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ZAHA HADID, SEDE DE LA CMA CGM | TECNNE │ Arquitectura, Urbanismo, Arte y Diseño

ZAHA HADID, SEDE DE LA CMA CGM | TECNNE │ Arquitectura, Urbanismo, Arte y Diseño | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
La torre diseñada por Zaha Hadid para Marsella se formula como un elemento destinado a jerarquizar la imagen de empresa.
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[Seinäjoki, Finlandia] JKMM: Biblioteca Seinäjoki

[Seinäjoki, Finlandia] JKMM: Biblioteca Seinäjoki | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

JKMM Arquitectos: Biblioteca de la ciudad de Seinäjoki

Arquitectos JKMM Arquitectos

Diseñador principal: Asmo Jaaksi

Equipo de diseño: Teemu Kurkela, Samuli Miettinen, Juha Mäki-Jyllilä, Aaro Martikainen (arquitecto de proyecto), Teemu Toivio (arquitecto de proyecto), Harri Lindberg  (estudiante de arquitectura), Päivi Meuronen (diseñador de interiores)

Ubicación: Seinäjoki, Finlandia

Finalización: 2012

Área: 4,430 metros cuadrados

Cliente: Ciudad de Seinäjoki

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Blogs Arquitectura los más influyentes - Clasificación por influencia

Blogs Arquitectura los más influyentes - Clasificación por influencia | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Ranking de blogs según el resultado calculado por Ebuzzing, basándose en numerosos parámetros (red de links del blog desde otros blogs, shares de sus artículos en Facebook, Twitter…) 

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High-speed Rail Hubs Attracting Development to Urban Centers

High-speed Rail Hubs Attracting Development to Urban Centers | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

High-speed rail (HSR) has long been touted as a tool of economic development in addition to its primary function of improving connectivity and ease of travel. Now, high-speed rail also has the potential to contribute to the nation’s urban revitalization trends.

 

Because HSR and other rail hubs are often located in urban centers, they are attracting an influx of tourism and activity to these cities. The mixed-use and transit-oriented nature of development around HSR hubs further supports the growth of city centers and downtowns.

Hotel development is particularly advantageous around these hubs because of their accessibility to those arriving by rail. These hotels also benefit from the mixed-use environment of urban centers, which provide visitors with walkable access to retail, restaurants, and attractions. In exchange, hotels and their guests energize the surrounding area with human activity...


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François Lanthier's curator insight, January 8, 2013 2:32 PM

Des statistiques qui pourraient intéresser la ville de Québec entre autres!

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Shanghai : Eugenio Aglietti | VetiVertical City

Shanghai : Eugenio Aglietti | VetiVertical City | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Shanghai is one of the Chinese cities with the highest levels of CO2 emissions per capita and, due to industrial effluents, Huangpu is one of the most polluted river of the planet. The project pursues a dual objective: firstly, the purification of wastewater produced by the building in order to recycle it; secondly, the carbon dioxide reduction. It is possible thanks to the combination between the properties of Vetiver with a new kind of skyscraper: VetiVertical City.

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Inauguración del centro de arte diseñado para México / Tadao Ando

Inauguración del centro de arte diseñado para México / Tadao Ando | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

La Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM), inauguró el Centro Roberto Garza Sada, de Arte, Arquitectura y Diseño (CRGS), en Nuevo León, diseñada por Tadao Ando, premio Pritzker de arquitectura 1995.

“La Puerta de la Creación”, como el arquitecto japonés la ha llamado, destaca por su imagen contundente de hormigón visto. La obra ha tenido un coste de más de 45 millones de dólares, y se ha llevado a cabo gracias a las aportaciones de empresarios y donantes, construyéndose a lo largo de 34 meses y empleando a más de  2,800 trabajadores.

En su planta de  99 metros de largo por 27 de ancho encierra seis niveles de doble altura de 5.40 metros cada uno, que superan grandes retos estructurales, como los 100 metros de largo con claros sin soporte en la parte inferior.

