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Old January 15th, 2012, 05:23 AM   #141
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Photo taken on Jan. 13, 2012 shows workers fixing the first steel box girder to a crane while building the Jiaxing-Shaoxing (Jiashao) Bridge on the Hangzhou Bay, east China's Zhejiang Province. As the second cross-sea bridge spaning across the Hangzhou Bay, the Jiashao Bridge is expected to be put into operation by the end of 2012. It will halve the travel time down to 1.5 hours between Shaoxing in Zhejiang and Shanghai. (Xinhua/Xu Yu)



A steel box girder of the Jiaxing-Shaoxing (Jiashao) Bridge is lifted by a crane on the Hangzhou Bay, east China's Zhejiang Province, Jan. 13, 2012. As the second cross-sea bridge spaning across the Hangzhou Bay, the Jiashao Bridge is expected to be put into operation by the end of 2012. It will halve the travel time down to 1.5 hours between Shaoxing in Zhejiang and Shanghai. (Xinhua/Xu Yu)



A steel box girder of the Jiaxing-Shaoxing (Jiashao) Bridge is lifted by a crane on the Hangzhou Bay, east China's Zhejiang Province, Jan. 13, 2012. As the second cross-sea bridge spaning across the Hangzhou Bay, the Jiashao Bridge is expected to be put into operation by the end of 2012. It will halve the travel time down to 1.5 hours between Shaoxing in Zhejiang and Shanghai. (Xinhua/Xu Yu)

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Old February 25th, 2012, 01:43 PM   #142
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Old Xixi Road will receive a face-lift with focus on folk life
Shanghai Daily
Feb 22, 2012

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THE onward march of urbanization has led to the construction of many modern buildings in Hangzhou, yet time seemingly hasn't touched Xixi Road. It's the same as it was two or three decades ago.

That is about to change.

Two days ago, a local government panel selected a design that will focus on the folk life of Xixi Road as it will be given a face-lift.

The plan calls for a wider pedestrian space while all old stores will be retained. Officials also hope the revamp will lure more local old brands, especially those of daily commodities, to return to the street.

The project will begin in May.

"We look forward to renovating the old road so it will blend in with the surrounding environment. We expect to develop more culture and history of the road via the renovation," says Chen Jian, the official from Xihu District Urban Management Bureau.

Shanghai Daily tours the strip and talks to store keepers and vendors to discover how life used to be.

Old Xixi Road, between Hangda Road and Baochu Road, extends 580 meters. Overshadowed by glorious buildings at the adjacent Huanglong Commercial Block, the small road is home to shabby houses that carry a great deal of meaning for residents.

Dating back to the 1990s, Xixi Road was a street where many tailors set up shop. Fashionable women were often seen in the area. Today, few of these shops remain as stores selling daily commodities and restaurants now line the narrow road.

He Yufeng, 47, once worked at a tailoring shop on Xixi Road, but as they began to close down he switched and opened a laundry.

"People can imagine how splendid the time was if they know that there were almost 70 workers in the tailor shop where I worked," he says.

"The store was famed for its fast speed. The customers dropped off their trousers in the morning and could pick them up in the afternoon."

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"However, during that time people were not allowed to make fashionable stuff, and there was a banner in the shop that read 'no bizarre clothes.' Mostly, customers asked to tailor trousers, lady's suits and Chinese tunic suits (Mao suits)."

He still has the scissors and sewing machine from the tailor shop.

Auntie Han's Silk Floss Shop sells silk quilts. The business does well year round as Auntie Han is adept at plumping up old quilts.

Fang Linfu has run his roasted nuts store on Xixi Road since 1991. Fang sells roasted chestnuts, melon seeds, walnuts and other nuts. He has earned a good reputation over the years. His store shows photos of him with celebrities and other customers.

He says his success is due to hard work. Fang is the boss and also the roaster.

"Even in the summer when the temperature soars to over 40 degrees Celsius, I insist on roasting nuts by myself," the 50-year-old says.

"I spent my youth here on this road," he says. "Now it is to be renovated, and I don't want to leave."

Meng Hougen makes a living repairing shoes, and he has been running his small business on Xixi Road for almost 30 years.

He does not have a store, just a chair, a stool and some tools at his booth. He starts at 7:30am every day and closes up at 8pm.

"Most of my customers are residents here and students from the nearby Zhejiang University's Xixi campus, and the thing I've repaired most is the high and slim heels," Meng says.

"Thirty years ago, I only charged 0.5 yuan (8 US cents), but today, I charge 8 yuan to 10 yuan," he adds.

Zhong'er Noodle Restaurant is known for its fair prices and authentic local flavor, and has a branch at the crossing of Xixi Road and Baochu Road. It's one of five in the city.

