UNStudio completes enormous Raffles City Hangzhou complex featuring twisted glass towers

Dutch firm UNStudio has completed a mixed-use development in the Chinese city of Hangzhou that accommodates a hotel, offices, apartments and shops, within a pair of sinuous towers connected by a podium and landscaped plaza. Raffles City Hangzhou was designed by UNStudio for real estate company CapitaLand. Described by the studio as “a sustainable urban

The post UNStudio completes enormous Raffles City Hangzhou complex featuring twisted glass towers appeared first on Dezeen.

New images capture MAD’s rock-shaped Chaoyang Park Plaza

This new set of images by photographer Khoo Guo Jie captures the mountain-inspired details of Chinese firm MAD’s Chaoyang Park Plaza as it nears completion in Beijing. Khoo Guo Jie’s photographs document the skyscrapers, office blocks and public space that make up the 120,000-square-metre complex built on the southern edge of Chaoyang Park – one of the city’s largest parklands.

The post New images capture MAD’s rock-shaped Chaoyang Park Plaza appeared first on Dezeen.

Mecanoo designs 12 skyscrapers for new business district in Shenzhen

Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo has won a competition to masterplan a commercial district in Shenzhen, China, with its design for 12 stepped skyscrapers built around a park featuring a raised path and pools. Mecanoo’s masterplan will see the development of 1.36 million square metres of commercial facilities integrated with Shenzhen North Station, which includes one of the city’s regional railway stations and a

The post Mecanoo designs 12 skyscrapers for new business district in Shenzhen appeared first on Dezeen.

Photographer Marc Goodwin reveals new buildings under construction in Chinese city Ningbo

This set of images by photographer Marc Goodwin shows major new buildings under construction in Ningbo, China, by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Schmidt Hammer Lassen. The photographer travelled to the coastal Chinese city, which contains one of the world’s biggest ports, to capture the progress of the Rogers Stirk Harbour-designed residential tower complex, Ningbo Gateway, and three Schmidt Hammer Lassen projects: Ningbo

The post Photographer Marc Goodwin reveals new buildings under construction in Chinese city Ningbo appeared first on Dezeen.

First photographs emerge of Fumihiko Maki’s V&A-backed design museum in Shenzhen

These construction shots offer a first glimpse of the new Shenzhen design museum designed by Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki, which is opening later this year and will include a new Chinese outpost for the V&A museum. The Pritzker Prize-winning architect first unveiled the model for the design museum back in 2014. Originally called the Shekou Museum, after the former

The post First photographs emerge of Fumihiko Maki’s V&A-backed design museum in Shenzhen appeared first on Dezeen.

Zaha Hadid Architects reveals progress on Beijing skyscraper with “world’s highest atrium”

Zaha Hadid Architects has released a series of black-and-white photographs showing construction of the vast atrium inside its 207-metre skyscraper in Beijing. The newly released photographs show the building’s twisted structural skeleton at about three quarters complete, with three of the walkways that wrap the central atrium in place. Zaha Hadid Architects report that the

The post Zaha Hadid Architects reveals progress on Beijing skyscraper with “world’s highest atrium” appeared first on Dezeen.

Students “reinvigorate” traditional bamboo weaving with digital technologies for Sun Room pavilion

Architecture students from the University of Hong Kong created this woven bamboo shelter for farmers in China’s Fujian province by combining age-old weaving techniques with digital design methodologies. Due to its complexity and reliance on skilled labour, the art of bamboo weaving is in steep decline in the region. Students from the University of Hong Kong (HKU)

The post Students “reinvigorate” traditional bamboo weaving with digital technologies for Sun Room pavilion appeared first on Dezeen.

Heatherwick Studio releases new video of 1000 Trees under construction in Shanghai

Thomas Heatherwick’s studio has revealed its own video and photographs of its tree-covered development in Shanghai, following the release of drone footage earlier this week. Heatherwick Studio’s 1000 Trees, previously called Moganshan, is currently under construction next to the city’s M50 arts district. The huge tree-covered development design is split across two sites, connected by a narrow strip of land containing a

The post Heatherwick Studio releases new video of 1000 Trees under construction in Shanghai appeared first on Dezeen.

