Eight-storey sky atriums top a pair of skyscrapers by GMP in Zhengzhou

Gerkan, Marg and Partners has completed twin 284-metre skyscrapers that dominate the skyline of Zhengzhou, China. Two glass towers, which rise from L-shaped plinths either side of a square, have recessed “sky lobbies” positioned on alternating sides of the building. German firm Gerkan, Marg and Partners (GMP) won the competition to design the Greenland Central Plaza for developers

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Beijing house by Atelier About Architecture features a storey for a disabled dog

The layout, colour scheme, materials and furniture of this house in Beijing have been built to cater to the needs of the owner’s disabled dog. Atelier About Architecture created Dog House for a client whose pet suffers from a congenital joint disease. The house’s basement is largely the dog’s space. It has been designed with soft flooring to be gentle on

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Ares Partners converts former granary into hotel in rural China

Chinese architecture office Ares Partners has completed a hotel nestled among the mountains of Ninghai County, China, in a collection of refurbished stone warehouses. The studio headed by architect Helen Wang designed the Huchen Barn Resort for the site of a former granary in the Huchen township, which lies between Tiantai Mountain and Siming Mountain

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Studio Libeskind’s Museum of Zhang ZhiDong references Wuhan’s industrial past

Daniel Libeskind’s studio has completed its first project in China – a museum in Wuhan featuring an arcing steel-clad volume elevated above a new public plaza. Libeskind’s New York-based studio designed the museum in collaboration with the City of Wuhan and China’s largest property developer Vanke, which the architect created a dragon-inspired pavilion for at the

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TAO converts huge Beijing warehouse into moody office and exhibition space

Towering steel bookcases divided up this warehouse building in Beijing, which Trace Architecture Office converted into an office for a local magazine publisher. The office designed by Trace Architecture Office (TAO) for Lens Magazine is located in a warehouse previously operated by the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transportation. The building was constructed in 1958 and

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UNStudio references luxury yachts with marina and clubhouse on China’s Xi River

UNStudio’s Keppel Cove Marina and Clubhouse provides a hub for maritime activities in Zhongshan, China. The waterfront clubhouse is located on the banks of the Xi River. Designed by UNStudio’s Asian office, which is based in Hong Kong and Shanghai, it is styled to replicate the look and experience of a luxury yacht. “The concept for the clubhouse was

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Superimpose turns Chinese revolutionary factory into exhibition centre

Superimpose has saved a historic factory in Changzhi, China, from demolition by renovating it into a exhibition centre for the city. The Hong-Kong-based architecture studio convinced the owner to turn the derelict industrial building into the Changzhi City Expo, which contains an exhibition space, government meeting centre, offices and an auditorium. The owner of the property, who

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Foster + Partners unveils Apple Store in Macau with translucent stone walls and bamboo

Tall shoots of bamboo rise through the central atrium of a new Apple Store completed by Foster + Partners in Macau, China. Set in a plaza surrounded by dense thickets of bamboo, the cuboidal Apple Centre Cotai glows from within, thanks to an innovative facade made from a composite of glass and stone. Five layers of of glass

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O-office Architects reinterprets traditional Chinese courtyard house in concrete and steel

This contemporary reinterpretation of a vernacular courtyard house in the Chinese city of Guangzhou features a sequence of living areas and bedrooms arranged around a central pond. Local studio O-office Architects designed the three-bedroom Veranda Courthouse for a site on a gently sloping south-facing hillside in a northern suburb of Guangzhou. In response to the

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Studio8 looks to the landscape of eastern China for the design of Anadu Resort hotel

Studio8 referenced tea leaves and bamboo cane throughout the design of this hotel near Hangzhou, China, to keep guests’ attention on the surrounding rural terrain. Anadu Resort is near the city of Huzhou, nestled at the bottom of Mogan mountain. The mountain forms part of Moganshan National Park, a popular tourist destination recognised for its lush

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Inspired By Tradition, The Boat Rooms Of The Fuchun River

The Fuchun River in China feeds into a small lake nestled beneath the mountains. Here, you will find a selection of wooden houses designed by the Design Institute of Landscape and Architecture China Academy that appear to float on the water. 
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Yushe Design slots office around existing trees in Shanghai suburb

