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X+Living completes Zhongshuge book store made of zebra crossings and white circular tubes

WA Contents • January 19, 2017 • 168

Chinese design firm X+Living has completed its new book store in Shanghai, made of zebra crossings and white circular tubes -embedded onto walls to showcase books in an elegant way.Zhongshuge books store is located at the end of the 4th floor of Réel Mall which takes place at such a street corner filled with traveling and short stay-is located at the centre of Shanghai - Jing’an district.''Background of a busy city is always the randomly standing neon lights. Hur (...)

Atelier Alter converts old storage space into a stone archive using thousands of 10cm stone cubes

WA Contents • January 17, 2017 • 432

China-based architecture firm Atelier Alter has completed new stone archive in Beijing, made of thousands of 10cm stone cubes on the façade- cut directly from left over dimension stones in the quarry. Conceived as a rehabilitation project, the studio converts an old storage space into a stone archive to showcase the diversities of stone craft and to create a space for architects to contemplate their designs with stone.As the most primitive construction material, stone comes with (...)

Bloom Design converts an old flat into heart of fashion and design for Blue Space Office

WA Contents • January 17, 2017 • 313

Bloom Design converts an old storey into a new office for Blue Space Office-is a leading fashion brand planning agency in China. Bloom Design creates fashion of simplicity in the interior by using sliding partition walls, open working space and keeping original structure to make a delightful contrast.The design studio hides the trade area of Blue Space in the central part of Tianhe District of Guangzhou. Bloom Design's design philosophy is shaped by freedom, openness and simplicit (...)

Yueqi Jazzy Li photographs Tadao Ando’s Shanghai Poly Grand Theatre

WA Contents • January 16, 2017 • 803

Architecture photographer Yueqi Jazzy Li has documented Tadao Ando's latest work Shanghai's Poly Grand Theatre in Jiading district with a series of summer day images, capturing sleeping people, playing kids and natural visitors walking around the theatre.Designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, the building is composed of a theatre and a tower, the complex creates a sense of serenity while also achieving a level of theatrical playfulness. Using his signature in-situ concrete, Ando cr (...)

A rocky house in Eastern Taiwan uses traditional native architectural technique of A’tolan

WA Contents • January 15, 2017 • 531

This linear-rocky house uses interior separations with monolithic walls built from natural rocks of East Coast of Taiwan. The private residence sits on 50 square-metre area and was built by using natural materials of eastern seaboard of Taiwan, adjacent to the Pacific Ocean.Designed by Create+Think Design Studio, the foundation is made of a narrow rectangular shape of approximately 90 meters in length and 30 meters in width, sitting on the north-south axis. Following the coastline, at approximat (...)

Designer Xu Xu-Jun hangs plenty of wooden-boats from the ceiling of Pu Zao Restaurant in China

WA Contents • January 15, 2017 • 1552

Yiduan Shanghai Interior Design, led by Xu Xu-Jun, has completed interior design of Pu Zao Restaurant in Yunnan, China by hanging many wooden-boats from the ceiling of the restaurant. Designer is inspired by the concept of water and reminds past memories of visitors with boat, living/eating in the boat and any activities associated with boat. In this project the designer looks at how to break through stereotypes of design under background of secular fashion deluge. The design is inspir (...)

Cui Shu designs fully doorless film studio to remove all physical boundaries between old and new

WA Contents • January 11, 2017 • 284

Chinese designer Cui Shu, founder of Cun-Design, designed a doorless office design for Blue Moon Films, which can be conceived as soft transition between space and time. Cun-Design renovated the 1990s building with a fresh, contemporary look by retaining its original structure the same. ''Many new landmark buildings have been constructed with the urbanization of China. However, old buildings are rather overlooked in modern era. It is time to slow down, and reevaluate what con (...)

CTBUH’s Tall Building Report shows 128 Buildings Completed 200 Meters or Higher in 2016

WA Contents • January 11, 2017 • 1359

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has revealed its Annual Tall Building Study for 2016 and the report shows that 128 buildings completed 200 Meters or Higher around the world in 2016. CTBUH declared the study as '2016 was a record-breaking year for Skyscraper completions'.Reported by Jason Gabel and researched by Annan Shehadi, Shawn Ursini, and Marshall Gerometta from CTBUH, the 128 buildings completed in 2016 beat every previous year on record, including the previou (...)

HAD+Epos Architects combine a series of white steel boxes for Black Box Gym in China

WA Contents • January 11, 2017 • 606

Horus Architectural Design (HAD) and Epos Architects combine a series of irregular steel boxes to design a Black Box Gym, creating deep contrast between inside and outside. Located in the city of Chengdu, China, the Black Box Gym is merged harmoniously at the site and serves for different functions for each part, -the gym is situated in an unused land of an aging urban community. The gym features steel beam-to-column, corrugated steel and perforated steel plates, which are widely (...)

New Competition announced by Bee Breeders: Architecture in Virtual Reality

WA Contents • January 8, 2017 • 3048

Bee Breeders Architecture Competitions announced its new competition in collaboration with revolutionary virtual reality software company Vividly. Archhive: Architecture in Virtual Reality competition looks to explore the endless possibilities of creating architecture in virtual reality.Participants are tasked with designing a virtual exhibition space that would showcase the work of Bee Breeders architecture competition winners as known Archhive and Vividly software would all (...)

