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Old December 16th, 2013, 02:33 PM   #601
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Old December 16th, 2013, 02:39 PM   #602
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Old December 16th, 2013, 02:47 PM   #603
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West Street Number 1, Wudaokou, Haidian District, NW Beijing

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Architects: 6A2 Studio, Architectural Design & Research Institute of Tsinghua University
Location: Wudaokou, Haidian, Beijing, China
Architect In Charge: Wenqing Li
Design Team: Wenqing Li, Guodong Yin, Zhe Li, Yijun Qiao, Jintao Jia
Collaborators: Yan Zhang, Hongyan Li, Zhixin Xu
Area: 1,200 sqm
Photographs: Archexist


West Street No.1 is a mini complex of tenant’s flagship store, which is located in Wudaokou, one of the most famous commercial district in Beijing. It is close to Tsinghua Science Park (TusPark) where includes world-famous IT giants, such as Microsoft, Google, Sohu, and Netease, etc. Customer groups are primarily university students and white-collar workers. Wudaokou Station, one of the busiest subway stations in line 13, is close to the west of the site; and WuDaoKou Shopping Mall, the biggest local commercial complex, is located to the east of the site as a crowd magnet.

Business Strategy: The client is a commercial real estate developer who is on the rise phase and hope through a fascinated building to improve corporation’s market impression. Meanwhile, saving indirect cost for marketing investment. Line 13, to the west of the site, carries 700,000 passengers per day, can be utilized as a locomotive advertisement platform. So an envelope, especially the facades which face to the subway station and blocks opposite, which should take the initiative to show business appeals positively, instead of using passive advertising, such as billboard.

Facade strategy: consider the main traffic flows, both day and night, different time period and perspective angles, using building’s form and skin to attract customers’ attention, to cause discussions, and to increase media exposure.

(1) Daytime: First, set up multidimensional polygons in a digital analysis model, to simulate daylight effects from 9am to 18pm both during the winter solstice and summer solstice. Second, calculate reflective intensity between adjacent surfaces and exclude facets which contrast ratio is below 60%, to ensure adjacent polygons have the best reflection contrast regardless various viewpoints. Finally, combine selected surfaces to a pavilion.

(2) Nighttime: Each polygon has delicate radial glow. Parametric tools can be used to generate a variety of patterns in a short period. Then selecting a scheme which can balance client’s investment and manufacturing cost. Facade’s warm colors lighting and ground’s cold colors illumination can be in stark contrast. The parametric illumination can improve people’s interest when it compares to the flood lighting background.

Nowadays, West Street Number 1 becomes a landmark in Wudaokou Commercial District. Architect’s logical creativity combined with client’s marketing strategy can improve project’s material revenue and social impacts.

Deeply grateful to Neil Leach, Marcos Sanchez, Edward Lifson, John Enright and Selwyen Ting from USC School of Architecture.














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Old December 16th, 2013, 05:02 PM   #604
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I have seen Hadid's "Galaxy Soho" building in person and it is an impressive building, but it is true that it the architect's didn't spend so much as a minute thinking about the terrible problem in central Beijing of the mass-demolition of historic Hutong districts. These Huntong areas are by far the best thing about Beijing; and they offer the perfect reference point or inspiration for a modern design. Hadid's designs, as always, completely neglect to respect or pay the slightest bit of attention to the area in which they are to be built. I really see Hadid as imposing herself on any area in which her buildings are built; I see her works as a kind of architectural Colonialism. I think that demonstrates arrogance and self-absorption, as well as disrespect for Chinese culture and ignorance of the extremely delicate topic of Chinese cultural heritage.
Hadid's constructions, like other signature buildings, are not designed to blend in. Any round building will be a universe in itself, they don't interact with the rectangular street grid.

The loss of hutongs and siheyuans is tragic, and "reconstructed" hutongs add insult to injury. So far I can agree.

However, when I got to see the finished (and almost completely empty) building this summer, I was surprised by how small it was. It does look huge from certain angles, like the classic from-the-hutong view or from some of the neighbouring flats. But if you look at it from the second ring it is almost anonymous, you have to look for the familiar curves. There are other, and more alien, buildings that catch the eye before this building.