Trees grow through holes in the concrete floors and ceilings of the Shen Shen Garden office in Shanghai, which was designed to preserve the site’s natural features. Local studio Yushe Design developed the project as a workspace away from the bustle of downtown Shanghai. Located in a suburb of the Chinese city, the building combines offices

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Zaha Hadid Architects unveils Morpheus hotel in Macau

Three holes punctuate the twisting geometric facade of the Morpheus hotel in Macau, China, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, which opens today, 15 June 2018. According to ZHA the building is the “world’s first free-form high-rise exoskeleton”, with its structural geometric grid negating the need for internal walls, or columns, that would clutter the hotel’s interior. “Morpheus combines

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Gridded bamboo framework partitions Beijing office by 0 Architecture

Chinese studio 0 Architecture has converted a traditional courtyard house in Beijing into an office with spaces divided up by screens made from thousands of bamboo poles. Located in the Chinese capital’s Xicheng District, the building is typical of the traditional Siheyuan properties found throughout this neighbourhood. Siheyuan houses feature a series of connected buildings

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Peach House is a contemporary brick-clad courtyard house in Beijing

Architect Frederic Schnee has modernised and extended a traditional house in Beijing by moving the courtyard onto the first floor so a shop can be accommodated at street level. The original building is a typical example of a self-built residence that had undergone multiple adaptations over several decades in response to the changing needs of its

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Jiakun Architects completes first foreign Serpentine Pavilion in Beijing

The first Serpentine Pavilion built outside the UK is a tunnel made out of arched steel beams, built by Chinese studio Jiakun Architects in Beijing. The Serpentine Pavilion Beijing opened in the Chinese capital last week, marking the first time the prestigious project has been located somewhere other than Kensington Gardens in London. The structure

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Sunyata Hotel By Zhaoyang Architects

Challenged with particularly difficult and specific building regulations, Chinese architecture firm Zhaoyang Architects has designed this hotel in the historic town of Dali Old Town so that guests can enjoy bright and scenic views from the inside out.

Not Vital’s Bataan Chapel

Situated in a remote town just 50 kilometers west of Manilla, Swiss artist Not Vital has completed a chapel that expertly blends the lines between art and architecture.
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Foster + Partners’ completes Hong Kong hotel inside former government headquarters

Foster + Partners has completed The Murray hotel in Hong Kong, which sits within the shell of a gridded 1960s tower once used as governmental offices. The Murray hotel is situated on the southern edge of the city’s central business district. Originally built in 1969, the building was formerly used as government headquarters but now hosts

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OMA and Morphosis unveil competing designs for island of unicorn startups in Chengdu

OMA and Morphosis have unveiled their visions for Unicorn Island, a new technology hub proposed for Chinese city Chengdu, which are competing against two other yet-to-be-revealed designs. Four architects were named as winners in the Unicorn Island competition: OMA, Morphosis, Foster + Partners, and Arata Isozaki & Associates and Jun Aoki & Associates. But it is unclear

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Work begins on world’s second-tallest skyscraper in Shenzhen

Construction is underway on the Shimao Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Centre, a 668-metre-high megatall skyscraper in Shenzhen, China. The skyscraper is set to rise above China’s current tallest building – the 632-metre-high Shanghai Tower – which is also currently the world’s second tallest building behind SOM’s 828-metre Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Details of the design are sparse and the architect

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XTU Architects proposes algae-covered towers for Hangzhou

French studio XTU Architects has developed a concept for four twisting glass towers in Hangzhou, China, featuring facades covered in panels impregnated with micro-algae. The studio’s design for French Dream Towers includes its patent-pending “bio facade” technology. The concept involves introducing a layer of algae to provide natural insulation, as well as offsetting the building’s environmental

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AZL Architects creates 3D-printed pavilion alongside stone house in Chinese village

A translucent garden pavilion made from 3D-printed plastic blocks provides a lightweight counterpoint to a robust, stone-clad house by AZL Architects in the Chinese village of Shanyinwu. The Nanjing-based practice designed LEI House for a local businesswoman who wanted the property to encapsulate the values of her bed and breakfast brand, and promote her idea of

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Staggered towers form university campus in Hangzhou

