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An Interview with Xu Tian Tian, DnA Design and Architecture

09:30 - 16 June, 2015
An Interview with Xu Tian Tian, DnA Design and Architecture, Ordos Art Museum. Image © Ruogu Zhou
Ordos Art Museum. Image © Ruogu Zhou

"In China there’s history but there’s no existing context. All the contexts are made for the future. Most of the designs, most of the buildings are only designed for a planning scenario lasting five or ten years. And in that case, first of all, you need to accommodate functions for the future, for the planned purpose. I’d say even though the current project is in a very rural area, it could soon, let’s say in just one or two years, become a populated area. So that’s a different challenge here when you are designing in China."
- Xu Tian Tian, Beijing 2013

Spontaneous Artist Community

Xu Tian Tian: What condition is Songzhuang in, in general? I haven’t been there for quite a while.

Pier Alessio Rizzardi: Songzhuang is developing very rapidly, everything was under construction, and especially in the areas around your three projects the residential buildings were growing fast… I must say that all the projects you designed [Songzhuang Artists’ Residence, Museum and Cultural Centre] were extremely damaged.

Xu Tian Tian: That’s quite disappointing...

Songzhuang Artist Residence. Image © Iwan Baan Songzhuang Art Museum. Image © Ruogu Zhou Xiaopu Culture Center in Songzhuang. Image © Ruogu Zhou Xiaopu Culture Center in Songzhuang. Image © Ruogu Zhou + 15

Songzhuang Art Museum / DnA

00:00 - 13 October, 2009
Songzhuang Art Museum / DnA

Songzhuang Art Museum / DnA Songzhuang Art Museum / DnA Songzhuang Art Museum / DnA Songzhuang Art Museum / DnA + 21

  • Architects

    DnA
  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    DnA
  • Project Year

    2006

Xiaopu Culture Center / DnA

00:00 - 4 October, 2009
Xiaopu Culture Center / DnA, © Savoye/Ruogu Zhou
© Savoye/Ruogu Zhou

© Savoye/Ruogu Zhou © Savoye/Ruogu Zhou © Savoye/Ruogu Zhou © Savoye/Ruogu Zhou + 20

  • Architects

    DnA
  • Location

    Songzhuang town,Tongzhou distant,Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Tiantian Xu
  • Building area

    2,000 sqm
  • Client

    Xiaopu village government
  • Program

    Cultural Center
  • Area

    0.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

Songzhuang Artist Residence / DnA

00:00 - 25 September, 2009
Songzhuang Artist Residence / DnA

Songzhuang Artist Residence / DnA Songzhuang Artist Residence / DnA Songzhuang Artist Residence / DnA Songzhuang Artist Residence / DnA + 19

  • Architects

    DnA
  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Tiantian Xu
  • Program

    Residence/art studios
  • Client

    Private
  • Design year

    2007-2008
  • Site area

    1,400 sqm
  • Building area

    5,300 sqm

Ordos Art Museum / DnA

00:00 - 17 September, 2009
Ordos Art Museum / DnA

Ordos Art Museum / DnA Ordos Art Museum / DnA Ordos Art Museum / DnA Ordos Art Museum / DnA + 16

  • Architects

    DnA
  • Location

    Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China
  • Architect in Charge

    DnA
  • Design Team

    Tiantian Xu,Guillaume Aubry,Yingnan Chen
  • Building area

    270 sqm
  • Design year

    2005-2006
  • Client

    Ordos Jiangyuan Water Engineering Co. Ltd
  • Area

    420.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2007