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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.

Rosewood Sanya to Open at Haitang Bay


11 Feb 2014, Sanya, China

Poly Real Estate Group has been appointed by Rosewood Hotels and Resorts to manage Rosewood Sanya, which occupies 14 floors within a 46-story building at Haiting Bay in Southern Hainan Island. The Goettsch Partners design includes oceanfront views from each room. Read more.

Chengdu Opens "City within a City"


10 Feb 2014, Chengdu, China

The International Finance Square, which opened this month in Chengdu, features a 210,000 square-meter dynamic pedestrian podium to anchor the high-rise development of office, residential, and luxury hotel space.Read more.

Proposed Supertall Tower in Beijing to Utilize Pre-Fab Modules


07 Feb 2014, Beijing, China

A 300-meter tower designed by Henn Architects adopts the latest advancements in architecture to redefine the stereotypically severe skyscraper into an elegant structure that is classic in form but efficient in function.Read more.

Shanghai Tower Construction Surpasses 600-meter Megatall Measure


28 Jan 2014, Shanghai, China

Onward and upward, the Shanghai Tower has reached its final stages of construction, exceeding 600 meters, and is set to top off at 632 meters. Shanghai Tower will be one of only three megatall buildings in the world. Read more.

China's High-Tech Vertical Campus to Foster Collaboration


23 Jan 2014, Shenzhen, China

Internet company Tencent hired NBBJ, the same architects that designed Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle, to create a corporate campus within two tall towers, yet will seek to maintain a small campus culture. Read more.

Smog in China Might be Reduced by Skyscraper Sprinkler System


21 Jan 2014, Hangzhou, China

Scientist Yu Shaocai has discovered that water sprayed into the atmosphere from at least 100 meters high will effectively clear air pollution. Smog in China has continued to worsen, due to rapid economic growth and expansion of industrial activity. Read more.

Guangzhou Graced by Glazed Doughnut


14 Jan 2014, Guangzhou, China

Guangzhou Circle, a skyscraper that appears to some as a doughnut, has opened in its namesake city, maintaining an iconic connection to place. Italian architect Joseph di Pasquale of AM Progetti, S.r.l. emphasized the importance of local context to the design.Read more.

Shaoxing City Tower Photos Unveiled


13 Jan 2014, Shaoxing, China

The rapidly developing city of Shaoxing, China, boasts another tall building as a symbol of its modern advancement. The 137-meter Shaoxing City Tower slopes inward and upward from the horizontal base, and then sprouts outward in unfolding subsequent layers. Read more.

Shanghai Tower Plans to Hire Leasing Agent


08 Jan 2014, Shanghai, China

The state-owned developer of Shanghai Tower, China’s next tallest building, is hiring a leasing agent to sell space in the building, a highly unusual move in China, especially for a state-sponsored building. The 220,000 square-meter tower has yet to sign a lease. Read more.