LLLab uses red brick and slate for retreat close to the Great Wall of China

Chinese architecture studio LLLab has designed a hotel on the outskirts of Beijing as a village-style complex of buildings made from local brick and slate. The hotel is situated in Beijou Village, a short distance from the Great Wall of China, on a site formerly occupied by a gas station. Called San Sa Village, the […]

Hutong Bubble 218 by MAD gives “new life” to ageing Beijing hutong

MAD has transformed a vacant courtyard house in one of Beijing’s ancient hutongs by adding two bubble-like workspaces to its roof. Named Hutong Bubble 218, the overhaul is hoped to revive the hutong – a type of alley formed by lines of traditional courtyard residences – and attract more people to the neighbourhood in the […]

Zaha Hadid Architects completes Leeza Soho skyscraper with world’s tallest atrium

The 45-storey Leeza Soho skyscraper, designed by the late Zaha Hadid in Beijing, China, contains the world’s tallest atrium twisting through its centre. Designed by the late founder of Zaha Hadid Architects before her death in 2016, the skyscraper is located in the Fengtai business district. Commissioned by Soho China, the developer of Galaxy Soho and Wangjing Soho, the Leeza […]

Basic Coffee in Beijing is designed to be “like a live advertisement”

Design studio Office AIO has arranged partitions inside this pink-hued Beijing coffee shop to frame vignettes of customers enjoying their hot drinks. Set within a co-working space in Beijing’s Xian Yu Kou neighbourhood, Basic Coffee has been designed by locally-based Office AIO to spotlight the “orchestrated movements” of drinking coffee. “Like a live advertisement, these […]

KPF completes Beijing’s tallest skyscraper

The 528-metre-tall CITIC Tower designed by American firm Kohn Pedersen Fox is the tallest skyscraper in Beijing, the fourth-highest in China and number eight worldwide. Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) designed the 109-storey skyscraper, which is widely known as China Zun, to have a distinct profile on account of how visible it would be on the city’s […]

Zaha Hadid Architects’ giant starfish-shaped airport opens in Beijing

Zaha Hadid Architects has completed its five-pronged terminal building at Beijing Daxing International Airport, which is one of the largest airports in the world. Designed by the late Zaha Hadid and current studio principal Patrik Schumacher, along with airport specialist ADPI, the 700,000-square-metre terminal to serve Beijing has been designed to be as compact as […]

Cameron Clarke proposes introducing mental health facilities to Beijing’s hutongs

Cameron Clarke has proposed integrating a series of community healthcare facilities into Beijing’s hutongs to help alleviate China’s mental health crisis. The proposal, named Close to Home, is designed by Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (KADK) graduate Clarke to offer an alternative to the country’s typical mental health clinics that he describes as “large, […]

Arch Studio reconnects a series of neglected Beijing houses with rooftop walkways

Chinese practice Arch Studio has completely rebuilt a group of old brick and concrete structures in Beijing, joining them together with a “folding” circulation route that reimagines their flat roofs as walkways. Divided into five blocks built by recycling the original building’s bricks and arranged between green yards, the building – called Folding Courtyard – […]

360-degree images reveal inside Zaha Hadid Architects’ Beijing Daxing International Airport

Chinese television channel CGTN has released 360-degree photography that shows the interiors of Zaha Hadid Architects‘ airport terminal building in Beijing, which is set to open next month. The images allow people to virtually explore the terminal building at the Beijing Daxing International Airport in China. They feature alongside visualisations and infographics in an interactive […]

Curved roof transforms Free Balcony An into an elevated tearoom

Drawing Architecture Studio has enclosed the balcony of a two-bedroom apartment in Beijing to make it resemble the front facade of a typical detached house. The balcony stands out against the neighbouring balconies in the residential development, with its curved roof and rectangular dormer window. Named Free Balcony An – as balcony spaces are not […]

Retractable desks turn tiny office into presentation space in seconds

LUO Studio has designed a tiny 9.6-square-metre office in Beijing, with seven movable desks so that it can be transformed from an office into an amphitheatre-style presentation room. Named 9.639 after its compact square area, the small office offers an adaptable space for a graphics printing company. The moveable surfaces can be extended to be used as […]

Website forced to pay out for saying Zaha Hadid-designed building had bad Feng Shui

A property developer in China has won a payout over an article claiming the Feng Shui of the Wangjing Soho in Beijing by Zaha Hadid Architects was poor. Zhuhai Shengun Internet Technology was ordered to pay 200,000 yuan (£22,900) in compensation to SOHO China by the Chaoyang District People’s Court in Beijing for a piece that criticised the […]

Zai’s Hutong Filter features a pixelated shingle wall overlooking a traditional courtyard

Hutong Filter is a studio added to a house in one of Beijing‘s traditional hutongs by architecture office Zai with pixel-style shingles and timber frames connecting to a communal courtyard. Beijing studio Zai, founded in 2018 by Yihang Zhang, introduced additional functional spaces to a house found within a courtyard typical of the city’s hutong neighbourhoods. It […]

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