Articles on China

 

Mark A-to-Z: O is for Office

Whether you work a 9-to-5 or are sporting a freelancer lifestyle, the space we inhabit most of the hours of the week to sustain our livelihood should be designed to motivate.

House-T by Tsukano. Photo Kenichi Asano
 

Mark A-to-Z: M is for Minimalism

Whether you live the minimalist dream or are aspiring to become a fervent follower of this philosophy, we can learn a bit more about how to enrich our lives with the minimum.

Media library by Dominique Coulon & Associés. Photos Eugenie Pons
 

Mark A-to-Z : L is for Library

We all deserve a little bit of down time in the sun, so why not pick up a good book to read on the holidays in one of these five library projects?

Mark A-to-Z: I is for Installation
 

Mark A-to-Z: I is for Installation

This week, we bring you five installations that have caught our eye due to their meaning, visual identity or simply their excitement factor. Enjoy!

Chengdu Zhongshuge by X+Living. Photos Shao Feng
 

X+Living's fanciful bookstore is a wonderland for all ages

CHENGDU – Part bookstore, part library; the magical world of literature has been brought to life in a unique setting in a shopping mall in central China.

Lane 189 by UNStudio. Photos Hufton + Crow / Eric Jap (lead image)
 

UNStudio fabricates a patterned façade of tessellated diamonds

SHANGHAI – More of a commercial destination than a conventional shopping mall, Lane 189 makes a deeper connection between brands and the young professionals in the area.

Skypark by Concrete Architectural Associates. Photos courtesy of the architect
 

Residents can escape the city chaos on the Skypark roof terrace by Concrete

HONG KONG – A new clubhouse has opened 28-storeys above the densely-populated district of Mongkok – an area known for its high concentration of bars, clubs and restaurants.

Jiaxing Island by AIM and MORE. Photos Dirk Weiblen
 

MORE and AIM challenge traditional Chinese urbanism

JIAXING – Ten years ago, the city was a mass of agricultural land. Now, it is surrounded by industrial buildings and residential compounds.

The Mirrored Sight by Li Hao. Photos Kang Wei
 

Li Hao sets up a series of follies to represent the local stories of a cultural town

LONGLI – A collection of installations, set up on the outskirts of an old town in the south of China, relates directly to the stories of the local area.

 

A metal wall of flowers surrounds Next Architects' Museum of Roses

BEIJING – Next Architects provided the Beijing Rose Museum with a gigantic perforated steel façade.

Bookshelves densify the space while remaining porous for social interaction. Photo Zhang Zheming
 

Cao Pu Studio insets a scaled-down city into a vertical version of suburbia

CHANGSHA – Cao Pu Studio, an architecture firm from Beijing, has transformed an apartment unit into a bookstore and library.

 

He Wei treasures the old while introducing something new into China's rural panorama

PINGTIAN – In Songyang County, architect He Wei transforms a historic rammed-earth house with equal portions of respect and modernity to welcome travellers at Papa's Hostel.