms in black and white &mdash; a nod to traditional Chinese ink painting.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo &copy; Hufton+Crow.</figcaption></figure><p>The centerpiece of the scheme is two asymmetrical twin office towers. Appearing like two emerging mountain peaks, the towers are connected by a glass atrium. Smaller low-rise commercial buildings near the towers look like mountain rocks that eroded over time. The buildings' seemingly random arrangement creates space for a secluded yet open urban garden where people can gather.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo &copy; Hufton+Crow.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo &copy; H...</figcaption></figure> China's new Design Society launches with V&A collaboration Hope Daley 2017-12-04T14:42:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Design Society, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China&rsquo;s</a> first dedicated <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cultural design hub</a>, opened its doors this weekend in Shenzhen. Established by China Merchants Shekou (CMSK), the group aims to create a platform for global collaboration and creativity giving China a center point for design and innovation. The opening also launched&nbsp;The Sea World Culture and Arts Center (SWCAC) working in tandem with the Design Society. China's new center is designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fumihiko Maki</a> and features a roof park, several public plazas, and a range of horizon views.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Design Society, Shenzhen, China. Photo: Design Society. </figcaption></figure><p>This opening is the result of a collaboration with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Victoria &amp; Albert Museum</a>, a partnership consisting of professional training, concept design, and the center's site-specific inaugural exhibition,&nbsp;<em>Values of Design</em>,<em>&nbsp;</em>along with two major touring V&amp;A exhibitions. In sync with this initiation, The Design Society has an open invitation for future collaborations and partnerships as part of a larger effort to pr...</p> Huangshan Mountain Village gets MAD Anthony Morey 2017-11-14T19:31:00-05:00 >2017-11-14T20:13:58-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Instinctively growing out of the mountainous landscape, the serene design sensibility of the village is reflected in its natural setting.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Huangshan, located near the ancient villages of Hongcun and Xidi in China&rsquo;s Anhui province, is home to one of the country&rsquo;s most beautiful mountains. Known for its rich verdant scenery and distinct granite peaks, the beloved landscape has long inspired artists, offering them sheltered spaces for contemplation and reflection. As a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNESCO Heritage Site</a>, the humanistic atmosphere and beautiful, tranquil environment has become an increasingly popular tourist destination. It is here that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD Architects</a>, led by Ma Yansong, has realized &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Huangshan Mountain Village</a>&rdquo;.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>image: MAD</figcaption></figure><p>MAD&rsquo;s scheme is part of a larger tourism masterplan for Huangshan Taiping Lake.&nbsp;While providing the conveniences of modern living,&nbsp;the design affirms the significance of this culturally important mountain range. Composed in deference to the local topography, each of the buildings are diverse in height and appearance, and have been conceived to ensure that the original mountain levels are maintained. Organized in a lin...</p> China tests driverless bus guided by sensor tracks in the road Alexander Walter 2017-11-07T17:33:00-05:00 >2017-11-07T17:33:17-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Hunan city of Zhuzhou is currently testing out an unmanned train that doesn't run on rails. You know, like a bus. The Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit (ART) is being dubbed by Chinese state media the "world's first smart rapid rail bus," whatever that means. The train/bus (trus?) was first shown off in June this year. It uses sensors to determine the dimensions of the road and make a virtual track for itself to ride along.</p></em><br /><br /><p>At first glance,&nbsp;Zhuzhou's&nbsp;Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit system that's currently being tested promises to enjoy a brighter future (and less ridicule) than the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Traffic Elevated "car-eating" Bus</a> that the City of&nbsp;Qinhuangdao announced to much fanfare last summer &mdash; only to find it stalled and eventually discontinued just a few months later.</p> Books! Books everywhere! MVRDV completes Tianjin Binhai Public Library Alexander Walter 2017-11-02T16:02:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV</a>, in collaboration with local architects Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute, has completed the much anticipated <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Binhai Public Library in Tianjin</a>, China, and first photos reveal a mountainous topography of curved bookshelves creating an amorphous atrium that holds a spherical auditorium inside its center like a precious pearl within the rugged oyster shell. <br></p> <p>While <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">renderings from last summer</a> still depict "The Eye" as a volume with a polished, mirrored surface&nbsp;&mdash; with the intent of creating a 360 degree panorama that also pulls the image of the park in front of the building into the interior of the atrium&nbsp;&mdash; the photos now show the auditorium skin as luminous, almost paper-like translucent.</p> <p>Read on for more images and a project description from the architects.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Ossip van Duivenbode</figcaption></figure><p>Tianjin Binhai Library was designed and built in a record-breaking time<br> of only three years due to a tight schedule imposed by the local <br>municipality. Next to many media rooms, it offers space f...