More up close, maybe because of the siheyuan that supposedly is the inspiration, it was relatively open and inviting (and as mentioned almost completely desolated).
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Wangjing New CBD Construction Updates

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Interiors of the Beijing Phoenix International Media Center (Phoenix TV New Headquarters)


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West Street Number 1, Wudaokou, Haidian District, NW Beijing

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it remind me of tokyo in the 1960's.alas, alot of them eventually torn down.
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Beijing ramps up construction of electric auto charging network

BEIJING, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) – Beijing has stepped up efforts to optimize the charging facility network to accommodate the swift development of the new energy auto industry.

The Chinese capital city has currently finished site selection of 100 public fast-fill charging poles in the downtown area. Construction on these charging facilities will start soon.

By the end of this year, the number of public fast-fill charging poles in Beijing is expected to reach 1,000, according to the city's plan.
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Domes give kids chance to exercise in clean air
28 March 2014
China Daily

With Beijing education authorities urging schools to cancel outdoor activities when pollution level alerts hit orange, some international schools in the capital are building facilities to ensure children can exercise in cleaner air.

The color-coded alert system, in order of increasing severity, is blue, yellow, orange and red.

In order to ensure children do not have to cut down their outdoor activities due to air quality, international schools in Beijing are spending tens of millions of yuan building air domes - large enclosed areas with filtered air.

The Western Academy of Beijing, an international school in Chaoyang district, constructed a campus dome in January that covers 1,000 square meters.

"The design and construction of the dome took about six months; three waiting for the required materials to be transported here from the US and three constructing it," said Johnny Whang, the school's property manager.

The dome, named Tiger L'Air, was built on the school's tennis court, and has an air purifier on one side, said Gordon Gao, general manager of ASATI (Beijing) Air Dome Co. Ltd, a US company in charge of designing and constructing the dome.

About half of the dome's materials were purchased from the United States, Gao said.

The company entered the Chinese market in 2000.

"Most of our clients in the beginning wanted them for sports teams," Gao said.

The International School of Beijing in Shunyi district was the first school to approach ASATI in 2012. The ISB dome cost about 30 million yuan ($4.9 million), CNN reported.

Fei Cong, WAB school affairs director, said, "We built the dome to protect children during hazardous weather in Beijing as some sports activities, such as soccer, had to be canceled."

WAB students have about three PE classes every week, not including organized outdoor activities, which usually take place at 3:30 pm.

Fei said WAB staff paid several visits to IBS to learn how the dome is best utilized.

Students and parents appreciated the options the new facility provides.

On Feb 25, when the AQI in Beijing exceeded 300 for most of the day, the air quality monitor inside the dome showed the AQI was just 4, Fei said.
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China Focus: Top-level design urged for integrating Beijing with neighbors

BEIJING, March 30 (Xinhua) -- The country's top economic planner is studying a high-level cooperation scheme for Beijing and its neighbors to promote regional integrated development, according to an official.

Top-level design, which is being jointly considered by local authorities, should combine land use, urban construction and economic and social development plans, said Zhang Zhiqiang, head of the Development and Reform Commission of Tianjin Municipality on Friday.

Hebei Province, which neighbors Beijing and Tianjin, took the lead in unveiling two guidelines last week, which offered a clue to different roles of major cities in Hebei in regional development. Beijing and Tianjin have not yet announced any such plans.

The province will enlarge the size of Baoding to accommodate administrative organs, colleges and universities, research institutions, medical and nursing services, which will be transferred from Beijing, according to the documents.

Langfang, another Hebei city, will boost its service sector to serve as an ecological and recreational zone for the capital, according to the documents.

Hebei's plans came after Chinese President Xi Jinping called for coordinated development of the region around Beijing in late February.

Xi said urban layout and structure needs to be optimized and division of city functions enhanced when building the economic zone surrounding Beijing, adding that optimizing industrial distribution and overall planning for resources should be focused on.