Chinese studio WSP Architects has completed a university campus complex in Hangzhou, China, featuring a cluster of buildings with irregular stacked floors arranged around a central square. The masterplan for the Hangzhou Normal University comprises more than a dozen independent colleges each with their own unique architecture. WSP Architects was tasked with creating a central building to

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KPF’s bullet-shaped skyscraper nears completion in Shenzhen

This supertall tapered skyscraper designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox for the China Resources export company in Shenzhen is nearing completion ahead of its opening later this year. The 400-metre supertall skyscraper, which is known locally as Spring Bamboo due to it resembling the shape of a bamboo shoot, will become the city’s third tallest building when it completes. Officially named the China Resources Headquarters, the 67-storey

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Zaha Hadid Architects will use robots to build barrel-vaulted school in rural China

Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled plans for a primary school in China’s mountainous Jiangxi province, which will feature a series of barrel-vaulted classrooms built in part by robots. Lushan Primary School will be situated 160 kilometres north-west of the province’s capital, Nanchuang, and perched on a small peninsula. It will be able to accommodate up

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Hong Kong bridge prepares to open amid fears over structural integrity

Chinese authorities have announced that the 55-kilometre bridge between Hong Kong, the Chinese Mainland and Macau is on track to open, despite concerns that parts of the structure have been washed away by the sea. Hong Kong’s Highways Department rebuffed claims that the concrete blocks protecting an artificial island connecting the Hong Kong side of the bridge

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NBBJ completes “vertical campus” for Tencent’s headquarters in Shenzhen

At the Shenzhen headquarters of Chinese tech giant Tencent, twin skyscrapers are connected by sky bridges designed to help employees meet. Architect NBBJ designed Tencent’s Global Headquarters specifically to prevent the 10,000 workers of the technology firm from getting siloed in their different departments. Two glass and aluminium towers rise to 50 and 39 stories respectively and are

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Yin And Yang Inform The Design Of Tianjin University Gallery

Yin and Yang, the Chinese belief that opposing forces are actually inextricably connected, was the starting point for Tianjin University Gallery, designed by Chinese studio Zhanghua Architects.
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Yueqi Jazzy Li captures the “sublime quality” of Jiakun Architects’ Chengdu sculpture museum

New photographs by Yueqi Jazzy Li capture the interplay of natural light on the raw concrete walls in this sculpture museum by Jiakun Architects in Chengdu, China. The New York-based architect and photographer travelled to the province of Sichuan to shoot the Luyeyuan Buddhist Sculpture Museum, which completed in 2002. “Nearly 16 years later, it

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Wutopia Lab’s pink and blue houses explore ideas of masculine and feminine

Chinese architecture studio Wutopia Lab painted a pair of houses pink and blue, filling one with meat and the other with flowers, to explore constructs around gender and food for an architecture biennale in Shenzhen. The organisers of the 2017 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture invited Wutopia Lab to renovate the two houses in Dameisha Village, an urban

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A Hutong Home Reimagined In Beijing

In response to Beijing’s lack of architectural variety, Seoul-based firm Wonder Architects have renovated a traditional hutong dwelling to create the ‘Tsou’ residence — both preserving and updating an icon of Chinese architecture.
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A Boutique Hotel in Yangzhou Connected By Courtyards

Chinese architecture firm Neri&Hu have designed the Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat, a boutique hotel crafted from reclaimed brick, and built around a series of small lakes.
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The Cave House By HyperSity

Renovated by Shanghai-based firm hyperSity, a traditional cave dwelling in the Loess Plateau of Shanxi Province in China has been transformed into the ‘Cave House’ — an unconventional home made of rammed earth.
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Neri&Hu encloses guest rooms and gardens within grid of brick walls at Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat

Chinese studio Neri&Hu has completed a boutique hotel in Yangzhou comprising a grid of dark-brick walls that surround a series of courtyards, gardens, guest rooms and service areas. Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat is located close to the Slender West Lake scenic resort in the Hanjiang District to the north of the city’s historic centre. The area

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A Cultural Center Inspired By The Spirit Of Shanghai

Eight Tenths Garden, the art museum and cultural complex designed by Shanghai-based Wutopia Lab, brings together natural and urban environments. Dedicated to revealing the spirit of Shanghai, the space has been designed as an architectural interpretati…

