Pastel colours and polka-dots cover a fantastical miniature city for children in Shenzhen

Architecture studio X+ Living has built a polka-dot slide into a ball pit and giant pastel parasols within the Shenzhen Neobio Family Park in a shopping centre in China. Shenzhen Neobio Family Park is the latest in the Neobio series of immersive parent and child restaurants with playgrounds that X+ Living has been building in China. Parents can […]

Arch Studio surrounds holiday house in China with covered courtyards

A brick holiday home in Tangshan, China designed by Arch Studio has four external terraces partially sheltered under a pitched roof. Replacing a demolished wooden dwelling, the site is near to an organic food plant and a Buddhist shrine also completed by Arch Studio. Aptly named Courtyard Villa, the holiday home is an inversion of […]

Foster + Partners reveals visuals for gridded Alibaba Shanghai headquarters

Foster + Partners has unveiled a proposal for Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba‘s headquarters in Shanghai that will be built within a giant grid. Alibaba Shanghai will be manufactured off-site before being built on Xuhui Riverside, where it will overlook the Huangpu River and Pudong Central Business District. Foster + Partners designed the Alibaba headquarters alongside a giant […]

Six contemporary Chinese furniture designers leading the industry

Chinese furniture design is looking back to its cultural roots and reinvigorating past techniques, materials and forms, say authors Charlotte and Peter Fiell. Here they pick six items from their latest book that show how. Since the mid-1990s a definable movement in contemporary Chinese furniture design has been growing with a “snowballing momentum”, argue Charlotte […]

MDDM Studio uses yellow to energise interiors of Beijing’s House P

Yellow walls meet stark-white furnishings and colourful terrazzo fixtures inside this bright Beijing apartment, which has been overhauled by MDDM Studio. Spread across the top two floors and roof terrace of a five-storey residential building on the north side of Beijing, House P was designed by MDDM Studio for a young family. The studio, which […]

Carlo Ratti’s Eyes of the City exhibition in Shenzhen tracks visitors with facial-recognition tech

Architect and MIT professor Carlo Ratti stokes the surveillance debate with his biennale exhibition, which is set in a working train station in China and uses facial-recognition technology. A part of the the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture in Shenzhen, The Eyes of the City exhibition is now open at Futian station. It features works by […]

Archi-Union surrounds internet conference centre with robot-built pavilions

Archi-Union has surrounded the Light of Internet World Internet Conference Centre in Wuzhen, China, with pavilions that were built using robotic construction techniques. The conference centre, which has a curving tiled roof and a facade of angled glass, sits in a landscaped park on a site northwest of the town surrounded by farm houses. The […]

Herzog & de Meuron reveals visuals of museum complex beside China’s Grand Canal

Herzog & de Meuron has unveiled its proposal for a linear museum complex in Hangzhou that will sit beside China’s Grand Canal and celebrate the history of the artificial river. It is the winning entry in a design competition for the Grand Canal Museum Complex, and will be built at the junction of the Hanggang […]

Waterfrom Design builds tea house with a basement hidden beneath a water pool

Architecture studio Waterfrom Design has completed the Tea Community Centre, a multipurpose building in Xiamen, China, that is partially concealed beneath the surface of a pool of water. Above ground, the tea house takes the form of a simple pavilion for preparing and serving tea. But a staircase leads down into a much larger basement, […]

Dezeen’s top 10 Chinese architecture projects of 2019

Continuing our review of 2019, Benedict Hobson picks out 10 diverse architecture projects from across China, including a collection of wooden huts on a remote mountainside and one of the largest airports in the world. Jishou Art Museum, Jishou, by Atelier FCJZ Beijing architecture studio Atelier FCJZ created the Jishou Art Museum over the Wanrong river […]

Atelier Tao+C lines walls of capsule hotel with bamboo bookshelves

Bamboo bookshelves line the triple-height atrium of a glass-walled capsule hotel and library in Zhejiang Province, China, by Atelier Tao+C. Surrounded by mountains, the hotel in the village of Qinglongwu was built inside an old rammed-earth structure that has been given a glazed gable-end extension. A wooden extension covered in translucent corrugated plastic panels projects […]

Steven Chilton Architects completes “bamboo forest” theatre in Wuxi

The Wuxi Taihu Show Theatre, which is wrapped in a steel structure designed to look like a bamboo forest, has opened in China. The theatre in Wuxi, a city near Shanghai in eastern China, was designed by Steven Chilton Architects as the permanent home for a water show designed by Belgian theatre director Franco Dragone. The round theatre […]

Shanghai’s Single Person gallery is designed to resemble a cave

Architecture studio Offhand Practice created textured walls and faux skylights within this Shanghai design gallery to evoke the feeling of being inside a cave. Situated along a main road in Shanghai’s Xuhui district, the Single Person gallery is made up of a sequence of cave-like rooms. When Offhand Practice first visited the site in November […]

China Design [Working Title] highlights work by “young and aspirational generation” of designers

Furniture by designers including Joyce Wang and Mario Tsai is on show at this Shanghai exhibition organised by contemporary art and design platform The Artling. Titled China Design [Working Title] and curated by creative consultant Yoko Choy, the exhibition opened at The Artling‘s gallery space in the central Jing’an district to coincide with two major […]

Spiral lookout tower gives views of the mountains in Shenzhen

A spiral staircase twists 810 degrees to form a viewpoint designed by architecture studio Doarchi to look out over the mountains close to Shenzhen. Called Tower of Spiral, the stairs wrap around a small pool used for irrigation for nearby fields. Surrounded by grass, sunflower fields and the mountains in the distance, the base of the […]

CROX designs aluminium-clad museum shaped like an instrument

The curvaceous, aluminium-clad form of Liyang Museum in China, was designed by architecture practice CROX to recall the essence of a musical instrument. Liyang Museum, sits in a landscape of undulating green hills alongside a lake in in Jiangsu Province. CROX wanted to translate the sound of an ancient Chinese instrument called the Guqin, a […]

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 […]

Explore contemporary architecture in Beijing’s hutongs on our new Pinterest board

Our latest Pinterest board features innovative architecture in Beijing’s historic hutongs, including radical transformations of traditional courtyard houses such as this one by Chinese architect MAD. Follow Dezeen on Pinterest or visit our hutongs board to see more examples. Once common in Beijing and other northern Chinese cities, hutongs are narrow streets or alleys formed […]

Two robotic fabrication methods entwine to make Tongji University bridge

Thin carbon fibres wind over a 3D-printed metal frame to form this hybrid bridge, made by university students in Shanghai using two emerging robotic fabrication techniques. Students participating in the DigitalFUTURES International 2019 summer workshop at Tongji University worked with local research studio Fab-Union to design the bridge, which can hold more than 20 people. […]

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 […]

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