IAAC graduates propose parasitic pods as alternative to cage homes in Hong Kong

Flux Haus is a parasitic housing scheme, which has been conceptualised by Kammil Carranza, Jitendra Farkade and Vinay Khare, that would engulf five towers in Hong Kong with single-person pods. The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia graduates designed the grid structure covered in moving single-occupancy pods to be a “more dignified” alternative to cage homes – tiny dwellings enclosed […]

Stufish models the Chimelong Theatre in China on traditional circus tents

An undulating golden facade wraps around the 6,700-seat Chimelong Theatre on Hengqin Island in China, which Stufish has designed to evoke the form of traditional circus tents. Located south of Macau, the giant circus theatre was built by entertainment architecture studio Stufish to replace the Chimelong Hengqin International Circus City that was irreparably damaged by […]

Red concrete walls enclose The Walls teaching restaurant for children in China

Kids that attend The Walls teaching restaurant in Xiamutang, China, are invited to take part in cooking courses where they pick, prepare and eat produce from nearby fields. Built by The Scarcity and Creativity Studio and Tianjin University School of Architecture, the linear building nestles within a grove of camphor trees on a steep, narrow […]

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 […]

Penda China creates rosy interiors for Ecnesse beauty salon

Pale pink surfaces meet arched doorways inside this rose-tinted beauty salon in Xiangyun, China, designed by architecture studio Penda China. Ecnesse – which specialises in using high-end beauty and skincare products – already has a host of salons dotted across China, with each featuring a different fit-out. Penda China were approached to overhaul five of […]

Vanke Design Community is cluster of workspaces topped by parks

A campus-like park of concrete offices topped with green roofs forms the new Vanke Design Community in Shenzhen, featuring two sunken plots completed by architecture practice FCHA. Located in a green corridor of the Dashahe Innovation Zone, the masterplan for the new design community was developed by Urbanus, who collaborated with several firms on structures […]

X+Living creates the illusion of a myriad of staircases at Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore

Mirrored ceilings and zigzag staircases help form the perplexing interiors of this bookstore in south-west China, which has been designed by architecture studio X+Living. Tucked away from street view, the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore by Shanghai-based X+Living occupies the third and fourth floors of Chongqing‘s Zodi Plaza retail development. As well as providing space for locals […]

Indoor courtyards interrupt Restaurant y Sea in northeast China

Greenery-filled courtyards and waffle ceilings bring light to the interiors of this concrete restaurant, which Vector Architects has erected near the shore of Beidaihe, China. Restaurant y Sea has been designed by Vector Architects with a series of permeable dining spaces which are meant to turn the blocky concrete building into a pavilion-like open structure. […]

UNStudio set to connect Russia and China with world’s first international cable car

Designed as the first ever cross-border cable car the Blagoveshchensk – Heihe Cable Car will be built across the Amur River, which marks the border between eastern Russia and China. UNStudio has designed the station in the city of Blagoveshchensk, on the Russian of the border, while the architect of the terminal in the Chinese city […]

OMA to create waterfront conference centre in Shenzhen

Architecture practices OMA and CCDI have won the competition to design the International Conference and Exchange Centre on the waterfront in Shenzhen. Dutch practice OMA and Chinese firm CCDI beat six other entries in the international design competition. The studios’ design divides the conference facilities and 400-room hotel into into three distinct volumes, which will […]

UAD merges traditional and contemporary forms for Shaoxing Hotel hall

The Architectural Design and Research Institute of Zhejiang University has completed a new hall for the Shaoxing Hotel in eastern China. The large, triple-height central hall was built to connect the hotel to the natural surroundings of the site in the city of Shaoxing, fusing traditional Chinese architectural elements with modern forms and materials. Photo […]

Joy Season Studio makes red the “protagonist” of Chongqing’s Annakiki store

Spools of scarlet thread and huge sheets of steel make an unconventional pairing inside this store in Chongqing, China, which Joy Season Studio has created for independent fashion label Annakiki. Annakiki is headed up by designer Anna Yang and aims to produce clothing that strikes a balance between “tradition and rebellion”. When it came to […]

Slanted walls frame monochrome display areas in Chongqing’s SND boutique

Architecture studio Various Associates has fashioned monochromatic interiors with mirrored surfaces and unusual fur-covered partitions, for this womenswear store in Chongqing, China. Shenzhen-based Various Associates ensured that symmetry was the focus of the store’s design by creating a rectangular floor plan that encloses a smaller rectangular zone inside. Described by the studio as a “milestone”, the […]

Henning Larsen completes Iceberg-like opera house in Hangzhou

Henning Larsen designed tech white angular volumes of Hangzhou Yuhang Opera, which visitors can climb up, to look like “floes of ice” on a lake. The waterfront performance venue in Hangzhou, China, contains a 1,400-seat auditorium, a 500-seat black box theatre, and an exhibition centre. The white facade of the cultural centre in Hangzhou, China, is punctuated with […]

Curving stone walls surround the Hefei River Central Smart Garden Library in China

Chinese architecture studio Geedesign has completed a library in Hefei, China, with arcing stone-clad walls, planted courtyards and roof terraces. Hefei River Central Smart Garden Library is located between a greenbelt area and the Fei River river and a busy financial district at the edge of city. The library provides kindergarten spaces for children as well […]

Yeyang Liao creates chair that transforms into a coffin

Central Saint Martins graduate Yeyang Liao has created Coffin chair, an item of furniture that the owner can be cremated in after they die. Liao bent strips of wood in a set of 12 slightly different moulds using precise digital moulding techniques to form the seat of the chair. The moulded wood mimics the curvature […]

AZL Architects wraps wheelchair ramp around multi-generational house

AZL Architects has completed Song House, a concrete five-bedroom house adapted to the needs of its elderly and infirm occupants in the rural village of Nansong, China. The three-storey countryside residence was designed to provide comfort and accessible living conditions for a couple in their 50s. It is also home to three older family members, a […]

Grey tones pervade interiors of Zhengzhou’s JHW store

Plaster, concrete and shiny steel merge to form the greyscale interiors of this menswear store in Zhengzhou, China, which has been designed by Atelier Tao+C. Set inside what Atelier Tao+C describe as a “banal” shopping centre, the JHW store has been designed to be an “austere, monochrome” space. To achieve an all-grey aesthetic, the studio […]

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 […]

MAD designs Yiwu Grand Theater to look like a Chinese junk

Architecture studio MAD has designed a theatre for the city of Yiwu, China, which will be surrounded by water and topped with “glass sails” to give it the appearance of a boat sailing on a river. Set to be built on an island near the south bank of the Dongyang River, which flows through the city […]

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