Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut is renown for taking on issues of urbanity and reframing them within an ‘eco-vision.’ His recent project ‘Asian Cairns’ takes aim at recurring mass rural exodus and unrestrained urbanization by proposing sustainable ‘farmscrapers’ that produce more energy than they consume via food production, wind harnessing and solar power. Continue Reading →
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Rem Koolhaas’ OMA has won a competition to design a financial office tower in Shenzhen, China, the firm’s second building in the city after the soon-to-complete Shenzhen Stock Exchange.
Located in the city’s business district, the 180-metre ‘Essence Financial Building’ will be cut into two by a large outdoor terrace that will slice horizontally though the facade to open up a view of the nearby Shenzhen Golf Club. Circulation routes will be sidelined to the edge of the floorplates, creating flexible office plans that can be adapted to suit different layouts and alternative uses.
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The entry ‘Urban Canyon’ by the design consortium of Synthesis Design + Architecture and Shenzhen General Architectural Design Institute (SADI) has recently been awarded first place in the invited international design competition for the enormous mixed-used development, Shanghai Wuzhou International Plaza. Continue Reading →
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The architectural studio of Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas has won the international competition for the first cultural center in the city of Chengdu, the capital of China’s Sichuan province which was hit hard by a terrible earthquake in 2008.
Project Description from Studio Fuksas:
“Studio Fuksas has other projects still going on in China and precisely in Shenzhen: the Guosen Tower and the Terminal 3 of the Bao’an International Airport that will be completed by next summer. Besides these projects, Studio FUKSAS is preparing to realize this new one in the People’s Republic of China whose worth is 1 billion and 200 million yuan (150 million euro). Continue Reading →
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Guangzhou International Finance Centre in China by Wilkinson Eyre Architects has won the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) 2012 Lubetkin Prize for the best new international building. Now in its sixth year, the RIBA Lubetkin Prize is awarded to the architects of the best new building outside the European Union. Continue Reading →
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The Hongqiao Vantone SunnyWorld Centre by Foster + Partners, a major new sustainable masterplan for a prominent site at the heart of the Shanghai Hongqiao CBD, has broken ground – the project forms part of a large-scale urban plan, extending from Shanghai’s main station. The dynamic new mixed-use community is centred on a new four-hectare public park and brings together highly efficient, flexible office buildings, animated at ground level by shops, restaurants and a range of new civic spaces. Continue Reading →
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OMA‘s largest project ever, the CCTV Headquarters in Beijing, is now complete. Rem Koolhaas’ folded tower reinvents the skyscraper and combines China Central Television’s entire production and offices into one multi-purpose facility. Construction on the CCTV headquarters began back in 2004, but caught fire in 2009 causing a major setback in the construction.
“The new headquarters for China Central Television, OMA’s largest project to date, combines the entire process of TV-making – administration, production, broadcasting – into a single loop of interconnected activity. Rising from a common platform accommodating production facilities, two towers – one dedicated to broadcasting, one to services, research, and education – lean towards each other and eventually merge in a 75-metre cantilever. Continue Reading →
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A complementary and mutual beneficial partnership, Hong Kong and Shenzhen will join the globalization as an integrated image and get benefit. With intimate collaboration, the proposal for the Hong Kong-Shenzhen boundary control point by WAU Design will serve as a symbol of close communication. The scheme concept comes from ‘ink’: many single units can be twisted into a solid and integrated form. This scheme, a twisted link, indicates multi-level and deep cooperation between Hong Kong and Shenzhen on economic, cultural, and multi-faceted levels.
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