Centre Pompidou to open Shanghai outpost in David Chipperfield’s West Bund Art Museum

The Centre Pompidou has announced that it will open a Chinese outpost in Shanghai’s David Chipperfield-designed West Bund Art Museum in 2019. Called the Centre Pompidou Shanghai, the new gallery will be installed as part of a long-term cultural cooperation project between France and China that will start in 2019 and run until 2025. The announcement

The post Centre Pompidou to open Shanghai outpost in David Chipperfield’s West Bund Art Museum appeared first on Dezeen.

Drone footage shows Heatherwick Studio’s “tree-covered mountains” underway in Shanghai

Work is well underway on Heatherwick Studio’s “tree-covered mountains” in Shanghai, as shown in this flyover movie filmed by a drone. One thousand trees dot the terraced forms of Moganshan, a project designed by Thomas Heatherwick’s London studio for a six-hectare site adjacent to Shanghai’s main art district, M50. A rendering of the project was first unveiled in December 2015, but this footage

The post Drone footage shows Heatherwick Studio’s “tree-covered mountains” underway in Shanghai appeared first on Dezeen.

Chinese cities are “still copying” architecture from other countries says Ma Yansong

MAD co-founder Ma Yansong says that Chinese cities should draw more from the country’s traditional architecture, rather than aping the style of western buildings, in the second part of our exclusive video interview. Ma says that looking at the philosophy of traditional buildings could help the country develop a contemporary style that is uniquely Chinese. Ma, who

The post Chinese cities are “still copying” architecture from other countries says Ma Yansong appeared first on Dezeen.

Bartlett student Freja Bao designs pilgrimage destination “to rebrand China”

Bartlett School of Architecture graduate Freja Bao has devised a masterplan for a new Chinese cultural capital that could help to change the country’s political image. Called Splendour, the fictional city is a tourist destination located on the disputed territories in the South China Sea. Bao imagines it as an open pilgrimage destination for all Chinese speaking global citizens. “China has

The post Bartlett student Freja Bao designs pilgrimage destination “to rebrand China” appeared first on Dezeen.

Qingdao Cruise Terminal’s angular facade references boats’ sails

The folded steel facade and roof structure of this terminal for cruise liners in the Chinese city of Qingdao is informed by the sails of boats that set out from nearby harbours. Shenzhen firm Mozhao Atelier and Jing Studio designed the Qingdao Cruise Terminal for a site on the pier lining the entrance to the city’s main

The post Qingdao Cruise Terminal’s angular facade references boats’ sails appeared first on Dezeen.

Stefano Boeri designs “vertical forest” city to eat up China’s smog

Italian architect Stefano Boeri has unveiled plans for a city near China’s Liuzhou, featuring towers completely covered in trees and plants to combat air pollution. The Liuzhou Forest City will feature nearly 40,000 trees and almost one million plants, comprising 100 different species. The greenery is designed to trail over balconies and the roofs of a series of skyscrapers spanning 175 hectares along the

The post Stefano Boeri designs “vertical forest” city to eat up China’s smog appeared first on Dezeen.

Arch Studio’s Twisting Courtyard In Beijing

Located in the district of Dashilan, just south of Tiananmen Square, Arch Studio have renovated a traditional Siheyuan residency. Their ‘Twisting Courtyard’ is an advance towards more efficient use of space in the Hutong neighbourhoods of Beijing, …

UNStudio completes Shanghai shopping centre covered in diamond shapes

Tessellating diamonds create an intricate grid of solid and void across the facade of this shopping centre that Dutch firm UNStudio has completed in Shanghai. Called Lane 189, the seven-storey shopping centre is located in the heart of the Chinese city, in the Putuo District – an area with a diverse mix of old and new buildings.

The post UNStudio completes Shanghai shopping centre covered in diamond shapes appeared first on Dezeen.

A Serene Buddhist Shrine By Architecture Practice Arch Studio

Chinese architecture practice Arch Studio developed the project of a minimalist Buddhist shrine, providing an immersive experience of being close to nature.
Read more

Sloping black volumes penetrate public square at Harbin’s Exhibition Hall of Crime Evidences

A tilted and fractured black box that emerges from a public square in the Chinese city of Harbin contains display areas dedicated to telling the story of war crimes committed during the Japanese occupation of Manchuria. The Exhibition Hall of Crime Evidences is located on the site of the ruined barracks used by Unit 731

The post Sloping black volumes penetrate public square at Harbin’s Exhibition Hall of Crime Evidences appeared first on Dezeen.

