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Atelier Deshaus: "The Idea Is Not to Create an Object But to Construct a Path"

09:30 - 9 May, 2018
Atelier Deshaus: "The Idea Is Not to Create an Object But to Construct a Path", Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai, 2014. Image © Shengliang Su
Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai, 2014. Image © Shengliang Su

In China's newly emerging constellation of famed architects, few firms elicit the sense of surprise caused by the work of Atelier Deshaus. With projects ranging from awe-inspiring to humble, their work does not adhere to any stylistic rules, but all of their projects exude an enigmatic aura. In this interview, the latest in Vladimir Belogolovsky’s “City of Ideas” series, principals Liu Yichun and Chen Yifeng discuss the role of identity in their work and how they try to connect their buildings to the landscape.

Vladimir Belogolovsky: Is it true that you each design different projects in the studio? Why is that?

Liu Yichun: This has been true since 2010. Before that we always designed everything together. We used to have endless discussions and too many disagreements and arguments. That’s why we decided to pursue two parallel paths. This approach led to greater efficiency and it helped us to formulate clearer ideas of our independent views of architecture. It also helps us to diversify our work and to avoid forming one recognizable style.

Chen Yifeng: It is important for us to express our solutions differently, even though, fundamentally, we are working in one direction and pursuing one family of ideas.

Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai, 2014. Image © Shengliang Su Kindergarten of Jiading New Town, Shanghai, 2008. Image © Shu He Spiral Gallery I, Shanghai, 2011. Image © Shu He Huaxin Wisdom Hub, Shanghai, 2015. Image © Hao Chen + 28

Chongqing LongFor • Hall of Waterfront City / Shanghai Tianhua Architecture Planning & Engineering

22:00 - 25 April, 2018
Chongqing LongFor • Hall of Waterfront City / Shanghai Tianhua Architecture Planning & Engineering, The Space. Image © Shengliang Su
The Space. Image © Shengliang Su

Passage and Courtyard. Image © Shengliang Su Main Exhibition Hall. Image © Shengliang Su Passage on the East. Image © Yang Yuan Architecture Figure. Image © Shengliang Su + 34

Home of Pets / HDD

02:00 - 24 April, 2018
Home of Pets / HDD, © Yijie Hu
© Yijie Hu

© Yijie Hu © Yijie Hu © Yijie Hu © Yijie Hu + 55

  • Architects

    HDD
  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Hai'ao Zhang,Hang Xu
  • Design Team

    Shanghai Huadu architecture & Urban planning co., ltd.
  • Structure Team

    Guoxun Wang
  • Pet Specialist

    Xiaotian Duan
  • Architecture Animation

    Shenncity
  • Illustration drawing

    Xiaoha Zhang
  • Area

    48.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

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.

Stage of Forest / META-Project

22:00 - 17 January, 2018
Stage of Forest / META-Project, Exterior. Image © Su Shengliang
Exterior. Image © Su Shengliang

Panorama. Image © Su Shengliang Interior. Image © Su Shengliang Lighted View. Image © Su Shengliang Interior. Image © Su Shengliang + 40

Hangzhou Gudun Road Primary School / GLA

22:00 - 16 January, 2018
Hangzhou Gudun Road Primary School / GLA, © Su Shengliang
© Su Shengliang

© Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang + 32

  • Architects

    GLA
  • Location

    Gu Dun Lu, Hangzhou Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, China
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Peidong Zhu, Ping Song
  • Design Team

    Peidong Zhu, Ping Song, Dongsheng Fu, Haiwen Wu, Feng Zhu, Dehong Lin, Yeqing Zhong, Lingfeng Xu, Daoqing Xie, Jian Zhou, Jianhua Feng, Guohua Huang, Qin Yu
  • Area

    34000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017

Mulan Weichang Vistor Centre / HDD

20:00 - 14 January, 2018
Mulan Weichang Vistor Centre / HDD, © Shengliang Su
© Shengliang Su

