HEKKTA’s Property Portal – China

Christmas has passed and the New Year is upon us but no matter what time of year, your Property Portal will be here! This week we are focusing on property and architecture in China, and also what activity Chinese investors are up to around the world. Of course we shall also bring you up to date with the latest property and architecture news during the festive period.


The highest bridge in the world has just been opened to traffic in southwest China. The Beipanjiang Bridge is more than half a kilometre high above the Beipan River and it connects the provinces of Guizhou and Yunnan. It is expected to reduce journey time between the cities of Liupanshui and Xuianwei from five hours to just two!

Beipanjiang Bridge - China

Beipanjiang Bridge – China

At the site of world’s largest and highest glass bridge in China, French studio Martin Duplantier Architectes have proposed  some amazing bridges and viewpoints in the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, which will be made of stainless steel and glass for a unique look.

Zhangjiajie Bridges - Zhangjiajie National Forest Park - China

Zhangjiajie Bridges – Zhangjiajie National Forest Park – China

Zhangjiajie Bridges - Zhangjiajie National Forest Park - China

Zhangjiajie Bridges – Zhangjiajie National Forest Park – China

Chinese investors continue to buy London property despite fears Brexit would stall it.

The number of 25 year olds who own homes has halved in the last 20 years.

Grimshaw has overhauled the student union of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. The modernist glass design adds a touch of innovation to the historic campus.

The studio Mira Arquitetos have completed a metal and glass office block in Brasilia, which will be the National Confederation of Municipalities. The concrete creation is a bit of a marvel.

Brexit doom looms over 2017 with surveyors predicting that house price growth will slow 3% next year, with demand outsripping supply.

Take a look at some stunning minimal houses, because why not?

Plans are going ahead for 3 Liverpool towers, which will cost £250 million. The scheme, named Infinity, is the largest single housing project in Liverpool and is due to be completed in 2019.

Another 27-storey residential tower has been planned in Liverpool.

Love windmills and also own a helicopter? Look no further as a £1.1 million grade II listed house in Essex has just popped on the market which features a windmill and a helipad!

Famed Italian architect Gio Ponti’s only North American building, the Denver Art Museum, is set to be renovated by Machado Silvetti Architects and Fentress Architects. The museum has been named “castle-like” due to its design and appearance.

A new Australian embassy in Washington DC has been designed by Aussie firm Bates Smart. The design, which features mostly glass and metal, will be a very classy and welcome addition to the capital.

A tube map has been designed which reveals the cheapest and most expensive places to rent in London.

The architecture firm Snøhetta have adds a crinkled stainless steel extension onto the Lillehammer Art Museum and Cinema in Norway.

Sydney architects Nick Bell Design have created an amazing concertina skylight in a Sydney residence. The property, named Rosebridge, was designed to create an airy and light kitchen, which they have certainly achieved. Lovely bit of property and design.