O’Donnell + Tuomey to build red brick opera house in Shanghai

O’Donnell + Tuomey has unveiled plans for three interconnected, angular, red brick opera houses in Shanghai, on the site of the 2010 Expo. The Dublin-based architecture practice has designed three performance venues, each with planted gardens placed on their angled rooftops to create an undulating park for visitors. Conceived as a “city of opera”, the 1,800-seat opera hall,

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Grimshaw Architects reveals first image of Chinese Eden Project

Grimshaw Architects has released the first visual of the Eden Project in Qingdao, one of six outposts of the Cornish ecological tourist attraction the practice is working on. The Qingdao Eden Project, planned for the city on the east coast of China, is currently being designed by the British practice as part of the ecological park’s international

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First foreign Serpentine Pavilion will be built in China this year

The Serpentine Pavilion programme is launching in Beijing, with an inaugural commission by Chinese studio Jiakun Architects to open in May this year. The arched pavilion will be erected outside WF Central, a luxury shopping and hotel complex in the Dongcheng district of the Chinese capital, from May to October 2018. The design comprises an arc of curving

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KPF’s Shenzhen skyscraper is now fourth tallest in the world

This 599-metre skyscraper in Shenzhen by architecture firm Kohn Pederson Fox is punctuated by “sky lobbies” and crowned by an observation deck offering the loftiest views in the city. Located in the Futian business district, the glass and stone skyscraper is the headquarters of Chinese insurance company Ping An. The Ping An Finance Centre has 100 floors of offices

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A Mountain Stage For Songhua Lake, China

Created by META-Project, the ‘Stage of Forest’ is a triangular platform whose dark wood and concrete exterior extends from the mountain that overlooks the picturesque Songhua Lake in the Jilin Province of China.
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Ole Scheeren unveils huge art museum slotted in beside Beijing’s hutongs

Architect Ole Scheeren has released the first official photographs of his Guardian Art Center, which he describes as a “big culture machine” on the edge of Beijing’s Forbidden City. Billed as the world’s first custom-built auction house, the huge structure accommodates a wide range of facilities, from art galleries and art-conservation facilities, to a hotel, event

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World’s tallest ice tower built with the shape of a flamenco dress

A record-breaking 31-metre-high ice tower has been installed at the annual winter festival in Harbin, China, featuring a shape inspired by the flounces of a flamenco dancer’s dress. Students from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and Summa College, both from the Netherlands, and the Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) worked together to build the tower for the

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Wavy tiled roof of Springingstream guesthouse is based on the outline of surrounding mountains

Beijing studio WEI Architects used traditional materials and construction techniques to convert a derelict house in Fujian province into a guesthouse featuring curving tiled roofs and reclaimed windows. Springingstream guesthouse is situated in the village of Chi Xi in Fuding County, where dramatic mountains, tea fields and bamboo forests create scenery evocative of typical Chinese

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World’s longest glass-bottomed suspension bridge has an intentional wobble

A deliberate sway is designed to unnerve visitors to this 488-metre-long bridge in China’s Hebei province, which has an entirely glazed walkway so they can also admire the 218-metre drop. The Hongyagu suspension bridge spans the gap between two cliffs in the Hongyagu Scenic Area. Made of 1,077 panels of 4-centimetre-thick glass and supported by cables that weigh

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Prefabricated and mobile components combine to form The People’s Station cultural centre

People’s Architecture Office has completed a modular cultural centre in the Chinese city of Yantai, featuring a prefabricated metal structure and portable rooms that can be detached and cycled to other locations. The Beijing-based studio designed The People’s Station to demonstrate a range of concepts it has developed over the past seven years, including a

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Foster + Partners converts landmark Hong Kong office tower into high-end hotel

Foster + Partners is transforming a former government headquarters tower in Hong Kong into a luxury hotel, retaining the building’s original modernist facade and providing panoramic views of the surrounding skyline. The hotel is due to open early next year inside The Murray Building – a 27-storey tower on Hong Kong’s Cotton Tree Drive that

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A Disused Sugar Mill Repurposed As A Resort Hotel

What was once a fully functioning sugar mill is now a resort hotel boasting breathtaking views. Beijing-based Vector Architects have repurposed the Chinese mill as the ‘Alila Yangshuo Hotel’, complete with contemporary structures that complement …

