Mirrored and transparent viewpoints proposed for China’s Zhangjiajie forest

French studio Martin Duplantier Architectes has proposed a series of bridges and viewpoints for Zhangjiajie National Forest Park – the site of the world’s longest and highest glass bridge. In Martin Duplantier Architectes’ €5 million (£4.2 million) plans for the park in China’s Hunan Province, mirrored structures perch on top of quartzite sandstone columns and span cliff edges.

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Supertall Shenzhen tower by Morphosis reaches full height

A 350-metre-high skyscraper by Morphosis has topped out in Shenzhen, and the US firm claims it will become the “tallest steel building in China”. The slab forming the 62nd floor of the Hanking Center Tower was put in place last week, meaning the skyscraper has reached its full height. At 350 metres, it classifies as supertall – a term coined to describe any building

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People’s Architecture Office uses prefabricated panels to update Beijing hutong house

People’s Architecture Office has repurposed a rundown home in one of Beijing’s historic hutong neighbourhoods, using prefabricated panels to create a contemporary and light-filled residence. The Beijing studio overhauled and extended the residence in the Changchun Jie Hutong neighbourhood using a series of white panels. The client Mrs Fan had lived in the house as a child until her parents

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MAD’s Fake Hills housing features topography-inspired roofline and massive hollows

MAD has completed the first phase of its Fake Hills development – an apartment complex in Beihai, China, with an undulating roofline that accommodates tennis courts and swimming pools. The topography-inspired housing block runs along the back of the 800-metre-long ocean-side plot, and will later be joined by a cluster of smaller blocks and a tower with wavy edges. Beijing-based

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Fuxing Plaza · Shanghai, China

In a project developed for Fuxing Plaza, an enormous retail and office complex located in Shanghai, the architects from boutique design studio AIM have brought together futuristic minimalism and new material solutions.
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The Bridging Teahouse By FR-EE

Designed by architecture and industrial design firm FR-EE, the Bridging Teahouse is one of 17 pavilions located in JinHua Architecture Park in the city of Jinhua, China. The park is situated in the new Jindong New District, a new area master planned by Herzog & de Meuron since 2003. The well-known Chinese artist Ai Weiwei […]

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects wins Shanghai Library competition

Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has revealed its competition-winning designs for a new library in Shanghai featuring bands of glazing and wood-lined reading rooms. Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects saw off competition from architects Kengo Kuma, David Chipperfield and Dominique Perrault to design the 125,000-square-metre Shanghai Library. Alternating strips of glazing and floor plate give the building, which

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Coop Himmelb(l)au combines flat and curving forms at huge Shenzhen art complex

Triangular facets of stone and shimmering glass provide the irregular form of Coop Himmelb(l)au’s Museum of Contemporary Art and Planning Exhibition, which is now complete in Shenzhen. The Austrian studio led by architect Wolf D Prix designed the pair of museums known as MOCAPE for the new Futian Cultural District of the city in southeast China. The firm won

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058 Villa By Christ & Gantenbein

A seemingly simple house, the 058 villa offers a surprisingly rich spatial system with unexpected relations of the interior and the exterior. Located in a Chinese city of Ordos, the residence was designed by architects from the Basel-based architecture studio Christ & Gantenbein. Reminiscent of a private labirynth, the project deals with the need for […]

Neri&Hu transforms Beijing missile factory into car workshop

Shanghai studio Neri&Hu has converted a former missile factory in Beijing into a car repair garage and offices with an industrial-style metal staircase, mesh cages and painted brickwork. Inside The Garage, a mechanics workshop catering to Beijing’s some 7 million vehicles is flanked by offices and a cafe. Neri&Hu wanted to preserve as much of the original building as possible,

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Students erect arching bamboo events pavilion in Hong Kong

Bent bamboo poles and translucent fabric make up this curving events pavilion in Hong Kong, designed and built by architecture students. The ZCB Bamboo Pavilion was designed to host a series of events, exhibitions and performances that promote low-carbon living and construction. The pavilion accompanies a zero-carbon building occupied by the Construction Industry Council in Kowloon Bay, to the north

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Cun-Design converts Beijing house into film studio with weathering steel and glass extensions

Chinese firm Cun-Design has transformed a typical suburban house in Beijing into a film production studio featuring glass and pre-rusted steel extensions. Cun-Design was asked to oversee the refurbishment of the existing property in the Chinese capital’s Tongzhou District to create a new workspace for Blue Moon Films. The detached house located on the bank

