CAIP Mapping

CAIP Mapping

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Tianzi Hotel in Beijing

Tianzi (Son of the Heaven) Hotel was built around 2000 or 2001 in Yanjiao developing district (燕郊开发区) of Beijing, which won Guinness World Records of the world biggest image building in 2001. It is 41.6m high with the forms of three traditional Chinese gods (福禄寿, Happiess, Fortune and Longevity). This hotel is 10 stories high. The stardard room is smaller than normal ones, and ninth floor provides president suite. There is even an Peach-shape suite.

[via xinhuanet and many others]

Monday, September 24, 2007

21st centry Railway station

Isn't that funny this is a railway station? And it is more fun and ironically called 21st centry railway station. It could be considered as a new sample of "white-house-like" buildings in China. It is obvious that this kind of "architectural revolution" has spread into almost all kinds of urban facilities not only the governmental offices.
[via abbs]

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Villa Piano

"The "Piano House" is just finished recently in new district of Huainan City, Anhui Province. The building shapes of a pair of scaled piano and violin. The program is to exhibit the planning model of the new district."
--xinhua net

[via xinhuanet & abbs]

Up-side-down Villa Savoye

Villa Savoye at Helan Shan贺兰山, Ningxia Province
This project is done by Song Yongping, along with other 11 artists designing 12 houses at Helan Shan, which is called Helan Shanfang贺兰山房, organized by Lv Peng, a "uropian artisitic critic".
Le Corbusier, Villa Savoye , France (1929)

Monday, September 17, 2007

Tian'anmens in China

Xiayi, Henan Province 河南夏邑曹集乡
Linfen, Shanxi Province 山西临汾
Zhongxian, Chongqing City 重庆市忠县黄金镇 Huaxi Village, Jiangsu Province 江苏华西村

We know the Chinese likes to copy Western architecture, but they also copy their own buildings. Tian'anmen of Beijing is copied many times throughout China, which could happen the most among all Chinese buildings.

[source Xinhuanet]

Another "whitehouse-like" governmental building in Anhui Province

This governmental building is in Yingquan District of Fuyang, Anhui Province安徽阜阳颍泉区, which costs tens of million Chinese Yuan. It is "Western-style". The average annual income of local people is 2000 Yuan.

A very interesting thing is that the Chinese always misunderstands that Capitol as White House. If you check it around, you will never find such description that "Capitol-like" buildings, but always "Whitehouse-like", which are very different basically. However, few Chinese notices it at all.

Eiffel Tower in China

Not surprisingly, another famous building is copied in China. Sina reports that the "First" Eiffel Tower in Tianducheng Residential District in Lipingxingqiao Town of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province will be completed the construction later October 2007. The scale is 1:3 as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. The tower is divided for 8 sections, each of which has eight-seeing platforms with the connection by tilted elevators. The tower is 108 meters high. "Then, the landmark of the French stylish small town, with the combination of tourism and residency, will erected in North Hangzhou."

[source Sina China]

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

New Landmark of Hangzhou

New conference center of Hangzhou is now finished (sphere one). the building like moon opposite to it is the new opera house in silver. These two governmental public buildings defines the new landmark of Hangzhou city by the Qiantang river bank. They are just a typical type of defining Chinese public space in a place where no one could ever think of hanging out there.

[source: abbs]