Foster and Heatherwick complete Shanghai theatre with curtain-like facade

Images have emerged of a new arts and culture centre by Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio, which forms part of a new financial quarter the two firms are building on Shanghai’s waterfront. The Fosun Foundation is the centrepiece of the Bund Finance Center, a new mixed-use complex designed by Norman Foster’s architecture firm and Thomas Heatherwick’s

The post Foster and Heatherwick complete Shanghai theatre with curtain-like facade appeared first on Dezeen.

Undulating paving connects inside and outside spaces at Twisting Courtyard house

Beijing practice Arch Studio has renovated a traditional courtyard house in the Chinese capital, adding grey-brick paving that flows from the floor of the outdoor space to form internal walls and roofs. The building is situated in Beijing’s Dashilanr district, south of Tiananmen Square, and was given the title Twisting Courtyard by Arch Studio. The

The post Undulating paving connects inside and outside spaces at Twisting Courtyard house appeared first on Dezeen.

Glazed meditation room overlooks traditional courtyard from Nanjing home

Ming Gu Design has grafted a glazed meditation area onto this historic home in Nanjing, China, which projects out to overhang a central courtyard. The Nanjing-based architecture studio added the gabled meditation room, which features glass walls, to the centre of the heritage-listed house. The meditative space protrudes outwards and overhangs the base of the existing structure of the house, appearing as

The post Glazed meditation room overlooks traditional courtyard from Nanjing home appeared first on Dezeen.

Photographs by Yueqi Jazzy Li provide first look at Ole Scheeren’s Guardian Arts Center in Beijing

These new photographs by Yueqi Jazzy Li reveal the “pixelated” forms of the Guardian Arts Center by Büro Ole Scheeren as it nears completion in Beijing. Scheeren’s architecture firm unveiled the new headquarters for the country’s oldest art auction house, China Guardian, in mid-2015. Conceived as the world’s first major museum and auction house hybrid, the arts centre provides two large auction halls, as

The post Photographs by Yueqi Jazzy Li provide first look at Ole Scheeren’s Guardian Arts Center in Beijing appeared first on Dezeen.

Rounded walls and textured surfaces lend Chinese museum appearance of a “stone rolled down from the mountain”

Dramatic curved walls and roofs incorporate skylights and wonky windows that provide views of the nearby mountains from inside this museum near the Chinese city of Ürümqi. DongZhuang-Building Museum of Western Regions is located in the Tuoli Township, around 30 kilometres from the capital of the Xinjiang region in northwest China. The building was designed

The post Rounded walls and textured surfaces lend Chinese museum appearance of a “stone rolled down from the mountain” appeared first on Dezeen.

Vertical farm designed to produce food amidst Shanghai’s skyscrapers

The latest video in our Dezeen x MINI Living Initiative series investigates a design for a hydroponic vertical farm nestled among the skyscrapers of Shanghai. US architecture firm Sasaki Associates has designed the farm to produce food for the inhabitants of China’s largest city. The farm’s output will largely consist of leafy greens like kale, spinach and lettuce, which are

The post Vertical farm designed to produce food amidst Shanghai’s skyscrapers appeared first on Dezeen.

China proposes modern-day Silk Road with transcontinental infrastructure project

Chinese president Xi Jinping has revealed plans for the world’s largest-sprawling infrastructure project – the Belt and Road – which aims to develop trade links between China, Central Asia, Europe and Africa. Billed as the contemporary equivalent to the ancient Silk Road trade routes that once spanned Eurasia, the vast multi-billion-dollar building project would see over 60 countries linked

The post China proposes modern-day Silk Road with transcontinental infrastructure project appeared first on Dezeen.

Archi-Union’s Qiandao cable-car station features stacked forms that lean out towards a lake

Chinese studio Archi-Union based the tiered form of this cable-car station on an abstracted geometric model of the mountains surrounding its site on the shores of Qiandao Lake. The Shanghai-based architecture office was invited to develop a proposal for the Qiandao Lake Cable Car Station in 2013, as part of a planning and architecture project

The post Archi-Union’s Qiandao cable-car station features stacked forms that lean out towards a lake appeared first on Dezeen.

