The office tower on 39 King’s Road started as a façade exercise soon evolving into a full architectural design mission. The antithesis of any “iconic” approach, it elaborates on the idea of “quiet innovation”, a motto developed with façade consultant VS-A, emphasizing the improvement of simple, archetypal solutions. As it would have been climatically criminal to implement a glass façade in Hong Kong considering the fully exposed to east and south facades, we ended up designing a solid façade perforated by a hyper-repetitive pattern of small windows, somehow echoing its immediate surrounding. The result is humble, pragmatic, and blends in the dense urban fabric of the North Point area.
Located in the southern suburbs of Chengdu, Dayuan Central Park used to be an abandoned landfill site until the 1990s. In response to the southward expansion of Chengdu’s urbanization, the area was restored into an ecologically-friendly urban park through soil improvement. One of the sunken courtyards is planted with various vegetation, forming a three-dimensional green screen.
Qilu Hospital of Shandong University is a comprehensive Grade A tertiary hospital under the supervision (administration) of the National Health Commission (NHC), and the leading party and main employer of the first national medical centers jointly established by the NHC and the provincial government. Founded in 1890, the hospital is located in the Lixia historical conservation area of Jinan City. As an affiliated hospital and teaching hospital of Shandong University, it had long been bothered by the original planning layout that could no longer meet the current needs of medical treatment, teaching, scientific research, etc. In this context, the design of the Qilu Hospital of Shandong University Emergency Medical Building (the Project) was kicked off in 2020. The project is an 800-bed medical complex for medicine, teaching, and research, including functions of emergency medicine, diagnosis and treatment in internal medicine, imaging center, scientific research and teaching, medical laboratory, etc. The buildings are in a twin-tower layout, with the north tower for administration and scientific research, the south tower for medical treatment, the podiums for demonstrative teaching, canteen, emergency medicine, imaging, intensive care unit (ICU), operating room, etc., and the basement for garage and MEP rooms. Upon completion, the project is expected to further promote the integrated development of Qilu Hospital of Shandong University in medicine, teaching, and research, and set an example for building the national medical center. Due to a tight site area and complex terrain, the project has a high FAR and high density, which, coupled with the hospital renovation and expansion, caused many complications and conflicts. Therefore, how reconnecting the large hospital with the urban fabrics through design, creating a friendly and harmonious urban interface, and implanting the giant medical complex into urban public life, became a major difficulty and challenge in design. In this regard, the design team decided to always keep in mind the design goal, i.e. to create an open, efficient, and humanistic hospital in symbiosis with the city.
Bookstore – Juanzong Books is located at the Anaya Art Center in Qinhuangdao. It was originally a coffee shop with two spaces connected together, one high and one low, about 100 square meters in total. The clear height of the high space is 6m. Guests enter from the second floor of the Art Center and walk down the stairs to the concierge. The low space is only 2.5m high and opens towards an outdoor sunken theater. Due to the construction period being only one month, we have retained all walls and floors without any hidden construction work and only changed the atmosphere of the space by replacing the suspended ceiling and furniture. Since it is an architectural bookstore, it should have a corresponding atmosphere, not too fashionable or too exquisite. The items in the space should be simple and direct, creating a sense of ‘workspace’. The lighting should also use a suitable color temperature for work, instead of the usual warm feeling. We designed all the pendant lamps and bookshelves that shaped the bookstore’s personality and chose a classic form — also an anonymous form — with a long history of drawing tables and stools. We envisioned the space filled with picture albums, drawings, and models that could withstand some messiness.
Less than 100 days before the opening of the Asian Games Hangzhou, Fuyang Yinhu Sports Center is ready for the arrival of the Asian Games, the sustainable operation after the Games, and the evaluation from all walks of life. The design team of the Architectural Design & Research Institute of Zhejiang University adheres to the design concept of “realizing green Asian Games through economic means and constructing cultural Asian Games through low-tech means”. On the basis of respecting professional sports technology requirements, combining the landscape intention with Fuyang characteristics, as well as adopting a simple form, a compact spatial layout, environmentally friendly building materials, low-tech construction means, and sustainable venue facilities, the competition venues (sites) for shooting, archery, and modern pentathlon during the Asian Games are designed, aiming at successfully implementing the holding purpose of “green, intelligence, conciseness and civilization” of the Asian Games. With a land area of 275,182m2 and a floor area of 85,840.7m2, this project is one of the 12 newly built venues for the 19th Asian Games in 2023. At that time, the three major events of shooting, archery, and modern pentathlon in the Asian Games will be held here.
The Natatorium of Southeast University is located near the east gate of the Jiulonghu Campus, on the north side of the gymnasium. It is the first indoor swimming pool in the history of Southeast University. Considering that the campus is relatively empty and sports buildings are often huge in scale, the design uses continuous circular arches to break the body into pieces, to eliminate the sense of alienation of the volume. The arc of the building is like a flower, woven together in 7 repeating forms, which makes it look lively. In addition, the building does not have a so-called “top roof”, its roof and wall as a whole.
The Wufu Longjing Agricultural Products Exhibition Center is located in the Wufu Longjing Smart Agricultural Creation Park, Baofeng Town, Zhushan County. This project is one of the key projects for Zhushan County to build a “billion-yuan agricultural processing industry.” It relies on 1,200 acres of land connected to Longjing Village and Hanxihe Village in Baofeng Town to build the Agricultural Smart Park, Agricultural Cultivation Park, and Agricultural Research Park. It aims to create an ecological demonstration base for agricultural tourism integration that integrates “smart agriculture, agricultural experience, education and research, leisure tourism, and catering and entertainment”. The goal is to effectively promote rural revitalization, stimulate regional economic development, and drive more than 1,000 households of villagers in the surrounding areas to achieve stable income growth. The Agricultural Products Exhibition Center is located at the entrance of the park, which is the starting point of the entire park. It needs to accommodate the gathering of visitors, tourists, and researchers. At the same time, it also serves as a window for displaying and selling agricultural products.
Located on the corner of the ground floor of a newly renovated mixed-use building, the popular draft beer bar found its home in a compact 60-sqm store. The design removes the original glass curtain wall and replaces it with bifold windows that open completely and stack to one end. Together with a veranda in the front and to the side, the bar is no longer bounded by the limited square footage indoors but instead extends to include space outdoor to create an urban living room where young people can gather and enjoy themselves.
The concrete palace designed by Wutopia Lab, namely The Eye of The Museum of the Palace Museum of the Manchurian Regime (Changchun), is the first decorative fair-faced concrete building in Jilin Province, the largest fair-faced concrete building in Northeastern China, and the largest thin-shell large-span earth-sheltered swept surface underground building in China, was officially completed and inaugurated on May 18, 2023, International Museum Day, after six years of design and construction. Just before May 1st, 2017, Mr. Wang, the museum director who had vetoed more than 20 rounds of unsuccessful proposals, approached me with a request. He hoped that I could come up with a proposal that would truly capture the essence of Changchun. My career has always revolved around such urgent appeals, yet I gladly accept the challenge. Changchun was a foreign city to me, thus, I strive to embark on the brilliance within the fragments of the city’s history.
Won in competition in 2014, the new 42-storey Oppo Technology & Research Centre Tower for Chinese mobile phone manufacturer Oppo was designed by Gianni Botsford Architects in the UK, in collaboration with RJWu & Partners in Taiwan. The new tower sits at the center of the new Singapore Sichuan Hi-Tech Innovation Park to the South of Chengdu and aims to be a focal point of the masterplan overlooking the new park. Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, is the fifth largest city in China with an urban population of over 15 million.