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Architecture in China

We have 8 pages of Chinese Architecture selections with links to hundreds of individual project pages. We aim to select high quality design-led Chinese building projects.

We cover completed buildings, new building designs, architectural exhibitions and architecture competitions across China. The focus is on contemporary Chinese buildings but information on traditional buildings is also welcome.

Chinese Architecture : news + key projects (this page)

Chinese Architecture Developments : A-C

Chinese Architecture Designs : D-G

Chinese Architectural Designs : H-J

Chinese Building Designs : K-P

Chinese Architectural Developments : Q-R

Chinese Building Developments : S

Chinese Buildings : T-Z

Chinese Building Developments – by city

Beijing I Chengdu I Guangzhou I Nanjing I Shanghai I Shenyang I Shenzhen I Tianjin

Chinese Building
Tianjin image from de Architekten Cie.

Major recent Chinese Buildings include the Bird’s Nest – Chinese National Stadium Building (2008), Beijing Olympics – The Water Cube (2008), Guangzhou Opera House (2011), Central Chinese Television Tower (2008) and the Chengdu Museum Building (-).

Comments on our Chinese buildings selection welcome. These Chinese buildings are not selected due to their fame but because each in its way achieved a milestone and signified strong creative achievement.

Major Recent Chinese Building Designs

Architecture Designs in China – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

Shenzhen Stock Exchange Headquarters – 8 Oct 2013
Design: OMA
Shenzhen Stock Exchange
image courtesy of OMA ; photography by Philippe Ruault

Defying the conventional building typology of tower-on-podium, SZSE’s three-storey base is cantilevered 36m above the ground, allowing for a generous public space below and a lush roof garden on top. The raised podium contains the listing hall and offices of the Stock Exchange; in its elevated position, it can “broadcast” the activities of the stock market to the entire city.

Emporis Skyscraper Award 2012 shortlisted – 17 Sep 2013

Pearl River Tower
Pearl River Tower
photo SOM © Si-ye Zhang

Zhengzhou Greenland Plaza
Zhengzhou Greenland Plaza
photo SOM © Si-ye Zhang

Harbin Twin Towers, Haxi District, north east China – 2 Sep 2013
Design: spatial practice
Harbin Twin Towers
image from architect

spatial practice has designed the Harbin High Speed Railway (HSR) west train station Twin Towers. The iconic project includes: office spaces, residential apartments, retail spaces and a hyper link to a new underground infra-structural hub.

Shanghai Pudong Development Bank Suzhou Branch, eastern China – 2 Sep 2013
Design: FTA Architectural Design Group
Shanghai Pudong Development Bank Suzhou Branch
image from architects

The SPD Bank building in Suzhou is located at the crossing of Zhongyuan Road and the River in Suzhou Induatrial Park. The building is composed of a three story high podium building and a 15 story high tower in the form of a board. With its long elevations the tower faces Zhongyuan Street in the South and the garden in the West. Its short elevations face the East and the river in the West.

Bayuquan Vanke Exhibition Center, Liaoning Province, north east China – 22 Aug 2013
Design: Vector Architects
Bayuquan Vanke Exhibition Center
photo : Shu He Photo, Shengliang Su

The site is flat and vast, with the endless ocean view at one side. The “height” and “distance”, consequently, becomes the key factors through the concept generating process. We set up an observatory platform on the roof of the building, where people could enjoy the maximum view of the landscape.

Bayuquan Poly Theatre, Yingkou Plaza, Liaoning Province, north east China – 9 Aug 2013
Design: SH-DSD
Yingkou Plaza Building
image from architect

Bayuquan Poly Theatre has 3 levels above the ground level. The main construction contains a large Dance Theatre which is specific for dancing and musical performaces with a capacity of 1600 people and a multi-functional theatre which can hold 800 people for drama play.

Bayuquan Library Yingkou Plaza, Liaoning Province, north east China – 9 Aug 2013
Design: SH-DSD
Yingkou Plaza Bayuquan Library China
photo from architect
Bayuquan library is another project designed by DSD in Bayuquan near Bayuquan Theatre. The idea of this design was from two rotated books. And the rotated blocks provide a best view. The library is mainly made up of 3 parts including the basement block containing 2 levels, the cantilever (3rd floor) and the connection.

