A Short History | China Modern
The Beijing Olympics in 2008 brought to light the inventive new style of design that is Modern Chinese Architecture. Architecture that surpasses the flamboyant locations of the famed Olympics and delves deep into the heart of China. Residential buildings, working environments, the general skyline of China seems to be transforming into an assortment of diverse designs. This is the indirect result of an overnight economic boom which led to one of the world’s biggest ever. Producing a ‘wealthier’ China, its population began affording to accommodate for its mammoth size and due to this construction demands grew vast and swift during the 1980’s.
China’s modern design boasts a wide variety of styles. Most obvious in the capital city of Beijing, the China Modern style seems to generate a theme of ‘diversity’. Buildings such as the Shanghai Museum, the new Telecommunications building and the Shanghai Stock Exchange reflect a collection of random forms and unusual shapes not only on the exterior but within the interior also. Chance located objects like cubes and spheres seem that seem to be of no importance or use are apparent.
China’s population really is a key focus in its whole design. Modern Chinese buildings can be often seen as being a clever use of space or having a compact aesthetic. Though a reoccurring theme seems to be the sky. Asia’s fascination with all things far above the ground, tall, towering is without a doubt due to using its space as efficiently as possible. Shanghai not only features the world’s second tallest building, but it’s third also.
Ultimately it would be a fair assumption to say that Chinese modern design follows a miss match combination of function and extravagant, surplus form. One that somehow appears correct. None of these buildings should look right in any environment but for some reason do and the result is a truly inspiring design style.