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Robot 3 Studio converts original Ramen shop into a Lucky Bar made up of Metal Hut in China

WA Contents • July 29, 2016 • 1004

Robot 3 Studio has converted old ramen shop into a lucky bar made up of a metal hut in China. The projects is created in a very narrow space with limited budget in poor location. Led by the architects Fei Pan, Wang Zhi, the basic design approach of this smallest space is to switch perspective, make ultralow price and make it wormhole. The new bar offers lower sitting places to make people closer, creating like squatting based on human instincts. The whole area 76 square-meter and intro (...)

He Wei reimagines the circulation of 1970s factory in China by adding Tea Chamber

berrin chatzi chousein • July 29, 2016 • 481

Architect He Wei has added an elongated industrial box to the existing 1970s historic factory by using slender wood sticks in the outer and inner surface of the building. Called 'Ding Hui Yuan Zen & Tea Chamber', He Wei has rebuilt Tea Chamber into an office in the factory's latest renovation when the old factory experienced several times of renovation after its construction in 1970s.The architect calls this 'factory renovation project' as unlike other factories (...)

LUKSTUDIO presents new concept ‘Modular Lilong’ for fashion designers in China

berrin chatzi chousein • July 25, 2016 • 354

China-based boutique design practice LUKSTUDIO envisions new concept called 'Modular Lilong' for fashion designers in response to issues of space shortage. The ‘Modular Lilong’ was designed for Value Retail China to showcase ‘Chuang x Yi’; a concept brand that provides a platform for Chinese fashion designers. Covering the 150 square-meters site in the interior, the project is located in Yioulai Shanghai Village, a sister to Bicester Village in Lo (...)

Penda designs mountainous bridge made up of double-helix rings for Olympic Winter Games 2022

WA Contents • July 22, 2016 • 1667

Penda has proposed a mountainous giant bridge for the Olympic Winter Games 2022 in Beijing, which is made up of structural prestressed double-helix arches. Teamed up with Arup for structural consultant and development of the project, the 'San Shan Bridge' is a conjunction of its undulating surrounding and the meaning of the Olympic symbol, which consists of five interlaced rings of equal dimensions. A union of the five continents is represented within the rings.&nbs (...)

X+Living designs Yangzhou Zhongshuge Bookstore in China by creating cave-like interior space

WA Contents • July 18, 2016 • 4921

Shanghai-based design studio X+Living, led Li Xiang, completed a cave-like bookstore in the of Yangzhou, China. Yangzhou Zhongshuge is located in Zhen Yuan which is next to waterside and in front of the trees in the city. While inheriting the previous solemn and dramatization, the studio adds arch bridge to the interior space as an indispensable element of this historical and cultural ancient city, which drives the studios' design concept. The curvaceous arched bridges become (...)

Waterfrom Design completed cnYES Office in Taiwan by using gold and blue colours

WA Contents • July 14, 2016 • 776

Waterfrom Design completed the interior design of cnYES office in Taipei, Taiwan. cnYES is an internet media company that searched new identity, texture and materiality to keep its brand vivid, dynamic and contemporary. cnYES is characterized by stability images of financial business and innovation features of the media. To highlight the sense of speed as in Wall Street and Silicon Valley, Waterfrom Design selects the element of ''time'' as the theme complemented by the (...)

RIGI Design envisions children fashion by creating modularized fixtures with Be Kids for One Moment

WA Contents • July 10, 2016 • 2683

RIGI Design, led by Liu Kai, has completed new retail space for kids in the city of Hubei Province, China, which changes children's fashion business by creating a new social relationship between children and parents. Titled 'Be Kids for One Moment', the interior space consists of many modularized furnitures and fixtures in order to provide maximum flexibility, comfort and playful environment, which form new behavioural patterns -both physically and psychologically.  The (...)

Li Xiang creates Zhongshuge Hangzhou, a forest of books theatrically arranged in China

WA Contents • July 07, 2016 • 1383

Designer Li Xiang, president and creative director of X+Living, designed temple of books, endlessly and theatrically arranged in the city of Hangzhou, China. Li Xiang creates the most beautiful bookstore for readers, and constantly strives to work on the most culturally artistic bookstore, from learning how to walk, to live, to brave and to persevere. Zhongshuge Hangzhou is a new artistic- but probably the most triggering reading and working space of Hangzhou, which is shaped through the cu (...)

Waterfrom Design’s free-plan private residence in Taiwan merges architecture with nature

WA Contents • July 07, 2016 • 1247

Waterfrom Design completed a free-plan private residence in Taiwan combining architecture with nature by using mirrored facade and structural divisions. Titled 'Le Plan Libre', the project takes place in Taipei's greenery hill and is raised up with concrete base to get a fantastic city view. The designers state that as the architect Mies Van der Rohe proposes "Skin and bones architecture", the studio tries to keep all structure expose with two long horizontal slidin (...)