Hebei is the leading choice for some functional and industrial transfers of Beijing and Tianjin and the plans are provincial-level designs, said Zhou Benshun, governor of Hebei.

Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei have a total population of 120 million. Beijing alone has 21 million and faces problems such as air pollution, traffic congestion and overcrowding.

Officials and experts say regional coordinated development is the only effective way for Beijing to solve its problems.

Closer cooperation among the three is under way. For example, they have a mechanism for joint prevention and control of air pollution. Construction of a new airport in Beijing will begin this year on the capital's outskirts neighboring Langfang.

However, the regional integration faces challenges in aspects like unbalanced industrial distribution and environmental pressures.

Beijing, Hebei and Tianjin reported the heaviest air pollution last year in the country, according to the Ministry of Environmental Protection.

Hebei boasts several of the most polluted cities such as its capital Shijiazhuang and Xingtai due to heavy industries like iron and steel. It plans to cut iron production capacity by 28 million tonnes and steel production capacity by 40 million tonnes by 2017.

"We must have a clear idea of the environment capacities of the three places so that we know what kind of industries and how much Hebei can take from Beijing or Tianjin," said Wu Yiqing, vice president of Hebei University of Economics and Business.

If the environment does not improve by 2017, steel capacities in Hebei may be further cut, said Wu.

The region has big food demand but Hebei's agriculture is at an initial phase of modernization, said Zhou.

"To push forward coordinated development is undoubtedly the right direction, but the process will not be smooth given the risks and challenges," said Wu.

Short, medium and long-term timetables should be formulated on the basis of consensus and coordination be strengthened to handle new problems in the process, he added.

To remove administrative barriers and push regional coordinated development will be one of the key reform tasks for Beijing this year, said Wang Anshun, mayor of the city.

Unified top-level design should be made for the integration of infrastructure, industries and market in the region, said Wang during the China Development Forum held on March 23-24 in Beijing.
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Beijing, Langfang City agreement promotes regional integration

SHIJIAZHUANG, April 3 (Xinhua) -- A cooperative agreement has been signed by Beijing's Xicheng District and nearby Langfang City in Hebei Province to promote regional integrated development, authorities of Langfang announced on Thursday.

Under the agreement, Xicheng and Langfang will boost cooperation in industrial restructuring and upgrading, developing basic industries and tourism, and will promote exchanges in financial and technology sectors.

The two sides will also build a logistics zone and wholesale market together, while Langfang will invest more in construction of nursing homes.

The agreement came after Chinese President Xi Jinping called for coordinated development of the region around Beijing in late February.

Xi said urban layout and structure needs to be optimized and the division of city functions enhanced when building the economic zone surrounding China's capital.

Earlier media reports said that the famous clothing wholesale market located near the Beijing Zoo will be moved to Langfang. However the project is not mentioned in the agreement.

According to Zhao Hong, deputy head of the Beijing Academy of Social Sciences, retail and wholesale staff comprise 11.6 percent of Beijing's working population.
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Cameras in Beijing’s construction sites soon
7 April 2014
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BEIJING has required all its urban construction sites to install cameras by the end of June to assess how construction companies’ practices add to the capital’s smog.

Based on the pictures taken by the cameras, the municipal commission of housing and urban-rural development will punish companies that use trucks that are not permitted to carry earth or allow outdoor construction to continue on heavily polluted days.

All construction companies will also be required to use fully enclosed vehicles that are authorized to transport earth from July 1, according to the municipal commission.
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Desalinated water to be piped into Beijing by 2019
18 April 2014
China Daily

Beijing is planning to pipe in desalinated water from the port of Caofeidian in Hebei province to meet increased demand.

Under the desalination project, 1 million metric tons of drinking water a day will be produced from nearby Bohai Bay.

Supplies will be piped to Beijing, and are expected to satisfy one-third of demand in 2019. Caofeidian is under the city of Tangshan's jurisdiction.

Zhang Guibao, deputy district head, confirmed that the project has been approved by the Hebei provincial government and that preliminary research has been carried out.

