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Old November 13th, 2012, 10:30 PM   #441
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Old November 14th, 2012, 07:53 AM   #442
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Old November 19th, 2012, 10:01 PM   #443
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Aedas designs new mixed-use project in Sichuan

The Community Mix project explores a highly integrated and overlapping mixed-use typology. It attempts to test the threshold of where individual programs collide, overlap and hopefully even morph into interaction spaces with rich ambiguity.

With a client brief of a self-sustaining, commercial development aligned toward a mutual interest of bridging both physical and cyber worlds together – the project explores and tests how the individual, viable programs of the brief are related, positioned and infused into each other. These unknown, undefined and hopefully inspirational events are maximised and exploited while still maintaining functionality of the individual components and optimising the overall developmental viability.

Located within a new technology core in the capital of Sichuan, PRC, the Community Mix project serves as a nodal development to the district. The project positions its seven individual uses deliberately to knit the project with its urban context as well as functionally explore internal relationships.

The project has a site area of 153,899 sq m and an above-ground floor area of 461,690 sq m consisting of offices, corporate headquarters, showroom, hotel, residential and retail uses. The major components of the office and headquarters are positioned on the northern edge of the site relating to a major vehicular corridor with good frontage. The residential components are positioned on the southern side of the site toward less contextual density and satisfying required southern light exposure. The design then explores how to knit these elements together while maximising opportunities for interaction.

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Old November 21st, 2012, 05:04 PM   #444
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Photo taken on April 7, 2012 shows the Taizhou Yangtze River Bridge under construction in Taizhou, east China's Jiangsu Province. The bridge will open to traffic on Nov. 25. (Xinhua/Lu Zhinong)





Photo taken on Nov. 20, 2012 shows the Taizhou Yangtze River Bridge in Taizhou, east China's Jiangsu Province. The bridge will open to traffic on Nov. 25. (Xinhua/Lu Zhinong)





Photo taken on Nov. 4, 2012 shows the Taizhou Yangtze River Bridge in Taizhou, east China's Jiangsu Province. The bridge will open to traffic on Nov. 25. (Xinhua/Lu Zhinong)



Photo taken on July 18, 2012 shows the Taizhou Yangtze River Bridge under construction in Taizhou, east China's Jiangsu Province. The bridge will be open to traffic on Nov. 25. (Xinhua/Lu Zhinong)
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Old November 21st, 2012, 10:55 PM   #445
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Goettsch Partners design new office block tower to dominate the skyline of Shunde

A new 200m-tall building will soon join the skyline in Shunde, China. Goettsch Partners (GP) has designed the new Poly Business Tower which will be the tallest building in the region and a new centrepiece for the business district.

The tower has created a series of new office spaces which are within a close proximity to various cultural and government facilities in the city. The developers believe that its location makes the structure a critical venue and focal point.

"The Poly Shunde Business Tower further reinforces GP's global reach and commitment to China and other emerging markets in Asia," explains James Zheng, AIA, LEED AP, a partner in the firm who leads its China office. "Our goal is to design modern and environmentally responsible buildings that clearly reflect their function and context."

GP's concept was to create an efficient, modern tower that integrates features of the local culture into the architectural expression of the building. In particular they were inspired by the 'pinwheel' patterns commonly found in the regional screens and paving. As a result the tower's planning and façade articulation are designed to showcase this traditional vernacular.

Pinwheel-patterned perforated screens extend the full height of the tower in order to provide shading and conceal fresh-air ventilation systems which extend throughout all the offices. These screens create an energy-efficient skin which also provides floor-to-ceiling windows for all office users.

On top of the structure is a multi-storey winter garden which offers unobstructed panoramic views of the surroundings, and will be lit to highlight the tower in the evenings. At the base, the tower is seated at the head of a ceremonial garden. The four-sided lobby is designed to engage the landscape, blurring the distinction between interior and exterior space whilst also segregating vehicular and pedestrian circulation around the perimeter of the building.

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Old November 27th, 2012, 11:40 AM   #446
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7-star hotel near Tai Lake, Huzhou, Zhejiang Province

Construction: 5/2008 ~ 9/2012
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Old November 28th, 2012, 12:17 AM   #447
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amazing building!!!


and nice project the one form Sichuan
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Old November 30th, 2012, 03:59 PM   #448
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As working in hotels, I really see a problem how to service the rooms on the other side of the building. Do you first have to get up with the lift to go down again on the other side?

