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Bartlett student Freja Bao designs pilgrimage destination “to rebrand China”

July 24, 2017 Ali Morris 0

Bartlett School of Architecture graduate Freja Bao has devised a masterplan for a new Chinese cultural capital that could help to change the country’s political image. Called Splendour, the fictional city is a tourist destination located on the disputed territories in the South China Sea. Bao imagines it as an open pilgrimage destination for all Chinese speaking global citizens. “China has

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Qingdao Cruise Terminal’s angular facade references boats’ sails

June 28, 2017 Alyn Griffiths 0

The folded steel facade and roof structure of this terminal for cruise liners in the Chinese city of Qingdao is informed by the sails of boats that set out from nearby harbours. Shenzhen firm Mozhao Atelier and Jing Studio designed the Qingdao Cruise Terminal for a site on the pier lining the entrance to the city’s main

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Stefano Boeri designs “vertical forest” city to eat up China’s smog

June 28, 2017 Eleanor Gibson 0

Italian architect Stefano Boeri has unveiled plans for a city near China’s Liuzhou, featuring towers completely covered in trees and plants to combat air pollution. The Liuzhou Forest City will feature nearly 40,000 trees and almost one million plants, comprising 100 different species. The greenery is designed to trail over balconies and the roofs of a series of skyscrapers spanning 175 hectares along the

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Aranda\Lasch creates exhibition design for Kaws retrospective in Shanghai

June 23, 2017 Alice Morby 0

Kaws’ eight-metre high sculptures skim the ceiling of the Yuz Museum in Shanghai, which is currently hosting the artist’s first retrospective in Asia and features exhibition designs by Aranda\Lasch. The New York- and Arizona-based design firm, founded by Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch in 2009, based its design around the large-scale works Kaws produces. “Kaws likes to

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UNStudio completes Shanghai shopping centre covered in diamond shapes

June 20, 2017 Amy Frearson 0

Tessellating diamonds create an intricate grid of solid and void across the facade of this shopping centre that Dutch firm UNStudio has completed in Shanghai. Called Lane 189, the seven-storey shopping centre is located in the heart of the Chinese city, in the Putuo District – an area with a diverse mix of old and new buildings.

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Sloping black volumes penetrate public square at Harbin’s Exhibition Hall of Crime Evidences

June 11, 2017 Alyn Griffiths 0

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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Foster and Heatherwick complete Shanghai theatre with curtain-like facade

June 9, 2017 Amy Frearson 0

Images have emerged of a new arts and culture centre by Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio, which forms part of a new financial quarter the two firms are building on Shanghai’s waterfront. The Fosun Foundation is the centrepiece of the Bund Finance Center, a new mixed-use complex designed by Norman Foster’s architecture firm and Thomas Heatherwick’s

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Undulating paving connects inside and outside spaces at Twisting Courtyard house

June 9, 2017 Alyn Griffiths 0

Beijing practice Arch Studio has renovated a traditional courtyard house in the Chinese capital, adding grey-brick paving that flows from the floor of the outdoor space to form internal walls and roofs. The building is situated in Beijing’s Dashilanr district, south of Tiananmen Square, and was given the title Twisting Courtyard by Arch Studio. The

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Glazed meditation room overlooks traditional courtyard from Nanjing home

June 7, 2017 Lizzie Fison 0

Ming Gu Design has grafted a glazed meditation area onto this historic home in Nanjing, China, which projects out to overhang a central courtyard. The Nanjing-based architecture studio added the gabled meditation room, which features glass walls, to the centre of the heritage-listed house. The meditative space protrudes outwards and overhangs the base of the existing structure of the house, appearing as

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Photographs by Yueqi Jazzy Li provide first look at Ole Scheeren’s Guardian Arts Center in Beijing

June 5, 2017 Lizzie Fison 0

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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27 Photos Inside The New InterContinental Beijing Sanlitun Hotel In China

June 2, 2017 Keely 0

  Joe Cheng of CCD/ Cheng Chung Design, has recently completed the InterContinental Beijing Sanlitun, a luxury hotel in China. The main goal of the project was to create an avant-garde atmosphere that evoked feelings of space, the future, and technology.   The hexagonal diamond effect of the building facade is where Joe Cheng began as a […]

Rounded walls and textured surfaces lend Chinese museum appearance of a “stone rolled down from the mountain”

May 31, 2017 Alyn Griffiths 0

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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Vertical farm designed to produce food amidst Shanghai’s skyscrapers

May 31, 2017 Calum Lindsay 0

The latest video in our Dezeen x MINI Living Initiative series investigates a design for a hydroponic vertical farm nestled among the skyscrapers of Shanghai. US architecture firm Sasaki Associates has designed the farm to produce food for the inhabitants of China’s largest city. The farm’s output will largely consist of leafy greens like kale, spinach and lettuce, which are

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WeWork opens “whimsical” co-working space in former opium factory

February 9, 2017 Eleanor Gibson 0

Shanghai studio Linehouse has transformed a former opium factory with green-painted metalwork and pastel-coloured terrazzo to create the Chinese flagship for co-working company WeWork. Located in Shanghai’s Jing’An district, the 5,500 square-metre WeWork Weihai hosts more than 1,300 members of WeWork, a co-working company that offers rented desk spaces at relatively low cost, with shared amenities for workers. Local

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KPF unveils China’s second-tallest skyscraper

January 3, 2017 Eleanor Gibson 0

US firm Kohn Pedersen Fox has completed a 530-metre skyscraper in Guangzhou, the second tallest in all of China and the fifth tallest in the world. KPF’s CTF Finance Centre is located in Guangzhou’s Zhujiang New Town and is the second of two towers built on a site overlooking the Pearl River. At 530 metres, the skyscraper is the tallest in

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