Pingtan Art Museum, China – 12 Jul 2013
Design: MAD architects
Pingtan Art Museum Building
image from architect

Being the largest island in the Fujian province, Pingtan is also the Chinese island nearest to Taiwan. In 2010, the ‘Comprehensive Experimental Zone’ project in Pingtan was officially launched; the island is expected to become the primary location for trade and cultural communication between Taiwan and the mainland in the foreseeable future. The island, which is currently home to fisheries and a military base, will quickly be transformed into an large-scale urban development zone.

Lan Kwai Fong Development, Wuxi, eastern China – ground breaking news – 12 Jul 2013
Design: Benoy
Wuxi TaiHu Masterplan Buildings
image from architect

Simon Blore, Global Managing Director of Benoy explained the design philosophy of the project, ‘We have ensured unity and harmony in the overall architectural design of Lan Kwai Fong Wuxi and are confident that the development will be the iconic cultural and entertainment landmark of Taihu New City.’

Parc 66, Jinan, north east China – award news
Design: Benoy
Jinan Building
image from architect

Parc 66 China – 20 May 2013
Benoy is extremely honoured to announce that Parc 66 has won the 2013 Best of the Best VIVA (Vision-Innovation-Value-Achievement) Sustainable Design and Development Award. The award was presented as part of the International Council of Shopping Centre’s (ICSC) global awards program at the ICSC annual RECon Conference in Las Vegas.

Museum of Handcraft Paper, Gaoligong
Design: Trace Architecture Office
Museum of Handcraft Paper China
photo : AKAA

Museum of Handcraft Paper – 1 May 2013
The museum building is located close to a village at the foot of Gaoligong Mountain, in the province of Yunnan, an area of significant Muslim presence. It provides exhibition space for ancient paper craft and artefacts produced locally.

Sanya Super Market, Hainan, southern China
Sanya Lake Park Super Market
image from architect
Sanya Supermarket Building Hainan – 29 Apr 2013
The idea is now to place the main shopping volume underground. The Super Market can directly draw its customers from the large basement parking below the residential buildings. In addition delivery and logistics can now disappear underground as well.

Dalian Library Building, north east China
Design: Preston Scott Cohen, Inc.
Dalian Library Building China
image from architect
Dalian Library China – 26 Apr 2013
Datong Library aims to resolve the tension between the two major roles of a central library: as a place of community promenade and gathering and as an archive of knowledge and quite place of study. The form of the building embodies this tension, centering on a reflected pair of exceptional spaces. At the heart of the spaces of public promenade is a garden courtyard, around which classrooms, a gallery, informal reading rooms, and an auditorium are arrayed.

Hongqiao Airport Central Business District, Shanghai, easterm China
Design: MVRDV
Hongqiao Airport CBD
image from architect

Hongqiao Airport CBD – 25 Apr 2013
Sincere Property, MVRDV and Aedas have started construction on a Central Business District at Shanghai’s mostly domestic airport Hongqiao. The 4.5ha site is located near Hongqiao Airport train station at the corner of Shenhai Express Way and Shenbin Road. The plan comprises ten office towers, an underground shopping centre, cultural program, parking and a sunken plaza which will bring a more intimate form of urban life into an area currently dominated by large boulevards and urban expressway’s. The project’s completion is planned for 2015.

National Maritime Museum Tianjin, north east China
Design: HAO + AI
National Maritime Museum China
image from architect

National Maritime Museum Tianjin – 19 Apr 2013
The proposal for the new National Maritime Museum is situated in Northern China, outside the city of Tianjin. The museum is designed to house both new and old maritime items with a focus on celebrating the historical achievements of Chinese naval exploration through out time. HAO and AI, along with three other teams, have been invited to participate in the National Maritime Museum competition, situated outside the city of Tianjin in Northern China.

Forte Nanshan, Chongqing, central China
Design: SPARK
Chongqing Building
photo : Jonathan Leijonhufvud / Fernando Guerra

Forte Nanshan – 18 Apr 2013
SPARK’s playful Clubhouse in Chongqing has opened to the public. The Clubhouse is the first part of a series of leisure facilities SPARK designed for a large villa community in the outskirts of Chongqing. Apart from the 5,500 sqm clubhouse SPARK’s masterplan proposal includes a 12,000 sqm hotel and a 13,000 sqm outdoor retail street which will be completed early 2013.

