Category list : Asia
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Glass does not have a monopoly on transparency. Using the ancient and fiendishly complex Japanese joinery technique of jigoku-gumi, which literally means ‘interlocking hell’, Kengo Kuma enveloped this Tokyo bakery in a hectic cloud of wooden struts. The interior is not visible from the street, making display of the wares on sale impossible, but the building is instantly recognisable –from a distance, it is reminiscent of a wasp nest – making it a striking advertisement for the business. And ...
Within strict space and budgetary constraints, the simplicity of Li Xiaodong’s Tsinghua University extension belies its experimental integrity
Competition: Yilong Futuristic City, ChinaSubscription
An open international competition has been launched for a new 1,258km2 metropolitan area in China’s Guizhou Province (Deadline: 15 November)
The rediscovery of the countryside by China’s middle classes has led to a boom in rural tourism, which has helped redirect cash from the wealthy coast into the undeveloped interior. However, this has often resulted in insensitive building projects, and the ‘nong jia le’ (‘happy farmer home’) idyll frequently turns out to be a mass tourist hell. In response, an eco-tourism movement has developed, offering smaller scale, more deeply embedded experiences of life away from the city. For ...
Oasia Downtown, Singapore by WOHASubscription
The hotel-in-the-tower has sprouted ever taller since the Waldorf Astoria relocated to a 47-storey skyscraper in 1931; this was the tallest example of the type in the world until Stalin’s Hotel Ukrainia was completed in 1957. In recent years, hotels have become standard anchor tenants of skyscraper developments, hollowing out their tips as plunging atria. These have, however, been sealed volumes – until WOHA designed a hotel for Singapore, its upper reaches a huge cylindrical trellis ...
Competition: Greater Tainan Expo Centre, TaiwanSubscription
Tainan City has announced an open international design contest for a £45 million exhibition centre in Southern Taiwan (Deadline: 30 August)
In the shell of a factory, Studio Mumbai rejects the luxury high-rise trend for a collective way of living
Domestic architecture in Japan is a powerful and optimistic force in the face of imminent disaster
AR House Shortlist 2017: a new concrete skin and dramatic vaulted roof has given the Captain’s House a new lease of life
Inside outing: Inverted House, Japan, by Oslo School of Architecture and Design + Kengo KumaSubscription
AR House Highly Commended: Inverted House subverts conventional ideas about houses by embracing rather than sheltering from the elements