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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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