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Competition Entry Revealed for Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan

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15 Sep 2014, Shenzhen, China

The Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan aims to create a new city center with headquarter offices for global corporations and related venues for international conferences, exhibitions, and cultural programs. Read more.


Wujin Forestry Tower Mimics Stacked Chinese Jade Seals

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10 Sep 2014, Wujin, China

Overt symbolism is par for the course in Chinese architecture, and it's a pattern that an Australian architecture firm explored in the Forestry Tower, a competition-winning concept design for the Wujin Agriculture and Forestry Bureau. Read more.


Firm Presents Master Plan for Jinan Business District

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08 Sep 2014, Jinan, China

A UK-based architecture firm has revealed plans for Jinan's business district. The site serves as a link between the historic old town in the west and the new airport district situated to the east. Read more.


Aedas Releases Images of Grand Mixed-Use Project in Wuhan

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03 Sep 2014, Wuhan, China

Located on Jinghan Avenue in the bustling Qiaokou District of Wuhan, Heartland 66, designed by Aedas, is a mixed-use development that comprises a world-class shopping mall, Grade-A office tower, and serviced apartments. Read more.


Shenzhen Super City Vision Revives Brutalist “Streets in the Sky”

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27 Aug 2014, Shenzhen, China

In China, designers are looking to layer more transport corridors vertically above and below ground. One example is the Shenzhen Bay Super City - Xtremendous by UNIT Urban New Idea Team, which includes a 152-meter-high walkway. Read more.


Broadway Malyan Selected to Design Chengdu Creative Centre

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21 Aug 2014, Chengdu, China

Broadway Malyan has been announced as the winning practice in a competition for Chengdu Creative Centre, a mixed-use venture blending office and retail units with green public spaces, anchored by a 110 meter-high central tower. Read more.


Winner Chosen to Design Mixed-Use Complex in Shenzhen

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21 Aug 2014, Shenzhen, China

A winner has been selected for an invited competition to design the new headquarters for CITIC Securities in Shenzhen. The winning design calls for a tower that is situated on the western gateway to Shenzhen Bay. Read more.


Shenyang to Receive Diamond Hill Complex

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20 Aug 2014, Shenyang, China

Architects have announced plans for Diamond Hill, a mixed-use project located in Shenyang, China. The project’s residential, office, and retail spaces will be built atop a fully integrated transportation hub. Read more.


Goettsch Partners to Design High-Rise Complex in Shenzhen

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19 Aug 2014, Shenzhen, China

Architecture firm Goettsch Partners (GP) has been hired to design a massive project located in Neighborhood 2 of Shenzhen’s Qianhai district. The project covers 6.2 hectares and includes five commercial towers. Read more.


Prince’s Building Planned for Shenzhen Skyline

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18 Aug 2014, Shenzhen, China

In the sprawling Chinese city of Shenzhen, architects have designed the Prince’s Building, a mixed-use development that caters to local merchants. The 27-story tower will rise to a total height of 110 meters. Read more.


Fish-Inspired Skyscraper in Zhuhai Wins Chinese Tower Contest

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15 Aug 2014, Zhuhai, China

Proposed at the intersection of two rivers in the Doumen District of Zhuhai, the Doumen Observation Tower was designed to mimic the movement of water and aquatic life in the coastal city, sometimes known as the Chinese Riviera. Read more.


JAHN’s Leatop Plaza in Guangzhou Receives LEED Gold Certification

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12 Aug 2014, Guangzhou, China

JAHN’s 303-meter Leatop Plaza has achieved LEED Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC). It is the first LEED Gold-certified building in south (mainland) China, and JAHN’s first in Asia. Read more.


“One More” Tower Begins Construction in Kaohsiung

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05 Aug 2014, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

A groundbreaking ceremony was held to mark the start of construction on spatial practice’s first residential tower "One More" in Kaohsiung City, in close proximity to the city’s Art Museum Park. Read more.


Shanghai Tower Gets Finishing Touch

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04 Aug 2014, Shanghai, China

The final steel beam was installed on China’s soon-to-be tallest building, Shanghai Tower, with the skyscraper reaching its designed height of 632 meters. The 137-story tower is expected to open in the middle of 2015. Read more.


Window of Canton Revealed by Atkins

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31 Jul 2014, Guangzhou, China

Atkins has unveiled a new commercial complex in the Chinese city of Guangzhou. The three-volume development comprises two buildings resembling “floating” windows, followed by a third 208-meter-high tower. Read more.


