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Hotel Kapok Completed in Shenzhen


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


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


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


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


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


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.

Geometric Façade Adds Stately Touch to Wanda Reign Hotel


07 May 2014, Wuhan, China

International architecture practice Make Architects has designed a unique façade for the Wanda Reign Hotel, a 30-story luxury hotel located in Wuhan’s city center. The geometric design features 902 reflective hexagonal aluminum modules. Read more.

Kunming Iron and Steel Building Nears Completion


02 May 2014, Kunming, China

Exterior work on the Kunming Iron and Steel Building, the city’s next tallest building, has completed, and the project is projected to open for business this summer. Read more.

Atelier Blur Designs “Great Wall” in Shenzhen


01 May 2014, Shenzhen, China

Hong Kong-based practice Atelier Blur has won a competition to design the new research and development headquarters for Great Wall Technology in Shenzhen, China. Composed of two interlocking towers, a “ying-yang” symbiotic relationship is evoked. Read more.

Mountain Towers Form in Beijing’s Chaoyang Park


29 Apr 2014, Beijing, China

As one of the first built MAD projects to realize studio founder Ma Yansong’s Shan-Shui City concept, the studio has recently broken ground on Chaoyang Park Plaza, a nature-influenced development in the heart of Beijing’s central business district. Read more.

Hitachi to Deliver World’s Fastest Elevators by 2016


21 Apr 2014, Guangzhou, China

Hitachi will deliver the world's fastest ultra-high-speed elevators to the Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, a mixed-use skyscraper currently under construction in Guangzhou. The elevators are expected to reach speeds of 1,200 m/min. Read more.

Mall-as-Landscape at Base of Tower Group


16 Apr 2014, Xiamen, China

NL Architects has designed an urban shopping center in Xiamen that features a rolling landscaped roof intertwined with residential buildings. The design seeks to counter the apparent lack of concern with the ground plane for Chinese developments. Read more.

HENN Unveils Wenzhou Tower


14 Apr 2014, Wenzhou, China

HENN Architekten has revealed renderings for a new 160-meter tower in the new central business district of Wenzhou. The Wenzhou Tower is to form “an impressive architectural gate condition for the entire new city development.” Read more.

High-Rise Columbarium Goes Ahead - 10 Stories Shorter Than Planned


11 Apr 2014, Hong Kong, China

Following a reduction in proposed height and capacity, Hong Kong's first high-rise private columbarium has been approved by town planners, pending approval of site re-zoning. The original plan was rejected on the basis that it would increase traffic in the area. Read more.

Xianyung Building Split in Half During Demolition


10 Apr 2014, Shenyang, China

Television cameras captured extraordinary footage of the Xianyung Building, a residential housing block in Shenyang, China, being split precisely in half by strategically placed explosives. Read more.

Tilting Tower for Tianjin


10 Apr 2014, Tianjin, China

The Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA) may soon receive a monument to its prosperity in the form of a knife-like 60-meter tower that tilts at a seemingly precarious angle. Read more.

In Hong Kong, Tall Can Also Mean (Really) Small


09 Apr 2014, Hong Kong, China

A Chinese human-rights group has released photographs of some of Hong Kong’s smallest and most crowded apartments. Space is scarce and expensive, and living conditions are often almost unbearable.Read more.

New Photos from Zhongxun Times Build


07 Apr 2014, Chongqing, China

Construction continues on the Zhongxun Times development, the first part of a multi-tower project that will comprise 800,000 square meters of space in downtown Chongqing when ultimately completed. Read more.

Work Begins on Samsung HQ in Beijing


03 Apr 2014, Beijing, China

Construction work has begun on the 250-meter Samsung Chinese headquarters in Beijing. Designed by Chicago-based SMDP, the office tower will also contain a museum, day care, cafeteria, auditorium and retail spaces. Read more.

Shanghai Towers Add High-Floor Services to Appease Tenants


01 Apr 2014, Shanghai, China

A consortium of developers in Shanghai’s Jing’an district have started adding vital neighborhood services to modest developments in the city, specifically on higher floors for easier access by tenants. Read more.

National Trade Building to Brave Harbin’s Rough Climate


01 Apr 2014, Harbin, China

Studio Marco Piva's proposal for the National Trade Building in Harbin features four towers designed to withstand the temperature extremes while reducing energy consumption. Read more.

Macau’s City of Dreams to Host a Hadid Hotel


31 Mar 2014, Macau, China

Melco Crown Entertainment has announced that its fifth hotel in the City of Dreams project at Cotai, Macau, will be designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. The exposed external structure adds visual appeal and reduces internal structural requirements. Read more.

Ground Broken for Guangxi Financial Investment Center


27 Mar 2014, Nanning, China

Architect John Portman & Associates has announced the ground-breaking ceremony of the Guangxi Financial Investment Center, a 400-meter tower set along the city’s primary east-west corridor, Minzu Boulevard.Read more.

Elegant Design Unveiled for Wenling Sheraton in Zhejiang


11 Mar 2014, Wenling, China

Architect Woods Bagot has revealed the ambitious design for the proposed 300-meter Sheraton hotel tower, which features faraway views of the mountains and wetlands of Wenling in Zhejiang Province, China. Read more.

Hong Kong Top-Floor Towers Fetch Double the Manhattan Rents


06 Mar 2014, Hong Kong, China

Premium office space is found at the topmost floors of skyscrapers across the globe, with Hong Kong in the lead, where the highest floor space goes for more than twice that of comparable space in Manhattan. Read more.

Vertical Development for Future Cities Proposed in Shanghai


03 Mar 2014, Shanghai, China

PinkCloud, an architecture collective in Copenhagen, has developed the proposal FLIP/CITY SHANGHAI, which vertically flips the horizontal urban streetscape, in the hope of preserving a sustainable community measured by a human scale. Read more.

Samsung Breaks Ground for Headquarters in Beijing


27 Feb 2014, Beijing, China

Kim Chang-soo, president of Samsung Life Insurance, government officials, and contractors participated in a ground breaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction of the 260-meter Samsung office tower. Read more.

Rising Land Costs Problematic for China's Growing Urban Population


26 Feb 2014, Nanjing, China

Many newly urbanized residents of Chinese cities are faced with a cyclical housing dilemma: increased demand and subsequent increased cost. In Nanjing, tall buildings are being constructed on the outskirts of the city to provide affordable housing. Read more.

Skyscraper Security Heightened After Unauthorized Shanghai Stunt


17 Feb 2014, Shanghai, China

The two daredevils who scaled the under-construction 632-meter Shanghai Tower have prompted tighter security controls from tall building owners, who previously authorized professional photographers with proper harnesses to ascend their properties. Read more.

Farrells Wins Competition to Build Shenzhen Development


12 Feb 2014, Shenzhen, China

UK architecture firm Farrells has won a competition for a master plan that encompasses two adjacent sites in the Shenzhen Qianhai Special Economic Zone. The project is billed as an opportunity to expand trade between Shenzhen and Hong Kong. Read more.