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BusinessWeek/Architectural Record
China Awards 2008

Winning Projects From Around China Show That Good Design Is Good Business

BusinessWeek/Architectural Record China Awards 2008

Architects and business people often seem to speak different languages. Architects love to talk about space, light, and transcending morphology. Business people use phrases like “return on investment” and “risk management.” The goal of the BusinessWeek/Architectural Record Awards is to create a dialogue between these two worlds and honor examples of design and business working together to further each other’s goals. Begun in 1997, the awards program has become one of the most prestigious in the world and one of the few to examine architecture from the perspective of the clients who commission it and the people who use it.

Taking a broad view of the term, we define “business” to include the work done by government agencies, universities, cultural organizations, and other not-for-profit institutions, in addition to corporations and companies. And we recognize the client/architect teams responsible for creating great works of design.

In 2005/6, we brought the BusinessWeek/Architectural Record Awards to China on a bi-annual basis, believing that the program’s message that “Good design is good business” would find fertile ground here. This year, we honor 13 building and planning projects ranging in size from a small house in Hong Kong to an 860,000-square-meter, mixed-use development near the center of Beijing. We selected five great public projects, but didn’t find any commercial buildings that lived up to our high standards. We created a new category for interior architecture and recognized residential, green, and preservation projects.  We also selected as best client a real-estate developer that has made design an essential part of its business strategy and worked with innovative architects from China and abroad.

Clifford Pearson

Best Public Projects

 

Dafen Art Museum

Dafen Art Museum
Urbanus Architecture & Design
Created for the Longgang Municipal Government, Shenzhen

Photo © Chen Jiu

Liangzhu Culture Museum

Liangzhu Culture Museum
David Chipperfield Architects; ZTUDI The Architectural Design and Research Institute Zhejiang University of Technology
Created for the Zhejiang Vanke Narada Real Estate Group Company, Ltd.

Photo © Christian Richters

Suzhou Museum

Suzhou Museum
I.M. Pei Architect with Pei Partnership Architects; Suzhou Institute of Architectural Design
Created for the Suzhou Municipal Administration of Culture, Radio & Television

Photo © Pei Partnership Architects

Shanghai South Station

Shanghai South Station
AREP VILLE, East China Architectural Design & Research Institute, and Shanghai Xian Dai Architectural Design Group
Created for the Shanghai Railway Station Bureau

Photo © Didier Boy de la Tour

Sino-French Centre

Sino-French Centre
Atelier Z+
Created for Tongji University

Photo © Zhang Siye

 

Best Residential Projects
Ningbo Eastern New City Economical Housing

Ningbo Eastern New City Economical Housing
DC Alliance and the China Ningbo Housing Design Institute
Created for the Ningbo Eastern New City Development & Construction Headquarters

Photo © ZhiEn Zhang

Southside House

Southside House
Chang Bene Design
Created for C. Tse

Photo © Edgar Tappan

Dutch Ambassador’s Residence

Dutch Ambassador’s Residence
Dirk Jan Postel/Kraaijvanger•Urbis; Universal Architecture Studio; and Royal Haskoning
Created for The Kingdom of The Netherlands

Photo © Christian Richters

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Best Interior Project
Vanke Experience Centre

Vanke Experience Centre
Urbanus Architecture & Design
Created for China Vanke Company, Ltd.

Photo © Chen Jiu

Best Planning Project
Beijing Finance Street

Beijing Finance Street
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Created for Beijing Finance Street Holding Company

Photo © Tim Griffith

Best Green Projects
Chongqi Channel Environmental Landscape Plan and Chongming North Lake District Master Plan

Chongqi Channel Environmental Landscape Plan and Chongming North Lake District Master Plan
EDAW
Created for Shanghai Municipal City Planning Administration

Renderings courtesy EDAW

Sunny Bay MTR Station

Sunny Bay MTR Station
Arup and Aedas Limited
Created for the MTR Corporation

Photo courtesy Aedas

Best Preservation Project
Office of Horizon Design Company

Shanghai Office of Horizon Design Company
J.J. Pan & Partners
Created for Horizon Design Company, Ltd.

Photo © Jim Chang and Steve Mok

Best Client
China Vanke Company, Ltd.

China Vanke Company, Ltd.

Photo courtesy China Vanke Company, Ltd.

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