28 Dec 2012 • Roundup
Best Of: Buildings in China and Taiwan
We may only ever be able to keep up with a fraction of the newest buildings from China and Taiwan. But here our favourites so far - from pavilions to galleries, theatres, museums and more.
1. Vanke Triple V Gallery by Ministry of Design
Guests can enter via two separate doors; one leads into a tourist information centre and the other leads into the showroom-gallery. A third interior area can be found at the end of the gallery, where a discussion lounge offers panoramic views of the coast. Each of the building's distinct areas are housed under each of the building’s three triangle tips, respectively.
2. Weihai Pavilion by Make Architects
The temporary structure, designed by Make Architects, was constructed to attract visitors to a new residential development on the island that operates as a reception area and information hub. Its use extends to an exhibition and meeting space. The main arced façade is fully glazed to generate an open view of the sea. The interior is flooded with natural daylight, but a sailing roof overhead provides shade during summer.
3. Shanxi Grand Theater Taiyuan by Arte Charpentier Architectes
The granite façade resembles a skin that reflects light in various ways throughout the day and night. Arte Charpentier Architectes say this makes the building an ‘urban structure’ and becomes an element of the city’s social identity.
4. Wuxi Grand Theatre by PES-Architects
A terraced stone plinth and eight enormous roof wings give the impression of a butterfly descending onto the shore of the Wu-Li Lake peninsula. The wings seem to hover over the main building – protecting the masses below from direct sunlight – and are held up by lines of steel trusses. Inside the steel wings are thousands of LED lights which change in color according to performances occurring within.
5. Chongqing Mountain & City Sales Office Exterior by SPARK
When approaching the main entry the structure seems to grow from the ground, as its overlapping roof geometrically folds over itself; the sloped lines connect the building with its surroundings. There is a 5m difference between the front of the building, which faces a street, and back side which faces a shallow lake.
6. Xinjin Zhi Museum by Kengo Kuma & Associates
The tiled façade is made of locally-sourced materials that were made on-site using techniques traditional to the region. The northern side, which faces a pedestrian square, is flat; on the eastern side is a large tiled screen which twists across the façade, corresponding to the road. The museum is also surrounded by pools of water, some of which are hidden behind tiled walls.
7. CCTV Headquarters by OMA
The ‘reinvented skyscraper’ is a massive looping structure that will accommodate the offices of China Central Television, set to open later this year. An amazing 75m cantilever connects two towers that rise from a common platform and lean toward one another.
8. Nanshan Wedding Center by URBANUS Architecture & Design
‘The Nanshan Wedding Center is a new architectural typology,’ says project director Zhang Zhen of URBANUS Architecture & Design. ‘On one hand, we hope to bring a new identity to the process of marriage registration. On the other, it provides different types of public space for other users from the city.´
9. Hongzhu Housing Sales Centre by Lab Modus
The façade is comprised of double-layered perforated metal panels; angular forms overlap one another, hiding small windows between while providing protection from the sun. The visual effect elongates the building, which is longer to begin with, and creates a sense of continuity.
10. OCT Design Museum by Studio Pei-Zhu
Created especially for events like fashion shows, product design and automotive events, ‘the goal was to build a space that feels transcendental and surreal,’ says Pei Zhu, principal at Studio Pei-Zhu, which designed the museum's structure.3