Wang Xiaoshui, the manager in charge of the project under the Beijing Enterprises Water Group, said, "We are preparing the necessary plans for review and evaluation by the national planning authority."

He said the project is expected to be approved by the National Development and Reform Commission next year after passing the review.

Construction of a related factory and pipelines will take two to three years.

Investment in the project may reach 17 billion yuan ($2.7 billion), with 10 billion yuan going for construction of pipelines running 270 km through Tangshan and Ji, a county in Tianjin, before reaching Beijing.

The final design of the pipeline is still being discussed, Wang said.

The desalination project will feature a combination of heating and reverse osmosis techniques to process the water.

The Beijing group involved in the project launched a pilot desalination project in Caofeidian in March 2012 to provide 5 tons of drinking water to the district every day.

Zhang Haiyan, a worker on the pilot project who lives in Caofeidian and uses desalinated water every day, says it is processed to meet 108 quality indicators, and it tastes just like regular tap water.

Water produced under the pilot project costs about 6 yuan a ton, but this will rise to about 8 yuan when Beijing comes onboard, due to increased costs from the pipeline construction.

While the total investment is large and the water price a little higher than the current daily domestic charge of about 4 yuan a ton, many believe the project is much needed.

Daily water supplies for Beijing, which is home to more than 20 million people, exceeded 2.98 million tons last year, almost reaching municipal water supply capacity, according to statistics from the Beijing Water Authority. Annual per capita water supply for Beijing residents dropped to 100 cubic meters, far below the 1,000 cubic meters threshold set by the United Nations.

Experts believe that, faced with increasing demand for water, Beijing must expand supply through multiple channels, and Bohai Bay is a viable source.

The capital has also taken steps to adjust water pricing to manage consumption.

It is conducting a hearing as part of measures to increase the price by about 1 yuan. Publicized plans state that households will pay between about 5 yuan and 9 yuan per ton, based on annual consumption.

The announcement, by Beijing's development and reform commission, said current pricing does not reflect the shortage of water resources.

The city needs a new pricing system, under which charges rise according to the amount of water consumed, to encourage rational use, the commission said.
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Beijing looks to the ocean to ease water shortages
24 April 2014
South China Morning Post

The authorities defend plans to build a large desalination plant at the polluted Bohai Gulf to pump much-needed supplies the capital

Beijing’s water authorities have defended their plan to ease the capital’s water shortage by processing seawater from the highly polluted Bohai Gulf, a mainland newspaper reported.

The capital’s municipal government has announced a project to build a desalination plan in Tangshan in Hebei province to process one million tonnes of water a day by 2019 to ease Beijing’s water crisis.

Wang Xiaoshui, the general manager of the project, told The Beijing News the plan was feasible and dismissed concerns the water would be undrinkable. The water will be treated to strip it of salt, heavy metals and bacteria and will be drinkable straight from the tap.

The plan has prompted public concerns because Bohai, the innermost gulf of the Yellow Sea, has some of the most polluted waters on the mainland.

The pollution in the gulf, also known as the Bohai Sea, mainly comes from a large number of coastal industrial zones in Tianjin , Dalian , Weifang and Yantai .

Wang said the desalination plant would be in a location with clean water. After years of testing and monitoring the seawater quality, Beijing’s water authorities were confident the water in the Caofeidian district was the cleanest in the Bohai Gulf due to its flow of sea currents.

Construction would cost 7 billion yuan (HK$8.8 billion), excluding a 270-kilometre water-channeling facility that would cost another 10 billion yuan.

Wang admitted that due to the high cost of construction and operation, each tonne of desalinated water would cost 8 yuan – double the current average price paid by Beijing residents. But he argued that water prices in the capital would increase over the next few years, so the cost would be acceptable by the time the desalinated water was available.

However, Professor Hu Yunxia, a desalination specialist at the Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said the retail cost of the water was too high and there needed to be significant room for reduction.

The mainland is short of more than 50 billion cubic metres of water annually, or 8.2 per cent of its annual water consumption of about 610 billion cubic metres. Two-thirds of the mainland’s cities suffer from water shortages, while close to 300 million people living in rural areas lack access to safe drinking water.

