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MVRDV covers Beijing shopping centre in shimmering ceramic tiles

October 19, 2018 India Block 0

The KWG M CUBE shopping centre in Beijing, designed by MVRDV, is covered in hand-glazed iridescent ceramic tiles that change colour in different lights. Danish architecture firm MVRDV devised the subtle yet eye-catching rainbow facade for the multi-faceted mall to be a happy middle ground between the developer KWG Group Holdings’s wish for a building

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Álvaro Siza clads International Design Museum of China in red sandstone

October 17, 2018 India Block 0

Blocks of red sandstone cover the volumes of a new design museum designed by Álvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira on the Chinese Academy of Art campus in Hangzhou, eastern China. The 16,000-square-metre museum was commissioned to house the fine art college’s already sizeable collection of pieces, which had been bolstered by the acquisition of original

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Inuce completes pink pebbledash church hall in Fuzhou

October 14, 2018 Tom Ravenscroft 0

A pastel-pink church hall has been added to the 1930s-built Huaxiang Church in Fuzhou, western China, featuring rooftop amphitheatres that offer open-air services. Architecture studio Inuce, which has offices in China and Switzerland, designed the church hall and community centre to accommodate the growing number of Christians in the local area, who no longer fitted inside

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PES Architects reveals petal-shaped Strait Culture and Art Centre in Fuzhou

October 11, 2018 India Block 0

PES Architects used custom-developed ceramic tiles and louvres to create the curving lines of the Strait Culture and Art Centre in Fuzhou, China. The Helsinki- and Shanghai-based studio arranged the five swooping buildings that make up the centre to unfurl like the overlapping petals of a jasmine flower – the symbol of Fuzhou. Opened on

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Hangzhou bookstore blends postmodern and classical elements

October 11, 2018 Ali Morris 0

Giant geometric display stands intersect with imposing steel archways in this newly-opened book shop in Hangzhou, China designed by Alberto Caiola. Called Harbook, the 600-square-metre shop alongside the West Lake was designed by Alberto Caiola to appeal to the young urban consumer. Alongside books, Harbook incorporates other lifestyle elements such as a cafe, and a

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Plugin House built in Boston to demonstrate potential for use in US backyards

October 10, 2018 Katie de Klee 0

Chinese studio People’s Architecture Office is using a pop-up pavilion to show how a prefabricated home designed for China’s hutongs could be used by cities in the US to help tackle the housing crisis. A Plugin House prototype was first installed at Harvard University and then moved to Boston City Hall to engage local residents through a series of in-situ

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Superimpose creates CO2 Pavilion as inner city sanctuary in Beijing

October 9, 2018 Katie de Klee 0

Architecture studio Superimpose created an interactive pavilion to be an oasis of calm in the centre of the capital, for Beijing Design Week 2018. Situated in a car park in the west of the city, Superimpose partnered with creative studio Shardisland to create the C02 pavilion and draw attention to air pollution in the city. “Through a system

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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners plans 1,200-metre-long raised garden in Shenzhen

October 8, 2018 India Block 0

An area of reclaimed land in Shenzhen, China, is to be transformed into an “urban living room”, with a linear raised garden designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. The London-based architecture practice has been announced as the winner of the competition to masterplan the Qianhai area of the city. The 1,200 metre sky garden

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Steven Chiltern Architects to envelop Wuxi Show Theatre in white columns and golden canopy

October 4, 2018 India Block 0

A forest of slender white columns will support a latticed roof of metallic louvres covering a theatre by Steven Chiltern Architects in Wuxi, China. When the Wuxi Show Theatre opens in December 2019 it will hold 2,000 theatre-goers and provide a permanent home for Belgian theatre director Franco Dragone’s show, the House of Dancing Water.

