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OPEN Architecture Reveals Art Spaces for the Coastal City of Qinhuangdao Inspired by Dunes and Sea

16:00 - 13 July, 2017
OPEN Architecture Reveals Art Spaces for the Coastal City of Qinhuangdao Inspired by Dunes and Sea, Gallery. Image Courtesy of DUNE ART SPACE
Gallery. Image Courtesy of DUNE ART SPACE

From the architect. Chinese firm OPEN Architecture has revealed their latest project in progress, a museum located on the coast of Bohai Bay in northern China. Titled "Dialogue by the Sea," their project comprises two complementary art spaces: a cave-inspired space hidden within the beach's sand dunes, and a second space that rises from the sea "like a solitary piece of rock." Both projects are currently under construction, with a timeline yet to be released.

Rendering. Image Courtesy of SEA ART SPACE Rendering. Image Courtesy of SEA ART SPACE Bar. Image Courtesy of DUNE ART SPACE Skylight Study +35

Tsinghua Ocean Center / OPEN Architecture

09:00 - 20 March, 2017
Tsinghua Ocean Center / OPEN Architecture, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © ZHANG Chao +44

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shenzhen, China
  • Architect in Charge

    LI Hu, HUANG Wenjing
  • Design Team

    Victor Quiros, ZHAO Yao, ZHANG Hanyang, ZHOU Tingting, YAN Dihua, ZHOU Xiaochen, QIAO Shawei, ZHANG Chang, QI Zhengdong, Joshua Parker, CHEN Chen, Laurence Chan, JIN Boan
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

OPEN's Competition Entry for New Shenzhen Art Museum and Library

12:00 - 4 January, 2016
OPEN's Competition Entry for New Shenzhen Art Museum and Library, Courtesy of Open Architecture
Courtesy of Open Architecture

In May 2015, Shenzhen Art Museum and Shenzhen Library organized an international design competition for their new homes in Longhua District. 134 firms submitted concept proposals for the first stage, eight firms were selected to enter the second phase competition in July, among them OMA, Steven Holl, Mecanoo, OPEN, KSP, and others. Below is OPEN’s competition entry for the second phase.

Courtesy of Open Architecture Courtesy of Open Architecture Courtesy of Open Architecture Courtesy of Open Architecture +22

Video: Garden School / OPEN Architecture

18:00 - 4 December, 2015

"A counteraction to what is happening today in China," OPEN Architecture's Garden School in Beijing seeks to reconnect its students with nature. Located in a new town that, as founding partner Li Hu says, was built "too fast," the school serves as one of the few spaces students can interact with nature. The school is designed like a garden, from its sloping "floor zero" to rooftop gardens, offering unconventional spaces for teaching and inviting public areas that encourage social interaction. 

“What is problematic is that these new towns are designed too fast, without much thinking about how the spaces are going to be used, and what kind of space they are going to create. I think it is a problem for human psychology. Living in a new town with not enough good green space, good social space, we’ll become very problematic urban animals,” Hu told Spirit of Space.

Read on for a conversation with the architects. 

HEX-SYS / OPEN Architecture

23:00 - 25 November, 2015
HEX-SYS / OPEN Architecture, © Zhang Chao
© Zhang Chao

© Zhang Chao © Zhang Chao © Zhang Chao © Zhang Chao +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Li Hu, Huang Wenjing
  • Design Team

    ZHAO Yao, Andrea ANTONUCCI, Laurence CHAN, HU Boji, Thomas BATZENSCHLAGER, ZHANG Chang
  • Area

    680.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Construction Begins on OPEN's Pingshan Performing Arts Center in Shenzhen

01:00 - 15 February, 2015
Construction Begins on OPEN's Pingshan Performing Arts Center in Shenzhen, Courtesy of OPEN Architecture
Courtesy of OPEN Architecture

The winning entry in a competition for Pingshan's first theater, Beijing-based OPEN Architecture's Pingshan Performing Arts Center has broken ground in Shenzen. The 1350-capacity theatre is located in the city's new urban district, and slated for completion by the end of 2015.

Read more about the project and view selected images after the break.

Courtesy of OPEN Architecture Courtesy of OPEN Architecture Courtesy of OPEN Architecture Courtesy of OPEN Architecture +27

Beijing No.4 High School Fangshan Campus / OPEN Architecture

01:00 - 13 October, 2014
Beijing No.4 High School Fangshan Campus / OPEN Architecture, © Xia Zhi
© Xia Zhi

© Su Shengliang © Xia Zhi © Su Shengliang © Xia Zhi +37

  • Architects

  • Location

    Changyang, Fangshan, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Li Hu, Huang Wenjing
  • Project Architect

    Daijiro Nakayama
  • Area

    57773.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

OPEN Prototype for Temporary Sales Pavilion / OPEN Architecture

01:00 - 8 January, 2014
© Su Shengliang
© Su Shengliang
  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Li Hu, Huang Wenjing
  • Area

    1115.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang +28

Gehua Youth and Cultural Center / Open Architecture

01:00 - 1 October, 2012
Gehua Youth and Cultural Center / Open Architecture, © Xia Zhi
© Xia Zhi

© Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Qinhuangdao, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Li Hu, Huang Wenjing
  • Project Team

    Qi Zhengdong, Thomas Batzenschlager, Zhao Yao, John Lim, Wang Jianling, Wu Lan, Ge Ruishi, Sigmund Lerner, Zhu Deshun
  • Local Design Institute

    CABR Technology Co., LTD
  • Lighting Consultant

    Beijing Bamboo Lighting Design
  • Construction Team

    Hebei Construction Group, Jiangsu Construction Engineering Group
  • Area

    2700.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Garden School / OPEN Architecture

07:00 - 2 May, 2012
Courtesy of OPEN Architecture
Courtesy of OPEN Architecture

OPEN Architecture recently created a new kind of school system that provides a balanced and joyful learning environment integrated with farms and gardens. Drawing inspiration from the ancient Chinese philosophy which had always centered on the harmony between people and nature, the architects feel it is urgent to bring the ancient philosophy back to the core of our education, and put it in the context of new challenges ahead. If there is one thing that we have to put above all other issues for the 21st century, it is probably the vulnerability of nature, especially in the decades to come, and amidst all the looming environmental crisis. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Studio X Beijing / O.P.E.N. Architecture

01:00 - 13 November, 2010
Studio X Beijing / O.P.E.N. Architecture, © ShuHe
© ShuHe

© ShuHe © ShuHe © ShuHe © ShuHe +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Principals In Charge

    Li Hu, Wenjing Huang
  • Project Architect

    Yu Qingbo
  • Project Team

    Wang Jianling, Wang Tao, Julia Ting Yan Mok
  • Area

    388.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs