‘Between earth and sky’ – a campus landmark by penda

The proposed design for an entrance sculpture to the Shenzhen Southern University of Science and Technology is a metaphor of formal contrasts to design a campus landmark.

There is a chinese saying parents tell their children when they leave home for university ” ???? “, which means roughly translated : “ride on the wings of an eagle to your success”. The wing-shaped design for the sculpture is a formal translation of this saying. The sculpture serves as an entrance gate and is a connection of 2 opposites: the fluid, lower part connects the gate to the gentle hills of the landscape in the background and carries a grid of lights, which can be seen as a connection to the cosmos – a contrast of the earth and the sky.

Furthermore the landmark should symbolize a freedom of thinking on one hand and certain guidelines on the other hand, which stand for a system and order in science – a contranst of endless possibilities and technical limitations.

With those opposites, the sculpture describes what a modern Technical University should stand for – a symbiosis of nature and technology.

source: home-of-penda.com

ZhongXun Times by 10 Design

This mixed use office and retail development sits centrally within the new Danzishi Central Head Quarters in Chongqing, that sits on the banks of the Yangtze River.

The brief was to create an interactive retail environment that would interact and reflect with the rich topography that Chongqing is renowned for. The site set many challenges with a level difference of some 10m across such a narrow site and has to cater for multiple level pedestrian access point from elevated walkways interconnecting with adjacent developments and the Light Rail Station.

architects: 10 Design
location: Chongqing, China
year: 2013 Design
team: Gordon Affleck, Brian Fok, Lukasz Wawrzenczyk, Frisly Colop Morales, Jason Easter, Nick Chan, Rita Pang, Ryan Leong, Dan Narita, Jon Martin
client: ZhongXun Group
type: office, food & beverage, retail
area: G.F.A. 130,000 sqm ; site area 17,995 sqm ; retail 35,000 sqm
service: architecture, master planning, landscape, CGI

source: 10design.co

Church of Seed by O Studio Architects

Church of Seed is located at Luofu Mountain Scenery District – one of the seven famous Taoist Mountains in China. Although there are various kinds of Taoist and Buddhist temples in this district, western religious element has not yet been found. Besides developing private houses, the client in this project intends to develop a small church for the surrounding village people in order to widen the spectrum of religious culture. This church provides not only a worship and meditation space for Christians, but also a recreational and gathering place for the surrounding village people. The message of religious culture is communicated subtly through the play of light and shadow in this architecture.

Situated within the beautiful landscape of Luofu Mountain, Church of Seed has an area of 280m2 and can accommodate 60 people. The design concept is triggered by the form of a seed – a famous metaphorical element in the Gospel stories. A curve line follows the outline of a seed and marks the enclosing wall element. The curve is then split into three parts, and three entries are formed at where the curve wall splits: the south east facing wall has a cross shape opening which introduces morning sun into the interior; the west facing wall is solid and blocking the afternoon sun; the north facing wall is thicken to accommodate toilet facility. The stepping roof terrace allows diffuse northern daylight into the interior and provides a dramatic headroom increment (3 – 12 meters) from the main entrance towards the worshiping space.

Visitors can walk up to the stepping roof terrace, arrive at the observation deck and enjoy the distant view of mountain and water.

Church of Seed has a raw, natural and non-decorative material language. The main structure is constructed by in-situ concrete with bamboo formworks. In-situ concrete construction is economically sound and practical for local builders. The bamboo texture left on the concrete surface reduces the massiveness of concrete wall and harmonizes with the surrounding trees and green landscape. Plus the transparent windows and doors, and the handmade bamboo furniture by local farmers, the presence of the church is humble and close to village life.

Although a seed is the starting point of this design, the church does not intend to literally illustrate its image. The abstract form and space of the church is conveyed through the play of light, shadow, material and texture. This is not a piece of architecture which purely celebrates its sculptural form, but a building which respects the natural environment and local culture.

