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Kiki Archi uses red brick to revamp Anna Garden House near Beijing

August 9, 2022 Jon Astbury 0
Front facade of Anna Garden House by Kiki Archi in China

Japanese studio Kiki Archi has redesigned an existing home in Changping District, China, with pared-back volumes clad in red brick and a landscaped garden. The large site north of Beijing was originally occupied by a 200-square-metre European-style home, which has been stripped back to create the simple and geometric form of the Anna Garden House.

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Chapel of Sound in China is given a “science-fiction vibe” in new video

August 8, 2022 Christina Yao 0
Rock-like Chapel of Sound building in China

An otherwordly character explores the Chapel of Sound, a rock-like concert hall designed by Chinese studio Open Architecture, in this video informed by science fiction. Nestled in a valley next to the ruins of the Great Wall of China outside Beijing, the project was completed in November last year. “When I first saw the building,

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Traditional Chinese roof tiles decorate the interior of Blue Bottle Coffee shop in Shanghai

August 5, 2022 Christina Yao 0
Brick-clad bar in Blue Bottle Coffee shop

Japanese studio Keiji Ashizawa Design has used traditional Chinese roof tiles as the key material at Blue Bottle Coffee’s latest shop in Shanghai to celebrate local culture. Set to open on Friday, the cafe is located on the first and second floors of a building connected to the Kerry Centre in downtown Shanghai, close to

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Trace Architecture Office creates school to be “like a cluster of huts in fairy tales”

July 17, 2022 Jon Astbury 0
Quing Yi Jiang Road Elementary School by Trace Architecture Office

A mixture of curved, pitched and sawtooth roofs creates different spatial qualities in the classrooms of this school in Deyang, China, designed by Beijing-based studio Trace Architecture Office. Built on an expansive site, the Quing Yi Jiang Road Elementary School contains 54 classrooms alongside an accommodation block, auditorium and football pitch. Instead of adopting the

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Zhengzhou Grand Theatre’s sail-like forms reference a “majestic ship”

July 11, 2022 Jon Astbury 0
Metal-clad theatre in China

State-owned Chinese firm The Architectural Design and Research Institute of HIT has completed a theatre in Henan Province with a metal-clad exterior informed by the sails and hulls of ships. The Zhengzhou Grand Theatre contains a 1,687-seat theatre, 884-seat concert hall and an opera rehearsal hall, alongside a multifunctional hall and rehearsal spaces. Treated as

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Zaha Hadid Architects designs Xi’an cultural centre to echo “meandering valleys”

June 22, 2022 Lizzie Crook 0
Visual of Jinghe New City Culture & Art Centre in China

British architecture studio Zaha Hadid Architects has released visuals of the Jinghe New City Culture & Art Centre, which win span an eight-lane motorway in Xi’an, China. The proposal, which was the winning entry of a recent competition, is set to be built partly over a road in the new Jinghe New City technology hub to

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MAD aims to “challenge to the status quo” with first social housing project

June 20, 2022 Christina Yao 0
MAD social housing

Architecture studio MAD has completed its first social housing development, which consists of 12 residential buildings in Beijing connected by raised walkways and a “floating park”. Named Baiziwan, the development near the Central Business District in east Beijing is divided by roads into six areas that contain multiple apartment blocks. The blocks were built around green spaces,

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UAD arranges riverside Shunchang Museum around “urban living room”

June 19, 2022 Alyn Griffiths 0
Aerial view of Shunchang Museum by UAD

The Architectural Design and Research Institute of Zhejiang University has completed a museum in Shunchang, China, featuring a central void that contains a landscaped public plaza. Named Shunchang Museum, the building was created for a local investment and development company on the south bank of the Futun river in Nanping City to celebrate local heritage.

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Geometric metal fixtures feature in Wuhan’s QYF fashion boutique

June 8, 2022 Natasha Levy 0
Curved stairs in QYF fashion boutique by Sun Concepts Office

Chinese design studio Sun Concepts Office has accented the pale interior of the QYF boutique in Wuhan with straight, curved and squiggly metal fixtures. The interior’s clean, geometric look is meant to reflect the modern womenswear on offer in the store, which occupies two storeys on a prominent corner plot of Wuhan’s Tianyuan Street. As

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Atmosphere Architects creates optical illusion in Chengdu jewellery store

June 2, 2022 Ali Morris 0
KVK jewellery store Chengdu by Atmosphere Architects with gridded black and white floor and ceiling

Geometric grids cover most of the surfaces in this futuristic jewellery store in Chengdu, China, designed by local studio Atmosphere Architects to play with customers’ spacial perception. Located in the Jingronghui shopping centre in Chegdu’s Jinjiang district, the 180-square-metre concept store belongs to jewellery brand Kill Via Kindness, abbreviated as KVK. The store features a

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