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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DJI’s headquarters designed by Foster + Partners will feature drone-testing skybridge

Foster + Partners has integrated a skybridge into its design for new headquarters for Shenzhen-based robotics company DJI, allowing it to test out its latest drone technology. The Foster + Partners-designed building, which is currently under construction, will operate as an innovation centre for DJI – a company specialising in producing “quadcopter” drones used for film and photography. Its equipment

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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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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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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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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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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

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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

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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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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

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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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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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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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“We can’t stop superblocks or sprawl, but we have to make space for life in between”

Opinion: Aaron Betsky finds lessons for western city planners and designers in amongst the mega-blocks, privatised spaces and urban sprawl of Asian cities. As a tourist and business traveller, I usually jet in and out of cities around the world, glancing at them from cars or buses as I try to figure out what they More

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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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KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten wins competition to design Shenzhen Art Museum and Library

German studio KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten’s glass-covered design for the Shenzhen Art Museum and Library complex in China beat proposals from a number of star architects. The practice winning-design was selected from a shortlist that included schemes by high-profile architecture firms including Steven Holl Architects, Mecanoo, and OMA. The design features a pair of glass-encased cubic structures that house a museum, library […]

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