Yi Mi Xiaoxin is a Chinese graphic designer who founded Shenzhen PURE Design Studio in 2013. Their studio works with large clients in the southern metropolis, and have a wide range of work from simple ‘hongbao’ branding to designing the look of new developments & are a good representation of modern Chinese graphic design.
Taiwanese designers Chu Chih-Kang Space Design have designed the interior for a new bookstore in Chengdu. Based on the idea of a 'Sutra Depository', the designers were inspired by the history of Xuanzhang, a famous Chinese Buddhist monk from the Tang dynasty. He believed that a Sutra Depository would be a private place to store all different kinds of knowledge like books and letters. The designer have mirrored this in the basement space by using raw materials and creating large concrete columns in the space.
Beijing architects HHD_FUN completed the Tianshui & Dichi Service Centre in Qingdao in 2014. Built for the Qingdao World Horticultural Expo, there are two buildings - Heavenly Water (Tianshui) and Earthy Pond (Dichi) which provided various functions including activity centres, restaurants and cultural hubs.
Prolific Chinese architects Archi-Union have revealed their new project - the Songjiang Art Campus in the new suburb of Shanghai. Tasked with creating a new urban space and creative hub close to the local university, the architects had to develop a cultural hub, away from the overdeveloping in the rest of the city. Having seen a 'creative vacuum' in the city, Archi-Union focussed on pedestrians, green parks and a close relationship with the neighbourhood.
The southern island of China, Hainan, has recently opened a new visitors centre in the town of Xinglong. Based on the design of traditional fishing villages on the island, the visitor centre is set at the entrance to the small town. The trapezoidal lot dictated the building be developed into a zigzag form with most of the building volume in the middle. This allows the architecture to open up to the street gradually when approached on foot.