© Shengliang Su © Shengliang Su © Shengliang Su © Shengliang Su + 77

  • Architects

    HDD
  • Location

    Mulan Weichang, Hebei, China
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Hai'ao Zhang
  • Design Team

    Qiwei Yao, Hang Xu, Hao Wu, Di Li, Hongxi Li, Tingting Wang, Shuang Zhao, Zijun Cheng, Jiawei Liu, Yinxuan Yuan, Meina Li
  • Area

    275.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

At the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Chinese Firms Look to Tradition to Write a New Chapter in Their Nation's Architectural History

08:00 - 20 December, 2017
At the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Chinese Firms Look to Tradition to Write a New Chapter in Their Nation's Architectural History, Five Dragons Temple in Shanxi Province, designed by URBANUS. Image by Yang Chaoying
Five Dragons Temple in Shanxi Province, designed by URBANUS. Image by Yang Chaoying

This article was originally published on the blog of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the largest platform for contemporary architecture in North America. The 2017 Biennial, entitled Make New History, will be free and open to the public between September 16, 2017 and January 6, 2018.

When we think of contemporary architecture in China, we often refer to the megaprojects by international architecture studios that tend to get covered most in the design media. From OMA’s CCTV Headquarters and Shenzhen Stock Exchange to the recently completed Tianjin Binhai Library by MVRDV and Poly International Plaza by SOM, these projects dominate urban skylines at a singular scale that suggests they were built to impress.

Beyond individual buildings, China’s mega-architecture boom is rapidly developing entirely new cities, a process designed to relieve the country’s principal metropolitan areas of their high density, while offering new prototypes for urban life. These highly branded environments are prompting displacement – as a form of rural exodus – and social stress throughout the country, while also ignoring the legacy of traditional Chinese architecture in urban centers.

Micro Yuan’er Children’s Library and Art Centre in the Dashilar neighborhood of Beijing, designed by ZAO/standardarchitecture. Image by Shengliang Su Installation view of Archi-Union projects at the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial. Image by Steve Hall © Hall Merrick Photographers Five Dragons Temple by URBANUS. Image by Yang Chaoying Fab-Union in Shanghai’s West Bund neighborhood, designed by Archi-Union. Images by Hao Chen (left) and Shengliang Su (right) + 8

Tongling Recluse / RSAA / Büro Ziyu Zhuang

22:00 - 15 November, 2017
Tongling Recluse / RSAA / Büro Ziyu Zhuang, © SU Shengliang
© SU Shengliang

© SU Shengliang © SU Shengliang © SU Shengliang © SU Shengliang + 59

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tongling, China
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

  • Design Team

    Zhengdong Qi, Jing Li, Xin Zhao, Hongyu Fan, Kunyu Zhu, Jiaxin Wang (Intern)
  • Area

    160.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Xinchang Village's Central Kindergarten / Atelier Deshaus

22:00 - 19 September, 2017
Xinchang Village's Central Kindergarten / Atelier Deshaus, © Su Shengliang
© Su Shengliang

© Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang + 15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Xinchang village of Tianquan county in Sichuan Province, China
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Chen Yifeng, Liu Yichun, Gao Lin, Gao De
  • Construction

    BEIJING TONGCHENGFANHUA ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING CONSULTING Co.,Ltd.
  • Client

    One Foundation
  • Area

    1500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017

Wuyishan Bamboo Raft Factory / TAO - Trace Architecture Office

02:00 - 31 August, 2017
Wuyishan Bamboo Raft Factory / TAO - Trace Architecture Office, © Shengliang Su
© Shengliang Su

© Shengliang Su © Shengliang Su © Shengliang Su © Shengliang Su + 66

  • Architects

  • Location

    Xingcun Town, Wuyishan Mountain, Fujian, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architect

    Li Hua
  • Design Team

    Elisabet Aguilar Palau, Jie Zhang, Laijing Zhu, Erxun Lai (site architect), Martino Aviles, Nan Jiang, Weiwen Shi, Junqin Lian
  • Area

