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Morpheus Hotel Opens in Macau

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15 Jun 2018, Macau, China

The 40-story Morpheus hotel has opened at an entertainment resort in Macau. Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the 770-room building features a twisting free-form exoskeleton that negates the need for internal walls or columns. Read more.


Office High-Rise Tops Out in Shenzhen

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14 Jun 2018, Shenzen, China

An office high-rise designed by WOHA has topped out in Shenzhen. The 150,000-square-meter scheme will include extensive landscaping at various heights to echo the area's topography, rising up to 246 meters. Read more.


New Design Unveiled for 55-Story Tower in Wuxi, China

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12 Jun 2018, Wuxi, China

An architect has won a design competition to build a 55-story, mixed-use tower in Wuxi, China. The project will include a hotel, extended-stay rooms, and sky-villas. The tower’s podium features four stories of mixed-use programming, including retail. Read more.


Office Block to be Built on $2.94 Billion Site in Hong Kong

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05 Jun 2018, Hong Kong, China

An office development is projected to rise at an expensive site in the Central district, with an estimated price of $1 million per square meter. The lot was the first commercial land to be sold by Hong Kong’s government in the area since 1996. Read more.


Prince Bay, Shenzhen Design Competition Winner Announced

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24 May 2018, Shenzhen, China

The winner of a design competition for a new site in Prince Bay, Shenzhen has been announced. The winning entry, by John Portman & Associates, features a 5-star hotel, 10,000 square meters of retail and 350 guestrooms. Read more.


Two Design Proposals Revealed for Tech-Focused “Unicorn Island” in Chengdu

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17 May 2018, Chengdu, China

Designs for two of the four winning entries for the Unicorn Island master plan in the capital of China's Sichuan province have been revealed. The island’s position on Xing Long Lake offers an opportunity to create a memorable new skyline. Read more.


Shimao Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Centre Breaks Ground

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15 May 2018, Shenzhen, China

A groundbreaking ceremony was held to kick off construction of the Shimao Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Centre. Upon completion, the RMB50 billion tower may become the tallest in Shenzhen at 668 meters. Read more.


Plans Revealed for New Drone Company Headquarters in Shenzhen

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10 May 2018, Shenzhen, China

Foster + Partners has unveiled its design for the new headquarters of a robotics company in Shenzhen. The twin-tower project will combine research and development space with office functions, connected by a skybridge. Read more.


Architect Presents an Algae-Covered Building Proposal for Hangzhou

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03 May 2018, Hangzhou, China

A Paris-based architecture firm has released plans for a proposed high-rise complex that would occupy a new district in Hangzhou. Called “French Dream Towers”, the mixed-use project would support a bio-façade covered with algae. Read more.


China Resources Headquarters Nears Completion in Shenzhen

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25 Apr 2018, Shenzhen, China

The supertall China Resources Headquarters in Shenzhen is nearing completion, ahead of its opening later in 2018. The 392.5-meter skyscraper, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, will be the third-tallest building in the city once complete. Read more.


Plans for a 580-Meter High-Rise in Nanjing Have Been Released

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19 Apr 2018, Nanjing, China

New details have been revealed for a supertall skyscraper in Nanjing. The project, known as Hexi Yuzui Tower A, is planned to rise to 580 meters, which would make it the city’s tallest if completed according to plan, ahead of any competitors. Read more.


Mountain-Inspired Skyscraper Precinct Set for Chengdu

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18 Apr 2018, Chengdu, China

Plans for Vanke Tianfu Cloud City, a new mixed-use quarter designed by Aedas for Chengdu, China, have been revealed. The development occupies four plots of land connected by a central green axis. Read more.


The Summit Complex Completes in Suzhou, China

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12 Apr 2018, Suzhou, China

The Summit, a two-tower mixed-use development in Suzhou, China, has completed. The south tower rises 39 stories and 167 meters, and includes a four-story retail base topped by 16 stories of office space and 17 levels of luxury rentals. Read more.


Shenzhen Chooses Australian Architect’s Plan for New Business District

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05 Apr 2018, Shenzhen, China

Architecture firm Hassell has won a competition to design a mixed-use precinct in Shenzhen. The master plan envisages offices connected by an elevated walkway and interspersed with parkland and cultural buildings. Read more.


Design Revealed for Hangzhou Wangchao Center

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04 Apr 2018, Hangzhou, China

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has released its design for the Hangzhou Wangchao Center, a new mixed-use tower in Hangzhou, China. The high-rise will stand 288 meters and 54 stories tall, and is slated for completion in 2021. Read more.