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Zaha Hadid Architects reveals plans for Infinitus Plaza in Guangzhou

Zaha Hadid Architects has begun work on a multipurpose complex in Guangzhou, which is modelled on the looping infinity symbol used in mathematics. The Infinitus Plaza is located in the business district of Baiyun New Town, and will serve as a headquarters for the Infinitus – a health products brand owned by the LKK Health Products Group (LKKHPG). It

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Mirrors reflect arched openings and steps inside wooden auditorium by Penda

Penda has set this auditorium for a Beijing art museum inside a wooden box, which features arched openings, and mirrors that reflect endless iterations of its curved cutaways.  Beijing- and Vienna-based Penda designed the Hongkun Art Auditorium to host lectures, readings, exhibitions and art sales. It is located on the outskirts of the city, next door to the Hongkun Museum of Fine Art, which

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Giant bookcase forms centrepiece of Shanghai sales office by Team_Bldg

A solid timber staircase is suspended from one side of a double-storey bookcase spanning the central wall of this sales office, which is located on the outskirts of Shanghai. Local architecture studio Team_Bldg designed the building for a site in Zhujiajiao, an ancient settlement within the Qingpu District of the Chinese city. Inside the Qing Yun Li Sales Centre, the enormous

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Shanghai skyscraper wins first American Architecture Prize

The twisting Shanghai Tower by international firm Gensler has scooped the top award of the inaugural annual American Architecture Prize. Currently the world’s second tallest building, the skyscraper was awarded Architectural Design of the Year during a ceremony at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York last week. A campus for students in

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Foster + Partners uses extra-long bricks for Chinese university campus

Foster + Partners has used custom-made bricks to build a campus near Shenzhen, encompassing a university, a hotel and housing, all taking in views of the South China Sea. The scheme was designed by Norman Foster’s London-based studio for Xiao Jing Wan, a coastal development to the east of Shenzhen. It includes a hotel, clubhouse, shops and housing, and

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Bricklaying robots create bulging brick facade for Shanghai arts centre

Chinese studio Archi-Union Architects programmed robots to construct the undulating brick facade of this art gallery in Shanghai’s West Bund district. The new exhibition space run by the Chi She artists collective provides space for art exhibitions, events and workshops at the heart of Shanghai’s rapidly developing West Bund neighbourhood. Archi-Union Architects, which previously completed a nearby

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Arched walkway wraps Muslim centre near Beijing by He Jingtang

A colonnade of petal-shaped arches creates an illuminated walkway around the perimeter of this Muslim cultural centre designed by Chinese architect He Jingtang. The Dachang Muslim Cultural Center was commissioned by the local government for the Muslim community of Dachang County, which is located to the east of Beijing in China’s Hebei Province. Designed by architect He Jingtang, the 35,000-square-metre building is

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Wavy red ribbons form Lucky Knot bridge by NEXT Architects

NEXT Architects has completed an undulating red footbridge in Changsha, China, that offers pedestrians a variety of different routes across the Dragon King Harbour River. Beijing and Amsterdam studio NEXT Architects designed the Lucky Knot bridge for Changsha’s Meixi Lake district – a 6.5 million-square-metre development masterplanned by Kohn Pedersen Fox for the southwest of the city. At 185 metres long

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Dinosaur egg museum in China features bamboo-textured walls

Chimney-shaped skylights spotlight dinosaur eggs inside this museum with craggily textured concrete walls at China’s Qinglong Mountain Geopark.  The cast-in-situ concrete structure was moulded over bamboo canes to create the building’s heavily textured surfaces. The distinctive ridges formed by the canes echo the texture of the curving roof tiles traditionally used on old buildings in China. The museum

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Organic food plant by Arch Studio references China’s hutong housing

This organic food-processing plant in China’s Hebei Province has been designed by Beijing practice Arch Studio as a series of individual buildings set around courtyards. Arch Studio designed the 1,720-square-metre facility as a series of independent blocks – a store, a mill, an oil pressing workshop and packing area – all linked by courtyards. This formation of pitched-roof buildings

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The Tianjin Binhai Library by MVRDV

Designed by the Dutch company MVRDV, the extraordinary library in Tianjin, China, is nearing completion. The 34,200 m2 building is part of the new Binhai Cultural Centre, which was designed by German architects GMP, and connects four other buildings th…