I hope for the staff that there is an underground tunnel connecting the two parts of the doughnut....
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I see where you are coming from, I think they will treat this as two separate towers, having two different work forces. Thinking that its one building just because it is connected can cause headaches if you want to get from one side to the other. Plus, we haven't seen the entrance to this building as well.

Is this tower part of some CBD or something like that, it looks iconic enough to be honest
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I see where you are coming from, I think they will treat this as two separate towers, having two different work forces. Thinking that its one building just because it is connected can cause headaches if you want to get from one side to the other. Plus, we haven't seen the entrance to this building as well.

Is this tower part of some CBD or something like that, it looks iconic enough to be honest
Impossible to use two work forces. Most likely they have something under ground. I should ask. I also my current company Starwood....
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Old December 8th, 2012, 04:47 AM   #453
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China to flatten 700 mountains for new metropolis
LANZHOU NEW AREA : Defying environmental critics, the project contractor said that its ‘protective style of development’ would revitalize the resource-poor region
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A long, long time ago, an old Chinese peasant named Yu Gong decided to move two inconveniently located mountains away from the entrance to his home. Legend has it he struggled terribly, but ultimately succeeded. Hence, the Chinese idiom “Yu Gong moves the mountains.” When there’s a will, there’s a way.

Now Chinese developers are putting old Yu to shame.

In what is being billed as the largest “mountain-moving project” in Chinese history, one of China’s biggest construction firms will spend £2.2 billion (US$3.5 billion) to flatten 700 mountains around Lanzhou, allowing development authorities to build a new metropolis on the northwestern city’s far-flung outskirts.

The Lanzhou New Area, 130,000 hectares of land 80km from the city, which is the provincial capital of arid Gansu Province, could increase the area’s GDP to £27 billion by 2030, the state-run China Daily reported. It has already attracted almost £7 billion of corporate investment.

The project will be China’s fifth “state-level development zone” and the first in the country’s rapidly developing interior, according to state media reports. Others include Shanghai’s Pudong and Tianjin’s Binhai, home to a half-built, 120-building replica of Manhattan. China’s State Council, its highest administrative authority, approved the Lanzhou project in August.

The first stage of the mountain-flattening initiative, which was first reported on Tuesday by the China Economic Weekly magazine, began in late October and will eventually enable a new urban district of almost 26km2 to be built.

One of the country’s largest private companies — the Nanjing-based China Pacific Construction Group, headed by Yan Jiehe — is behind the initiative.

Chinese newspapers portray the 52-year-old as a sort of home-grown Donald Trump — ultra-ambitious and preternaturally gifted at navigating the nation’s vast network of guanxi, or personal connections.

Yan was born in the 1960s as the youngest of nine children. After a decade of working as a high-school teacher and cement plant employee, he founded his construction firm in 1995 and amassed a fortune by buying and revamping struggling state-owned enterprises. In 2006, the respected Hu Run report named Yan — then worth about £775 million — as China’s second-richest man.

His latest plan has evoked a healthy dose of skepticism. Lanzhou, home to 3.6 million people alongside the silty Yellow River, already has major environmental concerns. Last year, the WHO named it the city with the worst air pollution in China. The city’s main industries include textiles, fertilizer production and metallurgy.

Liu Fuyuan, a former high-level official at the country’s National Development and Reform Commission, told China Economic Weekly that the project was unsuitable because Lanzhou is frequently listed as among China’s most chronically water-scarce municipalities.

“The most important thing is to gather people in places where there is water,” he said.

Others also pointed to the financial risk of building a new city in the middle of the desert.

“All this investment needs to be paid back with residential land revenue, and I don’t see much on returns in these kinds of cities,” said Tao Ran, an economics professor at Renmin University in Beijing. “If you have a booming real-estate market it might work, but it seems to me that real estate in China is very, very risky.”

In an e-mail interview, a China Pacific Construction Group spokeswoman dismissed criticisms of the project as unjustified.

“Lanzhou’s environment is already really poor. It’s all desolate mountains which are extremely short of water,” Angie Wong said. “Our protective style of development will divert water to the area, achieve reforestation and make things better than before.”

Yan’s plans could be considered “a protective style of development, and a developmental style of protection,” she said, adding: “I think whether it’s England or America, or any other country, no one will cease development because of resource scarcity caused by geography.”
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massive project. Here is a video, too bad the video quality is almost worthless!

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massive project. Here is a video, too bad the video quality is almost worthless!

