Vanke Experience Center by Urbanus


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The Vanke Experience Center by Urbanus is located in Shenzhen, China. It is the research facility of Vanke China, the largest real estate developer in the country.

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The experience center is located within an existing 1500 square meter rectangular exhibition hall that is four storeys high. With heavy, concrete supports and a regular floor plan, the old structure was sterile and uninspiring.

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In order to create a stimulating and imaginative environment, Urbanus inserted a light and transparent free form structure within the existing exhibition hall.

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The interior of the building is also an experiment in the design of convertible spaces. Multifunctional in nature, they showcase the possibilities of space.

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Urbanus is a architecture and urban design practice with offices in Shenzhen and Beijing. The firm’s works have been featured in publications such as Abitare, a+u, and Domus.

References: Zhulong, HomeWorld, BuildHR, Chinese-Architects

Xuan Lamp by INNOVO Design


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Xuan (旋), which means ‘spin’ when translated, is a hanging lamp by Innovo Design.

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The lamp, crafted out of long, thin strips of bamboo, makes use of the material’s fibrous nature. In contrast to its stiff appearance, the lamp is pliant and light, dancing and swirling to the whisper of the breeze.

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The lamp is part of the Innovo’s design series “Finding a Future for Traditions” conceived in 2009. The series reconceptualizes traditional culture and handicrafts, giving them a new lease of life in the contemporary world.

Innovo Design is a product design practice located in Hangzhou, China. Their designs have been featured at many international exhibitions, including the Milan Design Week 2011.

References: Idea-cool, Innovo

Art Museum of Yue Minjun by Studio Pei-Zhu


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The Art Museum of Yue Minjun, designed by Studio Pei-Zhu, is located near the Qingcheng Mountains, adjacent to the Shimeng River in Sichuan, China.

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Yue is one of the most successful contemporary artist in China today, and is well known for his paintings that depict large, smiling figures.

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The museum will house the works of Yue, and include an artist’s studio in addition to the exhibition space.

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The form of the building was inspired by a river rock that principal architect Pei Zhu picked up from the site.

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The exterior walls of the building are to be cladded in polished zinc, a material that endows the building with a futuristic appearance. At the same time, by mirroring its surroundings, the reflective surface also integrates the building into the natural environment.

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Studio Pei-Zhu is a Beijing-based architecture firm headed by principal architect Pei Zhu. The firm is behind the design of the Digital Beijing Building for the Summer Olympics 2008.

Reference: Zhulong

Moon Boat Salt & Pepper Shakers by Zhao Liping


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Moon Boat is a set of salt and pepper shakers by Chinese designer Zhao Liping.

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Zhao posits that the form of the design was inspired by the curves of the moon and the boat. While she does not state this explicitly, the design harks back to a popular childhood ditty titled “Curvy Moon”:

  In the faraway night sky,                                                                                                         Under the curvy moon,                                                                                                                 Is a curvy bridge.                                                                                                                 Beside the curvy bridge                                                                                                               Is a small curvy boat.                                                                                                             Sailing on the curvy boat                                                                                                             Is the girl from my childhood.[…]

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Incidentally, Zhao forwards that the egg-shaped salt and pepper shakers are like two mischievous kids playing on the boat under the moon, and that the design serves to remind people of their childhood times. Like the Cloud Lamp, the Moon Boat mixes playfulness with poetry, in a unique design language that Zhao has developed of her own.

Zhao Liping is a Chinese product designer. 

Reference: Zhao Liping

Dafen Art Gallery by Urbanus


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Dafen Art Gallery by Urbanus is located at the Dafen Oil Painting Village in Shenzhen, China.

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The Dafen Art Gallery is built in the most unlikely of places, within a commercial and residential part of the city. The objective of the gallery is to combine culture and commerce with everyday life.

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The Gallery was commissioned by the state in recognition of the commercial value of cultural production. The Dafen Artist Village, famous for its small galleries that produce replicas of oil paintings, generates billions in revenue a year through the export of its products internationally.

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The Gallery is to tap onto the synergy of the village and to become a new cultural centre that allows for the co-existence of high and low art, where exhibition and trade occur simultaneously.

In order to achieve this, the connection of the Gallery to its surroundings is of utmost importance. Different pathways at different levels were designed to channel people into the site.

