HEKKTA’s Property Portal – Architecture in Asia

As the wider economy of Asia continues to thrive, HEKKTA has noticed increasing numbers of property developments arising across the continent. We take a look at the trends in design and the exciting emerging architecture as well as a trusty round up of all the latest news stories in property and architecture.

Architecture giant MAD have created an amazing Huangshan Mountain Village which mimics the sleek curves of the granite. The pictures taken of the village really show the stunning design of the towers in relation to its environment along the edge of Taiping Lake. This is part of a wider plan for Huangshan Taiping Lake providing facilities over a 100-hectare site.

Huangshan Mountain Village - MAD - Architecure of Asia

Huangshan Mountain Village – MAD – Architecure of Asia

Plans for a new skyscraper called Empire City in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City have been unveiled by architect Ole Scheeren. The design was created with the intention of mimicing the Vietnamese landscape, much the same as MAD’s idea for the Huangshan Mountain Village, with a mountain like podium beneath the three towers, which will have gardens similar to the country’s paddy fields. On the tallest tower there will be a ‘sky forest’.

Empire City - Architecture of Asia

Empire City – Architecture of Asia

Another development titled Marina One in Singapore by Ingenhoven Architects and landscape firm Gustafson Porter + Bowman has been created to mimic paddy fields. Click here to see how they have pulled it off.

MVRDV have built what could be the most exciting looking library we have seen here at HEKKTA. The Dutch firm incorporated a huge eye-like ball into the middle of the Tianjin Binhai Public Library in China with books covering the andulating walls.

Tianjin Binhai Public Library - China - Architecture of Asia

Tianjin Binhai Public Library – China – Architecture of Asia

Nearly half of Europeans who do not yet own a home believe that they never will, with the Brits and the Germans being the largest pessimists. Could they be right?

A cooling of buyer demand in the housing market is forcing four in ten homeowners to cut their asking prices. Rightmove says this is largely because of ‘initial over-optimism’ in an increasingly tougher market.

The two finalists of this year’s RIBA House of the Year Award have been revealed, taking five down to two. The first finalists is an ‘idiosyncratic’ ship-like house and the other is a stunning ‘modern day castle’ on the coast of Dover. Take a look and see which one you prefer.

In a bid to prevent the demolition of Helmut Jahn’s James R Thompson Center, filmmaker Nathan Eddy has released a movie about the architect, which will be available to watch online this week (Starship Chicago)

“I wanted to make an architecture documentary that is personable, funny, and overall human,” Eddy told Dezeen. “It’s very hard to translate the language of glass, steel and stone into genuine human emotion, but if you try hard enough you can do that.”

Thompson Centre - Property Portal - Architecture of Asia

Thompson Centre – Property Portal – Architecture of Asia

More than 150 Scottish architects have called for the ‘increasingly secretive and autocratic’ RIAS (Scottish architecture’s professional body) to reform indicating their concerns about “a lack of effectiveness, poor governance and insufficient accountability in Scottish architecture’s professional body”.

Photos released of a New York duplex penthouse created by Japanese architect Tadao Ando are giving HEKKTA serious property envy. The 5,603-square-foot residence situated in Manhattan’s Nolita neighbourhood has mulitple outdoor terraces accross three levels, with an internal spiral staircase featuring in the penthouse. This is sleek modern design at it’s beautiful best.

152 Elizabeth Street - Tadao Ando - Property Portal - Architecture of Asia

152 Elizabeth Street – Tadao Ando – Property Portal – Architecture of Asia

Stamp duty is preventing 45,000 house purchases a year, a study has found, as Phillip Hammond comes under growing pressure to cut the tax to help first-time buyers get a foot on the ladder.

Work has begun on Zaha Hadid Architects’ residential tower in Mexico City, which will become the city’s tallest apartment building.

The V&A museum have managed to save a section of the controversial brutalist social housing block, Robin Hood Gardens in Poplar. Despite much opposition, the estate created by Alison and Peter Smithson is set to be demolished to make way for much more dense housing.

Norman Foster has stated that some “cartoonish” postmodern buildings are worth saving.