Here is a longer version, but still 'look at how cool it's going to get' promo, no coverage of actual construction or other issues.
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8th China Flower Expo Information Center / Lab Architecture Studio

Designed for the 8th China Flower expo, which will be held in 2014, the design for the information center by Lab Architecture Studio aims to create a very subtle expression. By blending it into nature, the project is able to unite itself with the land and environment. Both the lively architectural form and the flexible spatial structures activate the whole expo park.

The massing is primitive and only reflects the internal function without any intuition. As the first building appears in front of the visitors in the flower expo park, this information centre is designed to be a simple but modern hut, strengthening the landscape and activation of the building as well as enhancing the wisdom of architectures within Yangtze river region.

The form of the centre has well integrated with the public plaza and created a good circulation system. The vegetation landscape and public furniture on the plaza are leading the visitors to the quiet rest area along the lake from the busy information centre.

Architects: Lab Architecture Studio
Location: Wujin, Changzhou, China
Design Team: Donald L bates , Andy Wang, Chris Y.H. Chan, Shayne Lacy, Irene Yang, Hiker Gong, Ada Ou
Date: 2010 design – 2013 complete
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Significant commercial project for BDP plays major role in expansion of south Taiyuan

BDP has been commissioned by the Shanxi Broadcast & TV Channel to design its new Broadcast & TV Centre. This highly significant, provincial level, public sector project is located in Taiyuan, the capital city of Shanxi Province in north China. The development will form one of the focal points of the emerging Jinyang Lake Commercial District, and will play a critical part in the urban expansion of south Taiyuan.

A careful balance of the site’s massing, topography, water features, scale and viewpoints were very important considerations in the masterplan design. The 200,000 sq m first phase will comprise six buildings providing offices, assorted film studios, an Internet New Media Centre, Cultural Exchange Centre and other associated facilities.

The principal building is a landmark 198m office tower which will house the press centre, ten studios, post production and broadcast facilities for both radio and TV channels, as well as general office space and meeting rooms. The main studio on the development will be open to the public and will also contain multipurpose events spaces. This building will be supported by adjacent studios and, together with the Cultural Exchange Centre, is positioned to the west of the site, forming the commercial edge of the development.

BDP is providing architecture, landscaping and lighting professions and will be working with the China Radio Film & TV Design & Research Institute to develop the design. This project is a high priority for the client, and for the province, and work has already started on site with completion targeted for 2014.

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Frankfurt/Main and Beijing offices of KSP Jurgen Engel Architekten International take first place in mixed-use Foshan scheme

An international competition for the 170,000 sq m Sino-German High-Tech Industrial Service Platform has been won by KSP Jurgen Engel Architekten’s Frankfurt/Main and Beijing teams. The conjoined 43-storey towers will be the first in a number of new buildings for a planned business district in the south of Foshan, Guangdong and speaks to the growing focus on eco-design in China as Jurgen Engel, owner of KSP Jurgen Engel Architekten, explains: “The trend to sustainable office high-rises is continuing. Not only the current competition in Foshan but also our winning competition entry for the design of the Air China high-rise in Chengdu are evidence of this.”

This latest scheme for the international practice involves a 170m-high flexible office complex with a narrow divide between a pair of high-rise structures. The Sino-German High-Tech Industrial Service Platform has the capacity for 4,850 workspaces over 43 levels, each of which can be split into four or six sections. Each one of these smaller portions will have direct access from the elevator lobby and, if necessary, the floors can be linked to those above and below by internal staircases.

KSP Jurgen Engel Architekten’s winning concept takes the evolution of office space into account as the move towards mobile working environments becomes more widely accepted. Flexible desk space is available throughout the building alongside informal workspaces, communal areas and video conferencing facilities for those who are working remotely. This ‘hybrid workspace’ is a growing market and enables colleagues working in differing time zones or office units to communicate more easily.

As mentioned above, another key feature of this design is the integration of sustainable design. The space between the pair of towers (connected to the third floor and at various levels by sky bridges) channels air which flows past artificially moistened, horizontal fins and aids sustainability through condensation cooling. The shape of the dual tower and the direction in which it is facing reduce the build-up of heat through direct sunlight by means of the two main facades facing north and south, and the narrow sides east and west. The scaled glass skin helps minimize undesired sunlight from the east and west. The rays of sun that hit the slightly curved facades are shielded and reflected by the closed facade panels.

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Here is a longer version, but still 'look at how cool it's going to get' promo, no coverage of actual construction or other issues.
Can't see the posted version as I am in China.

Hope this one is not the same, but quality is better....

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMjg4NjEzMjIw.html
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