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Han Wenqiang of ARCHSTUDIO: “Let’s Call My Work the Art of Coordination”

Throughout the work of Beijing-based practice ARCHSTUDIO, there is a constant feeling of sensitivity to culture and history. That is not to say that the firm’s designs are not modern—far from it in fact—but that the work of founder Han Wenqiang infuses modern materials and forms with a distinctly Chinese sensibility, that is just as apparent in his designs for a food packaging facility as it is in a Buddhist shrine (incidentally, both designs which won ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards, in 2017 and 2018 respectively). In the latest interview from his “City of Ideas” series, Vladimir Belogolovsky speaks to Han about whether architecture is an art form and what it means to create “Chinese” architecture in the 21st century.

Haitang Villa, 2015. Image © Magic PennyTangshan Organic Farm, 2015. Image © Weiqi JinTwisting Courtyard, 2017. Image © Weiqi JinWaterside Buddhist Shrine, 2017. Image © Weiqi Jin+ 53

Rockery for Play—Poly WeDo Art Education / ARCHSTUDIO

© Wang Ning© Wang Ning© Wang Ning© Wang Ning+ 30

  • Architects: ARCHSTUDIO
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  770
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

10 Young Chinese Architecture Firms To Watch Out For

2016 has been a momentous year for Chinese architecture. From the completion of the Harbin Opera house by MAD to the Aga Khan Awards recognizing Zhang Ke of Standard Architecture for his micro-scale design of the Hutong Children’s Library and Art Centre in Beijing. It seems the general perception of Chinese architecture has finally moved beyond the big, weird and ugly.

Since we’ve started to branch out into China, the ArchDaily China team has been able to discover the rich layers beyond just these rising Chinese stars. As part of the country's large-scale urbanization process, last year, we posted some of the large-scale projects designed by China’s (largely unknown) Design & Research institutions such as train stations and cultural centers.

In addition, we’ve also come across a series of smaller, lesser known, younger practices that focuses more on small-scale experimental work. Here are our top ten favorites: 

Tiantai No.2 Primary School . Image © Yu XuYouth Hotel of iD Town. Image © Chaos.ZTea House in Hutong. Image © Wang NingChi She. Image © Su Shengliang + 25

PIFO New Art Gallery / archstudio

© Lv Yuntao© Wang Ning© Wang Ning© Wang Ning+ 18

  • Architects: archstudio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  864
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015

Beijing Hutong House Renovation / ARCHSTUDIO

© Xia Zhi© Xia Zhi© Xia Zhi© Xia Zhi+ 29

Beijing, China
  • Architects: ARCHSTUDIO
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  160

Folding Screen, Rongbaozhai Western Art Gallery / ARCHSTUDIO

© Wang Ning© Wang NingAfter Renovation© Wang Ning+ 12

  • Architects: ARCHSTUDIO
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  400
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013

Rong Bao Zhai Coffee Bookstore / ARCHSTUDIO

© WANG Ning© WANG Ning© WANG Ning© WANG Ning+ 22

  • Architects: ARCHSTUDIO
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  293
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015