Wang admitted the proposed desalination facility’s production capacity of one million tonnes per day was only one-tenth of Beijing’s present water consumption, which means the plant alone will not solve the water crisis.

But he said they were preparing to build another plant three times larger, which could satisfy a significant proportion of Beijing’s water demand. Coupled with the South-North Water Transfer Project, which will channel one billion tonnes of water from Hubei province to Beijing each year, this could eliminate the capital’s shortage.

But the desalination plant would, as a by-product, produce a huge volume of highly salty deposits which the government’s State Oceanic Administration warns might disturb the fragile marine environment and ecology of Bohai.

Wang said all the salty by-products would be used by nearby chemical factories and that “not a drop of salty water” would be discharged into the sea.

Still, the mainland lacks experience in building and operating large-scale desalination facilities, so the government must source reliable – but expensive – materials elsewhere.

The Caofeidian plant is heavily dependent on imports – including Norwegian technology and reliable water-filter membranes from the United States.

“All the membranes have to be imported, as well as all the pumps and pipelines,” Hu, the desalination specialist, said. “The membranes alone contribute to about 50 per cent of the total cost.”

But Hu said the central government was pumping funds into researching and developing Chinese-made desalination technology, which could reduce costs for future facilities.

“Many city governments are interested in desalination, with hundreds of million yuan invested in research and development each year,” she said.

Professor Wang Jun, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ environmental research centre in Beijing, acknowledged Bohai was polluted, but said that in today’s China, it was impossible to find an absolutely safe source of drinking water.
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Architects: MAD Architects
Location: Beijing, China
Directors In Charge: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke Hayano
Design Team: Zhao Wei, Kin Li, Liu Huiying, Lin Guomin, Bennet Hu Po-Kang, Julian Sattler, Nathan Kiatkulpiboone, Li Guangchong, Fu Changrui, Yang Jie, Zhu Jinglu, Younjin Park, Gustaaf Alfred Van Staveren
Client: Junhao Real Estate Beijing Jingfa Properties Co., Limited.
Construction Engineers: China Construction Design International Group Co., Ltd
Facade Design & Optimize Consultant: RFR and Meinhardt Facade Technologies
Landscape Design Consultant: Greentown Akin
Lighting Design Consultant: GD Lighting Design Co., Ltd
Building Height: 120 m
Site Area: 30,763 sqm
Area: 128177.0 sqm
Year: 2016
Photographs: MAD



Construction has commenced on MAD’s Chaoyang Park Plaza within one of Beijing’s largest public parks and central business district. A continuation of Ma Yansong’s “Shan-Shui City” concept, which aims reintroduce nature into the urban realm, the mixed-use complex reinterprets natural formations illustrated in traditional Chinese paintings as contemporary “city landscapes.”

“Like the tall mountain cliffs and river landscapes of China, a pair of asymmetrical towers creates a dramatic skyline in front of the park,” described MAD. “Ridges and valleys define the shape of the exterior glass facade, as if the natural forces of erosion wore down the tower into a few thin lines.”



“Flowing down the facade, the lines emphasize the smoothness of the towers and its verticality. The internal ventilation and filtration system of the ridges draw a natural breeze indoors, which not only improves the interior space but also creates an energy efficient system.”


Yansong attempt’s to integrate nature thoughout the design; Interiors are “injected” with landscape elements, such as towering courtyards and multi-level garden terraces, while “mid-air courtyards” connect the site’s two residential buildings and provide residents the “freedom to wander” through an elevated “mountain forest.” Even the shape of the complex’s four office towers were designed to resemble eroded “river stones.”

“This project transforms the traditional model of buildings in a modern city’s central business district,” explains MAD. “By exploring the symbiotic relationship between modern urban architecture and natural environment, it revives the harmonious co-existence between urban life and nature. It creates a Shanshui city where people can share their individual emotions and a sense of belonging.”

Natural lighting, intelligent building, and an innovative air purification system is expected to help MAD achieve LEED Gold certification upon completion in 2016.
























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