Kengo Kuma and Associates designed a Woven Lace-like office building Hongkou Soho in China

WA Contents • July 04, 2016 • 2398

Kengo Kuma and Associates designed a new Hongkou Soho office building in the city of Shanghai, China. The office building covers 95,000m2 area at site, harmonized with transparent facade and linear 'pleats', which are made of aluminum mesh in -18mm width-like woven lace. The most attractive architectural element of the Hongkou Soho is the skin that creates a soft dress for women. Image © Jerry Yin/Hongkou SOHO, courtesy of Kengo Kuma and AssociatesThe project is primarily an (...)

Arch Studio creates Helix Garden for Lily Nails Salon in Beijing

WA Contents • June 29, 2016 • 954

China-based architecture practice Arch Studio completed the interior of Lily Nails Salon in Chaoyang District, Beijing. Arch Studio was commissioned to the design for the brand’s new store in Yau Tang Shopping Centre, Beijing. The store is a rectangular space with an area of more than 66 meter-square. Lily Nails is a nail and eyelash salon that owns numerous chain stores in Beijing and Shanghai. A porous interior creates dynamic environment insideThe design gets rid of (...)

100architects revived Shanghai’s shopping mall with coloured stripes and splash of vivid colour path

WA Contents • June 23, 2016 • 1289

Shanghai-based architecture studio 100architects, led by 3 partners – Marcial Jesus (Chile), Madalena Sales (Portugal) and Javier Gonzalez (Spain), created an interactive installation in Shanghai's shopping mall by using coloured stripes and splashes of vivid colour path, which is called 'Fun Finder'. 100architects was commissioned to develop an interactive installation for the Winter Festival 2015 of KTGA / Kick the Gong Around, a company specialized in organizing (...)

LAVA unveils new Zhejiang Gate Towers in Hangzhou

WA Contents • June 23, 2016 • 940

Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) has released new plans of Zhejiang Gate Towers, which will be an iconic entrance to the city of Hangzhou, China. LAVA's design is based on the Chinese characters for 'gate', and they feature a shimmering façade of fins. LAVA was commissioned by Shimao (Hangzhou) in 2014 to masterplan the mixed-use development, which consists of five buildings housing offices, residential, and retail. LAVA’s masterplan features flu (...)

MVRDV’s ’spheriform’ Library nears completion in China

WA Contents • June 22, 2016 • 2364

MVRDV's new 'spheriform' library is nearing completion in Tianjin, China. The 34,200 m2 building forms part of the new Binhai Cultural Centre, the masterplan of which was designed by German architects GMP, and joins four other buildings through a series of ‘cultural corridors’. The library bases itself around a mirrored spherical auditorium which, coupled with the main atrium, forms an eye that gives panoramas of the interior space and reflects the beautiful park (...)

SPARK’s Prince’s Building in Shekou nears completion

WA Contents • June 20, 2016 • 1208

SPARK’s Prince’s Building, a 71,600-square-metre mixed-use development and transportation hub for China Merchants nears completion. Prince's building is located in Shenzhen South China, reaching 110-metre-high, 27-storey office tower, the mixed-use development features five retail pavilions that are connected by landscaped terraces and combine to create a unique naturally ventilated retail and business destination for the lively Skekou district of the city. The bu (...)

China’s countryside architecture

WA Contents • June 20, 2016 • 481

The Sun Commune project by the architect Chen Haoru focuses on farming and community development. A pig barn, the centerpiece of the project by Mr. Chen, features pyramid-shaped thatched roofs and a swimming pool. Mr. Chen working with some of his students at his studio. ''Ten years ago, there weren’t that many opportunities to do projects in the countryside,'' he said......Continue ReadingTop image © Lam Yik Fei for The New York Times> via New York Times (...)

The Ripple Hotel and its furnitures are completely made up of wood and bamboo designed by Li Xiang

WA Contents • June 13, 2016 • 1523

China-based designer Li Xiang, president and creative director of XL-MUSE, completed the Ripple Hotel and its furniture design in seven months in Qiandao Lake, Hangzhou, China. Li Xiang's project is derived from a fully ecological design sense that integrates local materials, textures, fabric and ambiance into the real design by only using wood and bamboo materials. In the Ripple Hotel, each furniture are designed elegantly, simply, sensitively and placed differently to creat (...)

MVRDV transformed an ex-industrial building into offices in Hong Kong

WA Contents • June 03, 2016 • 835

MVRDV have opened the 133 Wai Yip Street in Hong Kong. An office transformation, with retail and restaurants, which strips an old industrial building down to its bare bones and uses only glass with stainless steel infill to build up the interior spaces. The 18.000m2  project, located on the Kwun Tong waterfront is part of a larger urban development scheme which aims to turn the post-industrial district of East Kowloon into Hong Kong’s new central business district, named CBD2.&nb (...)