</p> East Taiheng "Glasswalk" terrifies tourists with glass-cracking effect Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-10-11T16:28:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>East Taiheng Glasswalk in China is different from other glass-bottomed walkways; it cracks under your feet as you walk on it.&nbsp;</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>But don't worry too much, the cracking is just a special effect to scare visitors, and it works! Watch the video below:&nbsp;</p> UNStudio's Raffles City Hangzhou is an all-in-one destination for living, working, and leisure Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-19T15:48:00-04:00 >2017-09-19T15:50:14-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Dutch firm, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNStudio</a>, has completed their largest single building to date&mdash;the new Raffles City mixed-use development described by the firm as "a sustainable urban hub for living, working and leisure." Back in 2009, the firm opened their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shanghai</a> office to oversee the complex's design and construction.&nbsp;</p> <figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>&copy; Hufton + Crow</figcaption></figure><p>Conceived as a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">vertical city</a>, the structure occupies almost 400,000 square meters of space and will offer a rich mix of 24/7 functions. The two streamlined, 250-meter tall towers house residential units, Grade A offices, the Conrad Hotel and a rooftop helipad. The six-story podium and plaza, which has direct underground connection to the metro, offer retail, restaurants, leisure facilities and parking.&nbsp;</p> <figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>&copy; Hufton + Crow</figcaption></figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>&copy; Seth Powers</figcaption></figure><p>The design is representative of the distinctive, sinuous style the firm has become known for. The pair of winding towers, featuring an outer layer of rotated, vertical solar shading fins, placed atop the curtain wall system, starts calmly at t...</p> Beijing bans winter construction to reduce air pollution Alexander Walter 2017-09-19T14:00:00-04:00 >2017-09-19T14:00:56-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Beijing will suspend construction of major public projects in the city this winter in an effort to improve the capital&rsquo;s notorious air quality, official media said on Sunday, citing the municipal commission of housing and urban-rural development. All construction of road and water projects, as well as demolition of housing, will be banned from Nov. 15 to March 15 within the city&rsquo;s six major districts and surrounding suburbs, said the Xinhua report.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"China is in the fourth year of a 'war on pollution,'" <em>Reuters </em>reports, "designed to reverse the damage done by decades of untrammelled economic growth and allay concerns that hazardous smog and widespread water and soil contamination are causing hundreds of thousands of early deaths every year."</p> London's Victoria & Albert Museum partnering to open China's first major design museum Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-24T20:00:00-04:00 >2017-08-24T20:03:37-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Museum creation has increasingly become a major cultural export for countries.&nbsp;The controversial&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louvre Abu Dhabi</a> is slated to open later this year and the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim</a> has made attempts in recent years to open up satellite museums in both Helsinki and Abu Dhabi, to name a few. Now, the London-based&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Victoria &amp; Albert Museum</a> is preparing to launch a new museum in China that will be the country's first ever major design museum.</p> <p>The UK museum has partnered with China Merchants Group, who are behind the Sea World Culture and Art Center in Shenzhen in which the museum will be housed. The complex has been designed by Japanese Pritzker laureate, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fumihiko Maki</a>, and will become a large-scale urban development that involves retail, commercial, and residential buildings as well as the Design Society.&nbsp;The projects aim is to promote Chinese design to an international audience and present the best international design in&nbsp;China.&nbsp;</p> <p>Deputy director of the V&amp;A, Tim Reeve, described their role at the hel...</p> A smog-cleaning bike, a kite-charging dike: Studio Roosegaarde's creative design solutions to infrastructural challenges Julia Ingalls 2017-08-22T15:03:00-04:00 >2017-08-24T13:59:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In the unofficial category of "Creative Pollution Solutions,"&nbsp;the Dutch firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Roosegaarde</a> is angling to be the winner: the firm has several projects that introduce innovative solutions to existing infrastructural challenges. First up, in partnership with bike-sharing firm OFO, the studio has announced to develop a bicycle that "inhales"&nbsp;smog and then releases purified air by virute of pedaling.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>The project, which was initially announced at a TED forum, has now advanced to the first stage of design. The bikes, which release clean air around each cyclist as they are pedaled, are not only environmentally friendly but culturally attuned:&nbsp;Daan Roosegaarde wanted to reference the iconicity of the bicycle in China while simultaneously improving air quality.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>In addition to the bicycles, Studio Roosegaarde has also undertaken the redevelopment of the Icoon Afsluitdijk. As the architects explain:&nbsp;"It is the government-scale landscape innovation project on the legendary Dutch dike, whic...