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 […]

Kooo Architects inserts glass walls into frame of concrete hotel

Kooo Architects has converted a seven-storey building in the centre of Guangzhou, China into a guesthouse with lantern-like frosted glass walls. Hotel Far & Near Nanhao St sits in a dense residential area of the city. “Due to the high density of buildings and their close distance between each other, one can see the clothes drying […]

Visitor centre occupies thin concrete bridge over wetland park in China

A visitor centre designed by Trace Architecture Office for a park in Rongcheng, China, is a long and thin concrete bridge complete with a lighthouse-like viewing tower clad in wooden shingles. Called Bridge House, the centre is located to the north-east of Swan Lake Park, Shandong Province, where it faces out onto the wetland landscape […]

LUO Studio designs recyclable shed to house Chinese marketplace

Chinese practice LUO Studio has designed a glass and metal shed-like structure to provide a temporary home for the Shengli Market in Puyang City, China, while its original site is redeveloped. LUO Studio designed the market from simple, low-cost and lightweight materials that could be recycled once the market moves out. The practice drew on designs […]

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 – […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Crossboundaries designs “mini village” for kindergarten in rural China

The Jiangsu Beisha Kindergarten in China has been conceived as a miniature village, with a cluster of house-like structures clustered around a square and connected via winding paths and raised walkways. Beijing and Frankfurt-based practice Crossboundaries has designed the kindergarten, in the village of Beisha in China’s Funing County, as part of a local government initiative to alleviate […]

Operable Interactive Village Hut opens and closes depending on the temperature

A system of hydraulics opens and closes three panels of this visitor centre in Xiahuayuan Village, China, depending on the temperature outside. Designed by a team from the Tsinghua University School of Architecture led by professor Weiguo Xu, the Operable Interactive Village Hut has walls that will close when the temperature drops below 16 degrees […]

Challenge Design’s metal-clad kindergarten folds around a courtyard

Metal shingles cover the folding forms of the Park Legend Kindergarten in Chengdu, China, built by Challenge Design to mimic the peaks of nearby mountains. The kindergarten is surrounded by a small green area in the busy urban landscape of Chengdu’s Tianfu New Area. Challenge Design wanted to avoid creating too much enclosure, so designed […]

Six interlocking concrete blocks form Living Art Pavilion in Shenzhen

Mozhao Architects has added a furniture shop and tea house to a technology park in Shenzhen, in a series of six concrete blocks. Living Art Pavilion was commissioned as part of an effort to increase the cultural offering and public outdoor spaces in the Quanzhi Technology innovation park in Shajing. The pavilion sits between a […]

Archi-Union references calligraphy in curving tiled roof of Inkstone House cultural centre

Shanghai studio Archi-Union Architects mimics traditional Chinese calligraphy in its latest project, a rural cultural centre in Sichuan province, featuring a sweeping tiled roof that flows into a central courtyard. Inkstone House OCT Linpan Cultural Center is located in Anren, an ancient town in Dayi County. Archi-Union Architects designed the building to celebrate the heritage and customs […]

Aluminium louvres and a membrane roof shade Wuyuanhe Stadium by GMP Architekten

A crescent-shaped membrane roof and aluminium louvres shelter the grandstand of the new 41,000-seat Wuyuanhe Stadium by GMP Architekten on the island of Hainan, China. Designed by German practice Gerkan, Marg and Partners (GMP Architekten), the stadium is the island’s first major sports venue. Photograph is by Marcus Bredt Wuyuanhe Stadium’s visor-like roof, which has […]

Zaha Hadid Architects’ lakeside cultural centre nears completion in Changsha

New photos reveal the Zaha Hadid Architects-designed Changsha Meixihu International Culture and Art Centre nearing completion in China. Due for completion this year, the 115,000-square-metre cultural complex is located beside Meixi Lake in Changsha, the capital of the Hunan province. It contains a theatre, contemporary art museum and a smaller multi-purpose venue, which Zaha Hadid Architects has placed in […]

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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