Architects: O Studio Architects
Location: Huizhou, Guangdong, China
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Fai Au, Iwan Baan
Project Area: 280.0 sqm
Site Area: 1,200 sqm

source: ostudioarchitects.com

CUPONE by Latitude Studio

Coffee shops, restaurants, libraries and the likes became indubitable extensions of our own place. In this particular occasion, LATITUDE has been commissioned to explore the possibilities of combining the functions of a standard coffee shop settlement with the idea of public visual art.

The space is organized with two floors. The first floor has been opened up by erasing all its façade and, therefore, becoming an extension of the public space. Inside of it, the visitor can find two areas: the come-and-go area (fast) and the relaxing area (slow). The first one is characterized by the use of high tables and chairs next to the service area which is a longitudinal-lighting box wrapped by white glass. The slow area is designed with low tables, and an embedded bench into steel furniture all along the wall. These two areas are divided by a longitudinal-steel furniture which incorporates an orchestrate disposition of mirrors and projectors that will create a visual illusion.

The second floor is featured by its circular shape. This form has been used for the purpose of creating a centric space where lighting plays an identity role.
As a result, the coffee shop transcends the basic function of serving coffee and beverage into a public living room, while provoking visitors to have different emotions with the design of those atmospheres.

YEAR: 2013
TYPE: Commission
CLIENT: Cupone Co., Limited
PROGRAM: 550m2 of coffee shop
CHEIF DESIGNER: Manuel Zornoza
TEAM: Bo Liu, Cherry Fan, Frank Zhan
CONSTRUCTION COMPANY: SOK Consulting Service Limited
@LATITUDE STUDIO (www.latitudestudio.eu)

ROTS by Andrea Vattovani Architecture

Back2rots. It is a concept of a new working environment for young people. We develop first of all a program in which we decided what we wanted to reach and who was our target. After a initial research the decision was to develop a sort of big creative block in which young talented people could find everything they need to be creative and to make their dreams real having all tools they could need.

Program. We chose a group of single studios like ateliers with at least two sizes. In the studios one or more artist (designer architects painter or creative…) can rent one alone or with a group of colleagues depending on their needs and budget. In order to offer the studio users everything could be needed, we tough was necessary to add in our program work laboratory with machinery as laser cutter, 3d plotter and so on, also one auditorium for the presentations and different exhibition spaces for different needs, a place to meditate and one to relax in this case a coffee shop. History. We felt we had to start from the site. First of all there is the silo and we wanted to support it and learn from it so we felt right away the silo would have strongly influenced the project. Than the Red Tory, a packaging company so that the logical consequences was to develop the whole concept as kind of monument to the historical function the site had, package so boxes. We also another important tough that another element was really important: the water basin that grew naturally trough raining water.

Icons. The following step was a logical consequences of our toughs. First we removed the water and as symbol of the old element we replaced it with glass. Under this glass we created a basement with all workshops and working spaces to have the optimal day light to work on machinery. Than we packed (properly packed) our room program in many boxes and develop a system of singular units around 100m2 and just “put” them in a chaotic way on the site. But we felt right away we had to order this complete chaos and we piled the boxes in 3 towers. The silos came right away back in the game and as we knew from the beginning it would influence the project we understood we should symbolically extend the silo to the sky. So we re-order once again our boxes and made them practically twist around the silo creating 3 spiral towers. This twist allowed us to achieve also other two elements, first we could create terraces for every unit and the second could create a vertical promenade to the top of the towers like in shopping street.

Public Terraces. We wanted also to claim exercise and movement in order to keep also the body fit in this community. That’s why we developed stairs and terraces in order to walk to the top of the building where every person could enjoy the view but also on the terraces admire “like in a shopping street” the windows of every atelier where everybody could present their work. In addition for heavy weights ad impaired users a spiral elevator derived from the factories systems was tough as solution.
Ruins. We let the houses as they are. The two pavilion/houses that at the moment are completely abandoned are a kind of special memory for the site. Since China is changing so rapidly and a lot is being replaced we decided to re-use the two building in a special way. We decided to create meeting spaces, exhibition spaces and party spots especially for the good season leaving as much as possible as it is. SO we just had a parapet and less more only to keep it the same as before and have it as memory of the past.