The restaurant is busy during meal hours and customers need to wait for a table. Most customers live nearby or are office workers in Huanglong Commercial Block.

The restaurant's best sellers are pork liver noodle, pork kidney noodle and tenderloin noodle.
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Old February 28th, 2012, 07:27 AM   #143
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Hangzhou-based Architect Wang Shu/王澍 was announced as 2012 Pritzker Prize Winner, the World's most prestigious award for Architectural Design. Wang Shu thus became the first Chinese Citizen to be entitled that Honour.


* The Chinese Born American Architect I.M. Pei/贝聿铭, a native of Suzhou (Hangzhou's nearby twin city) receieved the Pritzker Prize in 1983


About Wang Shu's Achievement:

Source 1: The Pritzker Prize's Official Website

Source 2: The Archdaily Website

Source 3: The New York Times



I've already posted (post #55 and #56 of Hangzhou Photo thread) one of this masterpieces, the China Academy of Art (Xiangshan Campus, SW Hangzhou) middle last year. And the lecture that he gave at the Design School of Harvard University about the connections between his works and the landscape beauty of the city hangzhou on post #209.

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http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1405780&page=11 (post #209: The Harvard Uni. Lecture)


I'll upload more images from his other works later...
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Old February 28th, 2012, 09:35 AM   #144
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The 2012 Pritzker Prize Winner Wang Shu's Works in Hangzhou

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Xiangshan Campus, China Academy of Art, Phase I











Xiangshan Campus, China Academy of Art, Phase II



















Vertical Courtyard Apartments at Qianjiang New CBD





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Old March 21st, 2012, 10:21 PM   #145
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Continued success for gmp as team selected to design Hangzhou South Railway Station


Following their success in winning first prize in an international competition, the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) have been commissioned to design the new southern railway station in Hangzhou. The project involves the conversion and extension of the station in the Xiao Shan district to the south of the Qiantang River; after the eastern and main railway stations it will be the third largest railway station of this metropolis.

The design reflects the local culture, with the station building picking up elements of traditional buildings in Hangzhou: the base plinth consists of grey granite, the main building’s white walls enclose the waiting room level which is framed by perforated vertical slats - a reference to the traditional Chinese window shutters.

Passengers enter the station through foyers to the east and west. The 200m-long and 18m-high waiting hall, with its free-spanning construction without columns and plentiful daylight, offers passengers easy orientation. It creates a light-flooded space and provides a unique experience for passengers upon their arrival and departure. There are escalators and lifts for passengers and visitors to descend to the total of seven platforms.








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Old March 22nd, 2012, 03:54 AM   #146
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Looking at Ctrip's train booking engine, there already is a Hangzhou South station. Is this a new station altogether that will replace the existing one?
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Old March 22nd, 2012, 06:38 AM   #147
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the conversion and extension of the station in the Xiao Shan district to the south of the Qiantang River




Like what reads above!!!

This Hangzhou South Railway Station will be connected to the Hangzhou Subway Line 2(currently under construction), while the Hangzhou East Railway Station (currently under construction and will be opening later this year) will be served by Hangzhou Subway Line 1(currently under construction and will be opening later this year).



Attached with the rendering image of Hangzhou East Railway Station (Jianggan District/江干区)

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Old March 22nd, 2012, 10:52 AM   #148
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Like what reads above!!!

This Hangzhou South Railway Station will be connected to the Hangzhou Subway Line 2(currently under construction), while the Hangzhou East Railway Station (currently under construction and will be opening later this year) will be served by Hangzhou Subway Line 1(currently under construction and will be opening later this year).



Attached with the rendering image of Hangzhou East Railway Station (Jianggan District/江干区)

The source website had no mention of when the competition took place and when construction will finish.

I had to dig up the architect's website to see the tentative completion date is 2014.

http://www.gmp-architekten.com/news/...ion-china.html
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Old July 2nd, 2012, 12:12 PM   #149
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CLIC Headquarters / WILCOTER Architects

WILCOTER Architects shared with us their first prize winning proposal in the international competition to design a group of buildings as the headquarter of China Life Insurance (Group) Company in the Qianjiang New City of Hangzhou. The concept is to create a ‘Tree of Life’, which means supplying a cover or shelter for the life, which is strong and safe to rely on.

The proposal is an image of sustainable development of the company and our life. The central part as a tree connects the buildings surrounding the site, like nourishing and communication during the life.

Three towers, composed of a hotel and two office properties, and a dome like lower buildings, comprise this project in a very prominent site. The infrastructure system around the site is pretty perfect already. After this project the whole area is going to be another flourish urban area in the new develop city.