    14629.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Chui Yuan / Shanghai HuaDu Architecture and Urban Design Group

19:00 - 23 August, 2017
Chui Yuan / Shanghai HuaDu Architecture and Urban Design Group, © Su Shengliang
© Su Shengliang

© Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang + 45

The Best Photos of the Week: Architecture in the Most Incredible Places in the World

12:00 - 13 August, 2017

Architecture is always a reflection on how to interact with and relate to nature. Some architects show a preference for distinctive shapes and materials that contrast with the landscape, while others prefer to mimic the surroundings with organic works. But regardless of the techniques employed, architecture has reached the most remote and incredible places on the planet. Below is a selection of 16 images which show the combination of architecture and landscape by prominent photographers such as Su Shengliang, Sergio Pirrone and Valentin Jeck.

© Piyatat Hemmatat © Jeff Goldberg/Esto © Dylan Perrenoud © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG + 18

Dongyuan Qianxun Community Center / Scenic Architecture Office

20:00 - 23 July, 2017
Dongyuan Qianxun Community Center / Scenic Architecture Office, © Dongyuan Design
© Dongyuan Design

© Su shengliang © Su shengliang © Su shengliang © Su shengliang + 40

  • Architects

  • Location

    Xiangcheng District, Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Zhu Xiaofeng
  • Design Team

    Zhuang Xinjia (Project Manager), Shi Yin (Senior Designer) Sheng Tai(Field Designer) Du Shigang, LiCheng, FuRong, Luo Qi, Xiao Zaiyuan, Shang Yunpeng
  • LDI

    Suzhou Architectural Design & Research Institute Ltd.
  • Structural Consultant

    Zhang Zhun
  • Area

    3327.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Innovative and Beautiful Uses of Brick: The Best Photos of the Week

07:00 - 16 July, 2017

It can't be denied that architects love brick. The material is popular both for its warmth and for the diversity of expressions that can be achieved by applying it in a creative way—depending on the arrangement of individual bricks or the combination of bonds, it’s possible to arrive at a result that is both original and attractive. That ingenuity is what photographers like Hiroyuki Oki, Gustavo Sosa Pinilla, and François Brix, among others, have attempted to capture in their photographs. In these images, light is a key element of good composition, allowing the photographers to control the intensity of color and the contrast of masses and voids, as well as enhancing the incredible textures of the brick we love so much.

© Courtesy of Atelier Alter © Photographix © Trieu Chien © Su Shengliang + 11

Plain House / Wutopia Lab

22:00 - 29 June, 2017
Plain House / Wutopia Lab, © CreatAR Images
© CreatAR Images

© CreatAR Images © CreatAR Images © CreatAR Images © CreatAR Images + 32

Shanghai Baoye Center / LYCS Architecture

20:00 - 13 June, 2017
Shanghai Baoye Center / LYCS Architecture, © HU Xianjuan
© HU Xianjuan

© SU Shengliang © HU Xianjuan © SU Shengliang © SU Shengliang + 14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Category

  • Project Team

    RUAN Hao, ZHAN Yuan, Gary He, LI Yan, TONG Chaochao, JIN Shanliang, Devin Jernigan
  • Architect of Record

    Zhejiang Baoye Architecture Design and Research Institute SINOBAU
  • Area

    27394.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Qiandao Lake Cable Car Station / Archi-Union Architects

20:00 - 28 May, 2017
Qiandao Lake Cable Car Station / Archi-Union Architects, © Su Shengliang, Lin Bian
© Su Shengliang, Lin Bian

© Su Shengliang, Lin Bian © Su Shengliang, Lin Bian © Su Shengliang, Lin Bian © Su Shengliang, Lin Bian + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing Rd, Chunan Xian, Hangzhou Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, China
  • Category

  • Architects in Charge

    Tongji Architectural Design Group
  • Area

    3600.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016