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Jerusalem, Israel, National Library Competition Entry / Gil Even-Tsur

Jerusalem, Israel, National Library Competition Entry / Gil Even-Tsur | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Architects: Gil Even-Tsur Architecture Workshop
Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Design Team: Gil even-Tsur,Aaron Vaden-Youmans, Maya Rilov, David Bly, Jaeyual Lee, Amina Bouayad

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Urbanisme : les villes japonaises s'exposent à Paris - PAP.fr

Urbanisme : les villes japonaises s'exposent à Paris - PAP.fr | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
La Maison de la culture du Japon présente depuis le 18 avril l'exposition Défis de villes - Projets urbains du Japon depuis les années 1960.
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Prishtina Central Mosque Proposal by APTUM - eVolo | Architecture Magazine

Prishtina Central Mosque Proposal by APTUM - eVolo | Architecture Magazine | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

The jury for the international competition for Prishtina Central Mosque failed to agree on a clear first prize winner; however it seems that some of the un-awarded entries caught the attention as well. MI’RAJ is the proposal of APTUM, Swiss / American architectural practice, named by one of two parts of the night ascension journey that the Islamic prophet Muhammad took one night. The proposal materializes the journey of ascension to prayer and the spatial experience that follows. Islamic community of Prishtina was searching for a unifying symbol and identity that can bring together many disparate mosques of Kosovo capital, APTUM’s design harnesses that need and brings together a sense of place and provides public space for the greater good of the community.

 
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Historic modern house renovated to Passivhaus standard

Historic modern house renovated to Passivhaus standard | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

A mantra here is that "the greenest building is the one already standing." There have been far too many posts about the loss of yet another Paul Rudolph houseor the razing of yet another brutalist classic. Often it is claimed that modern buildings are energy sinkholes and are impossible to modernize.

Then there is the Williams-Levant house, built by architect and former Frank Lloyd Wright employee Barry Byrne in 1934 for the pianist/ comedian Oscar Levant in Westport, Connecticut. It not only has been saved and modernized, but it actually has been renovated to Passivhaus standards, no easy feat, by Doug Mcdonald of Mudagreen.com, with Ken Levenson and Gregory Duncan as Passive House consultant...

 

The original Passivhaus standard was designed for new construction, with siting and sun angles being an important consideration. You can't do much about that in a renovation, so a special standard, EnerPHit, was developed by the German Passivhaus Institute. It calls for a reduction in thermal bridges, improved air tightness, high quality windows and a LOT of insulation, resulting in energy savings of between 75 and 90%...

 

Read the complete article for more on the strategies employed in the modernization of this historic structure.


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John Lasschuit ®™'s comment, March 8, 2013 2:22 PM
Great!
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Wooden Skyscrapers: A New Level of Sustainability?

Wooden Skyscrapers: A New Level of Sustainability? | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

A new breed of high-rise architecture is in the process of being born, thanks to the collaborative efforts of modern design pioneers. Envisioned as the best sustainable option for meeting world housing demands and decreasing global carbon emissions, wooden mega-structures are now one step closer to becoming a reality.

 

“Big Wood,” a conceptual project to the eVolo 2013 Skyscraper Competition, builds on the premise that wood, when harvested responsibly, is one of the best tools architects and engineers have for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating healthy communities. Aspiring to become one of the greenest skyscrapers in the world, Big Wood challenges the way we build our cities and promotes timber as a reliable platform to support tomorrow’s office and residential towers...


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Linda Alexander's curator insight, April 20, 2013 4:47 PM

Whoa..Chicago!

Geovanni's curator insight, May 8, 2013 9:32 AM

Fascinating place. Must of been a lot of wood to be created.

Bubba Muntzer's comment, May 13, 2013 11:44 AM
It takes around 30 years for a seedling to grow into the kind of wood that can be used in construction. A little maintenance is required during that period. Meanwhile it's soaking up CO2 and making oxygen. The only industrial processes required are to cut it down and cut it into boards and 2 x 4s. If you stagger your planting you have an endless supply.
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Fideicomiso: When Architects Become Developers (And Everybody Wins)

Fideicomiso: When Architects Become Developers (And Everybody Wins) | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

A decade before Kickstarter made “crowdfunding” a buzzword (particularly in architecture circles), a similar concept – going by a far more poetic name – was already alive and well in the streets of Buenos Aires.

Fideicomiso is a system of development which gained popularity in Argentina after the financial crisis of 2001; banks crashed, the public grew wary of developers, and a more democratic system of development gained prevalence. Under fideicomiso, the architect himself takes on the risk of development; residents collect their assets and provide them to the architect, who buys the land, funds the project and oversees the design/construction.

