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Li Xiaodong Atelier

Focused on small, often self-initiated projects, Li Xiaodong (born 1963, China) develops propositions about an appropriate ‘Chinese architecture’ that brings together traditional and contemporary modes of expression, technical knowledge and artistic judgement. His architecture combines a spiritual exploration of ideas with rational thinking and is based on a continuing inquiry into the underlying concepts of space in the Chinese context, first explored in his book Chinese Conception of Space (1991).

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AD Interviews: Li Xiaodong / Li Xiaodong Atelier

09:30 - 11 July, 2015

During our last trip to Beijing we had the opportunity to visit Li Xiaodong at his recently opened extension for the School of Architecture at Tsinghua University. Li Xiaodong has become recognized worldwide thanks to his recent projects in rural China, which are deeply connected with the landscape and local community and use a mix of traditional and contemporary techniques.

His built works are strongly connected with his academic research. As a professor at Tsinghua University he has focused on understanding Chinese architecture, co-authoring publications such as “Form Making in Traditional Chinese Architecture” and “Chinese Conception of Space." His research has led him to develop a unique style, which he calls a “new regionalism," focusing on how the local can deal with the global in this era.

Li Xiaodong Wins The Inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize

01:00 - 13 October, 2014
Li Xiaodong Wins The Inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize, The Liyuan Library. Image Courtesy of RAIC / Li Xiaodong Studio
The Liyuan Library. Image Courtesy of RAIC / Li Xiaodong Studio

The Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC) have announced that Li Xiaodong has been awarded the inaugural Moriyama International Prize, named after esteemed Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama. The prize, which comes with a monetary value of CAD$100,000, has been established to recognise buildings that are judged to be "transformative, inspired as well as inspiring, and emblematic of the human values of respect and inclusiveness."

The jury deliberated projects submitted from nine countries: Canada, China, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom and Tajikistan. According to the citation, the jury was "impressed by the breadth of international interest in the prize and encouraged by the high level of engagement with the aims and objectives of the program revealed in the submissions." The prize is open to all architects irrespective of nationality and location and seeks to recognise a single work of architecture (as opposed to a life’s work), celebrating buildings in use.

The Liyuan Library. Image Courtesy of RAIC / Li Xiaodong Studio The Liyuan Library. Image Courtesy of RAIC / Li Xiaodong Studio The Liyuan Library. Image Courtesy of RAIC / Li Xiaodong Studio The Liyuan Library - Interior. Image Courtesy of RAIC / Li Xiaodong Studio + 12

The Screen / Li Xiaodong Atelier

01:00 - 9 April, 2014
The Screen / Li Xiaodong Atelier , © Martijn de Geus
© Martijn de Geus

© Martijn de Geus © Martijn de Geus © Martijn de Geus © Martijn de Geus + 20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ningbo, Zhejiang, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Li Xiaodong
  • Design Team

    Martijn de Geus, Jerry Hau, Ying Xin, Renske van Dam
  • Cost

    8 million RMB
  • Area

    600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Siza, Souto de Moura, Kuma Reflect on Their 'Sensing Spaces' Exhibitions

00:00 - 12 February, 2014

As an accompaniment to their ongoing Sensing Spaces Exhibition in London, the Royal Academy of Arts has produced six wonderful films interviewing the architects involved in the exhibition, unearthing what motivates and inspires them as architects, and what the primary themes of their exhibition projects are.

The above video features both Álvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura, who both designed their Sensing Spaces exhibits with the other in mind. Siza explains his preoccupation with the joints between the natural and the man-made through his Leça Swimming Pool complex, and the way the rock formations informed his interventions. He also introduces his one-time protégé Souto de Moura's Braga stadium as expressing the same understanding of the natural and man-made.

See videos from the 5 other Sensing Spaces participants after the break

Installation (Blue Pavilion) by Pezo von Ellrichshausen. Image © Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2014. Photography: James Harris Installation by Diebedo Francis Kere. Image © Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2014. Photography: James Harris Installation by Kengo Kuma. Image © Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2014. Photography: James Harris Installation by Li Xiaodong. Image © Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2014. Photography: Benedict Johnson + 5

Seven Architects Transform London’s RA into Multi-Sensory Experience

00:00 - 3 February, 2014
Seven Architects Transform London’s RA into Multi-Sensory Experience, Installation (Blue Pavilion) by Pezo von Ellrichshausen. © Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2014. Photography: James Harris
Installation (Blue Pavilion) by Pezo von Ellrichshausen. © Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2014. Photography: James Harris

This past week London’s Royal Academy of Arts (RA) celebrated the opening of, what many claim to be, one of the most “epic” and “enchanting” exhibitions of 2014: Sensing Space: Architecture Reimagined. With a series of large scale installations by some of profession’s most acclaimed architects, such as Eduardo Souto de Moura, and Kengo Kuma, the immersive exhibition creates an atmosphere that encourages visitors to become part of the experience and open their minds to the sensory realm of architecture.

"Architecture is so often the background to our lives," stated curator Kate Goodwin. "We often don't think about it - it's practical and functional, but when does it do something more?"

A preview of the installations, after the break.

LiYuan Library / Li Xiaodong Atelier

00:00 - 24 July, 2012
LiYuan Library / Li Xiaodong Atelier

LiYuan Library / Li Xiaodong Atelier LiYuan Library / Li Xiaodong Atelier LiYuan Library / Li Xiaodong Atelier LiYuan Library / Li Xiaodong Atelier + 25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Design Team

    Li Xiaodong, Liu Yayun, Huang Chenwen, Panxi
  • Area

    175.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011

Yuhu Elementary School Expansion Project / Li Xiaodong Atelier

00:00 - 20 April, 2011
Yuhu Elementary School Expansion Project / Li Xiaodong Atelier , Courtesy of  li xiaodong atelier
Courtesy of li xiaodong atelier

Courtesy of  li xiaodong atelier Courtesy of  li xiaodong atelier Courtesy of  li xiaodong atelier Courtesy of  li xiaodong atelier + 10

The Water House / Li Xiaodong Atelier

00:00 - 15 April, 2011
The Water House / Li Xiaodong Atelier

The Water House / Li Xiaodong Atelier The Water House / Li Xiaodong Atelier The Water House / Li Xiaodong Atelier The Water House / Li Xiaodong Atelier + 16

School Bridge / Li Xiaodong Atelier

00:00 - 5 January, 2010
School Bridge / Li Xiaodong Atelier , © Li Xiaodong
© Li Xiaodong

© Li Xiaodong © Li Xiaodong © Li Xiaodong © Li Xiaodong + 15