Tibetan school in China is clad is stone to match mountainous setting

Chinese studio Livil Architects has added a monolithic stone-clad canteen featuring cave-like interiors and an office building to a school in the town of Batang, Tibet. Batang People’s Primary School is an educational facility designed to accommodate Tibetan students from the town, which is located in the Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in China’s Sichuan province. The

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MAD reveals plans for translucent China Philharmonic Hall in Beijing

Chinese studio MAD has released visuals for its new concert hall in Beijing, which will be draped in a translucent fluted facade. MAD’s China Philharmonic Hall will be located on an 11,600-square-metre site beside the Workers Stadium in Beijing’s central business district. It will provide the first permanent residence for the China Philharmonic Orchestra. The 26,587-square-metre classical music venue will contain a main

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The Capilla Seashore

Chinese practice Vector Architects built a futuristic, yet traditional chapel on the waterfront of Bohai Coast in China. With its unspoilt view onto the sea, visitors may feel like drifting on a boat. Vector Architects was founded in 2008 in Beijing. The relationship between architecture and living, place, perception, and tectonic are the core directions in […]

Zhang Ke slots work and play spaces into Beijing’s ancient hutong courtyards

Through a series of renovations and new insertions, Chinese architect Zhang Ke has transformed some of Beijing’s ageing hutongs into hubs of activity. Zhang Ke and his studio ZAO/standardarchitecture embarked on the Micro Hutong Renewal project to highlight the potential in these hutong neighbourhoods – which are largely unique to the Chinese capital, but are gradually being demolished. The aim is

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Doughnut-shaped television studio in Beijing is enclosed in a latticed shell

Wrapped in a latticed glass and steel skin, this ring-shaped building by architecture studio BIAD UFO provides the new headquarters for Chinese broadcaster Phoenix Television (+ slideshow). Beijing Institute of Architectural Design and Un-Forbidden office – BIAD UFO for short – designed the Phoenix International Media Center for a plot on the corner of Chaoyang Park in the Chinese city. Two More

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Max Gerthel Studio covers former junkyard in Beijing hutong with inflatable canopy

Beijing Design Week 2016: Max Gerthel Studio has created an events pavilion that inflates and deflates to mimic a breathing octopus – joining the ranks of design practices to have made inflatable pavilions (+ movie). The Beijing-based studio created the structure to serve as an events pavilion for the Baitasi hutong area. It transformed a gated square, usually overflowing with trash, into a playful space More

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Zaha Hadid’s Nanjing International Youth Cultural Centre nears completion

These new photographs reveal a vast cultural complex by Zaha Hadid Architects, which is reaching its final stages of construction in the Chinese city Nanjing (+ slideshow). Singaporean photographer Khoo Guo Jie visited the Nanjing International Youth Cultural Centre ahead of its completion later this year. The 465,000-square-metre complex was designed by London-based Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) for the riverfront of Hexi New Town More

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Closure of world’s highest and longest glass bridge “not a big deal” says organiser

The management team behind a 430-metre-long glass bridge in China say its forced closure just 13 days after opening is completely normal. Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Tourism Management told Dezeen it was no “big deal” that the hugely popular attraction closed within a fortnight of opening. They said overwhelming visitor numbers coupled with their lack of management experience had led to the More

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Shanghai office transformed into aluminium-clad tech incubator by Schmidt Hammer Lassen

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has transformed an ageing Shanghai office block into a business incubator, featuring a new translucent aluminium skin (+ slideshow). The Scandinavian firm was tasked with overhauling an office block at the CaoHeJing Hi-Tech Park – an office campus just outside the city centre – to create a new hub for startup tech companies. The More

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World’s tallest and longest glass bridge closes after just two weeks

A 430-metre-long glass bridge in China has closed after just 13 days after opening due to being “overwhelmed” by visitors.  The Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge by Tel Aviv architect Haim Dotan is believed to be the world’s longest and tallest glass pedestrian bridge. Thousands flocked to the attraction when it opened on 20 August 2016, but less than two weeks later More

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Wee Studio completes crowdfunded treehouses on the edge of a woodland stream

This pair of stilted wooden huts are set among poplar and hawthorn trees in a stretch of woodland at the foot of Mount Wuling in Beijing’s Miyun District (+ slideshow). Designed by local micro-architecture specialists Wee Studio, the tiny huts have a combined floor area of just 8 square metres. They host a tearoom, a bedroom and bathroom, and More

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The San Shan Bridge By Penda