Final. The final design propose 2843 m2 for the basement workshop space with adjacent storage room, toilets and cafeterias. This space together also with the 450 m2 auditorium is tough for big presentations and exhibitions where the creative minds could present their work by re-organizing the open space. Over that the silo, in which we decided to create a meditation garden to seek for inspiring moments. The tower itself is made of the ateliers divided in 31 single unit with 100m2 and 17 double unit with 220m2. At the top of the tower on the 20th floor there is a permanent exhibition space for the ateliers but also for small presentations and conferences and a skybar with beautiful view over the city. On the roof top there is also a panoramic terrace which allow everybody to climb up and enjoy an open view on 360° of Guangzhou.

source: Andrea Vattovani Architecture

Jinan High-Tech Science and Technology Culture Center

The city of Jinan has a strategic location supported with a good transportation hub (Yaoqiang International Airport, Beijing-Shanghai and Jinan-Qindao high-speed train lines, several important highways and an important transport artery that passes through the city).
By having this strategic location supported with good transportation hub, Jinan has lots of potential advantages and opportunities for development.

Jinan is one of the most important birthplaces of Chinese civilization. It has deep roots of culture and art and is the capital state of Qi Lu, the famous historical and cultural city. Jinan is the intersection of Ji culture and Lu culture; it brings together the charm of Qi and Lu, and integrates the essence of Ocean and Mountains. It is the center of Qilu culture.
The rich cultural resources provide Jinan with a solid culture industry base and a huge development potential.

The High-tech science and technology cultural center is located in the hi-tech zone in front of the international conference and exhibition center, near the cross between Industrial South Road and Northwest Exhibition Road.

We use the latest technology to create the shape of the 3D model; we believe that these buildings need to reflect the cultural flavor of Jinan in eastern and local specialties; this is a place of modern and Technology and the software language used is able to describe the soul of the location. So we made a unique exclusive design, showing all its modern character.
The result is a strong contrast between the organic approach in the genesis of the soften edges of the new buildings and hardness of the surrounding buildings.

Two dancing stones in Jinan city.
The project is constituted by two buildings and a square. Both buildings are independent but connected.
The two buildings, like dancing stones are placed in an urban stage that is the square.
The organization of the parts is symmetric; the dancing stones are located in each side of an axis. Like the city of Jinan, that has the east part and the west part linked by the center of the city which is the most cultural part of it. The square symbolizes the city; the two buildings represent the two sides: the east and the west, both parts linked by the square and in balance thanks to the “culture” which gives life to both of them and to the entire site.

The square was renewed in order to emphasize its role as an urban stage and regenerator.
All stairs were removed except the one in the north-center, where the stairs work as a stage box.
The rest of the circulation of the square works by using ramps; ramps that allow a free movement without obstacles. The ramps generate topography that along with the green areas reminds the mountains were these stones were picked…
The water is the river, the river that shaped the black stones. In the square the water is still and also comes out from inside the earth as a spring.

The north part of the plaza has the function of exhibition space and the south one holds the two buildings.

Steel reinforced concrete structure.
Due to Jinan special seasons, building materials need to support high inertia (such as concrete, stone or ceramic).
Jinan lies between a humid subtropical and humid continental climate with four well-defined seasons. The city is dry and nearly rainless in spring, hot and rainy in summer, crisp in autumn and dry and cold in winter.
Skin: black ceramic.

