Shenzhen has a new urban landmark: recently, the new Shenzhen Energy Company skyscraper, designed by BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group, has been completed. Its pleated façade is the result of a study aimed at maximising the contribution of architecture in terms of energy performance and users’ comfort.
At the 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia in the Giardini, the Romanian Pavilion entitled "MNEMONICS, Collective Memories Define Our Territories" explores Freespace, by recreating a stylised setting of the free space between apartment buildings in Romanian cities.
June 15 saw the inauguration of a new project by David Chipperfield Architects: the headquarters of Amorepacific, an important Korean cosmetics and personal care group. The building is more than just the headquarters of a big company: it also includes public spaces such as a museum, a big auditorium, a library and facilities for children.
Drawing their inspiration from the rock formations of the nearby Huanghsan mountains and the Chinese landscape painting tradition, the architects of MAD designed a housing development on the banks of Taiping Lake in a UNESCO World Heritage site which is an important Chinese tourist attraction.
Barkow Leibinger has designed a new apartment house in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg district, on the site of a building that was demolished during the war. With a double skin of brick and a sloped roof, the Apartment House fits in while standing out from its surroundings.
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