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WA Awards for Chinese Architecture 2018

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WA Awards for Chinese Architecture (WAACA) was established by World Architecture magazine in 2002, and was awarded biennially. The mission of WAACA is to encourage and introduce completed works addressing the national conditions of China with innovative values. It aims at enlivening the academic atmosphere of Chinese architectural community, promoting the prosperity of Chinese architectural design, enhancing the quality of Chinese architecture, contributing to the public understanding and recognition of architectural industry in China, and introducing Chinese architects and architectures to the world.

In 2014, the seventh cycle of WA Awards for Chinese Architecture expanded to a larger range, with increased the categories of the awards, and identifying more clearly the value appeal of each award. By encouraging more types of projects to participate in the selection, WAACA intends to introduce more outstanding Chinese architectural works to the Chinese society and the world.

Wann lounge / Various Associates

The Lights in Cigar room hide behind red glasses shown as sunrise.. Image © Chao Zhang The Lights in Cigar room hide behind red glasses shown as sunrise.. Image © Chao Zhang
  • Architects: Various Associates
  • Location: Shenzhen, Guangdong Sheng, China
  • Category: Restaurants & Bars
  • Lead Architects: Dongzi Yang
  • Design Team: Dongzi Yang, Qianyi Lin, Naqeeb Popal
  • Area: 480.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Chao Zhang

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Vanke Xishuanbanna Cultural Center / JANSON XIAN ARCHITECT+ASSOCIATES(XAA)

Day perspective of the west side corridor. Image © Changheng Zhan Day perspective of the west side corridor. Image © Changheng Zhan
  • Architects: XAA
  • Location: South end of Rongling Avenue, Jinghong city, Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan, China
  • Category: Cultural Center
  • Lead Architects: Tao Zhan
  • Design Team: Wang Tian, Mengyu Wang, Chao Wu
  • Area: 1100.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Changheng Zhan, enjoydesign, Chao Wu, GAIA.DESIGN

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Xinsu Group R&D Center / Minax Architects

courtyard. Image © Qingshan Wu courtyard. Image © Qingshan Wu
  • Architects: Minax Architects
  • Location: NO.189 Linghu Avenue, Wuxi, China
  • Category: Institutional buildings
  • Lead Architect: Zhigang Lu
  • Design Team: Li Liu, Dingpeng Liang, Congyi Huang, Zhirui Liu, Dan Wang, Qian Xu, Sara Gimenez Espejo, Bai Stefano
  • Area: 3762.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Qingshan Wu

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S'RUI Office / Wei Yi International Design Associates

© Xin-Ding Chen © Xin-Ding Chen

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Encore Dunhuang Theater / BIAD-ZXD ARCHITECTS

© He Shu © He Shu
  • Architects: BIAD-ZXD ARCHITECTS
  • Location: Dunhuang,Jiuquan, Gansu, China
  • Category: theater
  • Architect In Charge: Xiaodi Zhu
  • Design Team: Weiwei Hui, Qi Jia, Yuwei Fang, Gukai Huang
  • Area: 19900.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: He Shu, Du Yi

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ORIA's office / Shanghai ORIA Planing & Design

© CreatAR Images © CreatAR Images

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“A Building Created Just to Perform a Particular Function is a Dead Building”: Pei Zhu of Studio Zhu-Pei

Minsheng Museum of Modern Art / Studio Zhu Pei. Image Courtesy of Studio Zhu Pei Minsheng Museum of Modern Art / Studio Zhu Pei. Image Courtesy of Studio Zhu Pei

Since the early 2000s, China consistently has been surprising the world as the playground for international superstar architects’ most daring creations. It still does so, but the element of surprise is gone, and with increased concern for building more pragmatically, resourcefully, and overall responsibly, we are much more critical of these spectacular buildings. The script has been flipped: it is the architecture that is produced locally, with humility and social relevance, that attracts attention these days. Nowhere is this process more evident than in China, where the projects led by homegrown talent are by far the most relevant and meaningful architecture that is being built in the country today.

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OPEN Architects' Chapel of Sound Reimagines the Concert Hall

Cross section. Image © OPEN Architects Cross section. Image © OPEN Architects

Nestled in a valley north of Beijing, a building will soon be completed that may appear to have always been there, or to have emerged from and grown out of the surrounding stony landscape. OPEN Architects’ Chapel of Sound in Chengde, China was recently recognized in the 66th annual Progressive Architecture (P/A) Awards, chosen as one of ten projects to receive the commendation. The P/A Awards focus on innovative, ongoing work that promotes new ways of thinking about architecture. The Chapel of Sound was noted for its creation of a new, progressive type of environment and its reimagining of an established typology.

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Nanshanli Hotel / Linjian Design Studio

roof. Image © Yang Zhao roof. Image © Yang Zhao
  • Architects: Linjian Design Studio
  • Location: Chongqing, China
  • Category: Renovation
  • Leading Architect: Yang Zhao
  • Design Team: Sitong Ma, Ji Guan, Zijun Wang, Jiawen Song, Chengkai Cai
  • Area: 4680.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Yang Zhao

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