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Wuxi, China Masterplan: Mixed Use Building Complex Proposal / ATENASTUDIO

Wuxi, China Masterplan: Mixed Use Building Complex Proposal / ATENASTUDIO | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Architects: ATENASTUDIO, in collaboration with Archmaster Studio
Location: Lot A.02.08 – Lihu Area, Wuxi, China
ATENASTUDIO Team:
Directors and Project Managers: Marco Sardella, Rossana Atena
Project Leaders: Francesca Gregori, Luigi Simone
Project Team: Gezim Bono, Pasquale Buonpane, Elena Caruso, Arianna Marino, Gianpiero Bianchi, Dritan Mico
Render: Fabio Cibinel
Archmaster Studio Team:
Director: Sonja Ilia
Project Leader: Elona Vladi
Project Team: Endri Dervishi, Zamir Tauzi, Besiana Lubonja, Juna Leka
Render: Besjon Hysi
Client: Wuxi Taihu Pearl Estates Development Co., LTD, Mr. Cui Yang ; Cheng Hsiung International Corporation, Mr. Chen Gang
Consultants: Render: Modostudio
Masterplan Program: 5 Skyscraper buildings, 3 Multi-storey buildings, 3 Courtyard buildings, 56 Villas, Hotel with 350 rooms: 24 floors, Facilities buildings (Shopping buildings, Real Estate Point, Aquatic Sports Club, Daycare + Elderly Care Center + Multi Media Library, Tennis and Squash Club, Yacht Club, underground parking)
Lot Area: 336.340 sqm
Built Area: 561.411 sqm
Project Date: January-March 2012

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LE CORBUSIER INCONCLUSO, VILLA CHIMANBHAI | TECNNE │ Arquitectura, Urbanismo, Arte y Diseño

LE CORBUSIER INCONCLUSO, VILLA CHIMANBHAI | TECNNE │ Arquitectura, Urbanismo, Arte y Diseño | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
La casa para el Alcalde de Ahmedabad, la Villa Chimanbhai, es uno de los proyectos no construidos de Le Corbusier en la India. El encargo lo recibió en 1951 de parte del alcalde deseoso de construir una nueva casa a orillas del rio Sabarmati.

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Marcelo Gardinetti's curator insight, April 30, 2013 7:42 AM

LE CORBUSIER UNFINISHED, VILLA CHIMANBHAI

By Marcelo Gardinetti | April 2013

The Villa Chimanbhai is one of the not built projects of Le Corbusier in India. The commission was received in 1951 from the mayor of Ahmedabad, who wanted to build a new home the banks of the Sabarmati River. In this work, as in the later Villa Madame Manorama Sarabhai, 1955 and Villa Shodhan in 1956, formalizes the idea houses monumental presence as a way of ennobling domestic housing.

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ARUP's Urban Skyscraper: A Design Proposal for the Year 2050

ARUP's Urban Skyscraper: A Design Proposal for the Year 2050 | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

In the article entitled “It’s Alive,” the design team at engineering firm ARUP envision a city building in the year 2050 that includes flexible modular pods, urban agriculture, climate-conscious facades and intelligent building systems. ARUP hopes the proposal will ultimately answer the question, "As city living takes center stage, what will we come to expect from the design and function of urban structures and buildings?".

 

ARUP’s futuristic skyscraper will be a “smart” building that will plug into a smart urban infrastructure, and cater to an expanding and technological society. By 2050, the global population will reach nine billion, 75% of which will live in cities. Significantly, this date will also mark a generation of adults that have lived their entire lives engaging with smart devices and materials. The design theory is that the population of 2050 is likely to be in constant flux, and therefore buildings and materials that surround this urban lifestyle must also be capable of evolution and change.

ARUP has imagined a building of the future that produces more than it consumes. Alongside the sustainable construction, the design will feature photovoltaic capability to capture and transmit energy using on-site fuel cells. In addition, energy will be harnessed from elevators or similar internal systems, along with wind turbines and algae-producing bio-fuel pods...


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Duane Craig's curator insight, February 20, 2013 11:54 AM

Whike true sustainabiity in buildings is probably not possible, this moves closer to it.

