Archive: Architecture

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The Minjiang River in Sichuan Province, is now the home of the Riverside Tea House, a beautiful, calm space by Chinese interior design architect Lin Kaixin.

Built for a local client who wanted a place ‘to drink tea with drinks in leisure time while relax myself when feel tired’. Lin Kaixin came up with the concept of playing a flute near the river and integrating with nature as closely as possible. Whilst taking oriental culture as a central focus of the building, he has created a free, open, natural and humane spiritual space. Shoji paper, vertical wooden slats and a grey architectural aesthetic create a calm balance with the natural landscape around it.

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Taiwanese designers Chu Chih-Kang Space Design have designed the interior for a new bookstore in Chengdu. Based on the idea of a 'Sutra Depository', the designers were inspired by the history of Xuanzhang, a famous Chinese Buddhist monk from the Tang dynasty. He believed that a Sutra Depository would be a private place to store all different kinds of knowledge like books and letters. The designer have mirrored this in the basement space by using raw materials and creating large concrete columns in the space.
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Prolific Chinese architects Archi-Union have revealed their new project - the Songjiang Art Campus in the new suburb of Shanghai. Tasked with creating a new urban space and creative hub close to the local university, the architects had to develop a cultural hub, away from the overdeveloping in the rest of the city. Having seen a 'creative vacuum' in the city, Archi-Union focussed on pedestrians, green parks and a close relationship with the neighbourhood.
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The southern island of China, Hainan, has recently opened a new visitors centre in the town of Xinglong. Based on the design of traditional fishing villages on the island, the visitor centre is set at the entrance to the small town. The trapezoidal lot dictated the building be developed into a zigzag form with most of the building volume in the middle. This allows the architecture to open up to the street gradually when approached on foot.
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Some of our favourite Chinese designers, CaoPu, the minds behind the pop-up store Trash & Diamond in Beijing have returned with their latest project, Like Gardening, a studio space for young artists. We love how they tell us the story of the project through illustrations with the client and designers. View the whole story inside.