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UCCA Dune Art Museum / OPEN Architecture

00:00 - 13 December, 2018
UCCA Dune Art Museum / OPEN Architecture, Aerial View. Image © Qingshan Wu
Aerial View. Image © Qingshan Wu

Bird's Eye View. Image © Qingshan Wu Concrete Shell Construction Photo. Image Courtesy of OPEN Architecture Main Entrance. Image © Qingshan Wu Main Gallery. Image © Qingshan Wu + 20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Qinhuangdao, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Li Hu, Huang Wenjing
  • Design Team

    Tingting Zhou (Project Architect), Mengmeng Wang, Boji Hu, Kuanyin Fang, Joshua Parker, Di Lu, Bong Lin, Qing Ye, Steven Shi, Han Jia
  • Area

    930.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

MARS Case / OPEN Architecture

23:00 - 8 October, 2018
MARS Case / OPEN Architecture, © Qingshan Wu
© Qingshan Wu

© Nácasa&Partners Inc. © Qingshan Wu © Qingshan Wu © Qingshan Wu + 13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Hu Li, Wenjing Huang
  • Design Team

    Boji Hu (Project Architect), Mian Qin, Meng Ma, Mengru Li, Wenhan Wei, Xuezhu Sun
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

This Week in Architecture: Visions from the Future

09:30 - 5 October, 2018
This Week in Architecture: Visions from the Future

Life in Space

10 Futuristic Homes Unveiled at the 2018 House Vision China Exhibition

14:35 - 4 October, 2018
10 Futuristic Homes Unveiled at the 2018 House Vision China Exhibition, © HOUSE VISION. Photo: Nacása & Partners Inc
© HOUSE VISION. Photo: Nacása & Partners Inc

House Vision China 2018 has opened with 10 futuristic residential designs by architects like Penda, Open Architecture and MAD. Located outside the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing's Olympic Park, House Vision is a cultural research project initiated with the concept of “new life in the future”. Together with architects and enterprises, the exhibition aims to build cultural research around the future home at a 1:1 ratio. House Vision features a range of home designs, from a shelter for life on Mars to a Living Garden.

© HOUSE VISION. Photo: Nacása & Partners Inc © HOUSE VISION. Photo: Nacása & Partners Inc © HOUSE VISION. Photo: Nacása & Partners Inc © HOUSE VISION. Photo: Nacása & Partners Inc + 33

OPEN Architecture and Xiaomi Unveil MARS Case Housing Prototype at China House Vision 2018

05:00 - 4 October, 2018
OPEN Architecture and Xiaomi Unveil MARS Case Housing Prototype at China House Vision 2018, MARS Case. Image © WU Qingshan
MARS Case. Image © WU Qingshan

OPEN Architecture in collaboration with Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi have unveiled the minimal housing prototype MARS Case at China House Vision 2018. Located outside the Bird’s Nest National Stadium in Beijing, the design is part of an annual cross-industry innovation and research platform known as House Vision, which uses the medium of the “house” to explore and question the direction of our living habits and urban environments in the future.

MARS Case. Image Courtesy of OPEN Architecture MARS Case. Image © WU Qingshan MARS Case. Image © Xiaomi MARS Case. Image © WU Qingshan + 13

OPEN’s Pingshan Performing Arts Center in Shenzhen Nears Completion

04:00 - 28 June, 2018
OPEN’s Pingshan Performing Arts Center in Shenzhen Nears Completion, Courtesy of OPEN Architecture
Courtesy of OPEN Architecture

OPEN Architecture has released a new set of photos that documents the construction milestones of Pingshan Performing Arts Center in Shenzhen, China. The project was initially announced in 2015 as the first theatre planned for the newly-developed Pingshan area. With its building envelope now fully formed and cladded in precision-engineered aluminium panels, the Performing Arts Center is set to open by the end of this year as one of the city’s most anticipated cultural venues.

