Beijing articles

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What do Marie Kondo and a pair of Chinese architects have in common?

Beijing – BANDe Architects' GreenMonster Lab is a multifunctional cultural space that aims to give urbanites a rest from the stresses of life in central Beijing.

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This Beijing gym addresses the need for user-unique training paths

Beijing – For M-Fit, Ramoprimo designed a two-storey space that allows exercisers to creatively choose their own circuits.

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In Beijing, Archstudio turns an old residential complex into a contemporary siheyuan

Beijing – Chinese architecture firm Archstudio has repurposed a group of isolated structures in Beijing by joining them with a smarter circulation route.

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Small retail spaces shouldn’t limit creativity, shows this Beijing jewellery store

Beijing – Okamoto Deguchi Design turned a 38-sq-m store in a massive retail centre into an intimate cloudscape for fine-jewellery brand Yin.

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Openings: Versace in Beijing, Chanel in Paris and Everlane in L.A, plus many others

Designers have a growing check-list to mind when creating brick-and-mortar shopping spaces today – here are nine new spots that mind the retail shift.

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Aughties nostalgia alert: The Amélie look is back in style, via this Chinese shop

Beijing – Inspired by Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain, Isense Design explores a message of discovery and self-acceptance at IMI’s Market, a Beijing underwear store.

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Openings: 10 new global hospitality projects from Starbucks, Fendi and more

The second installment in our Opening series focuses on the hospitality sector, with a group of new need-to-know cafés, restaurants and hotels.

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A pop-up in Beijing brings all the coffee drinkers to the (court)yard

Beijing – For Sense Café, a Nestlé pop-up in Beijing, RSAA and Büro Ziyu Zhuang chose one of the most traditionals location in the city: a siheyuan.

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This yogurt drink café in Beijing wants to help visitors escape from the bustling city

Beijing – The Interstices LePur Yogurt Café is a minimalist space that tends to visitors looking for quiet time in the Chinese metropolis.

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It takes a lot to stand out in Beijing’s competitive hair salon market

Beijing – Blue Mist, a hair salon designed by 123 Architects, features a flexible lecture space within the ocean-inspired interior design. 

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Using gold in a space? It can still be elegantly minimalistic – here's how

Beijing – Atelier Tree designed a metal cloud for Poppee, a Chinese jewellery store, that made the use of gold look still elegant and minimalistic.

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A café in Beijing responds to the need for green in the polluted city

Beijing – Nota Architects worked on Seesaw Coffee, a café in a bustling mall that provides a much-needed urban green space, indoors.