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

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

Bamboo Craft Village / Archi-Union Architects

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

Chengdu, China
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Archi-Union Architects
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2018

Chi She / Archi-Union Architects

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

Shanghai, China
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Archi-Union Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2016