Vector Architects adds barrel-vaulted roof to refurbished house in Chinese port

Vector Architects has renovated a house perched on a rocky peninsula in China’s Fujian Province, adding a vaulted concrete roof that encloses a new living area with views towards the sea from either end. Captain’s House is located in the village of Beijiao at the end of Huangqi Peninsula. The geology of the peninsula’s cliffs means

The post Vector Architects adds barrel-vaulted roof to refurbished house in Chinese port appeared first on Dezeen.

MAD’s mountain-shaped tower complex nears completion in Beijing

New images by photographer Edmon Leong offer a first look at the nearly completed glass volumes of MAD’s Chaoyang Park Plaza – a commercial and residential complex based on rock formations in Beijing. MAD’s 120,000-square-metre complex of skyscrapers, office blocks and public spaces is located in Beijing’s central business district, which sits on the southern edge of Chaoyang Park –

The post MAD’s mountain-shaped tower complex nears completion in Beijing appeared first on Dezeen.

Arch Studio carves concrete Buddhist shrine into a grassy mound in Hebei

Beijing-based Arch Studio has completed a Buddhist shrine near the city of Tangshan, featuring subterranean concrete spaces that open up to views of a nearby river and planted courtyards. The shrine was designed by Arch Studio as a place for Buddhist meditation, thinking and contemplation on a forested site by the banks of a river in China’s Hebei

The post Arch Studio carves concrete Buddhist shrine into a grassy mound in Hebei appeared first on Dezeen.

‘Returning Hut’ by FM.X Interior Design

In a today’s busy lifestyle, people often tend to look back and express deep nostalgia of being close to the nature. With this idea in mind, the team of FM.X Interior Design has created the ‘Returning Hut.’
Read more

Atelier XÜK adds wedge-shaped roof extension to Spanish-style villa in Shanghai

Atelier XÜK has added a corrugated-metal attic room to this Spanish colonial-style house, which was designed in the 1920s by a Hungarian architect for a plot in Shanghai’s French quarter. The villa that local studio Atelier XÜK renovated and extended was originally designed by architect Ladislav Hudec. It is located in a part of the city known

The post Atelier XÜK adds wedge-shaped roof extension to Spanish-style villa in Shanghai appeared first on Dezeen.

Neri&Hu’s Suzhou Chapel combines textured brick base with ethereal white cube

Perforated metal surfaces form a white “veil” around the main hall of this chapel designed by Neri&Hu for a hotel complex near the Chinese city of Suzhou. Lyndon Neri and Rosanna Hu’s Shanghai studio designed Suzhou Chapel for a site within the Sangha resort, which is described as “a life learning and wellness community on the shores

The post Neri&Hu’s Suzhou Chapel combines textured brick base with ethereal white cube appeared first on Dezeen.

A Stacked Country Hotel In China Designed By Bengo Studio

Shanghai-based architecture practice Bengo Studio has designed the Qiyunshan Tree House, a building composed of stacked timber volumes.
Read more

Kris Provoost photographs the most flamboyant architecture of China’s building boom

OMA’s trouser-shaped CCTV tower and Herzog & de Meuron’s Bird’s Nest stadium feature in this photo series by Kris Provoost, which documents the “weird architecture” China has tried to ban. Architect Kris Provoost, who lives and works in Shanghai, spent seven years creating The Beautified China photoset. In it he captures some of the more unusual projects created by world-renowned architecture practices

The post Kris Provoost photographs the most flamboyant architecture of China’s building boom appeared first on Dezeen.

Sasaki designs hydroponic vertical farm for Shanghai

Architecture firm Sasaki has designed this hydroponic vertical farm for Shanghai, where leafy greens will be grown on rotating loops housed in a huge greenhouse. The local studio designed the urban farm as part of the Sunqiao Urban Agricultural District, which will be built on a site between Shanghai’s main international airport and the city centre, and divided by a canal.

The post Sasaki designs hydroponic vertical farm for Shanghai appeared first on Dezeen.

Farrells completes swimming pool with “shell-like” roof on Hong Kong seafront

British firm Farrells has carved a large opening into the zinc-clad roof of its swimming pool complex in Hong Kong to offer outdoor bathers sea views. The studio headed up by architect Terry Farrell designed the pool as part of the Kennedy Town Station development, which occupies the site of the former Kennedy Town Swimming Pool. The new, distinctively shaped public pool now occupies a triangular

The post Farrells completes swimming pool with “shell-like” roof on Hong Kong seafront appeared first on Dezeen.

