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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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New Chinese museums: “money can’t buy culture”

China’s rush to build thousands of new museums is leading to cultural buildings “with no vision and mediocre collections”, according to architects and curators in the country (+ slideshow). The programme, which has seen over 3,500 new Chinese museums built since 1978, has led to gigantic new institutions without exhibits, poor-quality buildings and structures located More

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The Garden Chapel By AZL Architects

Chinese studio AZL Architects designed a remarkable chapel with semi-transparent walls and a so-called butterfly roof. It is located in Wanjing Garden, a park in the city of Nanjing. The fascinating combination of light, shapes and materials creates a modern, yet spiritual atmosphere.                 All images © Yao Li […]