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An Interview with Zhang Lei, AZL Architects

01:00 - 3 February, 2015
Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel / AZL Architects. Image © Yao Li
Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel / AZL Architects. Image © Yao Li

“We have to try to work with scale and memory. I think in the last twenty years the main problem is that we lost the 归宿感 [sense of belonging]. The people here have been moving from house to house for a long time, the result is that we don’t have a feeling of home… even if you are staying in a nice house or villa you don’t consider it as an ideal or permanent home where you could stay. This might be considered the problem. More than ten years ago we used to have that feeling, the sense to belong to a specific space. We used to live in neighbourhoods where we had a social background, a community, now you don’t have any community, you don’t see the neighbors any more. Now Chinese people are becoming lonely, they are losing that feeling and becoming 'homeless'.” - Zhang Lei, Nanjing, 2013

Model Animal Research Center of Nanjing University / AZL architects. Image Courtesy of AZL Architects Slit House / AZL architects. Image © Nacasa & Partners Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel / AZL Architects. Image © Yao Li CIPEA No.4 House / AZL architects. Image © Yao Li +17

CIPEA No.4 House / AZL architects

01:00 - 5 May, 2013
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Zhang Lei
  • Design Team

    Zhang Lei, Jeffrey Cheng, Wang Wang, Wang Yi
  • Collaborator

    Architectural Design & Planning Institute, NJU
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

    Yao Li

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Nan Gallery / AZL architects

01:00 - 16 May, 2011
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© Nacasa & Partners

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Brick House / AZL architects

01:00 - 13 May, 2011
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Three Courtyard Community Centre / AZL architects

01:00 - 8 May, 2011
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© Iwan Baan

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Concrete Slit House / AZL architects

01:00 - 3 May, 2011
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© Iwan Baan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Architects

    AZL architects - Zhang Lei
  • Project Team

    Zhang Lei, Meng Fanhao, Cai Menglei, Lu Yuan, Tang Xiaoxin
  • Collaborator

    Architectural Design & Planning Institute, Nanjing University
  • Area

    270.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

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Northstar Changsha Delta Project Exhibition Hall / AZL architects

01:00 - 2 May, 2011
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Changsha, Hunan, China
  • Architects

    AZL architects
  • Project Team

    Zhang Lei, Zhou Suning, Wang Liang
  • Collaborator

    Architectural Design Institute, Hunan University
  • Area

    3000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Yao Li

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Zhengdong District Urban Planning Exhibition Hall / AZL architects

01:00 - 26 April, 2011
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© Yao Li
  • Architects

  • Location

    Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China
  • Project Team

    Zhang Lei, Qi Wei, Guo Donghai, Cai Zhenghua
  • Collaborator

    Architectural Design & Planning Institute, Nanjing University
  • Area

    8450.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Yao Li

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