Through a series of renovations and new insertions, Chinese architect Zhang Ke has transformed some of Beijing’s ageing hutongs into hubs of activity.
Zhang Ke and his studio ZAO/standardarchitecture embarked on the Micro Hutong Renewal project to highlight the potential in these hutong neighbourhoods – which are largely unique to the Chinese capital, but are gradually being demolished.
The aim is to show how the traditional courtyard properties can be adapted to create resources for local communities, ranging from children’s play areas to co-working spaces.
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Beijing studio Vector Architects built the aptly named Seashore Library on the white sands of a beach in Nandaihe, a coastal region in eastern China. The 450-square-meter structure is divided between two levels with the ground level comprising a reception, a bar, a resting area and a reading lounge while the first level hosts a meditation space, an activity room and a balcony.
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Chinese furniture designer Mario Tsai has created a pair of tables with frames that allow them to be easily picked up and moved with one hand. source : dezeen
Curving glass walls enclose bamboo-planted courtyards in this tea house, which occupies a formerly derelict building complex in one Beijing’s ancient neighbourhoods. source : dezeen
Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has completed a space combining retail, culture and the arts for the contemporary chinese brand Shang Xia. Embodying Asian, high-quality craftsmanship in their opulent products, the store is located in a classical french villa within the historical and prominent district of Xintiandi in Shanghai. Inside the boutique, furniture, tea ware, clothing and jewelry are amongst some products that are elegantly displayed meanwhile a distinct and delicate canopy characterizes the space. The subtle and sculptural feature is the combination of natural wood and sandstone- instilling a sophisticated and refined look. source : designboom
This Apple store is one of five new shops that the company is opening in China ahead of Chinese New Year
Shanghai design studio Minax has completed a project called ‘lotus & bamboo tea room’ for the 2014 China International Aquilaria Culture Exposition & Living Space Exhibition. The volume is composed of 500 bamboo pieces measuring six centimeters in diameter, which each have different heights. the organization of these vertical pipes follows the shape of an ellipsoid inside a cube. The shape is manipulated by spot lamps which fill the cut of stalks, so upon entry, visitors will find a substantial portion of the massing dissolved. Thus, the remaining occupiable floor is negative space. source : designboom
Sun Min and Christian Taeubert discovered a farmer’s cottage near Beijing, perched on the foothills of jiankou at the Great Wall of China. It had been built by a local farmer in the 1970’s, but had been abandoned for the past 10 years. The son of the farmer, who still resides in the town, agreed to rent out his property to them for the duration of 10 years. This drove the architects to renovate the building and return it to its prosperity. via designboom
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The LED screen shows the rising sun in Tiananmen Square which is shrouded with heavy smog on January 16, 2014 in Beijing, China.
Reinterpreting traditional chinese containers, Beijing-based Studio KDSZ has created the ‘Li Wai’ series. The outlines of ancient vases and bowls are inserted into the glass vessels. This combines a sense of history to everyday utencils.
Located on the edge of the Pearl River, the 138-metre Guangzhou Circle was designed by Di Pasquale of Milan studio AM Project to provide an iconic headquarters for Chinese companies Guangdong Hongda Xingye Group and GDPE Guangdong Plastic Exchange.
A circle with a 50-metre diameter punctures the heart of the 33-storey structure, turning the building into a hollow circle. When reflected in the river, this shape becomes a figure of eight – a lucky number in Chinese culture.
“It’s inspired by the strong iconic value of jade discs and numerological tradition of feng shui, in particular, the double disc of jade (bi-disk) is the royal symbol of ancient Chinese dynasty that reigned in this area around 2000 years ago,” said Di Pasquale.
“This figure also corresponds to the number eight and infinity symbol that in Chinese culture have a strong propitiatory value,” he added. via DEZEEN
Chineasy’s goal is to allow people to learn to read Chinese easily by recognising characters through simple illustrations.
Founder of Chineasy, ShaoLan’s ultimate aim is to bring down the great wall of Chinese language and allow Eastern and Western cultures to communicate freely.
The home consists of several internal/external courtyards and pools that, while preserving a sense of privacy, also offer the experience of the surrounding landscape and view of the city.
Dutch firm UNStudio has completed a shopping centre in Wuhan, China, with over 42,000 shiny silver balls attached to its facade.
Throughout Kaiping County in China, are scattered hundreds of fortified multi-storey towers called Diaolou. Built of stone, brick or concrete, these buildings represent a complex and flamboyant fusion between Chinese and Western architectural styles. During the Qing Dynasty of late 19th and early 20th centuries, these buildings were used as temporary refuge by several families or residential towers by individual rich families and as fortified residences, and watch towers. During the 1920s and 1930s, there were more than three thousand of these structures. Today, approximately 1,833 Diaolou remain standing in Kaiping, and approximately 500 in Taishan. 20 of the most symbolic ones are inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. via CJWHO
March 20, 2012. Suspended by wires, Chinese artist Li Wei performs in the sky at La Villette in Paris.
Sheraton hotel shaped like a giant horseshoe by Ma Yansong of Beijing studio MAD is set to open later this year on the edge of a lake in Huzhou, China.