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Open Architecture unveils Pingshan Performing Arts Center

July 2, 2020 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Pingshan Performing Arts Center by Open Architecture

Beijing studio Open Architecture has created the Pingshan Performing Arts Center near Shenzhen as a “counter-statement” to other more extravagant theatres that have recently been built in China. The architecture studio designed the performing arts centre in the Pingshan district of Shenzhen with a simple form to demonstrate an alternative to the landmark structures that

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Safdie Architects completes “horizontal skyscraper” at Raffles City Chongqing

June 25, 2020 India Block 0
The Crystal at Raffles City Chongqing by Safdie Architects

The Crystal skybridge, which connects four 250-metre-tall skyscrapers, has opened as the first stage of Safdie Architects Raffles City Chongqing complex in China. The public observatory that cantilevers out from one end of The Crystal is the first part of the vast complex to be completed, with rest of Raffles City Chongqing due to be finished

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MAD tops Shenzhen cultural park with “monumental stones”

June 25, 2020 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Shenzhen Bay Culture Park by MAD

Architecture studio MAD has unveiled its design for the largely subterranean Shenzhen Bay Culture Park museum complex, which will be topped by two pavilions designed to look like groups of large stones. Shenzhen Bay Culture Park will be built on a waterfront site in the Houhai area of Shenzhen’s Nanshan district alongside a 400-metre-high supertall skyscraper designed by Kohn

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Chubby Girl noodle bar in Beijing takes cues from the landscape of south-west China

June 18, 2020 Natasha Levy 0
Chubby Girl noodle restaurant by Office AIO

The stepped terrazzo floor, strip lighting and foggy mirrored walls inside this Beijing noodle bar designed by Office AIO are meant to mimic the urban makeup of the city of Chongqing. Chubby Girl is situated in Beijing’s Xiang’Er hutong and, since 2015, has been locals’ go-to spot for Chongqing noodles – a spicy street food

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Air Architects lines Hangzhou’s Random Art Space in light-hued oakwood

June 14, 2020 Natasha Levy 0
Random Art Space by Air Architects

Pale oak surfaces contrast with dark timber beams inside Random Art Space, a gallery and cafe that Air Architects created in Hangzhou, China. Random Art Space is tucked down a lane of Ming and Qing-dynasty buildings in Hangzhou’s Shangcheng District. The 150-square-metre unit was previously occupied by a furniture retailer, but Miami-based practice Air Architects

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WeChat owner unveils masterplan for car-free neighbourhood in Shenzhen

June 11, 2020 India Block 0

Net City will be a car-free urban district for Shenzhen masterplanned by architecture firm NBBJ for Chinese technology company Tencent, which owns social media and messaging company WeChat. Set to cover two million square metres of land on a peninsular alongside the Dachan Bay shipping-container terminal, the development will include offices, homes, parks and entertainment

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C+ Architects mingles old and new inside Restaurant Ya in Beijing

June 9, 2020 Natasha Levy 0
Restaurant Ya in Beijing by C+ Architects

A century-old tree soars up through the roof of this restaurant in Beijing, which C+ Architects has decked out with rammed-earth tiles, travertine and timber. Restaurant Ya is nestled amongst the houses, temples and office buildings of the Dafangjia Hutong in Beijing, serving up dishes inspired by the cuisine of China’s Yunnan region. It previously

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Cluster of hull-like roofs form The National Maritime Museum of China

May 31, 2020 Jon Astbury 0

Australian practice Cox Architecture designed The National Maritime Museum of China in Tianjin as four metal-clad wings that fan out to overlook Bohai Bay. China’s first National Maritime Museum, the building is located in the Binhai New Area. This wetland area has been recovered from the bay and extensively developed over the past decade. Cox

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Read and Rest Hotel in Beijing includes a library dedicated to print magazines

May 31, 2020 Natasha Levy 0
Read and Rest Hotel by Office AIO

Guests can flick through a curated selection of contemporary publications in this Beijing hotel, which Office AIO has finished with minimal greyscale interiors. Read and Rest Hotel is nestled amongst the winding alleys of Beijing’s Xiang’Er hutong. Office AIO – which completed a coffee bar in Xiang’Er back in 2016 – has designed the hotel’s

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JG Phoenix creates meditative interiors for Danilo showroom in Shantou

May 26, 2020 Natasha Levy 0
Danilo paint showroom designed by JG Phoenix

The ancient concept of yin and yang informed the serene aesthetic of this paint showroom in eastern China designed by JG Phoenix. Located in the city of Shantou, the Danilo paint showroom has been designed by JG Phoenix to encourage visitors to “explore, reflect and encounter”. A key point of reference for the studio was

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