Guangzhou Science Town, Guangzhou, southern China
Design: SPARK
Guangzhou Science Town Buildings
photo : Guangzhou Vanke

Guangzhou Science Town – 17 Apr 2013
Located at the heart of East Guangzhou’s Science Town district Spark’s project comprises a retail street and a SOHO residential development. A contemporary interpretation of the Xintiandi (Heaven on Earth) urban village a car-free shopping, eating and residential district is composed of 2 storey shop lots that face the highway and a central alley and public square.

China Wood Sculpture Museum, Harbin, northern China
Design: MAD Architects
China Wood Sculpture Museum
photo : Iwan Baan

China Wood Sculpture Museum Building – 10 Apr 2013
MAD Architects unveiled the completed China Wood Sculpture Museum located in Harbin, China. The 200-meter long building, sheathed in metal, sits nestled in a densely residential area, adding a cultural and surreal essence to the surrounding urban context. Appearing so evident amidst a thriving metropolitan district of Harbin, the China Wood Sculpture Museum sits as a locational anomaly, seemingly out of place, surrounded by a densely populated Chinese-style neighborhood and residential complexes.

National Convention and Exhibition Centre, Tianjin, north east China
National Convention and Exhibition Centre Tianjin Building
image from architects
Tianjin National Convention and Exhibition Centre – 19 Mar 2013
With their design for this major new building, the architects won the 1st prize of an international design competition, beating FUKSAS, HHP, NBBJ/BIAD and others. In addition to Shanghai and Guangzhou, Tianjin is now the third city where an exhibition centre of international importance will be built. With a total square area of 1.2 million square metres and dedicated exhibition floor space of 400,000 square metres, one of the world’s largest exhibition centres will be created in the east of China over the next few years.

Nanjing Road Development Qingdao, eastern China
Design: Santiago Parramón, RTA-Office in collaboration with Tengyuan Design Institute Co.
Nanjing Road Mixed Use Area in Qingdao
image courtesy of RTA-Office

Nanjing Road Development Qingdao – 5 Feb 2013
The mixed-use project occupies an entire block of the city of Qingdao. We have studied thoroughly the environment and character of the city to propose a project that the city can feel its own project and that has a unique character.

Bamboo Courtyard Teahouse, Yangzhou, north of Shanghai, eastern China
Design: Harmony World Consulting & Design (HWCD)
Tea House in Yangzhou
photograph : T+E

Bamboo Courtyard Teahouse – 22 Jan 2013
Located in the ShiQiao garden in Yangzhou, a city to the northwest of Shanghai, this is the floating Bamboo Courtyard Teahouse designed by Chinese architect Sun Wei, partner of HWCD. As an international design practice, with offices in London and Barcelona, HWCD has been developing various projects, specializes in boutique hotels, residents and mix-use projects.

Chengdu Tianfu Cultural Centre
Design: Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas
Euromed Center in Marseille
image © Studio Fuksas

Chengdu Tianfu Cultural Centre – 21 Dec 2012
Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas have won the international competition for the construction of the first cultural center in the city of Chengdu. This city is the capital of Sichuan province and was hit by a terrible earthquake in 2008.

Tower of Ring, Tianjin
Design: EASTERN design office + Kawaguchi & Engineers
Tower of Ring Building
photograph : Koichi Torimura

Tower of Ring – 11 Dec 2012
People forget which one they look up to: the tower or the sky. It has an eye-opening shape, its beginning and ending is invisible. It is designed like a flow of stream, yet the form is very simple.
No observatory to climb up.

Sky City Tower – World’s Tallest Building, Changsha
Construction is due to start in December on the world’s tallest building, China, which will be completed in just 90 days.
World Tallest Building China
World Tallest Building image © BROAD Group
World Tallest Building
– 26 + 23 Nov 2012
Height: 838 m high; Floors: 220 storeys
Expected completion: Mar 2013

Qintai Center, Wuhan, east China
Design: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Chinese skyscraper building
image from architects

Chinese skyscraper Building – 2 Oct 2012
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture is pleased to announce that it has won an international competition to design Qintai Center, a 248-meter (814-feet) tall, high-performance corporate headquarters tower and related podium structure in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. AS+GG’s winning entry was selected over competing schemes from firms based in the Netherlands, Japan and Hong Kong.