Latticed-bamboo bridge by Mimesis Architecture Studio references Jiangsu’s craft traditions

Mimesis Architecture Studio designed this bamboo-lined bridge in China’s Jiangsu Province to celebrate the region’s ancient craft industries. The Wuxi Harbour Bridge takes a slightly curving course across Lake Taihu in Dingshu Town, stretching almost 100 metres across the water to provide a crossing for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. The bridge’s steel structure forms a series of triangular frames that are lined with

The post Latticed-bamboo bridge by Mimesis Architecture Studio references Jiangsu’s craft traditions appeared first on Dezeen.

Mountain landscapes inform peaked roof of NBBJ’s Nanjing exhibition centre

Skylights top eight angular peaks on the roof of this exhibition centre in the Chinese city of Nanjing by architecture firm NBBJ, funnelling natural light down into the interior. The Nanjing Eco-Tech Island Exhibition Centre was designed by NBBJ as part of a masterplan that will see an island in the Yangtze River transformed into a sustainable park and

The post Mountain landscapes inform peaked roof of NBBJ’s Nanjing exhibition centre appeared first on Dezeen.

Latticed framework incorporates seating around the edges of Shenzhen hotel and cultural centre

Shenzhen studio Aether Architects has transformed a derelict residence in the city’s Guanwu district into a hotel and cultural centre that is wrapped in a latticed framework of white cubes. Aether Architects designed the ARTINN building for an organisation called Shenzhen Yingyu Creative Culture, which was looking to establish a creative hub for the local community as

The post Latticed framework incorporates seating around the edges of Shenzhen hotel and cultural centre appeared first on Dezeen.

Sledding path to loop around roof garden of Beijing civic centre by Andrew Bromberg

An undulating path will curve around the roof garden of this Beijing shopping centre by American architect Andrew Bromberg, and be covered in a layer of fake snow for sledding in winter. Hong Kong-based Bromberg of architectural firm Aedas, designed the Phase 3C building for the China World Trade Center complex in Chaoyang, the city’s central business district. The building is the fifth

The post Sledding path to loop around roof garden of Beijing civic centre by Andrew Bromberg appeared first on Dezeen.

Micro hostel with tiny concrete rooms installed by Zhang Ke in old Beijing hutong

Chinese architect Zhang Ke has slotted a hostel into one of Beijing’s ancient hutong neighbourhoods, featuring tiny rooms that project at angles into a central courtyard.  Ke and his Beijing studio ZAO/standardarchitecture created the 30-square-metre hostel as part of its ongoing Micro Hutong Renewal project. The aim of this project is to highlight the potential in these traditional courtyard neighbourhoods – which are

The post Micro hostel with tiny concrete rooms installed by Zhang Ke in old Beijing hutong appeared first on Dezeen.

Superimpose creates ring-shaped pavilion in rural Hangzhou to teach city dwellers about farming

This white circular education centre in western Hangzhou, China, features a decked arena and cosy sleeping areas for children to camp and can learn about sustainable farming. Hong Kong-based Superimpose worked with local farmers in Tai Yang Valley to build the structure for the Sun Commune, an initiative raising awareness of sustainable farming and promoting healthy living to urbanites. Set among the

The post Superimpose creates ring-shaped pavilion in rural Hangzhou to teach city dwellers about farming appeared first on Dezeen.

Pleated shutters enclose cylindrical enamelware museum and cultural centre by Wutopia Lab

Perforated-aluminium screens zigzag around the walls of this cylindrical arts museum in Shanghai, which was designed by Wutopia Lab and features a 1970s-style rockery.  Local architecture studio Wutopia Lab was asked to create the museum for the former manager of an enamelware factory, who wanted a space to showcase Chinese craft products – including metalware decorated with elaborate enamel patterns. In response,

The post Pleated shutters enclose cylindrical enamelware museum and cultural centre by Wutopia Lab appeared first on Dezeen.

