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Pei Cobb Freed & Partners’ Latest Skyscraper Destined for Shenzhen


13 Aug 2015, Shenzhen, China

Designs have been revealed for a new high-rise building in Shenzhen. The Minmetals Capital South Tower will rise 29 stories among a host of other glazed high-rise offices, with gently curving façades that evoke wind-filled sails. Read more.

Ennead Unveils Plans for Shanghai’s Taopu Sci-Tech City


05 Aug 2015, Shanghai, China

Taopu Sci-Tech City, a new research and development community, has been designed for Shanghai. Located on the city's western edge, the district will engage its context by establishing a multilayered pedestrian network. Read more.

Fuzhou Apartment Tower with Rippled Façade Completes


30 Jul 2015, Fuzhou, China

Rippled façades create curved balconies for the residents of the Fuzhou Shouxi Building. The recently completed high-rise is situated within the historic center of the Fuzhou, and features 400 apartment units. Read more.

Foundations for Sky City Used as Fish Farm in Changsha


15 Jul 2015, Changsha, China

The foundations of the 838-meter Sky City – which was planned to be the world’s tallest building – are being used as a fish farm in Changsha two years after the project stalled, according to a newspaper report. Read more.

World’s First Figure-Eight Ferris Wheel Nears Completion at Studio City in Macau


13 Jul 2015, Macau, China

An innovative figure-eight Ferris wheel has been implemented as the centerpiece to the topped-out Studio City complex in Macau. The Ferris wheel is embedded within the structure of the building. Read more.

Chaoyang Park Plaza Tops Out in Beijing


30 Jun 2015, Beijing, China

A topping-out ceremony has been held for Chaoyang Park Plaza, a mixed-use project located in Beijing's central business district. The scheme reaches a total height of 120 meters and is expected to complete in 2016. Read more.

Le Meridien Urban Resort Project in Zhuhai Names Design Firm


12 Jun 2015, Zhuhai, China

WATG has been selected to design the new Zhuhai ShiRong Le Meridien Hotel & Resort in Zhuhai, China. The building will be situated on a 12.5-hectare delta of natural wetlands and historical riverfront. Read more.

Oriental DreamWorks Moves Forward on a New Complex in Shanghai


11 Jun 2015, Shanghai, China

In Shanghai, construction on a new headquarters for Oriental DreamWorks is moving full speed ahead. The complex, dubbed Shanghai DreamCenter, will include two high-rise office towers, studios, and entertainment venues. Read more.

JW Marriot and Ritz-Carlton Hotels Open in Macau


04 Jun 2015, Macau, China

Marriott International, Inc. marked a new milestone with the opening of JW Marriott Hotel Macau and The Ritz-Carlton, Macau in the thriving Special Administrative Region (SAR) of Macau in southern China. Read more.

New Plans Revealed for Office Headquarters in Hangzhou


19 May 2015, Hangzhou, China

Developers have revealed plans to build the Zhejiang Printing Group‘s new headquarters in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. The building seeks to integrate itself within its urban fabric by providing easy access across the site. Read more.

Plans for 320-meter Skyscraper in Shenzhen Cut by Half due to Aviation Requirements


11 May 2015, Shenzhen, China

A property developer in Shenzhen will cut the height of a skyscraper it plans to build in the Qianhai special economic zone by more than half to meet aviation safety requirements. The planned 320-meter skyscraper will now be 153 meters. Read more.

Ping An Finance Center Structurally Topped Out in Shenzhen


04 May 2015, Shenzhen, China

On April 30, developers and designers of the Ping An Finance Center celebrated the structural topping out of the megatall building, meaning that the highest primary structural element has been put in place. Read more.

Sheraton Zhanjiang Hotel Opens Its Doors


01 May 2015, Zhanjiang, China

The five-star Sheraton Zhanjiang Hotel announced its opening on April 26, 2015. The sea view hotel is situated close to the subtropical shore of the South China Sea, and fully embraces its relationship with the water. Read more.

Shenzhen’s Planners, Aviation Officials Battle Over Building Heights


21 Apr 2015, Shenzhen, China

Plans to turn part of Shenzhen's Qianhai special economic zone (SEZ) into the Pearl River Delta's version of Manhattan are being overshadowed by a battle between urban planners and aviation authorities over building heights. Read more.

New Design Submitted for Luxury High-Rise Development in Chengdu


16 Apr 2015, Chengdu, China

A design proposal has been submitted for Krystal Laputa, a collection of three multi-million-dollar luxury high-rise residential towers and one mid-rise building currently under construction in Chengdu. Read more.