Zhengzhou Le Meridien Hotel Receives Contemporary Overhaul

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23 Jul 2014, Zhengzhou, China

The Le Meriden Hotel has received a total exterior and interior overhaul, featuring a new facade resembling a pile of interwoven glass boxes and an entrance surrounded by a forest of bronze bamboo-like columns. Read more.


Sino-Singapore Knowledge City Taking Shape in Guangzhou

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09 Jul 2014, Guangzhou, China

The Sino-Singapore Knowledge City (SSGKC) is progressively taking shape in the northern part of Guangzhou. Covering about 123 square kilometers, this new city will be developed over the coming 20 years. Read more.


Tianjin’s “Manhattan Replica” Rises Against Backdrop of Vacancies

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30 Jun 2014, Tianjin, China

China’s project to build a replica of Manhattan is taking shape against a backdrop of vacant office towers and unfinished hotels, underscoring the risks of a slowing economy due to the nation’s unprecedented investment boom. Read more.


Megatall Pair Envisioned for Wuhan

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16 Jun 2014, Wuhan, China

UK-based Chetwoods Architects has unveiled renderings of the twin 1,000-meter Phoenix Towers in Wuhan, China, which if completed would be the world’s tallest pair of skyscrapers. Read more.


Nanchang Twin Towers Mark 100th Topped-Out Supertall Project

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13 Jun 2014, Nanchang, China

The Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Central Plaza is the 100th supertall (300 meters or higher) building to be topped out or completed around the world. There are now 80 completed supertalls. Read more.


Foshan New Town to Get Supertall

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11 Jun 2014, Foshan, China

PLP Architecture's latest mixed-use development is currently under construction in the Chinese city of Foshan. The 318-meter tower sits on a 65,000 square-meter site and incorporates offices, shopping outlets, residential units and a five-star hotel. Read more.


Disused High-Rise and Bridge Demolished Simultaneously in Maotai County

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10 Jun 2014, Renhaui, China

The 900-ft (274-meter)-long bridge over the Chishui River, and an isolated, 25-story high-rise building were demolished in front of large crowds in Maotai County, Guizhou Province, China. Read more.


Nanjing Zendai Models Debut at Venice Biennale

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06 Jun 2014, Nanjing, China

China’s MAD Architects have taken an elaborate model of the Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center to the Venice Biennale. The firm’s master plan for the city of Nanjing references the area’s confluence of mountains, water and meandering pathways, as depicted in shan-shui paintings. Read more.


Hong Kong’s Mount Parker Residences Complete

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05 Jun 2014, Hong Kong, China

Swire Properties announced the completion of Mount Parker Residence, a 24-story development consisting of 19 residential floors. It the company's latest residential development in Island East, Hong Kong. Read more.


Hotel Kapok Completed in Shenzhen

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28 May 2014, Shenzhen, China

Chicago-based Goettsch Partners has released photos of its recently completed Hotel Kapok in the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center athletic complex. Hotel Kapok is a 19-story boutique hotel with 242 rooms. Read more.


Hanhai Luxury Condos to Provide “Cloud” for Zhengzhou

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20 May 2014, Zhengzhou, China

Construction recently began on a nine-tower condominium complex in Zhengzhou, China. The 353,767-square-meter project was designed by Los Angeles-based amphibianArc, and will feature three shorter buildings along with the nine residential high-rises. Read more.


Jinan Evergrande Tower Joins China's Supertall Race

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19 May 2014, Jinan, China

British architect Terry Farrell's firm has unveiled plans for a 560-meter-high skyscraper in Jinan, which could become one of China's tallest buildings. Farrells, whose 442-meter Kingkey 100 is currently Shenzhen's tallest skyscraper, claims the proposed Evergrande tower will become the second-tallest building in China. Read more.


Hadid’s Hong Kong Tower Opens

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15 May 2014, Hong Kong, China

Zaha Hadid’s Jockey Club Innovation Tower at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University recently celebrated its opening day. The 15-story building has the capacity for 1,450 students and will house the university’s design education and research institute. Read more.


Qiantan Enterprise World Phase II Breaks Ground

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12 May 2014, Shanghai, China

A recent press release by JAHN announces that the Qiantan Enterprise World Phase II office complex broke ground on April 18, 2014, beginning the second phase of the two-tower, 130,000-square-meter headquarter center. Read more.


“Vintage” Hong Kong High-Rise Apartments Back in Vogue

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09 May 2014, Hong Kong, China

The high cost and relatively small size of new apartment units in Hong Kong are beginning to turn buyers and renters away. Prospective customers are pivoting toward an earlier generation of apartment buildings that was largely ignored during the frenzy of the city's housing boom. Read more.