New Elevator Test Tower Opens in Zhongshan, China

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27 Mar 2018, Zhongshan, China

A 248-meter elevator test tower from thyssenkrupp has opened in Zhongshan, China. The tower’s 13 shafts will be used to test new products and concepts, including the world’s first rope-free elevator system, MULTI. Read more.


Commission Awarded for Hangzhou’s 7 Bao Station District

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16 Mar 2018, Hangzhou, China

CallisonRTKL has won an international design competition for the 7 Bao Station district, a transit-oriented development serving Hangzhou’s new central business district. The project seeks to progress the city’s status as a tech hub. Read more.


Sunshine Insurance Tower Completes in Sanya

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15 Mar 2018, Sanya, China

The Sunshine Insurance Finance Plaza, a 160-meter mixed-use high-rise designed by Woods Bagot, recently completed in Sanya, China. The tower comprises office space, a 4-star hotel, a private clubhouse, and a rooftop pool. Read more.


First Segment of Skybridge at Raffles City Chongqing Complete

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02 Mar 2018, Chongqing, China

CapitaLand has announced the completion of the first section of a skybridge that will eventually connect four 250-meter-tall high-rises in Chongqing. The $3.8 billion development will also include two 350-meter-tall mixed-use towers. Read more.


Double Helix Design Revealed for Tech Company’s Shenzhen Headquarters

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28 Feb 2018, Shenzhen, China

GroupGSA has revealed its proposal in a design competition to build a tech company’s new headquarters in Shenzhen. The mixed-use tower design was inspired by the repeating hexagons of a carbon atom. Read more.


Amara Signature Hotel Opens in Shanghai

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22 Feb 2018, Shanghai, China

Amara Hotels & Resorts has opened a new luxury hotel in Shanghai. The 30-story, five-star hotel tower contains 343 rooms, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows as well as a 1,100-square-meter ballroom. Read more.


One Taikoo Place in Hong Kong Tops Out

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21 Feb 2018, Hong Kong, China

Swire Properties has announced the topping-out of its newest office tower, One Taikoo Place. More than half of the 92,903-square-meter building, located in the heart of the Taikoo Place development, has been leased to major tenants. Read more.


Architect’s Proposal for China Merchants Bank Headquarters in Shenzhen is Revealed

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02 Feb 2018, Shenzhen, China

A Dutch architect has revealed its design competition proposal for a major development in Shenzhen. Located along the city’s waterfront, the new global headquarters of a major Chinese bank seeks to form a part of the city’s coastline. Read more.


Architect Appointed for Zhejiang World Trade Center Redevelopment in Hangzhou

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30 Jan 2018, Hangzhou, China

An architect has been chosen to redevelop the Zhejiang World Trade Center complex in Hangzhou, China, which was originally built in 1987. The project will add underground commercial space connecting the complex to the Metro system. Read more.


New Supertall Skyscraper Could Rise Behind a Redeveloped Tribune Tower in Chicago

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25 Jan 2018, Chicago, Unites States

A skyscraper that could become Chicago’s second- or third-tallest building is planned for a parking lot next to the historic Tribune Tower. Expected to rise to 423 meters, the proposed development would contain residential units and a hotel. Read more.


Architect Awarded Multi-Tower Health Campus Design in Kunming

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24 Jan 2018, Kunming, China

John Portman & Associates has announced that, after winning a design competition in October 2017, the firm has finalized a contract to begin work on the Greenland Dian Lake International Health Town. Read more.


China Builds World’s Tallest Air Purifier in Xi’an – and Plans 500-Meter-Tall Successor

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17 Jan 2018, Xi’an, China

A 100-meter-tall experimental air purifier has been built in Xi’an, the capital of China’s central Shaanxi province. The tower is being tested by researchers from the Institute of Earth Environments at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Read more.


Hong Kong’s Tung Chung New Town Extension Receives HK$12 Billion in Funding

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16 Jan 2018, Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong’s Civil Engineering & Development Department has signed a HK$12.076 billion contract for reclamation work in Tung Chung East advance work for the Tung Chung New Town Extension project. Read more.


Completion of the Murray Hotel is Celebrated in Hong Kong

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11 Jan 2018, Hong Kong, China

The Murray Hotel, a 27-story former government building re-imagined and designed by Foster + Partners as a 336-room luxury hotel, officially marked its completion at a plaque unveiling ceremony in Hong Kong. Read more.


China Strengthens Fire Safety for High-Rise Buildings

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22 Dec 2017, Beijing, China

China's Ministry of Public Security has issued a draft regulation on fire safety for high-rise buildings and for public consultation, which includes a ban on shopping malls setting up on the third basement or below in high-rises. Read more.