World Landscape of the Year 2017 teaches people about China’s farming history, says Turenscape

The Chinese rice farm that was recently named World Landscape of the Year is designed to teach people about traditional agriculture, according to Stanley Lung of landscape architecture firm Turenscape.  Located in China’s Hunan Province, the farm forms part of the Chengtoushan Archaeological Park. It features a network of pathways that allow visitors to walk freely through paddy fields, observing

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DL Atelier Design The SanBaoPeng Museum

Designed to appear as if emerging from the earth, Beijing-based studio DL Atelier has used the unique clay-heavy soil of Sanbao village for the continuous loam walls of the SanBaoPeng Art Museum in China.
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Penda inserts house-shaped opening into facade of hotel in Beijing’s XinXian Hutong

A gabled opening that references the forms of traditional hutong houses marks the entrance to this hotel in Beijing by architecture studio Penda. The XinXian Inn Hotel is located in the Dongcheng District of central Beijing, where there are many traditional courtyard houses that are now hidden behind modern commercial developments. Penda, which has offices

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Iwan Baan photographs MAD’s Chaoyang Park Plaza in the Beijing haze

These images taken by Dutch photographer Iwan Baan capture the mountainous forms of MAD’s new Beijing skyscraper complex against a humid August sky.  Baan’s photographs show the 10 rounded structures that make up the 220,000-square-metre Chaoyang Park Plaza – completed by MAD earlier this year – juxtaposed with a skyli ne dominated by boxy tower blocks. The photographer, who is

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Vector Architects converts sugar mill into Alila Yangshuo hotel

Vector Architects has transformed a disused sugar mill in China’s mountainous Yangshuo County into a resort hotel featuring a group of gabled masonry structures designed to complement the existing industrial architecture. Alila Yangshuo hotel is situated in a col between two of the karst mountains that makes this area in the Guangxi region a popular

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Sunday Sanctuary: Times Two

On the island of Zhoushan in rural China lies a house that can only be described as extraordinary, with a story to match. Laying abandoned for over 70 years, two neighbouring houses have received the ultimate makeover by being combined into one, despite a 4 metre difference in elevation. The architects & designers of such a […]

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World Building of the Year 2017 could help 100 million people, says Edward Ng

This award-winning prototype house developed for a Chinese village destroyed by earthquake could protect millions of people around the world, claims architecture professor Edward Ng in this movie Dezeen filmed at World Architecture Festival 2017. The rammed-earth house was designed by the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and a team of seismic design experts at the University

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Hufton + Crow photographs MAD’s Huangshan Mountain Village in the dawn light

Photographer Allan Crow battled treacherous terrain, high humidity and swarms of insects to capture these images of MAD’s latest project – a group of topography-inspired housing blocks in China’s Huangshan mountain range. Officially unveiled earlier this month, Huangshan Mountain Village is a housing complex on the shore of Taiping Lake, designed by MAD to mimic the granite contours of

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DL Atelier builds museum with rammed-earth walls near China’s “porcelain capital”

This art museum is located on the outskirts of Jingdezhen, a city famed for its porcelain production, so architecture studio DL Atelier chose to use the local clay-heavy earth for its walls. Sanbaopeng Art Museum was designed by DL Atelier for a site in Sanbao village, on the outskirts of the so-called “porcelain capital”. It is a place where many

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MINI’s co-living destination in Shanghai “brings know-how from vehicles into places where we live”

Car brand MINI is diversifying into urban development with the MINI Living building in Shanghai, which will see a disused industrial complex transform into apartments, offices and leisure spaces. The announcement of the MINI Living building marks the latest stage in MINI’s evolution from a dedicated automobile manufacturer into a multifaceted lifestyle brand, with a focus

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MAD’s Huangshan Mountain Village mimics the topography of a rocky Chinese landscape

MAD has built a cluster of housing towers in China’s Anhui province, which take their forms from smooth shores of Taiping Lake and the granite peaks of the Huangshan mountain range. Ten housing blocks make up MAD’s Huangshan Mountain Village. The floorplates of each one decrease in scale towards the summit, tapering to create a peak-like formation along the

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Dong Yugan uses brick to form sculptural surfaces and playful structures at Red Brick Art Museum

