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CGN Headquarters Building / URBANUS

22:00 - 7 August, 2018
South-east view. Image © Chaoying Yang
South-east view. Image © Chaoying Yang

Part of east view. Image © Chaoying Yang Part of east view. Image © Alex Chan Part of east view. Image © Alex Chan Interior. Image © Alex Chan + 33

  • Architects

  • Location

    The intersection of Shennan Avenue and Caitian Road, Futian District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architect

    Yan Meng
  • Project Manager

    Xiaodong Xu
  • Project Architect

    Enchen Rao, Zhen Zhang, Renqin Luo(Architecture) | Xiaolan Yu (Landscape)
  • Design Team

    Lide Li, Chunying Wu, Yanhua Sun, Shengfen Xie(Architecture) | Ting Lin, Zhijiao Wei, Jie Liu(Landscape) | Jialin Zhu, Luoyi Xu (Technical Director)
  • Area

    158458.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

AD Interviews: Xiaodu Liu / URBANUS

01:00 - 23 February, 2015

At the end of 2014, we had the opportunity to catch up with Xiaodu Liu, one of the three founding partners of Chinese firm URBANUS. Telling us about the role of architects in today's society - especially in China - he discusses how the creativity which URBANUS is known for plays a part in the business of their practice: "Innovation is actually everything for URBANUS, because the firm is doing projects for very challenging jobs. That's the only way we do marketing; we have to do something creative, otherwise we don't have any marketing tools to get something more conventional... we push ourselves to the limit."

Connected to this, he sees intellectual exchange as the foundation of their success, a mechanism that has allowed them to eschew more traditional marketing: "We have some people similar to us, that are well connected, people understand our work and support our work and they like us. Then we have that network and people refer to us and they actually bring jobs to us... networking is more like in the academic level - a more intellectual exchange."

Watch the full interview above and check out our past coverage of URBANUS below.

Nanshan Wedding Center. Image © Meng Yan & Wu Qiwei Maillen Hotel And Apartment. Image © Wu Qiwei Tulou Housing Guangzhou. Image © Iwan Baan       Library of South University of Science and Technology of China. Image © Alex Chan + 5

Library of South University of Science and Technology of China / URBANUS

01:00 - 1 June, 2014
The north facade. Image © Alex Chan
The north facade. Image © Alex Chan

Night view. Image © Alex Chan Semi-unitized Aluminum Curtain Wall. Image © Alex Chan space of the outer corridor. Image © Alex Chan Open Access Reading Area. Image © Alex Chan + 36

  • Architects

  • Location

    1088 Xueyuan Ave, Nanshan Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architct

    Yan Meng | Hui Wang(Interior)
  • Project General Manager

    Changwen Zhang
  • Project Architect

    Yilin Lin, Aidi Su
  • Team

    Zhiyi Huang, Jun Wang, Lingli Zhu, Shengfen Xie, Jiajia Li, Lansheng Chen (Architecture) | Shuang Liu, Tu Li, Jinbin Wu (Interior) | Dianbin Yao(Technical Director)
  • Area

    10728.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs