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Dezeen's top 10 Chinese architecture projects of 2018

China has been one of the most prolific countries for architecture in 2018, with examples ranging from a bright pink church to a guesthouse with an undulating roof. For our review of the year, editorial assistant Lizzie Crook picks out 10 of the best.

Huaxiang Church, Fujian province, by Inunce

Huaxiang Church, Fujian, by Inunce

This pink pebbledash-clad building increases the capacity of an existing church.

As building restrictions dictated the size of the building, architecture studio Inunce designed sculptural folded walls to create a distinctive form that would differentiate it from its surroundings.

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Veranda Courthouse, Guangdong province, by O-office Architects

Veranda Courthouse, Guangdong, by O-office Architects

This courtyard house is defined by a sequence of living areas and bedrooms arranged around a central pond, and connected by a sheltered veranda.

Its design offers a contemporary interpretation of a regional vernacular that utilises green brick and the spatial principles of feng shui.

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Dongziguan Affordable Housing, Zhejiang province, by Gad Line+ Studio

Dongziguan Affordable Housing, Zhejiang, by Gad Line+ Studio

This affordable housing development is intended as a model for how rural Chinese communities can improve their living standards.

The scheme comprises two modular house designs. Properties are grouped around shared courtyards, and adopt layouts and materials that reference the region's architectural past.

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LEI House, Zhejiang province, by AZL Architects

LEI House, Zhejiang, by AZL Architects

This stone-walled house was designed by AZL Architects to promote sustainable rural development. It marries contemporary materials with artisanal techniques.

A translucent garden pavilion provides a lightweight counterpoint, made from 3D-printed blocks.

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Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat, Jiangsu province, by Neri&Hu

Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat, Jiangsu, by Neri&Hu

This boutique hotel by Neri&Hu was created on a site already dotted with derelict structures and small lakes.

Defined by a grid of dark-brick walls and pathways, Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat comprises 20 interconnected rooms dispersed between a cluster courtyards.

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Morpheus hotel, Guangdong province, by Zaha Hadid Architects

Morpheus, Guangdong, by Zaha Hadid Architects

This 40-storey hotel was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects to boast the "world's first free-form high-rise exoskeleton". It features a structural grid that abolishes the need for internal walls or columns.

The building is distinguished by a fluid form comprising two circulation cores. These connect at the base via a podium, separate, then merge again at rooftop level.

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Springingstream guesthouse, Fujian province, by WEI Architects

Springingstream, Fujian, by WEI Architects

A curving roof and reclaimed materials characterise the Springingsteam guesthouse.

WEI Architects wanted to use the design to show how renovating abandoned buildings can revitalise rural Chinese villages facing extreme poverty.

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International Design Museum, Zhejiang province, by Álvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira

International Design Museum, Zhejiang, by Álvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira

This 16,000-square-metre museum contains the Chinese Academy of Art's sizeable collection of artwork and also provides workspace for young artists.

Designed by Pritzker winner Álvaro Siza and regular collaborator Carlos Castanheira, it boasts an angular exterior of red sandstone, contrasted by marble insets and minimal interiors.

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Xiangmi Science Library, Guangdong Province, by MLA+

Xiangmi Science Library, Guangdong, by MLA+

The Xiangmi Science Library forms part of a masterplan to regenerate Xiangmi Park.

The lightweight structure celebrates it surroundings, with a treetop walkway that encourage users to interact with nature. It also boasts cantilevered roofs that reference local vernacular.

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Longfu Life Centre, Henan province, by LUO Studio

Longfu Life Centre, Henan, by LUO Studio

This real-estate sales centre in China's Henan province features a modular wooden structure that is designed to be easily adapted or dismantled.

Designed by architecture firm LUO Studio, the modules take the form of tree-like columns that can be applied independently or combined with others like Lego.

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