Stacked boxes form Bengo Studio’s towering Tree House hotel in rural China

Timber-clad rooms are stacked vertically and rotated around a spiral staircase to form this hotel in China’s Anhui province, treating guests to 360-degree views of the surrounding tree-covered mountains. Shanghai architecture office Bengo Studio designed the Qiyunshan Tree House hotel for a clearing in the Huangshan mountains. By setting the rooms one on top of the other rather than

The post Stacked boxes form Bengo Studio’s towering Tree House hotel in rural China appeared first on Dezeen.

The Shaolin Flying Monks Temple By Mailitis Architects

Designed by Latvian studio Mailitis Architects, Shaolin Flying Monks Temple is a unique amphitheater for levitation performances located in Henan province, China.
Read more

Tiny Treehouse By Wee Studio

Timber hut hidden in the forests of Bejing’s Wuling Mountain, subscribes to ideas of deliberated tiny living and subtle relationship between nature and inhabitation. Designed by local micro-architecture specialists Wee Studio, this tiny house is an o…

Blue-bottomed boxes form Open Architecture’s ocean research centre in Shenzhen

Boxy volumes with blue undersides shelter terraces in this deep-ocean research centre in Shenzhen, China, designed by Open Architecture to have sea-like features. Beijing-based Open Architecture designed the Tsinghua Ocean Center for the Tsinghua University Graduate School, which is located in the University Town of Shenzhen in China’s Guangdong Province. The architects wanted to create a vertical campus that integrated plenty of social spaces

The post Blue-bottomed boxes form Open Architecture’s ocean research centre in Shenzhen appeared first on Dezeen.

OMA completes industrial-style exhibition centre in old Shanghai shipyard

OMA has completed an events centre on a former shipyard in Shanghai, which features a mesh facade and an exposed steel structure intended to reference the hulls of boats once built there. OMA designed the The Lujiazui Harbour City Exhibition Centre to host a range of activities like film screenings, fashion shows, and concerts within Shanghai’s Pudong financial district. Located on

The post OMA completes industrial-style exhibition centre in old Shanghai shipyard appeared first on Dezeen.

Wind tunnel allows monks to fly above Mailītis Architects’ amphitheatre in rural China

Monks perform levitation over a huge wind tunnel at this amphitheatre, which was designed by Latvian studio Mailītis Architects for a mountain range in central China. The Shaolin Flying Monks Theatre stands on a slope covered in cypress trees on Songshan Mountain – a mountain range in Henan Province. The mountains are home to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Shaolin Monastery, which is also considered to

The post Wind tunnel allows monks to fly above Mailītis Architects’ amphitheatre in rural China appeared first on Dezeen.

Marc Goodwin photographs 11 architecture studios in Beijing

Photographer Marc Goodwin visited 11 architecture studios in Beijing to create this photoset, which offers a glimpse inside the workplaces of MAD, Zhang Ke and Vector Architects. The board variety of offices in the Chinese capital captured by Goodwin, who runs the photography studio Archmospheres, range from a darkly lit former boiler room to apartments once used by diplomats. Zhang Ke’s

The post Marc Goodwin photographs 11 architecture studios in Beijing appeared first on Dezeen.

Dissing + Weitling builds “world’s longest” elevated cycling path in China

Danish office Dissing + Weitling Architecture has completed an elevated cycling path in Chinese city Xiamen, which the architects claim is the longest of its kind in the world. The Copenhagen-based architects designed the Xiamen Bicycle Skyway to cover five major residential areas and three business centres in Xiamen – a city in China’s Fujian province. The 7.6-kilometre route is elevated five

The post Dissing + Weitling builds “world’s longest” elevated cycling path in China appeared first on Dezeen.

Tonkin Liu reveals tapering tower complex for Zhengzhou

London-based architecture firm Tonkin Liu has revealed its plans for a family of fritted-glass skyscrapers, which will be arranged around a central plaza in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou.  Five tapering towers scoop up from a podium surrounding a central garden, taking a form not dissimilar to the recent £1 billion tower complex Santiago Calatrava designed for London’s

The post Tonkin Liu reveals tapering tower complex for Zhengzhou appeared first on Dezeen.

