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Window of Canton Revealed by Atkins


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.