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Building on the Water-Huai’an City, Jiangsu, China

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Name: Building on the Water
Location: Huai’an City, Jiangsu, China
Architects: Alvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira
Collaborators: Diana Vasconcelos, Susana Oliveira, Elisabete Queirós, Orlando Sousa, Rita Ferreira, João Figueiredo, Caitriona, Carolina Leite, Anand Sonecha.
Structural Engineers: United Architects & Engineers Co., Ltd
M & E Engineers: Shanghai Qingya Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Co.
Construction: Zhejiang Urban Construction Group
Size: 11,000 sqm
Year: 2014

AE Interest:

-Employs the most advanced manufacturing processes and technologies; designed in a non-linear fashion; built over an artificial lake; aimed at blending the manufacturing process of glass with water (harmony between man and environment); first structure by Siza built over water; built of white exposed concrete; designed to deeply contrast against the orthogonal orderliness of the surrounding factory complex. [1]


Written by Eric J. Feuge

December 7, 2019 at 12:12 pm

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Pearl River Tower – Guangzhou, China

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Building: Pearl River Tower
Location: Jinsui Road/Zhujiang Avenue West, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, China
Architect: Skidmore, Owings, & Merill(SOM), Guangzhou Design Institute
Structural Engineer: SOM
Main Contractor: Shanghai Construction Group
Sustainable and MEP Design: SOM

AE interest:

Sustainability goal “Towards Zero Energy“. The aerodynamic form, which includes the two open spaces on both facades, helps direct wind flow to push wind turbines. Internally ventilated, high performance double wall facade(N/S facade), triple-glazed facade(E/W facade), chilled radiant ceiling, solar panels. Daylighting design. This building is the most energy efficient super-tall building in the world.

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Written by Karlie Hoh

December 5, 2019 at 3:24 pm

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Zhuhai Opera House – Zhuhai, China

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Building: Zhuhai Opera House
Location: Zhuhai, China
Architect: Ma Long Architects, Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (BIAD)
Completed: 2017

AEInterests: In collaboration with the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design, the opera house sits on the converging coast of the Pearl River and the South China Sea. The outer translucent shell allows for the incorporation of natural light into both the opera house and multipurpose theater. At night the spherical shells catch the interior lighting to create a glowing beacon on the peninsula. The Opera house was constructed to encapsulate the “ancient poetic concept of ‘The river tides fluctuate along the sea level and the moon cycles together.’”

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Written by Avery Pietrowiak

December 5, 2019 at 2:33 pm

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UCCA Dune Art Museum – Qinhuangdao, China

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Building:  UCCA Dune Art Museum
Location:  Qinhuangdao, China
Architect: OPEN Architecture
Structural Engineer: CABR Technology
Lighting Design: X Studio, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, China
Completed: 2018

AEInterests: The museum gets its name from the sea dunes which it was integrated into.In collaboration with the School Of Architecture, Tsinghua University, China for lighting design, the concrete cavities that make up ten underground galleries and a cafe are connected to the outside world by skylights and glass curtain walls oriented towards the sea. The concrete shell was hand shaped onto a wooden strip framework and left in its irregular texture to inform viewers of its construction process. By placing the museum underneath the dunes, there is no need for an air conditioning system due to the sand’s thermal protection. Instead there is only a zero-emission heating system for the winter.

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Written by Avery Pietrowiak

December 5, 2019 at 2:31 pm

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San Shan Bridge – Beijing, China

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Building: San Shan Bridge
Location: Beijing, China
Architect: Penda
Structural Engineer: ARUP
Scheduled Completion: 2022

AEInterests: The double helix bridge will span 452 meters across the Gui River, connecting central Beijing to Zhangjiakou, where several outdoor events will be held for the 2022 Winter Olympics. The three sets of rings of the double helix allude to the rings of the Olympic logo. The main structure will be constructed using tubular stainless-steel struts to support the steel cables that will support the road decking. Using this method, “the bridge will use five times less steel than a conventional box-girder frame.” This bridge will have pedestrian crossing areas and is intended to spur recreational development in the area in order to connect inner Beijing to the surrounding areas.

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Written by Avery Pietrowiak

December 5, 2019 at 2:27 pm

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Chengdu University Library – Chengdu, China

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Building: Chengdu University Library
Location: Chengdu University of Technology, Chengdu, China
Architect: China Southwest Architectural Design and Research Institute
Construction: Sichuan Huating Construction Co., Ltd.
Completed Spring 2019
Photographs: Arch-Exist

AE Interests: “Dou” shaped atrium, natural light through use of skylights and side atrium opening, curtain wall system, steel and aluminum, orange-red porcelain plates

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Written by Tiffany Gilkes

December 5, 2019 at 1:51 pm

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Light of Internet Expo Center- Wuzhen, China

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Building: The Light of World Expo Center
Location: Wuzhen, China
Architects: Fab-Union, Archi-Union Architects
Design and Digital Fabrication: Fab-Union Architectural Technology and Digital Fabrication Co, Ltd.
Principal Architect: Philip F. Yuan
Digital Construction Manager: Wen Zhang
Structural Consultant: AND office
Landscape Consultant: Innovative Urban Green
Lighting Consultant: RDI Lighting
Contractor (Exhibition Halls): Yadu Construction Group
Completed 2019

AE Interests: multi-use pavilion, suspended roofs with I-beams, string beams and catenary beams, curved brick facade on pavilion,  radial steel structure, no vertical structural columns

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Written by Tiffany Gilkes

December 5, 2019 at 1:50 pm

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