This museum in Beijing takes its name from the red brick used by architect Dong Yugan to create spaces that are dramatically illuminated by skylights, perforations and narrow windows incorporated into its homogenous masonry surfaces. Red Brick Art Museum is a folk-based, non-profit art museum showcasing Chinese and world art, which was founded by collectors

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MVRDV completes library shaped like a giant eye in Chinese city Tianjin

Dutch firm MVRDV has built a public library that looks like a huge eye, as part of a new cultural district in Tianjin, China. The atrium of the Tianjin Binhai Public Library is deliberately designed to look like a 3D eyeball, staring out through the building’s glazed facade. The five-storey-high space is framed by floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, which are staggered at different levels to

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Stefano Boeri imagines dome-covered Mars colony with “vertical forests”

Stefano Boeri has suggested that a “new Shanghai” made up of “vertical forests” could be built on Mars, should rising sea levels render Earth uninhabitable. The ambitious Mars-based eco city envisioned by the Italian architect would be made up of his studio’s signature plant-covered towers built under giant sealed “space-proof” domes. The hypothetical project was dreamed up in response to

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Rural Urban Framework builds post-disaster housing in China featuring rooftop farms

Crops are planted on the roofs of these houses in China’s Sichuan Province, which were designed by Rural Urban Framework as a possible solution for accommodating people affected by natural disasters. Jintai Village is located near Guangyuan, Sichuan Province, which was one of the areas worst affected by the devastating Wenchuan Earthquake of 2008. The area also suffered floods

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Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio complete Shanghai skyscraper duo

Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio teamed up to design this pair of 180-metre skyscrapers, which stand at the intersection of Shanghai’s old town and a new financial district, the Bund Finance Centre. The “landmark” towers are located on the south side of the Bund Finance Centre, a 420,000-square-metre masterplan developed by the two studios. Located on

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Latticed shell of SOM’s Beijing tower is based on traditional Chinese paper lanterns

The faceted exoskeleton of the tallest of these three office towers in Beijing by Skidmore Owings & Merrill is inspired by the patterns created by the folds on paper lanterns. The concertinaed external layer of the main tower of SOM’s Poly International Plaza creates a thermal envelope around office spaces, which are enclosed in a second layer of interior glazing. The

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MAD creates inflatable pavilion shaped like a rabbit’s head

For this year’s Beijing Design Week, local architecture studio MAD has created an inflatable pavilion with two big floppy ears. MAD created the giant-rabbit-shaped pavilion in a hutong – one of Beijing’s old courtyard-house neighbourhoods – near Lama Temple. Titled Wonderland, it is designed to provide a public space where children in the area can meet and play with

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Demand for overseas architects booms in China’s “open and free climate”

China is emerging as a key destination for international architects, with experienced designers flocking to take up jobs in the country. China’s booming construction scene is fuelling the demand, with Chinese architecture studios keen to hire foreign talent both for domestic projects and for their growing work outside their home nation. “There are many foreign

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Tourist centre perches above limestone canyon in Guizhou Province

This tourist centre by Chinese studios 3andwich Design and He Wei Studio stands on a platform facing out over a deep limestone canyon in Anlong County in China’s Guizhou Province. Four buildings and a pavilion-like structure that make up the Anlong Limestone Resort are hidden between the peaks of the hills, with the platform and a bridge connecting them. Floor-to-ceiling windows

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Baitasi House of the Future features moving walls controlled by a smart TV

Chinese studio Dot Architects has completed a futuristic home in a traditional Beijing hutong, featuring moveable furniture modules and an extension constructed using the WikiHouse open-source architecture platform. Dot Architects developed the Baitasi House of the Future for tech company Whaley, which focuses on smart homes and asked the studio to develop a building suited

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Work starts on Schmidt Hammer Lassen-designed innovation centre adapted to Shanghai’s extreme weather

Architecture firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen has designed a business incubator for Shanghai, featuring sheltered terraces that allow for year-round outdoor use. Construction began on 18 September on the new CaoHeJing Guigu Creative Headquarters in Shanghai’s technology hub. The project is the third collaboration between Schmidt Hammer Lassen and the government-backed CaoHeJing Hi-Tech Park. CaoHeJing Hi-Tech Park

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