Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio complete Shanghai skyscraper duo

October 12, 2017 Jessica Mairs 0

Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio teamed up to design this pair of 180-metre skyscrapers, which stand at the intersection of Shanghai’s old town and a new financial district, the Bund Finance Centre. The “landmark” towers are located on the south side of the Bund Finance Centre, a 420,000-square-metre masterplan developed by the two studios. Located on

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Latticed shell of SOM’s Beijing tower is based on traditional Chinese paper lanterns

October 3, 2017 India Block 0

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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MAD creates inflatable pavilion shaped like a rabbit’s head

October 1, 2017 Gunseli Yalcinkaya 0

For this year’s Beijing Design Week, local architecture studio MAD has created an inflatable pavilion with two big floppy ears. MAD created the giant-rabbit-shaped pavilion in a hutong – one of Beijing’s old courtyard-house neighbourhoods – near Lama Temple. Titled Wonderland, it is designed to provide a public space where children in the area can meet and play with

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Demand for overseas architects booms in China’s “open and free climate”

September 29, 2017 Marcus Fairs 0

China is emerging as a key destination for international architects, with experienced designers flocking to take up jobs in the country. China’s booming construction scene is fuelling the demand, with Chinese architecture studios keen to hire foreign talent both for domestic projects and for their growing work outside their home nation. “There are many foreign

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Tourist centre perches above limestone canyon in Guizhou Province

September 28, 2017 India Block 0

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

September 23, 2017 Alyn Griffiths 0

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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Work starts on Schmidt Hammer Lassen-designed innovation centre adapted to Shanghai’s extreme weather

September 20, 2017 India Block 0

Architecture firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen has designed a business incubator for Shanghai, featuring sheltered terraces that allow for year-round outdoor use. Construction began on 18 September on the new CaoHeJing Guigu Creative Headquarters in Shanghai’s technology hub. The project is the third collaboration between Schmidt Hammer Lassen and the government-backed CaoHeJing Hi-Tech Park. CaoHeJing Hi-Tech Park

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UNStudio completes enormous Raffles City Hangzhou complex featuring twisted glass towers

September 14, 2017 Alyn Griffiths 0

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

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This Children’s Shoe Store Was Designed To Be Full Of Whimsy And Wonder

September 11, 2017 Erin 0

Photography © Katsumi Hirabayashi   PRISM DESIGN have recently completed Fly Pony, a new children’s shoe store in Shanghai, China, that is full of wonder and represents a story of a young child.   Photography © Katsumi Hirabayashi The designer’s explain, “In the teeming city, Shanghai, people talk about a boy called Tim, who is coming […]

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

September 8, 2017 Eleanor Gibson 0

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.

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Mecanoo designs 12 skyscrapers for new business district in Shenzhen

September 7, 2017 Eleanor Gibson 0

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

September 4, 2017 Eleanor Gibson 0

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

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Lim + Lu transforms Hong Kong warehouse into home for two artists, four dogs and a cat

September 4, 2017 Eleanor Gibson 0

Hong Kong studio Lim + Lu has converted a former printing press into a loft apartment for an artist couple, featuring white walls, sliding steel partitions and bright red pipes. The 2600-square-foot (240 square-metre) Residence HM is located in the south of Hong Kong, in an area filled with industrial buildings. Lim + Lu was tasked with making the warehouse habitable

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

August 21, 2017 Jessica Mairs 0

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

August 15, 2017 Ali Morris 0

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

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

August 14, 2017 Natashah Hitti 0

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)

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

August 10, 2017 Jessica Mairs 0

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

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

August 8, 2017 Ali Morris 0

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

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

August 7, 2017 Jessica Mairs 0

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

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

August 3, 2017 Calum Lindsay 0

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

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