Next to Hongqiao Airport, the Sky SOHO leasing showroom resides in the world-renowned Zaha Hadid Architect’s sole masterpiece in Shanghai. The project is also considered the iconic development of SOHO China in the city. The total GFA of the Sky SOHO is 350,000 square meters and expected to finish in 2014.
With an area of 350 square meters, the leasing showroom is residing within the second floor overlooking the south entrance of the development. Taking into consideration of the dynamic and fluid form of the architecture, the showroom interior and its auxiliary amenities are designed with compatible architectural language which enhances the experience of the formal vistas of the forthcoming buildings.
Prof. Marcelo Joulia is founder and design director of Naço Architecture and Architect D.P.L.G. He registered to be Architecture and Urban Planner in early 1990s. He has won international awards such as Venice Biennale of Architecture Design Award, New York Interior Design Golden Award and Amsterdam European Design First Prize. In 1999, he was rewarded by French Ministry of Culture the “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres”, which enjoys high reputation in Literature and Art Sector.
Since the creation of Naco in 1991, Naco opened a Studio in Buenos Aires for all Latin America in 2008 and a Shanghai Studio in 2005. Reference customers include Cité Numérique, Pathé Multiplex, Fnac, Accor Group, Wanda Cinema, Armani, JW Thompson, Kookai, Le Shop, Adidas, France Telecom, Chivas, Cote Cinema, Virgin, Gallery Lafayette, dbh, Giada, Pernod Ricard, Club Med.
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The objective of this short workshop is to do an intensive brainstorming and deliver a sample or prototype of the idea at the end of the 2 days. The workshop is an exercise to develop such skills: fast thinking, team brainstorming, experimenting materials, “making” a project in real (no computer files). The brief will be to create something (space, object, installation…) out of 1 material, in a given space. The material and the location will be announced on the first day of workshop.
In the latest video from Nowness, director Thomas Rhazi documents the complicated architectural scene in China – focusing on how the country holds onto its identity despite the “frenetic” pace of its expansion and globalization. Shaway Yeh sums up the situation nicely: “what does China really look like, what does China represent? No one knows, because it’s a place that’s still in flux, it’s constantly reshaping.” Lyndon Neri, however, points to Pritzker Prize winner Wang Shu as a possible answer, saying that he “created something quite amazing in Ningbo, it had a new way of looking at a building in a Chinese way… what he actually did was a modern interpretation of Chinese architecture.” No matter where you stand on China’s modernization, the video is a beautiful depiction of the historical meeting the modern.
Hotel Éclat Beijing and Architect@Work Beijing have announced an exclusive hotel partnership for the forum which will run from the 5th-6th December, 2013. The partnership reflects the partners shared interest in promoting sustainable architecture and interior design. Hotel Éclat Beijing is a part of Parkview Green, an impressive glass and steel structure which was the first integrated commercial project in China to be awarded the LEED Green Building Rating System Platinum certification.
The site is flat and vast, with the endless ocean view at one side. The “height” and “distance”, consequently, becomes the key factors through the concept generating process. We set up an observatory platform on the roof of the building, where people could enjoy the maximum view of the landscape. The climbing progress from the grade level to the top platform is the indivisible prelude of the entire spatial experience. Starting with a gentle ramp, visitors will go through a preserved gingko grove, before walking into the inner space caring out the architectural volume. After going up along a defined stair space, eventually they arrives the top level, turning around, facing the bondless ocean in the distance.
The building has both to reflect the promising modern future of Dalian and its tradition as an important port, trade, industry and tourism city. The formal language of the project combines and merges the rational structure and organization of its modern conference center typology with the floating spaces of modernist architecture.
This kids’ workshop is organized by Natur Organic Life, 36 children and their parents participated in the 3-month workshop at weekend.
“City In Sky” is an experimental project. In other words, we’re trying to use such kind of project to explore the boundary of architecture, when we are 30 years old.
To distinguish themselves in an increasingly crowded luxury market, many brands in China have been teaming up with artists on product collaborations or in-store art exhibitions. The idea is to give an edgier boost to their brand image and sense of aesthetic individuality. Bottega Veneta’s series of exhibitions at its Shanghai concept store is a recent example of this trend. But the concept has been kicked up a notch with a series of full-size “art malls.” Opening throughout China, the new malls were commissioned by K11, a company run by Chow Tai Fook Executive Director Adrian Cheng.
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There’s already been plenty of buzz about the upcoming Shimao Intercontinental Hotel in nearby Songjiang — ever since British engineering and architecture firm Atkins released photo renderings of its design for the 19-story partially submerged hotel, netizens everywhere have been weighing in with their two cents on the project.
Should you be so lucky as to be asked to design a Film Museum, how would you feel? Most likely, overwhelmed. The many juicy aspects of the dream factory of film business make one’s head spin! The technology – from the first scratchy silent films to today’s 4D experiences. The genres – from drama and documentaries, to sci-fi and animated movies. And the intrigue and mystery of film as propaganda tool and promotional vehicle. The stars and the drama of their lives online and off. The various awards, the gowns and the glitter. Even the people behind the movie cameras – the directors, the movie moguls and the critics – all seem to carry an extra aura of glamour and fascination. Add to that the sets, the locations, the props, the car chases, cliff-hangers, fantasy worlds and the historical epics created and recreated through film. Indeed, no lack of material.
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Located at the heart of East Guangzhou’s Science Town district Spark’s project comprises a retail street and a SOHO residential development. A contemporary interpretation of the Xintiandi (Heaven on Earth) urban village a car-free shopping, eating and residential district is composed of 2 storey shop lots that face the highway and a central alley and public square. The shop lots serve as a mixture of convenience stores, cafes and restaurants with outdoor seating located in the sensitively landscaped streets.
The movement to be green and eco-conscious is slowly but surely gaining ground in urban China, and one of the most important green-focused businesses in China today is Tony’s Farm (多利农庄). Today, they are the largest organic farm in Shanghai with a stunning vegetable production facility, thousands of customers and a brand identity all their own.
The Tony’s Farm facility, designed and constructed by architecture partners Playze, is an impressive sight, with 78 individual container-shaped modules, each with unique climatic and operational demands. An interesting example of 360 degree design, it was designed with visitors in mind, seeking at every turn to integrate visitors and customers into the facility, reassuring them that their produce is being handled in the most sustainable way possible. Tony’s Farm is one of the largest production facilities of its kind in China, and they are helping to lead the way for organic food in the Middle Kingdom, a product niche and movement that is still just starting to gain a foothold here. In the true Tony’s spirit, the production facility serves not only as a production floor for their vegetables, but also as a full-service visitor’s center, office and even (in the near future) a hotel – definitely worth a visit! Several strategies have been used to reduce the energy consumption of the building, and it’s definitely one of the more interesting sustainability-related sites to see in Shanghai.
Working with WILDDESIGN Tony’s Farm built their communication materials, packaging design and more.
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Hotel Éclat Beijing opened on the 1st of March 2013 as one of the most exclusive luxury design hotels worldwide. This 100 room design masterpiece amazes at first glance with a highly stylised lobby featuring original works by Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, ZengFanzhi and Chen Wenling to name a few. The hotel is home to the largest private Dali art collection outside of Europe, and masterworks greet and intrigue guests on every floor.