Posts tagged as 'China'

House of the Tree by Kokaistudios; photo by Charlie Xia

Following a concept of ‘living between the city and the nature’, this luxurious penthouse apartment located on 48th and 49th floors of a residential skyscraper in southern Chinese city of Shenzhen has been recently realised by two Italian-born, Shanghai-based architects Filippo Gabbiani and Andrea Destefanis of Kokaistudios architectural practice. Towering above the hustle and bustle of the fast growing Central Business District in Shenzhen and offering picturesque views of natural landscape of Hong Kong from its southern wing, the apartment is a result of ‘large-scale architectural modifications applied to the original layout’ of two, previously disconnected apartments. Completed in November 2011, the vast, 616-square-meters penthouse takes its name from the tree which bedecks the entrance area.


Tue 14.6.

Zebar by 3gatti (CN)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 14.06.2011 - Tagged as: , ,

Zebar by 3gatti; photo by Daniele Mattioli

3gatti, the Shanghai-based practice established in 2002 by an Italian architect Francesco Gatti has realised this cavern-like monochrome interior of a music bar located in the same eastern Chinese city. Reminiscent of an op-art painting, the design of Zebar was inspired by 3D modelling and encompasses

sequential parallel black-and-white plasterboard slices which have been meticulously cut by hand. (more…)

Integer Bamboo House by Oval Partnership

The Hong Kong-based multi-disciplinary practice specilising in sustainable lifestyle projects Oval Partnership has realised this two-storey bamboo house located in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China. The world’s first multi-storey house developed in this fast-growing environmentally friendly natural material, Integer Bamboo has a light, highly durable structure which has been designed specifically for the hilly region of western China. (more…)

Wed 23.3.

Glass vases by Michael Young (UK/CN)

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 23.03.2011 - Tagged as: , , , , ,

Glass vases by Michael Young for the Chinese manufacturer Tittot

The British born and Hong Kong based designer Michael Young realised these honeycomb glass vases for the Chinese manufacturer Tittot. The pieces will be on show at the Cat Street Gallery within an exhibition dedicated to Michael Young’s 20-year industrial design career from June 29th, 2011.


The Waterhouse in Shanghai by Neri & Hu Design and Research Office, photo by Derryck Menere

This successful conversion of a 1930s Japanese Army headquarter into a 19-room boutique hotel, located at the new Cool Docks development on the South Bund District of Shanghai, was realised by the locally based Neri & Hu Design and Research Office. The architectural concept behind NHDRO’s renovation rests on a clear contrast of what is old and new.


'Family Box' by crossboundaries architects, photo by Chaoying Yang

crossboundaries architects is a young, Berlin and Beijing based team of international architects, established in 2005. Recently they completed this play school in Beijing, located at the outer corner of a park, placed in a natural environment. The building is a mixure of an indoor playground and a kindergarten for children up to twelve years old and hosts different kinds of activities – from swimming, playing games to various classes ranging from music, dancing, crafting to cooking.


'Dream Cube' by ESI Design, photo by Basil Childers

The New York based architectural practice ESI Design realised the Shanghai Corporate Pavilion (SCP) which is characterised by its illuminated façade – an unique 3D display surface comprised of a 65 km long grid made from plastic tubes, each spaced half a meter apart with LEDs every ten inches. Heart of the pavilion is the Dream Cube Control Room, an immersive, interactive 360-degree theatre experience where the visitors’ collective movements trigger changes to millions of LED lights on the Dream Cube’s façade.


UK Pavilion by Heatherwick Studio

The London based architectural practice Heatherwick Studio, founded in 1994 by Thomas Heatherwick, recently unveiled the UK Pavilion for the World Expo in Shanghai.

Held under the auspices of the Bureau International des Expositions, the Shanghai Expo will be the largest the world has ever seen. Staged on a 5,28 km2 city centre site beside the Huangpu River, it features pavilions representing the ideas and cultural and commercial ambitions of more than 200 countries and international organisations.

UK Pavilion by Heatherwick Studio

Get here some information about the remarkable optic fibre facade of the Seed Cathedral in the center of the Pavilion:

“The Seed Cathedral sits in the centre of the UK Pavilion’s site, 20 metres in height, formed from 60,000 slender transparent fibre optic rods, each 7.5 metres long and each encasing one or more seeds at its tip. During the day, they draw daylight inwards to illuminate the interior. At night, light sources inside each rod allow the whole structure to glow. As the wind moves past, the building and its optic “hairs” gently move to create a dynamic effect. Heatherwick previously experimented with texture and architecture at a much smaller scale with his Sitooterie projects. The Seed Cathedral is the ultimate development of this. Inside the darkened inner sanctum of the Seed Cathedral, the tips of the fibre optic filaments form an apparently hovering galaxy of slim vitrines containing a vast array of embedded seeds. The seeds have been sourced from China’s Kunming Institute of Botany, a partner in Kew Royal Botanic Gardens’ Millennium Seed Bank Project. Visitors will pass through this tranquil, contemplative space, surrounded by the tens of thousands of points of light illuminating the seeds.”

UK Pavilion by Heatherwick Studio

UK Pavilion by Heatherwick Studio

UK Pavilion by Heatherwick Studio

more information about the UK Pavilion @ Architonic

to the Heatherwick Studio profile @ Architonic