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Philip Yuan of Archi-Union Architects: "The Process of Construction can be Elevated to Art Performance"

09:30 - 19 July, 2018
Philip Yuan of Archi-Union Architects: "The Process of Construction can be Elevated to Art Performance", Chi-She, Shanghai / Archi-Union Architects. Image © Shengliang Su
Chi-She, Shanghai / Archi-Union Architects. Image © Shengliang Su

Though the understated Swiss and British Pavilions were the big (and perhaps overly literal) winners at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale investigating Freespace, it was the Chinese that put their relentless architectural progress on display. Nestled in the back of the Arsenale, the Chinese Pavilion presented dozens of built works all around Chinese countryside, each project demonstrating a meaningful social impact through the involvement of villagers in the production process. Among the most visible Chinese architects presenting at the pavilion was Shanghai-based educator and practitioner Philip Yuan, whose office Archi-Union Architects has become a major voice in the already-distinctive contemporary Chinese architecture scene.

On 19 July, 2018 curator Vladimir Belogolovsky will join gallerist and curator Ulrich Müller to discuss Philip Yuan’s work at the opening of Archi-Union Architects Collaborative Laboratory exhibition at Architektur Galerie Berlin. Belogolovsky’s interview with Philip Yuan follows after the break:

Songjiang Art Campus, Shanghai / Archi-Union Architects. Image Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects The office of Archi-Union Architects in Shanghai. . Image Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects Lanxiting, Chengdu / Archi-Union Architects. Image © SHEN Zhonghai + 24

Chinese Pavilion Opens With Robot-Printed 'Cloud Village' at 2018 Venice Biennale

04:00 - 26 May, 2018
Chinese Pavilion Opens With Robot-Printed 'Cloud Village' at 2018 Venice Biennale, © Liming Zhang
© Liming Zhang

The Chinese Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, themed "Building a Future Countryside", is endeavored to explore new technology and ideas to make better of China's rural areas. A digitally-fabricated outdoor pavilion "Cloud Village" has been set up in addition to the national exhibition at the Venetian Arsenale. The Cloud Village has a twisting form which creates a sequence of open and semi-enclosed spaces under its roof. It seeks to convey an abstraction of the everyday life in Chinese countryside where boundaries of private and public realms are not always defined.

The Cloud Village is structurally made possible by the robotic printing technology developed by Philip F. Yuan and his team. Read below for a detailed account of the project from the architects.

© Philip F. Yuan © Liming Zhang © Philip F. Yuan © Liming Zhang + 21

Bamboo Craft Village / Archi-Union Architects

00:00 - 24 May, 2018
Bamboo Craft Village / Archi-Union Architects, © Bian Lin
© Bian Lin

© Huapeng Chu © Li Han © Huapeng Chu © Huapeng Chu + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Daomingzhen, Chongzhou, Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • Principla Architect

  • Architecture

    Alex Han, Xiangping Kong, Shaoying Lei, Bing Yang
  • Interior

    Qinhao Wen, Xiaoming Chen, Jingyan Tang, Qiucheng Li, Ju Wang
  • Structure

    Jing Wang, Jinjiang Zhou, Lei Li, Chen Liang, Chen Liang, Qiang Zhou, Xiang Zhang, Xiaoyi Zhao
  • Electromechanical

    Yong Liu, Ying Yu, Xi Li, Yong Wang, Dawei Wei
  • Digital Fabrication

    Wen Zhang, Liming Zhang, Sizhong He
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Look Inside a Collection of Shanghai-Based Architecture Offices, Photographed by Marc Goodwin

06:00 - 3 January, 2018
Look Inside a Collection of Shanghai-Based Architecture Offices, Photographed by Marc Goodwin, SHL. Image © Marc Goodwin
SHL. Image © Marc Goodwin

Through his series of architectural photographs, photographer, Marc Goodwin, is giving us an inside look into the architecture firms of the world’s greatest cities. His work has brought us through a collection of Nordic architectural offices, firms both large and small in London, numerous studios within Beijing, a selection of practices in Seoul, and a compendium of offices through the French capital. Shanghai is the next to be added to his list with his most recent collection showcasing the rich architectural culture of China’s largest city.

Archi-Union. Image © Marc Goodwin SHL. Image © Marc Goodwin RSHP. Image © Marc Goodwin Neri&Hu. Image © Marc Goodwin + 34

Qiandao Lake Cable Car Station / Archi-Union Architects

20:00 - 28 May, 2017
Qiandao Lake Cable Car Station / Archi-Union Architects, © Su Shengliang, Lin Bian
© Su Shengliang, Lin Bian

© Su Shengliang, Lin Bian © Su Shengliang, Lin Bian © Su Shengliang, Lin Bian © Su Shengliang, Lin Bian + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing Rd, Chunan Xian, Hangzhou Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Tongji Architectural Design Group
  • Area

    3600.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016

Jade Museum / Archi-Union Architects

21:00 - 6 March, 2017
Jade Museum / Archi-Union Architects, © Chen Hao
© Chen Hao

© Chen Hao © Chen Hao © Chen Hao © Chen Hao + 29

  • Architects

  • Location

    383 Huang Pi Nan Lu, XinTianDi, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
  • Architect in Charge

    Philip F. Yuan
  • Design Team

    Han Li, Yan Chao, Zhu Tianrui, Kong Xiangping, Chen Xiaoming, Sheng Junchao
  • Digital Fabrication Development and Build