Beijing and Vienna based creative collective Penda designed the San Shan Bridge as part of the infrastructure program for the Olympic Winter Games 2022.
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Vector Architects drapes steel mesh to create new entrance to M Woods museum in Beijing

Vector Architects has draped lengths of wire mesh over the entrance to a museum housed in a former warehouse in Beijing (+ slideshow). The local studio was asked to transform the entrance to the M Woods museum in Beijing’s 798 Art Zone, to improve visitor experience and create a stronger visual identity for the building. The small holes in More

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Zigzagging concrete “veranda” built in Shanghai agricultural park

Shanghai architects TF and PPAS have built a set of sprawling concrete structures that will be used by visitors to an agricultural park on the outskirts of the Chinese city (+ slideshow). The new structures provide a public meeting area for the Modern Agricultural Park in Jinshan, southwest of the city. This 153-square-kilometre park, created a decade ago, functions as More

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World’s tallest and longest glass bridge opens in China

A 430-metre-long glass bridge has been constructed across a deep canyon in China’s Zhangjiajie National Forest Park (+ slideshow). Designed by architect Haim Dotan, the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge is believed to be the world’s longest and tallest glass pedestrian bridge. Glass panels are set into its walkway, giving visitors vertigo-inducing views and photo opportunities of the canyon below. Steel More

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Wang Shu’s Ningbo History Museum built from the remains of demolished villages

Movie: in this exclusive Dezeen movie, Chinese architect Wang Shu of Amateur Architecture Studio explains why he recycled material from traditional Chinese buildings to construct the Ningbo History Museum. Completed in 2008, the Ningbo History Museum is a 30,000-square-metre building located in the city of Ningbo in Zhejiang province, China. The three-storey museum’s distinctive facade is More

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Cloud Pavilion is a glass-walled events space in Shanghai

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has completed a pavilion on the bank of Shanghai’s Huangpu River, with thin metal columns surrounding a glass-walled room shaped like a cartoon cloud (+ movie). Located on a riverside promenade, the Cloud Pavilion provides a venue for exhibitions and art events as past of the West Bund district’s ongoing redevelopment. Sandwiched between More

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MAD designs “building with skin and bones” for Chinese fashion brand

Construction has started on a human-body-inspired headquarters for Chinese fashion group Xinhee, designed by architecture studio MAD (+ slideshow). Beijing-based based MAD has designed a building with a clearly distinguishable internal skeleton and external skin. It will house the offices of Xinhee and its six subsidiary brands in the coastal Chinese city Xiamen. MAD founder Ma Yansong said he wants the More

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Stacked shipping containers form temporary pavilion by People’s Architecture Office

People’s Architecture Office has used 12 shipping containers to build a temporary, red and yellow pavilion in a fast-growing town in China’s Shanxi province (+ slideshow). The Beijing-based architecture studio stacked up containers into two rows with opposing angles to create a building that boasts zigzagging edges, projecting roof terraces and cantilevered overhangs. Called Container Stack More

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I understand why China is banning “weird” architecture, says Jacques Herzog

Swiss architect Jacques Herzog has declared his support for plans by the Chinese government to curb the number of flamboyant and “weird” buildings in the country. Jacques Herzog – co-director of Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron – said China’s construction boom has allowed Western architects to use the country as a testing ground for projects that would not otherwise More

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A Meditative House For A Painter

Located among the rice fields on the eastern edge of the small Chinese village Dali, the Zhu’an Residence was designed for a painter and his wife. Its peaceful and clean interior makes the house an intimate, meditative space that corresponds with th…

Chinese government sees architectural discussion as “dangerous” threat, says Ai Weiwei

China’s “fatalist” government is causing the country’s architectural profession to stagnate, according to artist and political activist Ai Weiwei. Despite China’s huge building boom, Ai believes there is little room for intellectual thought about architecture under the country’s Communist leadership. The Chinese artist said that open discussion about architecture is seen as a “very dangerous” threat to the country’s leadership. More

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A Mirrored Tunnel Bookshop In China

Shanghai-based architecture and design studio XL-Muse designed the interior of the Yangzhou Zhongshuge bookshop in China to look like a mirrored, curved water passage.
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A Floating Office in China

Located in the Jiangsu Province of China, the ‘Building On The Water’ was built by Portuguese architects Álvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira.
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Penda and Arup design Olympic bridge made up of intersecting rings

Architecture studio Penda has teamed up with engineering firm Arup to design a bridge made up of overlapping rings for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Designed to span the Gui River, the bridge will create a new direct route between central Beijing and Zhangjiakou, a district to the northwest of the city where many outdoor competitions will take More

