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China's Crazy Architecture Is Something To See!

The Beauty In Modern Chinese Architecture 

Kris Provoost, Belgian architect based in Shanghai, China has once again impressed us. As a hobby he takes on the role of photographer, and finds the beauty in minimalism. Especially seeking out the architecture in China, it’s possible to find all types of architecture sparkling with crazy designs. Today, we are so used to seeing a packed, populous China, that we tend to forget to look at the modern design they have built in the past 10 years. 

Each photo is so pleasing to the eye that we could look at them forever.  However, these exclusively unique buildings almost came to an end as in 2014 Chinese president Xi Jinping called for an end to the "weird architecture" that has come as a result of China's construction boom. But fortunately, after much criticism on the decision, today in 2018, they have decided that as long as the architecturally different buildings are economical, functional, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly, it is still completely accepted and encouraged.

Provoost, has captured the best of the best and they are ever so satisfying to see. He favors in finding and photographing the most striking buildings, meanwhile capturing them at angles that are less anticipated.  Ensuring that his viewers are experiencing each line, edge and element of the architecture. Documentation like this takes time and dedication. Not to mention, its the 2nd of the Beautified China Series! You can find all of his past and present projects on his Instagram and or Behance accounts!

 


Canton Tower

Architect: Information Based Architecture Place: Guangzhou / 2010

Kris Provoost Canton Tower

 

Fake Hills

Architect: MAD Architects Place: Beihai / 2016

Kris Provoost Fake Hills

 

Guotai Arts Center

Architect: China Architecture Place: Chongqing / 2013

Kris Provoost Guotai Arts Center

 

3 Cubes

Architect: GMP ArchitektenPlace: Shanghai / 2015

 

National Aquatics Center

Architect: PTW Architects Place: Beijing / 2008

Kris Provoost National Aquatics Center


 

Hongqiao Flower

Architect: MVRDV Place: Shanghai / 2015

Kris Provoost Hongqiao Flower

 

Tianjin Exploratorium

Architect: Bernard Tschumi Place: Tianjin / 2018

Kris Provoost Tianjin Exploratorium

 

Xinzhou Mansion

Architect: GMP Architekten Place: Shanghai / 2018

Kris Provoost Xinzhou Manison

 

 

The Gate to the East

Architect: RMJM Place: Suzhou / 2015

Kris Provoost The Gate to the East

 

Sliced Porosity Block

Architect: Steven Holl Architects Place: Chengdu / 2012

Kris Provoost Sliced Porosity Block

 

 

Chongqing Grand Theater

Architect: GMP Architekten Place: Chongqing / 2009

Kris Provoost Chongqing Grand Theater

All Photo Credits: Kris Provoost 

31 May 2018 by Lisa Scarpa

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