In response to the theme “re-appropriation” of MIAW 2010, we wanted to dig out some hidden values in the campus. In the building of architecture school, during breaks, people chat outside the classroom while lean against handrails, on which coffee cups or coke tins can always be found. People do it naturally. But the performance of handrail could be better. By just adding wooden boards, we found the potential of handrail lying in its width. Finally, it was proved to be highly welcomed. Continue reading Pausa Café
In considering easier and faster construction during emergency period, we tried to minimize an individual’s private space into two insulated boxes, one vertical and one horizontal — it is like something in between tent and sleeping bag. Boxes could be arranged in various combinations, hosting family in different sizes. Public spaces are naturally created. Continue reading Emergency Shelter
“What do you think you are looking at?” We asked friends and colleagues with the picture on the right. Paper-cut? Red envelope? Package for Spring Festival gift? Wedding invitation? None of them really did the answer we had expected to hear—the mounted Chinese character Fú (福), a traditional way of celebrating Spring Festival. We were shocked about this since we had thought confidently that nobody would misunderstood it, but the fact gave us a solid slap. It urged us to review our design strategy completely, which brought us our second proposal. —Now, it would be good to talk about the things that happened prior to this very moment. Continue reading Fú
Jin was Tao’s best friend in his childhood. Enrolment at different universities separated them in two cities, one on the north side of Yangtze River, the other one on the south. They were not far from each other in terms of distance, but the contact between them was almost lost. Continue reading Huoban
The second house we lived in Milan was a super tiny one, about just 20 m². Small as it was, everything had to go vertical: Washing machine on top of fridge; bed on top of a balcony in between bathroom and wardrobe, connected to the living room with a moveable wooden ladder; orange tile on top of bathroom, indicating you could sit there eating watermelon in summer; of course, you could lie or sit or put things on top of wardrobe too.
Although it was so small, it had almost everything to support our life: except fridge and washing machine we talked before, there are a tiny balcony, a ceiling fan, an oven, a shower room, a bidet, and so on. We loved it when we saw it the first time. Continue reading Lamp A
Our first home in Milan was the left one above, with a big door facing street directly. Functioning as both door and window, most of its surface was made of glass; concerning privacy, translucent glass was used. Continue reading Door Garden
The commission was challenging, creating a 900m² exhibition hall in a historical building in the historical area of Hunan university. It is a dorm built in 1930s by the first Chinese modernism architect: Liu Shiying. Continue reading Invisible 900m²
When we moved into our previous house, we was captured by the little balcony. It brought us fantastic view. However, the concrete ground was not in a good condition, rough and untidy. We kept this in mind till we encountered a set of bed planks in IKEA. Continue reading Nuts Balcony
Our last home, Via Conte Rosso 36, was next to one of the main exhibition area of Salone di Mobile (Milan Design Week). The official guide map suggested people a walking path from metro/train station to the exhibition area. It passed exactly under our balcony.