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 […]

Vector Architects creates public space with Changjiang Art Museum

The pale brick volume of the Changjiang Art Museum by Vector Architects includes a raised public square and footbridge for the city of Taiyuan. The museum is located in Changjian village at the northeast corner of the city  in Shanxi Province, in an area that was largely demolished in 2016 to make way for rapid […]

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 […]

Zigzagging white ramps encourage interaction at Huandou School in China

Trace Architecture Office designed zigzagging ramps running round Huandou School in Haikou, China, to encourage interaction and play between students outside the classroom. Monolithic white pillars surround the internal courtyard of the school, which sits within a dense residential area. Trace Architecture Office (TAO)  said the design is intended “create a nurturing environment that celebrates […]

Kooo Architects inserts plywood-lined hotel rooms into an existing concrete frame

Plywood panels and fabric curtains have been used by by Kooo Architects to transform an existing concrete structure into a guesthouse in Guangzhou, China. The exterior has been clad with clad with grey and black bricks, which were reclaimed from the building that originally stood on the site. High parapets incorporate screens of perforated brickwork, […]

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 […]

David Chipperfield completes iridescent West Bund Museum containing Centre Pompidou outpost

A public esplanade envelops David Chipperfield‘s West Bund Museum in Shanghai, which contains the Centre Pompidou‘s first Chinese outpost. The art museum was designed David Chipperfield Architects as a key part of Shanghai’s West Bund masterplan that is transforming a former industrial site on the Huangpu River into a 940 hectare cultural district. It takes […]

Heatherwick Studio reveals 1,000 Trees nearing completion in Shanghai

Heatherwick Studio has released photography of its plant-covered 1,000 Trees development in Shanghai, which has had its scaffolding removed. Split across two sites beside the city’s M50 arts district, 1,000 Trees will be two mountain-like peaks that contain a mix of retail, offices, eateries, event venues and galleries. The latest images unveiled by Heatherwick Studio […]

China’s Lolly-Laputan cafe is designed to be an educational “fairyland” cafe for kids

A drawing of an imaginary fairyland was Wutopia Lab‘s starting point for the design of this kids cafe, which is located in Dalian, China. Featuring a host of learn-play areas and whimsical decor details, the 580-square-metre Lolly-Laputan cafe is described by Wutopia Lab as “the first educational family restaurant in China”. “One morning my daughter […]

Yan’an University Campus evokes the city’s ancient stone cave dwellings

Stacks of rough stone and concrete form the campus of Yan’an University in China, designed by the Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tsinghua University to recall the city’s famous cave dwellings. This first stage of the campus includes two museums and a library, housed in ziggurat-style buildings sitting atop arcaded bases. Yan’an University, in […]

White steel and mirrored halls form sci-fi themed architectural model museum in China

Wutopia Lab has used over 5,000 white steel pipes to form the structure of The Last Redoubt, China’s first museum for architectural models. Steel walkways connect rooms lined with thin white columns, where the models are displayed on floating white shelves at different levels. Designed by for exhibition company Fengyuzhu, the museum is divided into […]

Boutique hotel complex coated in brown mortar to appear weathered

A cluster of rustic rooms forms the new Lost Villa Boutique Hotel in Zhongwei, China, designed by DAS Lab to blend into the desert landscape. The 15 hotel rooms are arranged around a series of low-walled courtyards and pathways, close to the bank of the Yellow River and surrounded by trees. Coated with a dusty brown […]

Atelier Liu Yuyang reuses old farmhouses to create boutique hotel in rural China

A mountainous river valley forms the backdrop to the XY Yunlu Hotel, which Atelier Liu Yuyang has built within a series of renovated farmhouses in Guangxi, China. Shanghai studio Atelier Liu Yuyang overhauled the five disused buildings to create 23 guest rooms for the boutique hotel, which is located within a village in the Li […]

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 […]

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