In his 30s, our artist friend CK asked us to design his apartment. In our near 30s, together with his new media studio, we did an illuminated tower in Wuhan. Surely, at the beginning, nobody knew there would be a tower. Continue reading The Tower
The green cycle path that runs through the heart of Thyssen-Krupp Steel’s large industrial site offers visitors a chance to pass through a monumental industrial landscape. Still in operation, 24 hours a day, here one is lost in time and adrift in history. Continue reading Landstrich
Castagneti is the name of the street where we live. We’ve been here for more than 4 years. This project was done two months after newly settling in the area, during the Christmas period of 2013. Continue reading Auguri, Via Castagneti!
In limited time of site survey, architects collect information by observing, taking notes, sketching, photographing, taking video, talking to locals etc.. When they are back in office, they make sense out of them, giving birth to report, diagram and site model. By then, the whole team can get a good understanding of the site especially by look at the site model talking about the site, away from site. Continue reading Rooming a Space
Elaine W. Ho went to Hong Kong for two weeks and left the work-live space of HomeShop on Xiaojingchang Hutong to Tao. As an exchange, Tao was asked to make the residency term a means “to finish a project here”. His architecture internship at the firm Limited Design consisted of working from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays including the commute, which meant that only sleeping hours were spent at HomeShop. As it happened, this project was inspired by just such a relationship between time and space. Continue reading Temp Space & Time-plot Ratio
It was in third year of our undergraduate program, a new café opened near our dormitory. Soon, it became a gathering place of students. They came here for dating, chatting, reading, and making theme party occasionally. The owner, Zhang Fan, was also an university student, majoring in marketing. Continue reading Sticks
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
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
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.