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AIA Announces Winners of 2018 Education Design Facility Awards

08:00 - 26 April, 2018
AIA Announces Winners of 2018 Education Design Facility Awards, © Scott Norsworthy
© Scott Norsworthy

The American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education has announced the winners of this year’s Education Facility Design Awards. The eight winners and two merit honors were awarded this year’s best educational facilities that not only demonstrate excellence in contemporary architectural design but also further education in innovative ways and serve as an inspirational learning space. This year’s projects are designed for students of all ages, from childhood facilities to higher education buildings.

“Education continues to evolve, and the projects from this year’s Education Facility Design Awards program—presented by the AIA and the Committee on Architecture for Education—represent the state-of-the-art learning environments being developed in today's learning spaces. These projects showcase innovation across the entire learning continuum, displaying how architects are creating cutting-edge spaces that enhance modern pedagogy.”

Read more about the winners below.

© Hank Mardukas Photography © Bruce Damonte © Tom Arban © Lara Swimmer + 50

Dune Art Museum by OPEN Architecture Tops Out 'Under' a Beach Near Beijing

06:00 - 18 April, 2018
Dune Art Museum by OPEN Architecture Tops Out 'Under' a Beach Near Beijing, Courtesy of OPEN Architecture
Courtesy of OPEN Architecture

OPEN Architecture has released the latest construction photos of the Dune Art Museum topping out in a Chinese coastal city near Beijing. The art museum manifests itself as a complex of interconnected concrete shells, which in the next and final stage of construction, are to be buried in sand and shrubs to restore the natural silhouette of the dunes on the beach.

Courtesy of OPEN Architecture © Ni Nan © Fangfang Tian © Fangfang Tian + 14

Towards Openness by OPEN Architecture

17:28 - 6 April, 2018
Towards Openness by OPEN Architecture

Drawn from keen observation of the rapidly changing social economic landscape of China, and using OPEN Architecture’s projects as case studies, Towards Openness is a symphony of seven new and upcoming projects and six idea chapters that are interwoven to offer an in-depth examination of this unique practice and the critical thinking underlying its work.

Authored by OPEN’s Founding Partners Li Hu and Huang Wenjing, the book also brings together new contributions by Kenneth FramptonSteven Holl, Lars Lerup, Yehuda Safran, Huang Juzheng, and Qing Feng.

The Best Chinese Architecture of 2017

06:00 - 22 February, 2018
The Best Chinese Architecture of 2017, ArchDaily China's Best Projects of 2017
ArchDaily China's Best Projects of 2017

2017 was a momentous year for Chinese architecture. From Tianjin Binhai Library taking the internet by storm with images of its terraced "sea of bookcases", to Alvar Aalto Medal recognizing Zhang Ke of standardarchitecture for his professional accomplishments. China has retained a remarkable presence in the global architecture scene.

So many of our readers around the world celebrate Chinese New Year and welcome fresh beginnings in the Year of the Dog, we would like to take a look back at 2017 and share with you the most visited projects from China. This is a collection of projects coming from world-famous practices such as MVRDV and MAD Architects, and also from the younger, local talents who have demonstrated great potential in bringing positive changes to China’s built environment.

OPEN Architecture Creates “Disappearing” Stone Installation for Marmomac Festival

15:00 - 5 November, 2017

At international stone exhibition Marmomac 2017, Chinese firm OPEN Architecture has created a transient installation titled "The Eternal & The Ephemeral" that allows visitors to transform a cube of stone tiles into new, unplanned forms. The project responds directly to the theme of the event, "Soul of City," which asked designers from across the globe to collaborate with Italian stone manufacturers to create pieces built entirely from stone. OPEN's concept focused on the relationship between transience and heaviness in the material, prompting the installation to gradually "disappear" over the 4-day event.

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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

Text description provided by the architects. 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

08:00 - 20 March, 2017
Tsinghua Ocean Center / OPEN Architecture, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

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  • 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.

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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.

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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