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Blossom Pavilion in Shanghai features steel “rocks” and a rooftop flowerbed

Shanghai studio Atelier Deshaus has teamed up with artist Zhan Wang to create a flower-topped pavilion supported by irregularly shaped slabs of stainless steel (+ slideshow). Designed for Shanghai’s Urban Space Art Season, Blossom Pavilion stands outside the entrance to the Shanghai Sculpture Space, which is part of the city’s Red Town arts complex. The starting point for the project was the stainless steel sculptures of Zhan Wang’s Rockery Series, which More

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Kengo Kuma dresses Shanghai tower in pleated aluminium for Soho China

Strips of perforated aluminium give a pleated appearance to the facade of this Shanghai tower designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma for property developer Soho China (+ slideshow). Kengo Kuma used pieces of pieces of 18-millimetre-wide aluminium mesh to create the pleats in the facade of Hongkou Soho, which is designed to look like the draping of a More

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Huge timber steps form bridge built by students across a river in rural China

This stepped timber bridge was designed by a team of architecture students from the University of Hong Kong to provide a meeting place for residents of a rural community in southern China (+ slideshow). Wind and Rain Bridge links two banks of a river on the outskirts of Peitian, a village in China’s Fujian province. Designed by course leader Donn Holohan to be constructed More

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Tidal waters wash underneath Seashore Chapel by Vector Architects

Beijing studio Vector Architects has built a concrete chapel on a Chinese beach, but raised it up above the sands so that seawater can wash underneath (+ slideshow). Named Seashore Chapel, the sculptural building provides a small place of worship for Beidaihe, a seaside town east of Beijing. It is the closest building to the sea anywhere in the More

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Eye-like library by MVRDV nears completion in China

Dutch firm MVRDV has revealed its designs for a library with an eye-shaped atrium, which is nearing completion in Tianjin, China (+ slideshow). The Tianjin Binhai Library will encompass 34,200 square metres of total floor space. It will have a rectilinear body, but at its centre will be an oval-shaped atrium with a spherical, mirrored auditorium. MVRDV designed this space to More

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Trapezoidal glass panels create prismatic facades for SOM’s Beijing skyscraper

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has completed a 55-storey tower in Beijing with exterior glass panels that function as prisms, capturing and refracting daylight (+ slideshow). The mixed-use tower, called the Beijing Greenland Center, is located in the Dawangjing business district and sits halfway between the city’s historic core and international airport. Rectangular in plan, the More

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Archi-Union Architects transforms abandoned Shanghai warehouse into ceramicist’s atelier

Archi-Union Architects has added a slatted timber extension on top of an old concrete and brick factory building in Shanghai, turning it into a showroom and workspace for a ceramic artist (+ slideshow). The formerly derelict building is located within the Wuwei Creative Industry Park, on the site of a former chemical-fibre factory. Archi-Union Architects, which also More

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New Shanghai skyscraper set to become world’s highest elevator test tower

One of the world’s biggest elevator manufacturers has unveiled plans to build a 270-metre-high skyscraper in Shanghai that will be dedicated to testing lifts. Billed to become the tallest above-ground test tower ever built, the skyscraper will provide research and development facilities for Otis, the company behind the elevators in the world’s highest building, the 828-metre Burj Khalifa in Dubai. More

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Domed greenhouses form heart of botanic garden design by Delugan Meissl

Tropical, desert and aquatic plants will be housed in a trio of gridded glass domes at the centre of these botanical gardens planned by Austrian firm Delugan Meissl Associated Architects for Taiyuan, China. Vienna-based Delugan Meissl – whose portfolio includes the Porsche Museum in Germany and the Festival Hall in Erl, Austria – designed the Taiyuan Botanical Garden More

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MAD’s sinuous Harbin Opera House photographed in the snow by Iwan Baan

These new images by Dutch photographer Iwan Baan offer a look at the MAD-designed Harbin Opera House in China after heavy snowfall (+ slideshow). The huge cultural building features a three-petalled plan that encompasses two concert halls and a large public plaza. Externally, it boasts sinuous curves created from smooth white aluminium panels and glass, while its interior features More

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Kengo Kuma completes Chinese spa resort with pixellated stonework