Stefano Boeri reveals plans for tree-covered towers in Nanjing

Italian architect Stefano Boeri has unveiled plans for a “vertical forest” in China, a pair of towers covered with trees and trailing plants in the centre of Nanjing. Over 1,000 trees, 2,500 cascading plants and shrubs will line the facades of the Nanjing Vertical Forest, which is already under construction in the city’s Pukou District. The mixed-used development commissioned by

The post Stefano Boeri reveals plans for tree-covered towers in Nanjing appeared first on Dezeen.

Zaha Hadid Architects’ Beijing tower to feature world’s largest atrium

Construction is well underway on a 207-metre skyscraper by Zaha Hadid Architects in Beijing, which will feature a huge twisting atrium that is expected to be the world’s tallest. Located in the Lize Financial Business District – a new business, residential and transport hub in southwest Beijing – the 46-storey Leeza Soho will feature a mix of

The post Zaha Hadid Architects’ Beijing tower to feature world’s largest atrium appeared first on Dezeen.

McGregor Coxall proposes wetland “bird airport” for northern China

Landscape architects McGregor Coxall has won a competition to design a wetland sanctuary in Tianjin, offering migrating birds a stopover to fatten up and breed. The Lingang Eco Park contest called for a landfill site in the city’s Lingang area to be transformed to create pockets of wetland, parkland and an urban forest along the East Asian–Australasian Flyway (EAAF). This route

The post McGregor Coxall proposes wetland “bird airport” for northern China appeared first on Dezeen.

Historic forest and houses transported 800 kilometres to create new Shanghai resort

Threatened by construction of a major new reservoir, a forest of 10,000 trees and a collection of 50 historic houses have been transported 800 kilometres to Shanghai, where they are being transformed into a vast holiday resort. Chinese businessman Ma Dadong was so upset to discover that the forest of 2,000-year-old Camphor trees was set to be destroyed, he embarked

The post Historic forest and houses transported 800 kilometres to create new Shanghai resort appeared first on Dezeen.

Arched pathways cut through Hangzhou office block by Julien De Smedt

Two massive voids cut diagonally through this office tower in Hangzhou, China, by JDS Architects to create an arched pathway underneath and a stepped park on top. The 16-storey Hangzhou Gateway is located in the city’s Gongshu District, an old industrial neighbourhood undergoing urban transformation. The “H-shaped” building – created by its two voids – hosts workspaces, along with shops, a restaurant and a post office.

The post Arched pathways cut through Hangzhou office block by Julien De Smedt appeared first on Dezeen.

Dezeen’s new Pinterest board celebrates Chinese architecture

It’s Chinese New Year! To celebrate, we’ve pinned dozens of buildings in China to a new Pinterest board – from MAD’s horseshoe-shaped hotel on the edge of a lake to a contemporary renovation of a historic hutong in Beijing. Follow Dezeen on Pinterest ›

The post Dezeen’s new Pinterest board celebrates Chinese architecture appeared first on Dezeen.

Steven Holl unveils Shanghai cultural complex to be built from white concrete

Steven Holl Architects has revealed plans to build a health and cultural complex in Shanghai, comprising a pair of white concrete blocks punctured by the firm’s signature cutouts. The Shanghai Culture and Health Center will be set within a park on the city’s Punan canal. The New York-based firm hopes the landscaping will act as a “social condenser”, attracting residents of

The post Steven Holl unveils Shanghai cultural complex to be built from white concrete appeared first on Dezeen.

Sandstone-clad blocks encircle central square at island clubhouse in Jiaxing

Sandstone blocks face into a central courtyard to create this fortress-like clubhouse by More Architecture and Aim Architecture, which is set on an island in Jiaxing. Shanghai-based More Architecture and Aim Architecture designed the 16,000-square-metre Jiaxing Island complex for a site on the edge of the city, which is set between Shanghai and Hangzhou in China’s Zhejiang Province. Water surrounds

The post Sandstone-clad blocks encircle central square at island clubhouse in Jiaxing appeared first on Dezeen.

Neri&Hu revives 1930s Shanghai theatre with dramatic stone and bronze details

Chinese studio Neri&Hu has used smooth grey stone and fluted bronze to revive the grandeur of a 1930s theatre in Shanghai. The locally based firm, led by architects Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, sought to restore the character of the old theatre, which had lost much of its original details, thanks to piecemeal adaptions over the years. “The

The post Neri&Hu revives 1930s Shanghai theatre with dramatic stone and bronze details appeared first on Dezeen.