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MAD breaks ground on “extraterrestrial” sports campus in China

October 3, 2018 India Block 0

Construction has begun on the Quzhou Sports Campus in China, with stadiums designed by MAD that will rise from a landscaped park like volcanoes. The 700,000-square-metre sports park in Quzhou City, Zhejiang Province, will include a 30,000 seat stadium and a gymnasium with capacity of 10,000, along with a swimming pool, sports hall, and outdoor sports

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10 architects imagine the Chinese home of the future for China House Vision exhibition

October 2, 2018 Katie de Klee 0

MAD, Penda and Open Architecture are among 10 Asian studios that have built futuristic concept homes in Beijing, including a living garden, a nomadic Martian pod and a modular home inspired by Beijing’s hutongs. China House Vision, which opened last week to coincide with Beijing Design Week, is an exhibition exploring how maximum quality of life can be achieved in

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Gad Line+ Studio creates low-cost housing in rural Chinese village

September 30, 2018 Alyn Griffiths 0

This affordable housing development in China’s Fuyang District, near Hangzhou, features sloping tiled roofs and a pared-back material palette inspired by the region’s vernacular architecture. Gad Line+ Studio, which is based at Zhejiang Gongshang University in Hangzhou, developed the proposal in response to the poor living conditions that affect many communities in rural China. According

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HAO Design uses pastel hues for pitched-roof apartment in Beijing

September 6, 2018 Natasha Levy 0

HAO Design took advantage of this apartment’s peaked roof to turn it into a bright and spacious family home, finishing its interiors with a selection of pastel furnishings. Starburst House is set within the city’s Haidian District and belongs to a young couple and their son. The apartment – which measures 116 square-metres – was purchased

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Renovated cottage in rural China retains original rustic features

August 25, 2018 Ali Morris 0

Fashion designer Sun Min and architect Christian Taeubert have renovated a neglected cottage set around a courtyard in rural China. Located in a village outside of Beijing, China, the refurbished cottage retains many of the its original rustic features such as its original timber beams and roof, which sit alongside modern additions such as the large sliding

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Renovated cottage in rural China retains original rustic features

August 25, 2018 Ali Morris 0

Fashion designer Sun Min and architect Christian Taeubert have renovated a neglected cottage set around a courtyard in rural China. Located in a village outside of Beijing, China, the refurbished cottage retains many of the its original rustic features such as its original timber beams and roof, which sit alongside modern additions such as the large sliding

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Chinese Villa With Open Plan Spaces & Mezzanine Levels

August 23, 2018 HD Staff 0

A slick modern villa, designed by the QBI studio in China, cuts into the blue sky from lush green gardens. Led by architect Tran Le Quoc Binh, the project has a unique and youthful look that was based not only around great style but on the individual personality of the homeowners and how they use […]

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Neri&Hu animates Little B store in Shanghai with white-glazed tiles and neon lights

August 18, 2018 Natashah Hitti 0

Chinese studio Neri&Hu has paired curved white-glazed tiles with stainless steel at this high-end convenience store in Shanghai, designed for lifestyle brand The Beast. The Little B retail store sits amongst the narrow alleys that make up Shanghai’s central Xintiandi district, which is made up of reconstructed mid-19th-century Shikumen – or “stone gate” – houses.

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Curving shades arch over terraces of Chongqing housing development by Safdie Architects

August 13, 2018 India Block 0

Moshe Safdie’s firm has completed a set of stepped homes on a hill overlooking the Yangtze River in Chongqing, China. The 42,740-square-metre Eling Hill development includes 126 apartments spread across three bands of buildings rising up a hill on the Yuzhong Peninsula, in the city in central China Safdie Architects created the housing scheme for

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Xiangmi Science Library connected to park by glazed walkway through treetops

August 11, 2018 Alyn Griffiths 0

Cantilevered metal roofs shade the glazed walls of this library designed by MLA+, which is connected by a treetop walkway to Shenzhen’s Xiangmi Park. Global architecture studio MLA+ designed the Xiangmi Science Library as part of its masterplan to regenerate Xiangmi Park, which is found in the Chinese city’s central Futian District. The park was originally used

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Ai Weiwei’s Beijing studio demolished by Chinese authorities

August 6, 2018 India Block 0

Artist and activist Ai Weiwei took to Instagram to show Chinese authorities knocking down his studio in Beijing, with many of his artworks still inside. Weiwei, who worked with Herzog and de Meuron to design the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games, posted a series of clips showing construction machinery being used to tear

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