Total land area: 17.000 m2
Total building area: 21.655 m2
Meeting theater 4.725 m2
Multifunction Hall theater 2.795 m2
Commercial 6.633 m2
Parking 7.502 m2
Location: Shandong Province, China

Completion Date: 2012 project
Landscape Design: Santiago Parramón, RTA-Office
Architecture Design: Santiago Parramón, RTA-Office
Team: Miguel Vilacha, Arseni i Shiianov, Margherita Filpi, Lorena Trinidad, Isabel Granell , Zhang Feifei, Kelly Sadikin, Mariana Rapela
Photography: All images courtesy of RTA-Office
Client: Private

source: rta-office.com

Liyuan Library by Li Xiaodong Atelier

The Liyuan Library project by the studio Li Xiaodon Atelier is a recent addition to the pictoresque village Huairou on the outskirts of Peking. Besides enriching the village with acces to public library and a place to study, read and meditate, the authors intended to point out the beauty of the local landscape and highlight its quality. Therefore, they decided to situate the building into a unique charming environment of a nearby mountain, merely 5 minutes away from the centre of the village. Visitors can take a pleasant walk towards the library to clear their heads and prepare for a deeper relaxation or education.

The charm of the nature all around is enhanced by the structure unobtrusively, as if it humbled before nature’s grandeur. This harmonizing effect is achieved by thoughtful division of the mass of the building and ingenious choice of materials. After analyzing local resources, the villagers discovered an abundance of wooden twigs, lacing almost every local house. They gathered this traditional material throughout a year and used it in an untraditional way on the outer housing of the library to create a delicate texture.

photos: contemporist.com

Kindergarten in Jiading New Town by Deshaus

A new kindergarten can be found in Jiading, a new town in a north Shangaian suburb which is not quite a typical cityscape nor a countryside. With regards to this ambiguous environment, the authors Liu Yichun and Chen Yifeng of the atelier Deshaus focused on the self-improvement, directly intervening into the site, and making a very clear juxtaposition of the architecture and the site. In contrast to the surroundings, the kindergarten is in an introverted position. The architecture is divided into two dominant parts: a rational, effective one – consisting of 15 classrooms and several playrooms; and an emotional one – an intentionally enlarged transportation space, consisting of an atrium with ramp ways connecting individual floor levels.

This atrium contributes to emotional and entertaining spatial experiences outside the ordinary, common daily routine. The open space for activities is placed between changed elevation areas and the courtyards are extended along the vertical direction instead of a traditional horizontal one. Children and teachers commute everyday from one part to the other. They are sheltered by the architecture and experience the inner and outer spatial balance between passion and reason.

photos: ilikearchitecture.net

Suspended Night Club in Hong Kong

According to existing situation with extremely compact planning we have got an idea of pendant architecture. We elevated our object over the ground stripped the cover “rind” down and leant it on the nearest buildings creating the load-bearing frames. This spatial structure like the jet wings let the whole building soar in space.
Due to such design we created a green square under the building and increased the territory of existed recreation zone.

Visual perception:
Visually and functionally our building consists of three parts:
– Nightclubs. The lowest part of the building.
– Public multi leveled lobby with security access to hotel. Spa center with semi-Olympic swimming pool, business center , store, restaurant and etc. The central part of the building horizontally developed.
-Hotel. The upper part of the building. All slabs have regular outline with declining edge of filler structure towards the upper stores. This create an opportunity to make balconies in single and double rooms and terraces in suites, aerial villas and in presidential suite.

Communication scheme:
The building communicated with the ground by lifts that go up to the lobby through the nightclubs zone open for all. From the lobby you should use another lifts to get to zones with registered access: hotel, spa centre and etc. Our construction is an architectural parasite that leans on nearest buildings and uses their communication infrastructure. Evacuation is organized through the three bearing “wings” towards the nearest buildings.

The whole load from our building is delivered to the buildings it leans through the load-bearing frames “wings”. Therefore the vertical and horizontal structures are made from the light and strong composite materials.

Project team: Tatsiana Keskevich , Alexander Kuzmianchuk, Eugene Liashuk.
location: Hong Kong, China
project: Adult night club hotel
type: International competition
status: 3 rd prize
year: 2011

source: urbanplunger.com

House in Shanghai by OOBIQ

The newest interior by architects OOBIQ has been recently finished in Shanghai. Drop Shanghai is considered to be one of the most visited night clubs in Shanghai, China. The design reminds a classic European interior. The client required that the design would not be similar to international trends, but singular. As the result, an interesting interior with original decorations on the ceiling and walls was created. The decorations create a unique character of this space.