Atelier Deshaus creates glass and steel tea house for Shanghai garden

A ring of benches is suspended from the roof of this glass-walled tea house, created by Atelier Deshaus beside a landscaped garden in Shanghai’s West Bund. Locally based Atelier Deshaus designed the tea house for a small garden plot adjoining the offices of a fashion brand. The previously unexploited 110-square-metre yard contains a pair of staircases at either end that ascend to

The post Atelier Deshaus creates glass and steel tea house for Shanghai garden appeared first on Dezeen.

Penda designs modular wooden “village” for Beijing Horticultural Expo

Architecture studio Penda has revealed plans to create a vast network of modular building blocks at the International Horticultural Expo 2019 in Beijing, forming a 30,000-square-metre exhibition space. Penda architects Chris Precht and Dayong Sun plan to build on their experience with modular construction to create the exhibition space for Chinese property developer Vanke. Their aim is to create an alternative to

The post Penda designs modular wooden “village” for Beijing Horticultural Expo appeared first on Dezeen.

China’s building boom makes 2016 a record-breaking year for skyscrapers

A chart-busting 128 skyscrapers over 200 metres tall were completed last year, 84 of which were in China, according to the latest industry research. The annual report from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has revealed that the number of skyscrapers is greater than ever before – making it the third record-breaking year

The post China’s building boom makes 2016 a record-breaking year for skyscrapers appeared first on Dezeen.

Beijing lingerie factory by Crossboundaries encourages workers to spend time outside

A+Awards: Architizer A+Award-winning studio Crossboundaries has created a canyon through the middle of this production facility for a Chinese lingerie brand, which employees can enjoy on their breaks. Aimer, which specialises in underwear and negligees, first approached the firm to design a 14,000-square-metre factory in 2004. However, the company grew rapidly into a fully fledged

The post Beijing lingerie factory by Crossboundaries encourages workers to spend time outside appeared first on Dezeen.

Tadao Ando’s Shanghai Poly Grand Theatre captured in new photographs

Large tunnels carve through Tadao Ando’s concrete and glass theatre in Shanghai, which has been documented in these new images by architecture photographer Yueqi Li. The Poly Grand Theatre is located between two man-made waterways in Jiading district, 12 miles northwest of Shanghai’s centre, and is accompanied by a housing and office tower, also designed

The post Tadao Ando’s Shanghai Poly Grand Theatre captured in new photographs appeared first on Dezeen.

White steel extension and large windows update historic hutong home in Beijing

Chinese studio OEU-ChaO has modernised a residence in one of Beijing’s historic hutong neighbourhoods with a white steel-framed extension and plenty of windows. Architect Zhi Cheng renovated and extended the dilapidated Xirongxian Hutong property for a young couple and their six-year-old son. Measuring just 32 square metres, the residence is surrounded by five similarly petite properties that encircle

The post White steel extension and large windows update historic hutong home in Beijing appeared first on Dezeen.

KPF unveils China’s second-tallest skyscraper

US firm Kohn Pedersen Fox has completed a 530-metre skyscraper in Guangzhou, the second tallest in all of China and the fifth tallest in the world. KPF’s CTF Finance Centre is located in Guangzhou’s Zhujiang New Town and is the second of two towers built on a site overlooking the Pearl River. At 530 metres, the skyscraper is the tallest in

The post KPF unveils China’s second-tallest skyscraper appeared first on Dezeen.

World’s highest bridge opens to traffic in southwest China

A bridge suspended above a Chinese river by more than half a kilometre has now opened to the public – becoming the highest of its kind in the world. The Beipanjiang Bridge is raised 564 metres above the Beipan River in mountainous southwest China, making it the highest bridge ever built. Designed by a team

The post World’s highest bridge opens to traffic in southwest China appeared first on Dezeen.

Li Hao uses mirrored glass and bamboo for reflective pavilion in southern China

Architect Li Hao has clad this bamboo and wood pavilion in mirrored glass to reflect the historic town in southern China that it faces. Beijing-based Li Hao designed and built the pavilion for a spot on the north bank of the Longxi River that runs past the old town of Longli in southeast Guizhouthe. The wall facing the town mimics

The post Li Hao uses mirrored glass and bamboo for reflective pavilion in southern China appeared first on Dezeen.