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...Isn't that the commerz bank tower in the right top corner of this picture?
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Viaduct collapse kills one, injures three in east China City

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HANGZHOU, July 2 (Xinhua) -- A viaduct under destruction collapsed in Hangzhou City, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, leaving one dead and three injured Monday afternoon, the construction company said.

The viaduct suddenly fell down to the ground in East Desheng Road in eastern Hangzhou, when the viaduct was being dismantled by Zhejiang Engineering Co. Ltd of No. 24 China Railway Group Co. Ltd.

One body was found in the ruins and three other injured people were rushed to hospital.
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Old July 13th, 2012, 09:07 PM   #152
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Headquarters of Zhejiang Wuchan Group / gmp architekten

Architects: gmp architekten
Location: Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
Architect in Charge: Meinhard von Gerkan
Project Manager: Volkmar Sievers
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 12,700 sqm
Photographs: Hans-Georg Esch

The eleven-story high-rise building with a four-story base forms an in-scale transition to lower neighboring buildings and is nonetheless a large entity twisting and turning in vertical and horizontal dimensions. Towards the north, the building is recessed three times, in keeping with sun-exposure guidelines for neighboring buildings.

Vertical screen elements on all facades generate a vivid pattern of color and light and offer an effective sunscreen, which, together with the highly effective insulating glass, con-stitutes an important contribution to reducing the building’s energy consumption. The composition of the interior materials is derived from the facade concept: white dominates inside as well, giving the rooms ample openness and lightness. White natural stone and transparent glass contrast with black surfaces.

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Old July 14th, 2012, 10:47 AM   #153
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170 KM away from shanghai, not too far, maybe these two cities can connect by buildings in 30 years. lol
Interconnection between Shanghai and Hangzhou metros and HSRs for mobility...
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BLUA has designed a new Civic Sports Centre for Hangzhou to bring a strong sporting presence to the city

BLUA (Bin Lu Architecture) have completed an urban concept design for what will be the Hangzhou Civic Sports Centre, heavily inspired by the Olympics. This rather topically-influenced project will be located at the west side of Hangzhou new city, 2.6km to the CBD centre.

Bin Lu said, "Since the first rays of the Olympic flame lit by the sunshine of Mount Olympus, the mountain has been deeply connected with sports. Hangzhou is a hilly city. Mountain climbing always becomes a popular out-door game for people there. The government carries out mass sports activities to promote national fitness programme."

The facility will have a total built area of 15,500 square meters, with the above- ground floor area measuring 46,700 square meters. The southwest corner will house the entrance for the planned Metro Line, amongst densely populated residential districts. To the north, a primary school, adjacent to Qian Jiang River. The site is a prime example of urban-meets-nature, so BLUA’s decision to construct a sports complex there is one which wants to connect the natural and the urban life of the city.

The project will create an urban plaza as well as creating a large-scale commercial facility, which are not in abundance within the area. It’s position amid well-used public transport means that the complex will have a strong public presence, as it will be easily reached by everyone in the city. The site will be rich in public retail such as gift shops, bookstores and cafes, again inviting large levels of the people of Hangzhou to visit the centre.

The building will be divided into two segments: to ‘active’ and ‘inactive’ areas. Activities which take place on the lower part of the tower and the podium will house the “active” area, and the remainder of the 42 meter-high tower will comprise the “inactive”. The recessed plaza will be shaded by a cantilevered roof and will feature generous amounts of vegetation. Nature will meet water with the swimming pool situated on the first floor, which will cool the air based on laws of natural convection and evaporative cooling.

The recreation centre is connected by the two towers on the south-west and north-east. It is ordered by passageways which connect the sides of the site together into a network. Skylights provide daylight the interior spaces and offer views of people playing sports outside. The façade is encased in a multi-layered skin that is embedded with crystal patterns made from 3D cold laminated film, ETFE membrane and honeycomb glass.

BLUA’s philosophy has always been to merge biology, science and art in to architecture to create his projects. Bin Lu, originally from Hangzhou, studied under Zaha Hadid at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna prior to his San Francisco Bay Bridge project, which earned him recognition for being the first architect to use alageTech on the façade of a building.

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Highway repairs
Shanghai Daily
Aug 24, 2012

REPAIR work on the highway-railway interchange section of Shida Expressway has begun, according to Hangzhou's traffic authority. The project will last until August 31.

Half of the second lane and the third lane will be closed for construction while the first lane and half of the second lane will remain open during the first phase of the project.

The first lane and half of the second lane will be shut during the second phase of construction.

The on-ramp of Shida Expressway heading downtown at Jianding Road from east to west will also be closed during the project.

The city's traffic department has advised drivers traveling between Linping and downtown Hangzhou to take the Qiushi Elevated Road via 320 National Expressway, Linding Road or Hanghai Road to avoid the under-construction section.
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Transport Hub
Aug 24, 2012
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THE opening of Xiaoshan International Airport's Phase II in the fourth quarter this year will be accompanied by a new transport hub to make getting around easier.