The club is furnished with classic leather sofas, so called Chesterfield sofas, that contrast with modern elements. Particular 3D decorations create warm and pleasant areas reflecting different shades of light. The space is organised on three levels that are divided into a number of platforms. The purpose was to create a cosy space providing a private area with a feeling of luxury, sophistication and sublimity. The Drop Shanghai night club has definitely a timeless design.

photos: oobiq.it

Eco School in China

The terrible loss of life in China, caused by the earthquake, has revealed lack of construction solutions and a missing monitoring system of the construction process in the region of Sichuan. Reconstruction has been very difficult, meanwhile a large number of temporary shelters has been constructed. Shelters that are neither durable nor thermally adequate were built to fulfill the urgent need for living space of the Sichuan inhabitants. The tremendous catastrophe has moved scientists.

Professor Zhu Jingxiang from the School of Architecture at the Chinese University in HongKong (CUHK) developed integrated construction systems for a reconstruction of a basic school in the village of Xiasi located in the Sichuan region. The old building was heavily damaged by the earthquake and its students were forced to leave the school. The new school was constructed within two weeks period thanks to the donations from Hong Kong Dragon Culture Charity and CUHK New Asia Sichuan Fund. Construction costs were low. The school was opened for students in September, it is durable and safe with low energy consumption.

photos: waterschool.cn

Barker Residence

The Barker Residence can be proud of a fabulous view on the highest skyscraper of Hong Kong IFC and Victoria Harbour. This apartment has been designed by a group Davidclovers that concentrates on the development of residential buildings in Hong Kong. They work mostly for one of the biggest developer of residencies in Hong Kong. Working on Barker residence, they remodeled the unit not only horizontally, but vertically as well using a series of sophisticated walls, lighting through floors and space bended around corners.

The design reduces the effect of this large palatial space and accentuates its potential. The center piece of the existing hall viewing the city panorama is a big, hand-made chandelier. Another important element is a staircase with an outstanding shape that complements the interior. As for the material, brown wood dominates, it was used not only as the flooring, but as a wallcovering about one meter high. The bathroom is separated from the rest of the interior only by a glass wall, it is very spacious and lightened. The natural light enters the apartment through large windows and skylights embedded in some of the rooms.

photos: vstudio3.com

“The Cabin” at the international airport in Hong Kong

“The Cabin” is the newest part of a lounge at the international airport Cathay Pacific in Hong Kong. A combination of materials of the highest quality and a new type of seating system created by a well-known architects from Foster Partners have created a space where passengers can spend time waiting on their flights as comfortable as possible. The space is designated for relaxing, refreshment and as an IT zone. The design of a cabin accentuates the atmosphere of an airport. As for the material, designers have combined marble, red leather furniture, bamboo and a reflective ceiling. Whole interior, as well as the furniture and Cathay Solus Chair, have been made in Italy. The seating system has soft leather cushioning from the inside and glazy wooden covering from the outside. One seating on this chair has a feel of privacy, which is so needed at the space as an airport bar.

photos: cathaypacific.com

Winner of the international conceptual competition – Taiwan Tower

DSBA upgrade.studio was awarded 1st prize in international conceptual competition for a new skyscraper design in Taiwan. They won because of their original concept of floating observation decks. Architects got inspired by the shape of the Taiwan island resembling to a leaf that is why they used this element in their extended concept. Skyscraper or tower is actually a technology tree with 8 spatial leaves looking like Zeppelin ships sliding up and down the centric tree, serving the guests as lifts. Tower has not only ground levels but the underground levels as well. It houses all needed functions: information center, museum, office spaces, conference rooms, restaurants or observation decks.

