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post updated 23 Feb 2020

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Architecture in China

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

e-architect feature completed buildings, new building designs, architectural exhibitions and architecture competitions across China.

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 Building

Chengdu Buildings

Guangzhou Buildings

Nanjing Buildings

Shanghai Building

Shenyang Building

Shenzhen Buildings

Tianjin Architecture

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:

21 Aug 2017
Jingshan Boutique Hotel, Hangzhou
Design: Continuation Studio
Jingshan Boutique Hotel in Hangzhou - Chinese Architecture
photo courtesy of architects office
New Hotel Building in Hangzhou

25 Jul 2017
Haifeng Da’an Temple, Lotus Mountain, Haifeng town, Shanwei City, Guangzhou Province
Design: Shaanxi Lvyun Ancient Landscape Architecture Engineering Co., Ltd
Haifeng Da'an Temple, Guangzhou, China
photo courtesy of architects office
Haifeng Da’an Temple, Guangzhou

9 Jun 2017
Public Square and Passenger Facilities, Shenzhen, southeastern China
Design: Architectural design and Research Institute of SCUT
Guangzhou East Railway Station - Chinese Architecture
photograph : Liky Lam
Public Square and Passenger Facilities Shenzhen

Shenzhen Stock Exchange Headquarters – 8 Oct 2013
Design: OMA
Shenzhen Stock Exchange Chinese Architecture
image courtesy of OMA ; photography by Philippe Ruault
SZSE’s three-storey base is cantilevered 36m above ground. This format provides a public space below, and a roof garden atop. The dramatic positioning creates a commanding form in the 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 Chinese Architecture
photo SOM © Si-ye Zhang

Harbin Twin Towers, Haxi District, north east China – 2 Sep 2013
Design: spatial practice
Harbin Twin Towers Chinese Architecture
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 - Chinese Architecture
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 - Chinese Architecture
image from architect
Pingtan is the largest island in the Fujian province, and 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. 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, province of Yunnan
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 an area of significant Muslim presence. This building provides exhibition space for ancient paper craft and artefacts produced locally.

Sanya Super Market, Hainan, southern China
Sanya Lake Park Super Market - Chinese Architecture
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 - Chinese Architecture
image from architect
Hongqiao Airport CBD – 25 Apr 2013
Construction starts on CBD development at Shanghai’s mostly domestic airport Hongqiao.

National Maritime Museum, Tianjin, north east China
Design: HAO + AI
National Maritime Museum China
image from architect
National Maritime Museum Tianjin – 19 Apr 2013
This design proposal outside the city of Tianjin is designed to contain both new and old maritime items with a focus on celebrating the historical achievements of Chinese naval exploration. HAO and AI, along with three other architectural teams, were invited to participate in the National Maritime Museum competition.

Forte Nanshan, Chongqing, central China
Design: SPARK
Chongqing Building - Chinese Architecture
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 - Chinese Architecture
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 - Chinese Architecture
photo : Iwan Baan
China Wood Sculpture Museum Building – 10 Apr 2013
This 200m long Chinese building by celebrated architects office, is unusually located in a densely residential area, creating a ‘cultural’ tension with the built context. Set in a thriving metropolitan district surrounded by a densely populated neighborhood and residential complexes it seems out of place.

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, ShiQiao garden, Yangzhou, north of Shanghai, eastern China
Design: Harmony World Consulting & Design (HWCD)
Tea House in Yangzhou - New Chinese Architecture
photograph : T+E
Bamboo Courtyard Teahouse – 22 Jan 2013
A Chinese teahouse designed by Chinese architect Sun Wei, HWCD.

Chengdu Tianfu Cultural Centre
Design: Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas
Chengdu Tianfu Cultural Centre
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
A surreal space for fashion shows, product design exhibitions and automotive shows.

Chinese Buildings – Major Designs

Chinese Architecture Designs, alphabetical:

Beijing Olympics Aquatic Building –
The Water Cube

PTW with Arup
Water Cube Building - New Chinese Architecture
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

British Pavilion Shanghai
picture from architect
Shanghai Expo Building

Capital Airport, Beijing
Foster + Partners
Beijing 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
Design: 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 - Chinese Architecture
photograph : But-Sou Lai
Lafayette 148

Liangzhu Culture Museum, Zhejiang
David Chipperfield Architects
Liangzhu Culture Museum - Chinese Architecture
photograph © Christian Richters
Chinese Museum Building

Linked Hybrid, Beijing
Steven Holl Architect
Beijing building - Chinese Architecture
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
Design: Steven Holl Architects
Nanjing Museum - Chinese Architecture
picture from architect
Nanjing Museum

Phoenix International Media Center
BIAD UFo
Phoenix International Media Center - Chinese Architecture
picture from architects
Phoenix International Media Center, Beijing

Shanghai Tower Skyscraper Building
Marshall Strabala, architect
Shanghai Tower - Chinese Architecture
picture from architect
Shanghai Tower

Shenzhen 4 in 1 Tower Buildings Design
MVRDV
Shenzhen 4 in 1 Towers - Chinese Architecture
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
Design: 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 Beijin - Chinese Architecture
picture from architect
Z15 Tower

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