Category Archives: Cultural Architecture

Seashore Library, China / Vector Architects

Architect                                   : Vector Architecs

Design Team                           : Zhiyong Liu, Hsi Chao Chen, Hsi Mei Hsieh

Location                                    : Bei Hai He, China

Type                                           : Library

Area                                           : 450 sqm

Material                                    : Concrete, Laminated Bamboo Slate, Glass Block

Year                                           : 2015

The library is located along the seashore of China Bohai Bay. The design key point is focused on exploring the co-existing relationship of the space boundary, the movement of human body, the shifting light ambience, the air ventilating through and the ocean view. The library faces the ocean to its east. During seasons of spring, summer and fall, it not only serves the community residents at west, but opens to the public as well. 

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Tehran Book Garden, Iran / Design Core [4s] Architects

Architect                                   : Design Core [4s] Architects & Urban Designers

Design team                            : Amirhosein Kheradmand, Ali mohammad Heidari, Ali Nabi, Hamidreza Jahani moghadam, Mehdi Ghiaie, Ali Ramezanali, Ehsan Ghasemlou

Landscape design team       : Hoda Alavi tabari, Golshan Norasteh far, Pouya Najian, Bahram Khadiv, Mehdi Mahdavi, Maryam Malekzadeh

Location                                      : Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran

Client                                            : Tehran Cultural Development Company- Municipality of Tehran

Areas                                            : 65,000 sqm

Project year                              : 2017

Structural design                    : Portal Consultants

Design and Built                     : Kayson Co. Tehran, Iran

The world’s largest bookstore just opened in Tehran, Iran. The Book Garden is a gigantic green-roofed building measuring 154,000 square feet that has 12 miles of shelves packed with millions of books. The project is part of a larger 700,000 square foot complex that features several movie theaters, science halls, classrooms, a prayer room and a restaurant.

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Ningbo History Museum, China / Wang Shu / Amateur Architecture Studio

Architect                                 : Wang Shu / Amateur Architecture Studio

Location                                   : Ningbo, China

Client                                         : Ningbo History Museum

Status                                        : Completed

Year                                            : 2008

Area                                           : 30,000 sqm

The Ningbo Museum sits on a massive unpopulated plaza in Yinzhou, a district in the city of Ningbo with a 5,000-year history that looks like it was established last year. The streets that surround it are wide enough to accommodate six lanes of traffic, but are virtually car-free. The sidewalk is lined with skinny leafless trees, shrubs and disconnected tiles of brownish-yellow grass.

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Harbin Opera House, China / MAD architects

Harbin Cultural Center

Location                     : Harbin, China
Type                              : Theater, Cultural Center
Time                             : 2010 – 2015
Area                             : 1,800,000 sqm

Harbin Theater 

Area                                : 79,000sqm
Building Height        : 56m

Harbin Labor Recreation Center

Area                                : 41,000sqm
Building Height        : 47.6m


Architect                          : Mad architects

Client                                 : Harbin Songbei Investment and Development Group Co.,Ltd

Facade/Cladding          : Inhabit Group, China Jingye Engineering Co., Ltd

Landscape Architect    : Beijing Turenscape Institute

Acoustics Consultants : Acoustic and Theater Special Design & Research Studio of East China Architectural Design & Research Institute (ECADI)

Lighting Design           : China International Engineering Design & Consult Co., Ltd.

Stage Lighting and Acoustics Design : Acoustic and Theater Special Design & Research Studio of East China Architectural Design & Research Institute (ECADI)

Stage Mechanical Engineers : Beijing New Era Architectural Design Ltd.

Embedded within Harbin’s wetlands, the Harbin Opera House was designed in response to the force and spirit of the northern city’s untamed wilderness and frigid climate. Appearing as if sculpted by wind and water, the building seamlessly blends in with nature and the topography—a transfusion of local identity, art, and culture.  “We envision Harbin Opera House as a cultural center of the future – a tremendous performance venue,

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Bait Ur Rouf Mosque, Bangladesh / Marina Tabassum

Architect                                        : Marina Tabassum
Location                                          : Dhaka, Bangladesh
Client                                                : Sufia Khatun
Area                                                   : 754m²
Completed                                     : 2012

Ventilation and the play of light make this neighbourhood mosque a refuge for spirituality. After a difficult life and the loss of her husband and near relatives, the client donated a part of her land for a mosque to be built. A temporary structure was erected. After her death, her grand-daughter, an architect, acted on her behalf as fundraiser, designer, client and builder to bring the project to completion.

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Friendship Centre, Bangladesh / Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury / URBANA

Architect                   : Kashef Mahboob + URBANA

Location                    : Gaibandha, Bangladesh

Team                          : Anup Kumar Basak, Sharif Jahir Hossain, Motiur Rahman, Amrul Hasan

Area                           : 2897 sqm

Year                           : 2011

 The Friendship Centre is a training facility for a non-governmental organisation in the flatlands of rural, northern Bangladesh, near the Brahmaputra-Jamuna River. Friendship has done transformative work in the region and the people who are trained here live in the floodplains of the river, on land that floods almost annually, and on sandbars that are destroyed every time the river is in spate. 

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