    Fab-Union
  • Area

    695.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016

Chi She / Archi-Union Architects

22:00 - 17 October, 2016
Chi She / Archi-Union Architects, © Su Shengliang
© Su Shengliang

© Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang + 22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Xuhui, Shanghai, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Philip F. Yuan / Archi-Union Architects
  • Design Team

    Alex Han, Xiangping Kong, Tianrui Zhu, Qinrong Liu
  • Area

    200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

"DIY For Architects": This Parametric Brick Facade Was Built Using Traditional Craft Techniques

12:00 - 23 July, 2016
"DIY For Architects": This Parametric Brick Facade Was Built Using Traditional Craft Techniques, Courtesy of Sstudiomm
Courtesy of Sstudiomm

With their latest facade construction, Iranian architecture firm Sstudiomm explores the potential that brick can offer by utilizing parametric architecture. Instead of relying on unique construction elements for assembly on-site at a later date, in their new project (called, in full, "Negative Precision. On-Site Fabrication of a Parametric Brick Facade // A DIY for Architects") the firm considers how a simple mass-produced element like the brick can be assembled in unique ways by taking advantage of digital technology. While firms like Gramazio Kohler have already developed industrial methods of assembling brickwork following parametric designs, Sstudiomm aims for a more lo-fi approach, creating parametric brick walls using little more than the traditional construction methods found in Iran and a dose of ingenuity.

Courtesy of Sstudiomm Courtesy of Sstudiomm Courtesy of Sstudiomm Courtesy of Sstudiomm + 17

Ceramic House / Archi-union

19:00 - 28 June, 2016
Ceramic House / Archi-union, Courtesy of Archi-union
Courtesy of Archi-union

Courtesy of Archi-union Courtesy of Archi-union Courtesy of Archi-union Courtesy of Archi-union + 24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Jungong Road, Wuwei Creative industry Park, Yangpu District, Shanghai, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Philip F. Yuan
  • Design Team

    Chao Yan,Liu Zhuoqi, Kong Xiangping, Chen Xiaoming
  • Area

    272.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015

Fab-Union Space On The West Bund / Archi-Union Architects

21:00 - 27 October, 2015
Fab-Union Space On The West Bund / Archi-Union Architects, © Hao Chen
© Hao Chen

© Hao Chen © Su shengliang © Hao Chen © Hao Chen + 32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Xuhui, Shanghai, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Philip F. Yuan
  • Area

    368.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Songjiang Art Campus / Archi-Union Architects

21:00 - 4 March, 2015
Songjiang Art Campus  / Archi-Union Architects, Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects
Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects

Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects + 43

  • Architects

  • Location

    Si Zhuan Nan Lu, Songjiang Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Philip F. Yuan
  • Area

    150000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015

Zhangmiao Exercise Park / Archi-Union Architects

01:00 - 14 July, 2014
Zhangmiao Exercise Park / Archi-Union Architects, Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects
Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects

Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Baoshan Road, Shanghai, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Philip F. Yuan
  • Schematic Design

    Alex Han, Shaoliang Hua, Fuzi He
  • Construction Design

    Fuzi He, Weiwei Zhao
  • Area

    4000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013

Jade Museum / Archi-Union Architects

00:00 - 6 February, 2013
© Xia Zhi
© Xia Zhi
  • Architects

  • Location

    Xuhui District, Shanghai, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Philip F. Yuan
  • Design Team

    Alex Han, Fuzi He
  • Client

    Jade Museum
  • Area

    0.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi + 26

The Lanxi Curtilage / Archi Union Architects

00:00 - 29 November, 2012
© Shen Zhonghai
© Shen Zhonghai
  • Architects

  • Location

    International Intangible Cultural Heritage Park, Chengdu, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Philip F. Yuan
  • Client

    Chengdu Qingyang Suburb Construction & Development Co., Ltd.
  • Area

    4,000 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Shen Zhonghai © Shen Zhonghai © Shen Zhonghai © Shen Zhonghai + 18

Tea House / Archi-Union Architects

00:00 - 14 March, 2012
Tea House / Archi-Union Architects, © Zhonghai Shen
© Zhonghai Shen

© Zhonghai Shen © Zhonghai Shen © Zhonghai Shen © Zhonghai Shen + 16

  • Architects

  • Location

    No. 1436 Jungong Road, Yangpu District, Shanghai, China
  • Chief Designer

    Philip F. Yuan
  • Design Team

    Alex Han, Fuzi He
  • Area

    300.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Can Cube / Archi-Union Architects

00:00 - 27 October, 2010
Can Cube / Archi-Union Architects, © Sheng Zhonghai
© Sheng Zhonghai

© Sheng Zhonghai © Sheng Zhonghai + 10

  • Architects

    Archi Union Architects Inc
  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Area

    1000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

AU Office and Exhibition Space / Archi Union Architects

00:00 - 19 October, 2010
AU Office and Exhibition Space / Archi Union Architects, © Sheng Zhonghai
© Sheng Zhonghai

© Sheng Zhonghai © Sheng Zhonghai © Sheng Zhonghai © Sheng Zhonghai + 11

  • Architects

    Archi Union Architects Inc
  • Location

    Jungong Road, Shanghai, China
  • Area

    1200.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs