Kooo Architects adds wooden lattice ceiling to cafe in China

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        Kooo architects has added wooden beams to a <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/cafes/">cafe</a> in China to form a woven lattice across the ceiling that lets in light (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2016/09/11/kooo-architects-xie-xie-cafe-hangzhou-china-wooden-lattice/" class="more-link">(more&hellip;)</a>

Zhongsuhge-Hangzhou bookshop features mirrored ceilings and wraparound bookshelves

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        An oval reading room with stepped shelving and a display room with tree-trunk-shaped columns are among the spaces designed by Shanghai studio XL-Muse for this <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/bookshops/">bookshop</a> in <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/hangzhou/">Hangzhou</a>, China (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2016/05/22/zhongsuhge-hangzhou-bookshop-li-xiang-xl-muse-mirrored-ceilings-bookshelves-china/" class="more-link">(more&hellip;)</a>

David Chipperfield creates “village” of stone dwellings in Hangzhou marshland

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        <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/david-chipperfield/">David Chipperfield Architects</a> has completed a series of stone apartments raised on plinths above the surface of a water garden in <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/hangzhou/">Hangzhou</a>, eastern China (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2015/10/26/xixi-wetland-estate-david-chipperfield-china-hangzhou/" class="more-link">(more&hellip;)</a>

An Interview With Zhang Bin, Atelier Z+

“It’s really easy to build a building. From the very beginning to the realization; it’s very easy! You just give it an interesting form and you get approved. But the real issues are how to make it user-friendly and to enhance the quality of the life of the people trying to escape the influence of the “system”. That’s the challenge. In my experience […] I’ve learned that for architects, both Chinese and foreign, the use of form to create an object is easy but how to do the right thing is very challenging.”
- Zhang Bin, Shanghai, Sept 2013

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An Interview with Lu Wenyu, Amateur Architecture Studio

“Every couple of years a new manifesto appears, but how long can it last? We need more people doing instead of talking. [At Amateur Architecture Studio] we spend an enormous amount of time experimenting, trying to resurrect the craftsmanship that is almost lost. We use a method that is passed on, hand-to-hand, to re-establish tradition instead of talking about abstract but empty concepts.”
- Lu Wenyu, , 2013

Pier Alessio Rizzardi: “A house instead of a building” is a really famous phrase of Amateur Architecture Studio. What is the meaning behind this concept? Lu Wenyu: Once, Wang Shu said: “we only make houses, we don’t make architecture.” The house and architecture here have their own meanings. Making a house means making it for the people, making it more tranquil, or closer to nature, more humanized. Instead, architecture is an abstract concept, so many designs nowadays are actually architecture. So this sentence, from almost 20 years ago, “making houses, not architecture”, is about not making that abstract concept, but to make something really concrete and tangible, something that you can touch or that is made with your own hands… so when you see this house, you feel differently.

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An Interview with Lu Wenyu, Amateur Architecture Studio

“Every couple of years a new manifesto appears, but how long can it last? We need more people doing instead of talking. [At Amateur Architecture Studio] we spend an enormous amount of time experimenting, trying to resurrect the craftsmanship that is almost lost. We use a method that is passed on, hand-to-hand, to re-establish tradition instead of talking about abstract but empty concepts.”
- Lu Wenyu, Hangzhou, 2013

Pier Alessio Rizzardi: “A house instead of a building” is a really famous phrase of Amateur Architecture Studio. What is the meaning behind this concept? Lu Wenyu: Once, Wang Shu said: “we only make houses, we don’t make architecture.” The house and architecture here have their own meanings. Making a house means making it for the people, making it more tranquil, or closer to nature, more humanized. Instead, architecture is an abstract concept, so many designs nowadays are actually architecture. So this sentence, from almost 20 years ago, “making houses, not architecture”, is about not making that abstract concept, but to make something really concrete and tangible, something that you can touch or that is made with your own hands… so when you see this house, you feel differently.

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Foster + Partners completes Apple store in Hangzhou, China

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        <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/news/"><strong>News:</strong></a> <a title="Foster + Partners archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/foster-partners/">Foster + Partners</a> has released photographs of its new <a title="More Apple Stores on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/apple-stores/">Apple store</a> in Hangzhou – one of five new shops that the company is opening in China ahead of Chinese New Year (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2015/02/18/foster-partners-west-lake-apple-store-hangzhou-china/" class="more-link">(more&hellip;)</a>

David Chipperfield’s Moganshan Road office building features an all-copper facade

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        A grid of muted <a title="Copper archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/copper">copper</a> frames the large windows of this slender <a title="Offices architecture archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/architecture/offices-architecture/">office</a> building, designed by British architect <a title="David Chipperfield archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/david-chipperfield/">David Chipperfield</a> for a park-side site in Hangzhou, China (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/11/20/office-building-moganshan-road-david-chipperfield-architects-copper-facade-hangzhou-china/" class="more-link">(more...)</a>

Álvaro Siza, Carlos Castanheira and Wang Shu Design Museum for Hangzhou Art Academy

After inaugurating his first building in China – “The Building on the Water” – Álvaro Siza has just announced his second project in the country, again in collaboration with Portuguese architect Carlos Castanheira. This time the two architects will develop a museum for Hangzhou Art Academy. The new museum – which will have approximately 15,000 sqm, a total area similar to that of Serralves Foundation building – will host an important collection of pieces from the famous German school of arts and design, Bauhaus, founded by Walter Gropius in 1919. According to Siza, the new museum is completed and the building has already broken ground. The Hangzhou Art Academy is located in the capital of Zhejiang province – one of the richest Chinese provinces, with 55 million people and a territory slightly wider than . The School of Architecture from Hangzhou Art Academy is directed by Wang Shu, 2012 Pritzker Prize laureate. Shu is also involved in the project and construction of the museum; according to Castanheira, the Portuguese architects are relying on the support of Shu’s team. Siza’s very first project on Chinese ground, which was inaugurated last Saturday, consists of an office building for the HuaiAn chemical plant, located in Jiangsu province. Read more about Siza’s first work in China here. Via: observador.pt