Oct Design Museum, Shenzhen, southern China
Design: Studio Pei-Zhu
Oct Design Museum Building
photo : Studio Pei-Zhu

Oct Design Museum China – 30 May 2012
The inspiration for the project comes from both the location being close to the bay and from the needs of the program, a surreal space for design exhibitions. The Oct design museum focuses mainly on fashion shows, product design, and conceptual automotive shows.

Chinese Buildings – Major Designs

Chinese Architecture Designs, alphabetical:

Beijing Olympics Aquatic Building -
The Water Cube

PTW with Arup
Water Cube Building
photograph © Arup_Ben McMillan

Water Cube Beijing
Bird’s Nest – Chinese Nat. Stadium Building
Arup, Herzog & De Meuron, China Architecture Design & Research Group
Birds Nest Building
photo © Arup_Ben McMillan

Birds Nest Beijing
British Pavilion Shanghai 2010
Heatherwick Studios
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picture from architect

Shanghai Expo Building
Capital Airport, Beijing
Foster + Partners
CBeijing Airport Building
image : Nigel Young_Foster + Partners

Chinese Airport Building
Central Chinese Television Tower
Rem Koolhaas Architects / OMA
Central China TV
picture from architect

Chinese TV Building, Beijing
Chengdu Complex, southwest China
Steven Holl Architects
Chengdu development
photo : Iwan Baan

Sliced Porosity Block
Chengdu Museum
Sutherland Hussey
Chinese Museum building
picture from architect

Chinese Museum building
China World Trade Tower, Beijing
Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM)
China World Trade Tower
photo : SOM, architects

China World Trade Tower
CITIC Headquarters Tower, Hangzhou
Foster + Partners
CITIC Headquarters China
image © Foster + Partners

CITIC Headquarters China
Congress Center, Hangzhou
Peter Ruge Architekten
Congress Center Hangzhou
photo : Jan Siefke

Congress Center Hangzhou
Dalian Football Stadium
UNStudio
Dalian Football Stadium
image from architect

Dalian Football Stadium
Dalian International Conference Center
Coop Himmelb(l)au
Dalian International Conference Center
render : COOP HIMMELB(L)AU

Dalian International Conference Center
Galaxy Soho Beijing
Zaha Hadid Architects
Galaxy Soho Beijing
image from architects

Galaxy Soho Beijing
Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou
Zaha Hadid Architects
Guangzhou Opera House
photo : Virgile Simon Bertrand

Guangzhou Opera House
Guangzhou TV Tower
Information Based Architecture
Guangzhou TV Tower
photo : Information Based Architecture

Guangzhou TV Tower
Lafayette 148, Shantou, Guangdong
Studio for Architecture
Lafayette 148
photograph : But-Sou Lai

Lafayette 148
Liangzhu Culture Museum, Zhejiang
David Chipperfield Architects
Liangzhu Culture Museum
photograph © Christian Richters

Chinese Museum Building
Linked Hybrid, Beijing
Steven Holl Architect
Beijing building
photo from SGLA

Beijing building
Museum of Contemporary Art Shenzhen
Coop Himmelb(l)au
Museum of Contemporary Art Planning Exhibition Shenzhen
image : SILKROAD Digital Technology Co. LTD

Museum of Contemporary Art Shenzhen
Nanjing Museum of Art & Architecture
Steven Holl Architects
Nanjing Museum
picture from architect

Nanjing Museum
Phoenix International Media Center
BIAD UFo
Phoenix International Media Center
picture from architects

Phoenix International Media Center, Beijing
Shanghai Tower Skyscraper Building
Marshall Strabala, architect
Shanghai Tower
picture from architect

Shanghai Tower
Shenzhen 4 in 1 Tower Buildings Design
MVRDV
Shenzhen 4 in 1 Towers
image © MVRDV

Shenzhen 4 in 1 Towers
Shenzhen Stock Exchange HQ
Office for Metropolitan Architecture
Shenzhen building
image from OMA

Shenzhen building
Shenzhen Vanke Center Buildings
Steven Holl Architects
Shenzhen Vanke Center
picture from SHA

Shenzhen Vanke Center : Competition win
Z15 Tower, Beijing
TFP Farrells, BIAD, ARUP and MVA
Z15 Tower Beijing
picture from architect

Z15 Tower

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