</p> Stunning construction photos of Zaha Hadid Architects' Leeza SOHO tower and its record-setting atrium Alexander Walter 2017-08-11T21:00:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Construction of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a>-designed Leeza SOHO mixed-use tower in Beijing is making progress as newly released photographs document. <br></p> <p>Once the 46-story structure reaches its final height of 207 meters (679 feet) in September of this year, it will be home to the world's tallest atrium&nbsp;&mdash; an impressive 190-meter-tall central tunnel hugged by two wavy halves of the dissected larger volume. <br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Yicheng Yang. Image courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects.</figcaption></figure><p>Here is how ZHA describe the project: "The 172,800m&sup2; design straddles the new subway tunnel that diagonally divides the site. The tower rises as a single volume divided into two halves on either side of the tunnel. A central atrium &ndash; the world&rsquo;s tallest &ndash; extends 190m through full height of the building and connects with the metro station below, creating a new public space for the city."</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Yicheng Yang. Image courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Satoshi Ohashi. Image courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects.</figcaption></figure><p>"As the tower ri...</p> Nanjing government pushes to restore more of the city's historic architecture Justine Testado 2017-08-09T17:30:00-04:00 >2017-08-09T17:31:01-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>"Over the last 20 years, the [Nanjing] government has made real efforts to establish national laws, local laws and regulations so we can pursue this work," [architect Zhou Qi] said, of his optimism for the city's heritage preservation efforts. "It has just become common sense."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Amid the rapid urban development across China, Nanjing's government is making an effort to preserve and restore more of the city's historic buildings. Although some restorative projects expectedly attract some criticism, architect Zhou Qi &mdash; who has worked on restoring over 100 of the city's historic structures &mdash; seems optimistic about these ongoing changes.</p> <p>&ldquo;It appears that government protection, not economic forces, has kept the bulldozers at bay,&rdquo; Charles Musgrove, an associate history professor and author of &ldquo;China's Contested Capital: Architecture, Ritual, and Response in Nanjing&rdquo;, tells CNN.<br></p> David Chipperfield's stately design for the Shanghai Centre Pompidou revealed Julia Ingalls 2017-08-08T14:42:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Stately, elegant, reflective:&nbsp;these adjectives have largely described the work of British architect David Chipperfield, whose structures tend to invite contemplation and pause before hot take Instagramming. His selection as the architect of the West Bund Art Museum in the new cultural center created jointly by the Centre Pompidou and Shanghai's West Bund Group is therefore not surprising, especially in light of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China's recent dictate to steer away from "weird"&nbsp;architecture.</a></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image: David Chipperfield Architects</figcaption></figure><p>The renderings for the proposed 25,000 square meter structure display Chipperfield's signature moves: meticulously calibrated volumes stack atop and adjacent to one another near a reflective body of water. The renderings steer away from bold colors, favoring muted pastels. The interior renderings also convey a serene setting: an ample entrance hall is not flooded with visitors, but rather hosts only a receptionist and a single guest, effectively conveying the notion of unharrie...</p> 2,500-year-old Chinese wood joints that make buildings earthquake-proof Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-24T20:19:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Over thousands of years, the building science of timber framing developed independently in both Northern Europe and China. But one big difference between the regions is that China, by virtue of its size and geological traits, is prone to devastating earthquakes. Ancient Chinese builders thus needed a way to create wooden structures that could not be shaken apart, and that were not so stiff that its support members would shatter.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Known as <em>dougong</em>, these earthquake-resistant series of brackets were designed and engineered roughly 500 B.C. When interlocked together, the joints transfer weight to supporting columns, containing so many redundancies they can not be shaken apart.&nbsp;By spreading their tolerances over multiple joints they retain flexibility that prevents cracking and splitting.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>Perhaps the most surprising element of the system is that the columns are&nbsp;<em>not</em>&nbsp;sunken into the foundation nor moored, but are freestanding.&nbsp;</p> China's transit-elevated bus is officially discontinued Julia Ingalls 2017-07-06T13:37:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Many transportation experts were worried about the viability of the project from its earliest stages, including one of the concept creators, Craig Hodgetts. An architecture professor at the University of California in Los Angeles, Hodgetts told Quartz last August that the TEB appeared be an &ldquo;immature project&rdquo; with some &ldquo;fundamental problems.&rdquo; He mentioned, for example, the tight space potentially having a psychological effect on drivers who might respond by braking when driving under the bus.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While no clear reason has been given as to why the trial run of the so-called "car-eating" bus has been shuttered, Chinese officials have confirmed that they are removing the electric tracks on which the TEB was running. The trial run was launched last year in August, around which time hopeful videos, such as the one below, were released to demonstrate the concept:</p>