Construction Underway on Shenzhen Mixed-Use Tower


15 Apr 2015, Shenzhen, China

Construction is underway on a new tower by Morphosis Architects in Shenzhen. When completed, Hanking Center Tower will house retail, office, and residential space with the goal of integrating the various programs. Read more.

Bundle Tower Reimagines the Bank of China in Xinxiang


10 Apr 2015, Xinxiang, China

Informed by its specific site features, the mixed-use Bundle Tower creates an open floor plan that responds precisely to its surrounding conditions and unique site requirements. The tower is due for construction by mid-2016. Read more.

Unfinished Skyscraper Still Looms Over Guangzhou After 16 Years


07 Apr 2015, Guangzhou, China

The 46-story building was meant to accommodate a shopping mall and restaurants, as well as condominiums and office space. It has been on hold despite action taken by China's Supreme Court. Read more.

Strong Winds Send Elevated Platform Flying at Shanghai WFC


02 Apr 2015, Shanghai, China

A strong gust of wind sent an elevated platform flying back and forth through the air until it rammed into a window on the 91st floor of the Shanghai World Financial Center. The two workers aboard the platform walked away with minor injuries. Read more.

BDP Designs New Business District For Burgeoning Wuhan


25 Mar 2015, Wuhan, China

A UK-headquartered architect has completed a commission by the city to plan a dense urban area in the Qingshan Riverside District. The master plan would make use of the riverside location by creating a new iconic skyline. Read more.

BSB Builds 57-Story Prefabricated Skyscraper in Changsha


10 Mar 2015, Changsha, China

Broad Sustainable Building (BSB) has released a time-lapse video of the construction of J57, the company’s latest building: a 57-floor, 80,000-square-meter skyscraper, fully built with energy-efficient, factory-produced, Lego-like blocks. Read more.

Can Hong Kong’s Innovation Tower Inspire the City’s Architects?


26 Feb 2015, Hong Kong, China

In the thick of Hong Kong's concrete jungle lies the Jockey Club Innovation Tower at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, which has become a welcoming home for design professionals, students, and faculty. Read more.

Mott MacDonald to Manage Foxconn’s New Tower in Shanghai


19 Feb 2015, Shanghai, China

A UK engineering consultancy has been appointed by high-tech manufacturer Foxconn to provide engineering, procurement, and construction management services for its new $136 million Shanghai Foxconn Plaza. Read more.

Parisian Macao to Open in 2016, Complete With Half-Scale Eiffel Tower


13 Feb 2015, Macau, China

Construction of the 3,000-room hotel The Parisian Macao is in full swing. The French-themed hotel will have five-star public spaces, authentic French restaurants, and a half-scale Eiffel Tower, with an observation deck and a restaurant. Read more.

Tianjin’s Replica of Manhattan Stands Empty as Chinese Economy Slows


11 Feb 2015, Tianjin, China

The replica of New York City in China that began construction in 2010, complete with knock-offs of Rockefeller Center and the Hudson River, is missing one key element that makes New York, New York: people. Read more.

Wuhan Aims to Make Most of Sustainable Capabilities With Park Place


04 Feb 2015, Wuhan, China

Architects are determined to bring the city of Wuhan, China its first lifestyle center with Park Place, a five-parcel mixed-use project that will create an environmentally sustainable community for the region. Read more.

Atkins Behind 400-Meter China Tower


03 Feb 2015, Changsha, China

Atkins has been appointed to design a development featuring a 400-meter-tall tower in the central Chinese province of Hunan. The skyscraper is designed to be the centerpiece of the Northstar Changsha Centre. Read more.

FXFOWLE Selected to Design 28-Story Tower in Fuzhou


03 Dec 2014, Fuzhou, China

FXFOWLE has been selected to design a new 28-story corporate tower. The design is responsive to Fuzhou's natural landscape – the bending of the adjacent Minjiang River and Mt. Fu, the mountain after which the city is named. Read more.

Rem Koolhaas: “Chinese Architecture Will Benefit” From Beijing’s CCTV Building


02 Dec 2014, Beijing, China

Rem Koolhaas has defended the design of OMA's CCTV tower in Beijing, after the Chinese president called for an end to the construction of "weird architecture" in the country. Koolhaas stresses that "CCTV is a very serious building." Read more.

Six-Tower Office Complex Proposed for Shenzhen


21 Nov 2014, Shenzhen, China

The recently announced winner of an invited competition will design a grand office development on a 27,777-square-meter plot of land in Shekou, Shenzhen, which will create 80,000 square meters of office space. Read more.