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* Architecture: Galaxy Soho by Zaha Hadid Architects

Posted by the editors on Friday, 2 November 2012

Architecture: Galaxy Soho by Zaha Hadid Architects: “..The Galaxy SOHO project in central Beijing for SOHO China is a 330 000m2 office, retail and entertainment complex that will become an integral part of the living city, inspired by the grand scale of Beijing. Its architecture is a composition of five continuous, flowing volumes that are set apart, fused or linked by stretched bridges. These volumes adapt to each other in all directions, generating a panoramic architecture without corners or abrupt transitions that break the fluidity of its formal composition..The great interior courts of the project are a reflection of traditional Chinese architecture where courtyards create an internal world of continuous open spaces. Here, the architecture is no longer composed of rigid blocks, but instead comprised of volumes which coalesce to create a world of continuous mutual adaptation and fluid movement between each building. Shifting plateaus within the design impact upon each other to generate a deep sense of immersion and envelopment. As users enter deeper into the building, they discover intimate spaces that follow the same coherent formal logic of continuous curvilinearity .The lower three levels of Galaxy SOHO house public facilities for retail and entertainment. The levels immediately above provide work spaces for clusters of innovative businesses. The top of the building is dedicated to bars, restaurants and cafés that offer views along one of the greatest avenues of the city. These different functions are interconnected through intimate interiors that are always linked with the city, helping to establish Galaxy SOHO as a major urban landmark for Beijing..”  Excellent photos by the incomparable Iwan Baan..

See our posts on some other work by Zaha Hadid Architects:

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image: © Iwan Baan, Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects; article: Saieh , Nico . “Galaxy Soho / Zaha Hadid Architects” 29 Oct 2012. ArchDaily. <http://www.archdaily.com/287571&gt;

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* Architecture: Express Rail Link West Kowloon Terminus by Andrew Bromberg

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 15 July 2012

Architecture: Express Rail Link West Kowloon Terminus by Andrew Bromberg: “..The Express Rail Link West Kowloon Terminus West, designed by Andrew Bromberg of Aedas, functions as an indicator of how relations have improved between Hong Kong and mainland China. The high-speed rail terminus station will connect Hong Kong to Beijing with the largest rail network in our history. Located centrally in Hong Kong within the city’s urban realm, the 430,000 square meter facility, equipped with fifteen tracks, will be the largest below ground terminus station in the world..The WKT will function more like an international airport than a rail station as the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region maintains economic and political differences from P.R.C. This means that the facility needs to have both custom and immigration controls for departing and arriving passengers. What is highly unusual in this facility is that the West Kowloon Terminus will have immigration domains for both Hong Kong and China in the same facility, as opposed to how immigration works in a typical international airport, which only serves the host country..The site’s proximity to the future West Kowloon Cultural District and to Victoria Harbor required a design which was highly influenced by civic demand. Adding to the challenge was the construction of a 400,000 square meters of commercial development on top of the station, which would be auctioned off to a developer at a later date..”

See our other posts on West Kowloon:

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image: Courtesy of Aedas; article: Furuto , Alison . “Express Rail Link West Kowloon Terminus / Andrew Bromberg” 14 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. <http://www.archdaily.com/253254&gt;

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* Residential Architecture: Y house by Beijing Matsubara and Architects

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 5 July 2012

Residential Architecture:  Y house by Beijing Matsubara and Architects: “..This residence in Beijing by Beijing Matsubara and Architects was built around a smaller house that was already on the site..the project involved encasing an existing two-storey house with pitched roof inside a larger three-storey structure to provide more space on either side of the old building..The original pitched roof is visible inside the top storey with a flight of steps installed on each side..The architects intend the clients to use the north part of the house, which has natural ventilation, during the summer and the south side, equipped with basic heating systems, during winter..”  Contemporary brick exterior, contemporary white and wood interior with ancient timber beams in the ceiling; interesting interior volumes; ample glazing, natural light..

image: Misae Hiromatsu; article: Dezeen

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* Architecture: CCTV Headquarters by OMA

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Architecture: CCTV Headquarters by OMA: “..The China Central Television Headquarters in Beijing by architects OMA are now complete..The CCTV building comprises two towers that lean towards one another and are bridged at both the the top and bottom to form a distorted loop.. ‘a reinvention of the skyscraper as a loop..’ (OMA)..”  Distinctive, iconic, challenging..

See other posts on work by OMA: Architecture: Marina Abramović Institute by OMAResidential Architecture: The Interlace by OMAArchitecture: Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture by OMA and Architecture: Architect Rem Koolhaas (OMA) in The Simpsons.

image: Iwan Baan; article: Dezeen

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