The pieces of multi-tonal stone used to construct this spa resort in southwest China by Kengo Kuma give the complex a pixelated appearance (+ slideshow). The 59,000-square-metre Yunfeng Spa Resort, designed by Kengo Kuma and his Tokyo-based firm, terraces down a mountain outside the city of Tengchong in China’s Yunnan Province. The resort is constructed from More

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Kengo Kuma clads “amoeba-shaped” art centre in porous aluminium panels

Kengo Kuma and Associates has built an art centre with an intricate aluminium-moulded facade at a former cotton mill in China, which has been converted into a shop and office complex (+ slideshow). Kengo Kuma’s Japan-based firm converted the entire 10,440-square-metre mill to create the new retail, office and art centre called Wuxi Vanke, which is located near Taihu Lake on the outskirts More

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Crossboundaries converts derelict building into kindergarten with rooftop playground

Slides and climbing frames connect brightly coloured playrooms in this kindergarten by Crossboundaries, set within a formerly derelict building in the financial district of Zhengzhou, China (+ slideshow). The Soyoo Joyful Growth Center occupies one of a trio of disused buildings in the city’s new financial centre, which was masterplanned by the late Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa in the More

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects reveals plans for clubhouse and spa over a Chinese lake

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has begun work on a granite clubhouse and spa complex, which will be set in the centre of a lake in southern China to serve the residents of exclusive villas. The complex by the Danish firm will comprise three granite-clad blocks with concave roofs, which will be linked at their corners to provide a 3,160-square-metre space. The More

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Weston Williamson designs “kissing towers” for Hong Kong harbour

London studio Weston Williamson has unveiled a trio of Hong Kong skyscrapers that “kiss” one another, designed to sit on top of a new high-speed railway line. Proposed for Victoria Harbour, the high-rise complex is envisioned as a cluster of towers with heights of up to 440 metres, all arranged around a landscaped plaza. The three towers More

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Neri&Hu bases Shanghai burger restaurant on 1950s diners

To make this Shanghai restaurant feel like a retro American diner, Chinese studio Neri&Hu added bold tiles and an angular roof that overhangs a foldable glazed facade (+ slideshow). Located in the former French Concession, Rachel’s Burger restaurant was envisaged as “a porous space” that can be completely opened up onto Wukang Road. Taking the Modernist More

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ReMIX Studio’s Shunyi House extension features louvred cladding and an all-white interior

Narrowly spaced steel louvres wrap around the exterior of this extension to a house in Beijing, providing privacy and creating linear patterns of light and shadow throughout the minimal white interior (+ slideshow). Local architecture firm reMIX Studio oversaw the expansion of a villa in the northeastern district of Shunyi for a couple of screenwriters More

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Ole Scheeren’s “carved” MahaNakhon skyscraper scheduled to complete this year

The pixelated 314-metre-high skyscraper designed by former OMA architect Ole Scheeren is nearing completion in Bangkok. A series of photographs snapped by Instagram users reveal the modular cutaways of the MahaNakhon tower, which Scheeren designed before leaving the Rem Koolhaas-led firm, and is now completing with his own studio Büro Ole Scheeren. A photo posted by THIS More

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China moves to prevent “oversized, xenocentric and weird” architecture

China has released a directive that could put an end to the country’s trend for bombastic architecture. Just over a year after president Xi Jinping called for an end to “weird architecture”, the country’s State Council has released a document calling for all new buildings to be “suitable, economic, green and pleasing to the eye”, according to More

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PLP’s Nexus tower aims to offer alternative to standard skyscraper design

London-based PLP Architecture has revealed a masterplan for a project in China that includes a concept for a supertall tower composed of three rotated, interlocking volumes. Proposed for a site in Shenzhen, PLP’s proposal features two towers, a performing arts complex, and a series of connecting structures and bridges that will accommodate retail and entertainment More

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Today we like: China

It’s Chinese New Year! To celebrate the beginning of the year of the monkey, we’re revisiting some of the best new Chinese architecture on Dezeen, including the world’s second tallest building, a sinuous opera house by MAD, and Kengo Kuma’s folk-art galleries for the China Academy of Arts. See more new Chinese architecture »

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World’s largest waste-to-energy plant proposed for Shenzhen

Danish firms Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Gottlieb Paludan Architects have won a competition to design the world’s largest waste-to-energy power plant in China (+ movie). Proposed for the mountainous region on the outskirts of Shenzhen, the waste-to-energy plant is expected to incinerate 5,000 tonnes of rubbish per day – approximately one third of the waste generated by the city’s 20 million inhabitants each year. More

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