SOHO China | publication

Bert de Muynck | movingcities publishes “SOHO China’s New Futurism” on the ArtForum Chinese website. A short overview of past, present and future ambition of Beijing’s biggest real-estate developers.

Although architecture critics do not generally review sales-catalogues, The SOHO NewTown Files offers a glimpse into the strange universe where real-estate developer psychology meets architectural analysis. On the first page, one can read, “We bring the masters back down to earth. We ask them to design for the stylish middle class. Here they are constrained by budget and functionality. There are no more masters. There are no more idols. Art marries business.” There is no more future, I think, further exploring possible forms of market-led anarchistic architectural developments.

SOHO China Snapshots

Jianwai Soho | architect Riken Yamamoto
Jianwai Soho | architect Riken Yamamoto

SOHO Shangdu | LAB Architecture Studio
SOHO Shangdu | LAB Architecture Studio

Chaowai SOHO | Iroje Architects and Planners
Chaowai SOHO | Iroje Architects and Planners

Sanlitun SOHO | Kengo Kuma and Associates
Sanlitun SOHO | Kengo Kuma and Associates

Pictures by Bert de Muynck & Mónica Carriço | movingcities.org

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SOHO China
Riken Yamamoto
LAB Architecture Studio
Iroje Architects and Planners
Kengo Kuma and Associates

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