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Plaza spaces were also created in front of the gallery for vendors of oil painting replicas to exhibit and sell their artworks.

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Besides exhibition spaces, there are also studios spaces for rent within the gallery complex.

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Urbanus is a architecture and urban design practice with offices in Shenzhen and Beijing. The firm’s works have been featured in publications such as Abitare, a+u, and Domus.

References: Zhulong, Baidu Library, CAMA

TM Studio Office by TM Studio


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Based in Shanghai, China, TM Studio is headed by principal architect Tong Ming.

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In the renovation of their office space, a small residential unit located near Tongji University, all the non-supporting walls were torn down, expended, and merged to create one central space.

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Following that, entire walls and ceilings were cladded with wood. Movable and foldable wooden doors were then installed, to achieve a functional flexibility that equips the studio to deal with different occasions.

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Via: Chinese-Architects

Blur Hotel by Studio Pei-Zhu


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Blur Hotel by Studio Pei-Zhu is an additions and alterations project located in Beijing, China.

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The existing building, a government office described as a “backward looking pastische”, is located next to the Western Gate of the Forbidden City.

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In order to integrate the building into the historic fabric of the area, a continuous and semi-transparent façade was wrapped around the government office.

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Made in the image of a Chinese lantern, the building lights up at night to reveal the activities taking place within.

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Other strategies employed in the refurbishment include the integration of the building with its surrounding architectural typology of the courtyard house. This is achieved through the creation of alternating vertical courtyards by carving into the concrete slab floors of the existing.

In addition, the ground floor is also opened up by assigning to it public-oriented programs.

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Studio Pei-Zhu is a Beijing-based architectural firm headed by Pei-Zhu. Its designs have been featured on Domus and Architectural Record.

References: Chinese-Architects, Studio Pei-Zhu

Pumplight by PEGA D&E


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Pumplight by Pega D&E is an interactive lamp that can be inflated and deflated like a balloon.

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Pumplight is lighted up by literally pumping air into the balloon, which acts as a lampshade. Setting up a direct relationship between the volume of air and the intensity of illumination, a bigger balloon emits a brighter light.

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To switch off the lamp, air is let out of the escape valve. As the balloon returns to its original size, light also fades out.

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When the balloon reaches a certain size, it will stop expanding. If air continues to be pumped in, the balloon will burst. However, it is replaceable, just like any other lampshade.

All these is made possible by an IR sensor, which controls the intensity of illumination by detecting the volume of air in the balloon.

 

Pega D&E is an independent design consultancy established in 2008 with offices in Taipei and Shanghai. 

Via: CNGarget; Pega D&E

Ordos Art Gallery by DnA


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Ordos Art Museum is located at the cultural centre of Ordos, a city founded in 2001 in Inner Mongolia. Designed by DnA, the museum houses a public exhibition space and a private research institution.

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In the design of the gallery, much attention was given to integrate the building with the prairie landscape of Ordos.

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In the design process, a continuous, linear route traced on the landscape constituted the basis of the eventual building form.

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From the entrance, the visitor proceeds up the natural terrain of the dune’s slope, before descending back onto the ground floor. The end of the route also marks the conclusion of the public exhibition space, and the beginning of the private research institution.

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The interior spaces vary in height, width and length according to the terrain.

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Full height glazing brings the landscape into the interior spaces, while semi-enclosed courtyard spaces

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DnA_Design and Architecture is a Beijing-based architecture firm headed by Xu Tiantian. 

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Suquan Court by TM Studio


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Built as a flexible space to accommodate a variety of commercial functions, Suquan Court by TM Studio is located in Suzhou, China.

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In order to accommodate future events and functions which were not known during the design stage, it was designed as a free plan.

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One of the most distinctive elements of the building is its façade. Featuring a hexagonal pattern, the long vertical windows of the lobby area can be opened or closed according to functional requirements.

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Through the juxtaposition of patterns and materials, the interior space becomes a play of light and shadow.

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In the execution of the design, one of the challenges was the narrow nature of the site, which measured only 6 meters in width.

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By keeping the space simple and free of structural elements, functional flexibility is achieved.

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TM Studio an architectural office based in Shanghai, China headed by principal architect Tong Ming.

Reference: Zhulong