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[ Dayi, Sichuan, China] Clock Museum Of the Cultural Revolution / Jiakun Architects

[ Dayi, Sichuan, China] Clock Museum Of the Cultural Revolution / Jiakun Architects | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Architects: Jiakun Architects
Location: Dayi, Sichuan
Principal Architect: Liu Jiakun
Design Team: Yang Ying, Song Chunlai
Area: 3885.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Bi Kejian, Iwan Baan

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[ALPHA-VILLE?...] CHINA: Steven Holl Completes “Micro-City” Complex In Chengdu!

[ALPHA-VILLE?...]  CHINA: Steven Holl Completes “Micro-City” Complex In Chengdu! | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Steven Holl has completed his latest, and some might say, most significant project in China. TheSliced Porosity Block, or “CapitaLand Raffles City Chengdu”—we can’t decide which is hokier—was recently opened, ushering in a new type of architecture for one of China’s fastest growing cities. Located in the heart of Chengdu, the dense three million square-foot complex creates a completely novel public space that’s hemmed in by five residential/office towers. The scheme, which flips the generic tower-and-podium typology on its head, differentiates itself from other nearby urban projects by privileging public space over exuberant form and material-wasting showmanship

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Gardens By The Bay: Singapore's Most Brilliant Architectural Innovation

Gardens By The Bay: Singapore's Most Brilliant Architectural Innovation | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Gardens by the Bay is the newest addition to Singapore's green space innovations, making this architecturally brilliant metropolis truly a “City in a Garden.”

Still a work in progress, Gardens by the Bay was named the World Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival 2012. The use of innovative energy saving technologies is a noteworthy element of this unique project.

More than 217,000 plants belonging to approximately 800 species and varieties are represented in the Gardens “with the hope that it will help to promote awareness of the wonders of nature and the value of plants to Man and the environment.” In this way, visitors are instilled with new or renewed awareness of plants, while experiencing different ecosystems without disturbing original forests. Gardens by the Bay also supports the sustainability of culture through a wide array of “edutainment” available onsite — from school programs to concerts  – to further enhance an understanding of this experience...


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Chia Yi Xuan's curator insight, June 29, 2013 11:40 AM

From this article, I can see that Singapore's architectural design of the Gardens by the Bay has been known and that people find it very innovative and fascinating. It was named the World Building of the Year in the year 2012. I think that the Gardens by the Bay is a very good idea as it can attract tourists and draw international attention.It also make Singapore known to more countries.I wonder if the people in the other countries will find it fascinating and a joy to see this architectural innovation.

Tan Teck Ling's curator insight, June 30, 2013 9:24 AM

This is my insight using See-Think-Wonder routine,

I can see from this article that Singapore has gained some recognition for its attempt to built a creative and interesting architecture while ensuring it to be Eco-friendly.
I think that this type of architectures are beneficial to everybody as it provides shelter for people while ensuring that the building is a great attraction through the usage of a large variety of plants that is Eco-friendly.
I wonder what would Singapore come up with that would allow it to gain such recognition once again by others 

RuiHan Chia's curator insight, June 30, 2013 9:59 AM

I see that Singapore 's new addition, Gardens by the Bay, has already drawn international attention and was named the World Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival 2012. I think that Gardens by the Bay is good because it promotes energy saving and is a great tourist attraction and showcases many different plants and habitats. It also has great potential since it is not complete yet. I wonder how it will change as it is being completed.

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[Trondheim, Noruega] The Polite House / JVA

[Trondheim, Noruega] The Polite House / JVA | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Arquitectos: JVA
Ubicación: Trondheim, Noruega
Arquitectos Principales: Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Ane Sønderaal Tolfsen, Claes Cho Heske Ekornås, Paul-Henri Henn
Consultores: Byggmester Hans Helseth AS
Clientes: Tonje Evanger, Tom Arne Pedersen
Area: 170.0 m2
Año: 2012
Fotografías: Lars Evanger

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Détails d'Architecture – Tour Eiffel des mers, du pétrole et des idées

Détails d'Architecture – Tour Eiffel des mers, du pétrole et des idées | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Rem island, Tour Eiffel des mers, du pétrole et des idées, Amsterdam.
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Finland's Wuxi Theater: An Iconic Design that Harvests Rainwater

Finland's Wuxi Theater: An Iconic Design that Harvests Rainwater | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Like the iconic waterfront Sydney Opera House, the Wuxi Grand Theatre, built by Finland’s PES-Architects, benefits from its location.

