Das Haus | Neri & Hu

Posted by on 22.01.2015 in Architecture, Interior
As we mentioned in July last year, Neri & Hu have completed their installation at imm Cologne. Called Das Haus, the installation intends to question why people populate their homes with furniture and objects. With references to Shanghai and its narrow alleyways, the installation encourages visitors to make their own path through the space through rooms overpopulated with furniture.

Painful Chair | Sean Zhang

Posted by on 20.01.2015 in Furniture

Current Rhode Island design student Sean Zhang has crafted the Painful Chair as part of his degree work. Having first studied in Milan, he is now studying for his masters, with one of his projects having been based upon traditional Chinese crafts. With 800 protrusions from the chair inspired by Chinese acupuncture, the chair is crafted with modern equipment, but following traditional chair making techniques.

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Li Han, the Architect who designed the famous Beijing drawings of Sanlitun, 798 and Nanluoguoxiang has started his own practice in Beijing called Drawing Architecture Studio (DAS) with Hu Yan. One of their first projects is an art space for Fang Tianyuan in Hangzhou. The multifunctional space is to be used for exhibitions, sales, lectures and meetings. Shafts of light pierce the volumes and open up the space. As part of the design work, Li Han designed an axonometric projection of the surrounding area to mirror similar representational methods used by Zaha Hadid in her early work and integrate all the work into one entity.

Beijing based OPEN Architecture was tasked to design a dormitory for a local IT company in Fuzhou. Based on traditional tulou round houses common in Fujian province, the 3 courtyard buildings provide rest space for all workers. The buildings contain circulation on the inside of the courtyards, and with views across the sea on the exterior. Services are set into the raised mounds at the base of each building, and each has a green roof for communal activities. The hope is that by providing workers with a healthy environment, they will foster a strong sense of community.

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