Lucas K Doolan photographs Toyo Ito’s Taichung Metropolitan Opera House in Taiwan

WA Contents • January 3, 2017 • 1135

Lucas K Doolan revealed new images of the most-antipicated building of Taiwan designed by Japanese architect Toyo Ito. The Taichung Metropolitan Opera House opened in the Taiwanese city Taichung in late September 2016. The building is comprised of curved, cavernous forms with its giant cave-like appearance. After a seven-year construction period, the Taichung Metropolitan Opera House is now ready to discover for its folded interiors, unexpected corners and uncommon shape resolved into (...)

China opened World’s highest Beipanjiang Bridge to traffic in the Guizhou

WA Contents • January 2, 2017 • 899

The world's tallest bridge opened to traffic on Thursday in the Guizhou province of China. After a three-year construction, the Beipanjiang Bridge is located in the southern province of Guizhou, officially open for business, the China Central News (CCTV) reported Thursday. Shortly after the bridge's opening, traffic engulfed the large bridge as commuters and sightseers alike sought to cross the world's highest bridge. The massive structure stands at an impressive 565 meters ( (...)

Fang Xin-Yuan interprets past memories of a house with monochrome interior in Purified Residence

WA Contents • December 20, 2016 • 720

Designer Fang Xin-Yuan, Principal of Wei Yi International Design Associates, has completed new residence in Nanjing, China, comprised of bold-shapes, monochrome colours, rigorous geometrical shapes, cozy and refined atmosphere. Named Purified Residence, the single family house encompasses 740 square-meter area in the interior and revives past memories of the house, focusing on people's feelings, continuing the past life experience as well as creating a new life experienc (...)

SHL Architects wins competition with reverse-cascaded monolithic block for Shanghai Library

WA Contents • December 16, 2016 • 932

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has won an international competition to design the new Shanghai Library, China, proposing a reverse-cascaded monolithic building. Winning a two stage international competition, the practice saw off competition from Kengo Kuma, David Chipperfield and Dominque Perrault to the prestigious commission after a 6 month two stage process.Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects envisions an emblematic library drawing attention to its lateral divisions and blurred make-up in Shan (...)

A cluster of mirrored-pavilions and footbridges are set at the Zhangjiajie world heritage site

WA Contents • December 16, 2016 • 914

Paris-based architecture firm Martin Duplantier Architectes has created a group of mirrored pavilions and footbridges at the Zhangjiajie world heritage site, located China's Hunan Province. The imaginary proposals, developed in collaboration with Daqian Landscape Architects, create a dual effect -fear and curiosity-for visitors as their structures are fully transparent, mirrored and reflective.Fully-transparent structures are made of reflective stainless steel for structure and black s (...)

PAO renovates Plugin House with prefabricated panels to make it affordable in Beijing’s historic site

WA Contents • December 9, 2016 • 906

PAO-People's Architecture Office has renovated a house by only using prefabricated panels to decrease the cost of the house thirty times less than the cost of buying a typical apartment in the Beijing neighbourhood. The Plugin House is custom designed for Mrs. Fan, a traditional Chinese family, newlyweds like her are expected to purchase a car and move into a new house in the suburbs to start the next phase of their life. But for people in their early 30’s who wish to be financially i (...)

Rongor Design elaborates interior of Huafa & City Hub Wuhan Sales Center with ripplings of water

WA Contents • December 8, 2016 • 1155

Rongor Design has completed interior design of Huafa & City Hub Wuhan Sales Center in China by interpreting ripplings of water in different forms. Led by Qin Yue-Ming, Principal of Rongor, the architect used the theme of 'water' responding to Wuhan's local culture. The architect used different patterns of ripplings of water by combining with wood, stainless steel, white jade with straight grain and leather, which creates a holistic approach and unity in the interior.  (...)

The green-infilled Chengdu City Music Hall by Aedas inspired by Chinese landscape paintings

WA Contents • December 2, 2016 • 1137

Chengdu City Music Hall in China will be the first green-infilled, terraced and scenic music hall of the world designed by Aedas. Designed by Andrew Bromberg at Aedas, the Chengdu City Music Hall was selected Future Project of the year in Competition Entries category at the World Architecture Festival. Located at the Wuhou district in Chengdu, China, the Chengdu City Music Hall complex balances cultural components within a dense urban environment disconnected from its traditional (...)

Ennead Architects’ Shanghai Planetarium for Science and Technology Museum Breaks Ground

WA Contents • November 25, 2016 • 2418

Global architecture practice Ennead Architects broke ground last week on the Shanghai Planetarium, the new 38,000 square-metre planetarium that will define a new identity for the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum (SSTM) and the Lingang district of Shanghai. The international competition-winning design draws inspiration from astronomical principles, invoking the experience of orbital motion. Each of the building’s three principal forms – the Oculus, the Inverted Dome an (...)

Zaha Hadid Architects’ Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza breaks ground in China

WA Contents • November 25, 2016 • 2237

Zaha Hadid Architects' Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza in Baiyun New Town, Guangzhou, China, has broken ground. Its site was acquired by LKK Health Products Group (LKKHPG), a member of Lee Kum Kee Group, through its Guangdong Infinitus Property Development Company, in May 2016 for RMB 2.01 billion (approx. US$ 294 million).The groundbreaking ceremony was officiated by Mr. Lee Man Tat, Lee Kum Kee Group Chairman, Mr. Charlie Lee, Chairman of Lee Kum Kee Sauce Group, Mr. Sammy Lee, Chairman and Man (...)