We’ve seen this done with football stadiums, amusement parks and shopping complexes (with the last two examples having already happened in San Antonio), but architect Martin Jochman and his studio JADE + QA had gone ahead and designed a hotel in a quarry. In fact, the International Shanghai Wonderland Hotel (a.k.a. the Shimao Wonderland Intercontinental) — located in Songjiang, Shanghai, China and opened on November 15th of last year — is the world’s first hotel to be designed and built in a quarry, in which only two levels are above ground, while the other 16 levels rest among and into the quarry below. The building’s international award-winning design (which won said award all the way back in 2006) includes amenities such as an underwater restaurant and aquarium (located in the two lowest underwater levels), all set within a form aiming to minimize its impact on the local environment.
While many of us are still trying to process the recent news that Kingdom Hearts III has finally gone gold (I’m mean, a lot of us thought this day would NEVER come), another interesting piece of news has popped up regarding Square-Enix and Disney’s upcoming RPG. Recently, Chinese game site A9VG covered Kingdom Hearts III, there was a pretty noticeable omission in the story: Winnie the Pooh. Above, … Continue reading Behold China’s Censorship of ‘Kingdom Hearts III’…
Around this time last year, it was reported that Donnie Yen cast to star in a film based on the game Sleeping Dogs, developed by United Front Games and published by Square-Enix in 2012. To be perfectly honest, the casting of Yen as the game’s protagonist, Wei Shen, makes perfect sense; Sleeping Dogs is essentially a mash-up of numerous films in Yen’s filmography. Taking to Instagram without even saying (while somewhat implying) that the film was in shooting, Yen confirmed that this latest video game-to-film adaptation has entered production. Continue reading “Donnie Yen confirms “Sleeping Dogs” Film Adaptation is in Production”
Konami has teamed up with Starlight Media, a Chinese media giant, to create a live-action Contra movie AND a TV drama series. In fact, the film project was originally revealed earlier this year, and movie’s plot, according to the press release, appears to be taking elements from the varying storylines from both the Japanese and English versions of the game. Continue reading “The Live-Action Contra TV Series & Film Will Get A Worldwide Release”
This is the new passenger terminal for the Beijing Daxing International Airport, which is soon to be the largest aviation hub in the world. Why and how? This large structure will cover an area of 3,369,103.96 square feet thanks to the five “limbs” that spread outward from a central area. The size of this new terminal will relieve pressure from the suburb-based (and really over-crowded) Beijing Capital International Airport. According to Xinhuanet News, each “limb” will showcase images from Chinese culture, including “silk, tea, porcelain, farmlands, and Chinese gardens.” Continue reading “Check Out the Structural Bones of this new Airport Terminal in Beijing from Zaha Hadid Architects…”
Many consider the Macau region of China to be the gambling capital of Earth, so — according to Bloomberg — in an effort to improve bank security (while also allowing China to monitor how their money moves in and out of the country), they are upgrading all 1,200 of their ATMs with facial recognition cameras. Here’s how they’re going to work: a user wanting to make a withdrawal will need to enter their PIN, followed by staring into the facial recognition lens for six seconds for identity verification. So, cool (in terms of technology) AND creepy (in terms of privacy and liberty) at the same time, but it is THEIR money and THEY want to track it NOW!
SLOW Architects designed this addition to a teaching school located in the mountain area of Enshi City, Hubei province — at the intersection of three counties — thanks to multiple (and I mean MULTIPLE) donations of funds and materials (as funding for new hardwood was difficult to obtain). The teaching school is the only one close enough to the students who live in this area, as they live far away from any of the central school of the three counties, so the school is of REAL NEED. Continue reading “A Donated Reading Room at Shenwan Teaching School”
In case you’re wondering what the latest baffling and confusing corporate branding decision will be, look no further than PepsiCo (you know, the Pepsi folks). According to Reuters, PepsiCo confirmed plans to launch smartphones and accessories in China, STARTING TODAY! That’s right; should you find yourself in China on this date, you can pick up your own Pepsi-branded smartphone! Continue reading “Sooo, yeah….Pepsi is launching smartphones TODAY in China”
There’s something about a red front door that calls your attention to building. It makes a bright, confident and cheerful statement to those you are about to enter or just happen to pass by. After some light research, it turns out there are MANY reasons red is the popular color choice around the world for front doors. So go ahead and ask yourself, should you paint your door red, what exactly are you telling the rest of the world? Continue reading “Some History Behind Why Some Front Doors are Red…”
You read that correctly; NINETEEN DAYS. In fact, a representative for this 57-floor skyscraper stated that “three floors in a day is China’s new normal.” The tower in Changsha is referred to as the “Mini Sky City,” which is a 180,000-square-meter mixed-use building was built in record time with modular, “LEGO-like” blocks. This particular construction process claims to have required fewer materials, which significantly reduced the amount of air pollution commonly caused by dusty construction sites. Continue reading “Chinese Company Builds 57-Story Skyscraper in 19 Days”