 

Located on a manmade peninsula, the theater is highly visible from all directions- a prime spot that provided the opportunity to construct an eye-catching roof that places the building in a direct dialogue with the city’s weather. Eight massive steel wings stretch out from the roof 50 meters high, adding a distinct sculptural element while reflecting direct sunlight, sheltering interior spaces from excessive heat. The slanted roof also works to harvest rainwater, taking advantage of the local climate and reducing the building’s impact on the environment.

Thousands of LED lights illuminate the aluminum wings; inside, the Main Auditorium is covered by over 15,000 bamboo blocks, capturing the local character while infusing a distinctly Finnish element in its forms and materials.

 

One year after its opening, the theater has seamlessly integrated its green terraces and lakeside landscape into the urban context and local culture...

 


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Betty Klug's curator insight, April 27, 2013 3:12 PM

We can save the world through education.  Expose your students to innovations around the world as starters for innovative student projects.

ParadigmGallery's curator insight, April 29, 2013 10:35 AM

A breathtaking setting and an award winning design.

 

"Evoking the character of a butterfly, eight massive steel wings stretch out from the roof 50 meters from the ground. While the wings add a distinct sculptural element to the crown of the theater, they reflect direct sunlight, sheltering interior spaces from excessive heat. The slanting of the roof wings also work to harvest rainwater, taking advantage of the local climate and reducing the building’s impact on the environment"


bravo....beautiful...PES Architects

Natalie Curtis's curator insight, May 1, 2013 11:03 AM

I love the idea of Finnish architecture meeting in this locale to design this magnificent theater. Not only does the purpose of the architecture and the sustainability and environmental friendly aspects of this building speak for itself but the design of the life-like butterfly wings blends in gorgeously to it's surrounding landscape. The design and overall appearance can be appreciated at home and abroad and is a sight to behold, I'm sure. The inside is as equally as impressive as the outside- which has an interesting job of harvesting rainwater and regulating the amount of heat that may need to be reflected off of the building... which cuts down on energy usage. 

Impressive, PES Architects.

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Berlin's Architectural Wasteland - Architecture Lab

Berlin's Architectural Wasteland - Architecture Lab | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
Klaus Wowereit, Berlin's mayor since 2001, has watched his city become one of world's coolest artistic meccas. But under his guidance, the city has devolved into a backward-looking architectural wasteland in which urban planning only favors the rich.
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Tower House: Architecture that Camouflages into the Tree Canopy

Tower House: Architecture that Camouflages into the Tree Canopy | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

This small vacation house is designed as a stairway to the treetops.


Keeping the footprint to a minimum so as not to disturb the wooded site, each of the three floors has only one small bedroom and bath, each a tiny private suite. The fourth floor, which contains the living spaces, spreads out from the tower like the surrounding forest canopy, providing views of the lake and mountains in the distance, virtually the entire Catskill Mountain range. The glass-enclosed stair highlights the procession from forest floor to treetop aerie, while the dark green enameled exterior camouflages the house by reflecting the surrounding woods, and dematerializing its form...


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ignaciano13's comment, April 19, 2013 2:30 PM
Ok Muy bonito. ¡Precioso!
Geovanni's curator insight, April 30, 2013 10:01 AM

What an interesting house to take a vacation at. :)

Clem Stanyon's comment, May 14, 2013 8:46 PM
Nice concept, I'm not sure that geometrical shapes are goign to 'blend' with fractal ones, though.
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Busan, Korea, Opera House Proposal: 3rd Prize Winner / Henning Larsen Architects + Tomoon Architects

Busan, Korea, Opera House Proposal: 3rd Prize Winner / Henning Larsen Architects + Tomoon Architects | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Architects: Henning Larsen Architects and Tomoon Architects
Location: Busan, South Korea
Team: Henning Larsen Architects, Tomoon Architects, Arup, Theatre Plan and Speirs + Major
Client: Busan Metropolitan City
Gross Floor Area: 47,100
Status: 3rd prize in invited, international competition
Number of Seats: 1781

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[ Beijing, China ] W House / Slow Architecture

[ Beijing, China ] W House / Slow Architecture | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Architects: Slow Architects
Location: Beijing, China
Year: 2012
Photographs: Fei Zhiwei

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