Their design is unique because of the minimal parcel requirements and offers enough of green spaces. Besides that vertical communications are integrated and it takes advantage of natural ventilation. Offices are viewing at all four world directions what creates a generous interior space. The building is powered by electric energy produced by a series of axial turbines situated along the vertical center. The lighting of underground spaces and museum is created thanks to a fiber optic system. The heating system of the floating observation decks is powered by an electromagnetic field while the electricity is created by a new membrane technology. Challenging was the problem with the rain water that is collected by an underground tank where the water is purified, so it can be reused.

photos: contestwatchers.com

Momentary city

Vector Architecs is an architecture studio based in Beijing, China that designed the project “Momentary city in Hefei, China. Hafei, as well as other Chinese cities, is coming through big changes. The existing urban build-up area was divided and replaced by giant blocks of anonymous structures and forms. Today`s appearance of the city is just a momentary look to the future city that should be build here that is why the project got the name “Momentary city”. Architects aimed to construct a city that brings to their citizens peace of mind.

They filtered off noise and dust coming from the outside while preserving the real life moments as natural light and shade, look at water with waves, sound of the wind or flowers with their perfume. By situating these moments between the outside urban environment and indoor area, every guest can live these moments. The disposition of courtyards forms the foundation of a logic that informs the transitional spaces. Natural sunlight enters the interior directly or indirectly through a number of clerestories. Thanks to the changing light throughout the day and the seasons, the interior spaces take on always distinctive expressions.

photos: architecturenewsplus.com

Y House

An interesting family house has been constructed called “Y House” in a peripheral part of Beijing. It is located in a very nice area on a hill pointing south from one side and surrounded by mountains from the other. The Y house is not newly built, it is a reconstructed building with a concrete construction built five years ago. Architecture studio Beijing Matsubara and Architects have created a new flooring and by adding a new flat rook they extended the surface of the building. The existing two-storey building had a double-sloping roof and was covered with white tiles.

After the reconstruction the building has three floors with a three times bigger surface than before, the white covering was replaced by grey blocks. The interior space is organized by floors, the ground-floor is the public area, it houses a living-room, kitchen etc., the first floor is the bedroom area and the top floor serves for relaxation. Communications are situated in the center of the building. The house is complemented by several functions of modern sustainable architecture. In the summer owners live mainly in the northern part of the house that provides a natural ventilation. Contrary to the winter season when they move to the south parts equipped with basic heating. The Y house provides a maximum of comfort at every weather condition.

photos: fancycribs.com

Solar powered house

The capital of the most populated country in the world, Beijing in China has big problems with high leases of apartments that are not affordable for a big part of population. Dai Haifei, a fresh graduate from the Hunan University of Architecture has come with an original design concept of an egg-shaped housing.

After two months of experimenting he created a house with a bamboo construction filled with grass. The total cost was incredible 960 dollars. Tiny interior has just one lamp powered by photovoltaic panels on the roof, one bed and a water tank. Considering the small surface, it can house only one person. The height from the ground to the ceiling is only two meters. The building is mobile, it has wheels, so it can moved anywhere the owner wants to. Facades are made of sacks filled with grass seeds that should serve as a natural isolation material when it will grow.

photos: pvsolarchina.com

Modern Concrete House

This minimalist house with a façade of concrete was designed by Atelier Zhanglei, sometimes also referred to as AZL. The house is located in the city of Nanjing in China. It was built using a new technology thanks to which the entire structure, including the roof, could be made of concrete. The architects took inspiration from the massing of adjacent garden houses from the 1920s. They transformed their best elements into the minimalist form using only concrete instead of gray bricks. The reason being gray bricks are no longer made in Nanjing, but concrete is available. As to the material the interior contrasts the exterior because it is dominated by wood, material radiating warmth and the nice smell of forests. Not only all the floors and ceilings but also all the furniture is made of the horizontal wood. Strips of wood just 2 inches wide give the material a very unique texture that looks like a fine textile.

photos: blog.gessato.com