The giant transfer center will be in front of Tower 1 at the airport, enabling passengers to move between planes, Metro, buses and taxis with ease.

Four parking structures will be built around the center, providing 4,682 car spaces. About 2,300 of those slots will be reserved for taxis.

Xiaoshan International Airport is expected to handle more than 25.6 million passengers a year after the completion of Phase II. It includes two terminal towers and one new runway.

By 2050, 65 airport-related infrastructure projects will be completed at a cost of 93.5 billion yuan (US$14.8 billion) in Hangzhou.
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Chinese cities sell more land to replenish coffers

BEIJING, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- Chinese cities have moved to boost local land markets, as a persistent economic downturn has undermined the fiscal incomes of local governments, analysts said Wednesday.

On Monday, Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, auctioned seven downtown land plots at their initial bidding prices after revenues from land sales in its main city areas dropped to a five-year low in the January-July period.

In Wenzhou, another property hot spot in Zhejiang, a record number of 52 land spots were put up for sale at a local promotional fair on Saturday.

The concentrated sales reflect the intent of local governments, which depend heavily on land sales for fiscal revenues, to boost sales by offering low prices amid a cooling land market, said Cao Xudong, a researcher with the China Index Academy's Hangzhou institute.

The property market has cooled significantly since the central government started to introduce measures to cap runaway prices in 2010. But home prices have picked up in recent months following the central bank's move to slash interest rates to buoy the slowing economy.

With a warming market, property developers have regained confidence to buy in the land market, Cao said, adding that local governments are more willing to sell, as there are more buyers than in the first half.

In Beijing, 11 plots of land were put on the market this week. Yongxiang, general manager at Dayue Consulting, estimated that the municipal government will pocket at least 7 billion yuan (1.11 billion U.S. dollars) from the auction, which will be held next month.

The market is expected to see a transaction peak across the country in September. Data from the Ministry of Land Resources showed that the government sold just 47,200 hectares of land in the first half, accounting for 29.6 percent of its full-year land supply target for 2012.

However, foreign investors have started to leave the country since the global economic downturn, and domestic real estate developers are strapped for cash due to government controls, which may increase competition between those wishing to purchase land.

Zhang Dawei, chief market analyst at Zhongyuan Real Estate, said the large-scale property sales in Beijing are expected to attract limited amounts of funds, as property developers have only small amounts of capital at their disposal.

Official data showed that foreign investment in China's property development has decreased on a monthly basis since March. The sector saw foreign capital drop 22.4 percent from a year earlier in March, with the rate expanding to 54.3 percent in July.
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Ford to build plant
Shanghai Daily
Sep 7, 2012

ALAN Mulally, president and chief executive officer of Ford Motor Co, said his company is investing US$760 million to build a new assembly plant in Hangzhou, the automaker's biggest expansion project in 50 years.

He was on hand for the start of construction on the new Chang'an Ford Mazda assembly plant in Qianjin Industrial Park in Xiasha District.

The factory, scheduled for completion in 2015, will have an annual production capacity of 250,000 vehicles and will bring the capacity of Chang'an in China to more than 1.2 million units.

In recent years, the automobile industry has become a pillar of Hangzhou's economic growth with a production value of 58.9 billion yuan (US$9.29 billion) in the first half of 2012. That was up 16 percent from a year earlier.

The industry is expected to finish out the year with production value of more than 120 billion yuan.

Mulally said the city's excellent facilities, location, skilled workforce and good investment environment were too good to ignore.

The new plant, he said, will be capable of manufacturing seven different car models.
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Pristine glass tower for Zhejiang Hengyi Group anchors emerging mixed use district

Turner + DeCelles is designing a new headquarters office building for the Zhejiang Hengyi Group Co., Ltd., Hangzhou, China. To be located on a prominent site in the Xiaoshan District, the tower will rise to 50 floors.

“We are honored to be working on such an important building for such a prestigious client” noted Kenneth Turner, AIA, Design Partner. “Our design is purposely spare, intended to exemplify the essential qualities of the client’s business culture where ambition, hard work, efficiency and high quality are humbly embraced as virtuous. We are designing a building that is elegant and finely crafted but never boastful.”

The 100,000 sq m program includes a 200m-tall office tower clad primarily in vision glass; a four level podium encased in glass with stone accents; and a below grade transit superstation housing conference facilities, retail shops and parking. Approximately half of the office space will be held for future growth but leased to tenants on an interim basis.

BMP Project Consulting is serving as Program Manager and Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd is the Local Design Institute based in Shanghai. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2013.

Status: Concept design

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