Archinect - News 2017-10-22T00:48:26-04:00 Largest building in the world opens in China – complete with indoor seaside Archinect 2013-07-10T12:40:00-04:00 >2013-07-15T19:11:50-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>A 100m tall cliff-face of blue mirrored glass, stretching 500m along a triumphal plaza, the New Century Global Centre houses an entire seaside resort, along with a 14-screen Imax cinema, Olympic-sized ice rink, two five-star hotels and its own Mediterranean shopping village &ndash; all wrapped with a vast ribbon of offices. Sprawling for 1.7m square metres, it could fit 20 Sydney Opera Houses beneath its glass roof.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> FUKSAS wins Chengdu Tianfu Cultural and Performance Centre competition Archinect 2012-12-20T14:12:00-05:00 >2013-01-20T07:08:36-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p> Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas have won the international competition for the construction of the first cultural center in the city of Chengdu. This city is the capital of Sichuan province and was hit by a terrible earthquake in 2008.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Studio Fuksas has other projects still going on in China and precisely in Shenzhen: the Guosen Tower and the Terminal 3 of the Bao'an International Airport that will be completed by next summer. Besides these projects Studio FUKSAS is preparing to realize this new one in the People&rsquo;s Republic of China whose worth is 1 billion and 200 million yuan (150 million euro). The cultural complex consists of four buildings of elliptical shape with a spiral structure. The design concept is inspired by ancient symbol of the city of Chengdu (a circle with a sun with rays spiral) and demonstrates the willingness of the Chinese community to look at the future, focusing on art and culture.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The project of Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas was conceived as a ...</p> LEVENBETTS: If you dig a hole deep enough… Alexander Walter 2011-10-11T17:01:33-04:00 >2011-10-11T17:13:19-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>If you dig a hole deep enough... is an installation by New York architects LEVENBETTS for The Solutions, the 2011 Chengdu Arts and Design Biennial, currently running through October 30 in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. The impetus for LEVENBETTS' installation was the children&rsquo;s adage in America that says that if you dig a hole in the ground deep enough you will emerge on the other side of the earth in China.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Egg on whose face? Nam Henderson 2011-05-10T22:53:40-04:00 >2011-05-13T07:06:13-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>"People paid a lot of attention to these buildings because they cost too much money - money that should have been used where it was needed most," said resident Xu Linli as she walked home from work past the controversial office complex.</p></em><br /><br /><p> In 2004, French architect Paul Andreu - who designed Beijing's stunning egg-shaped national theatre, won the right to design a new office complex for Chengdu government officials. Two months after the move began, the Sichuan earthquake, whose epicentre was just north of Chengdu, left 90,000 people dead or missing. The idea of officials moving into luxurious new offices as others were struggling to survive was a situation that soon drew public criticism. So, city leaders promised to sell their new offices after the Sichuan earthquake. Yet as Michael Bristow discovered the building has still not been completely abandoned by city officials.</p>