Posts tagged as 'China'

Tue 2.2.

Family Box Qingdao by Crossboundaries (CN)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 02.02.2016 - Tagged as: ,

Family Box Qingdao by Crossboundaries, photo: Xia Zhi

Family Box Qingdao by Crossboundaries, photo: Xia Zhi

As early childhood education progresses rapidly in China, Family Box recently opened its 6th branch in Qingdao, China. Crossboundaries’ design for the two-level 4400sqm facility offers the enterprise’s usual functions such as a children swimming pool, classrooms, open play areas and a cafe. Situated at the corner of a shopping mall, Family Box opens to the public with a transition zone, holding functions such as library, shop and try-out classes for potential customers and directs its member to the pool and member-only areas. (text by Crossboundaries)

 

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Tue 12.1.

Aimer Lingerie Factory by Crossboundaries (CN)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 12.01.2016 - Tagged as: , ,

Aimer Lingerie Factory by Crossboundaries, photo: Yang Chao Ying

Aimer Lingerie Factory by Crossboundaries, photo: Yang Chao Ying

When Aimer first approached Crossboundaries in 2004, it requested a factory compound of 14000 sqm gross floor area that could house conventional storage, manufacturing, and a 300-people dormitory by individual functions. However, as Aimer grew rapidly in China, the leadership quickly foresaw the importance to upgrade its operation shifting from a production-focused business to a genuine fashion brand. In order to reinforce its brand image and adapt to a maturing economy, Crossboundaries was asked to add a Research and Development office, a 23000sqm distribution center as well as spaces to showcase its products. The realized facility of 53000sqm in 2014 represents a successful collaboration between Aimer and the designers in rethinking the future of the Chinese brand that integrates production, brand building with the well-being of employees. (text by Crossboundaries)

 

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Thu 20.12.

‘SW’ collection by OeO for Stellar Collections (CN)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 20.12.2012 - Tagged as: , , , , ,

Detail for the daybed from the 'SW' collection by Nic Graham for Stellar Collections

Detail for the daybed from the ‘SW’ collection by OeO for Stellar Collections

Copenhagen-based design studio OeO have realised this Bauhaus-referencing seating collection for the Shanghai-based furniture brand Stellar Collections. Developed in natural oak, leather and fabric, the ‘SW’ collection comprises two upholstered, softly-hued designs; a sofa and a daybed. (more…)

Close-up of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei; photo © Iwan Baan

Following their iconic National Stadium conceived for Beijing’s Summer Olympics 2008, the acclaimed Swiss architectural practice Herzog & de Meuron and the ubiquitous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei have joined their creative forces once again, this time designing the recently-opened Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012. Featuring a sky-reflecting floating roof suspended 1.4 metres above ground, the cork-clad Pavilion features eleven columns representative of all previous Pavilions commissioned by the Serpentine Gallery to date. Watch the Pavilion captured on film in the video below. (more…)

'Rice' dinnerware collection by Studio Laura Strasser for JIA Inc.

A young German designer and founder of her namesake studio Laura Strasser has developed this delicate, milky-white set of porcelaine dinnerware in collaboration with a Hong Kong-based manufacturer JIA Inc.. Named after the century-old, traditional Chinese rice grain technique employed in its production process, ‘Rice’ features a subtle, translucent cut-out pattern reminiscent of rice grains. (more…)

Triple V Gallery by Ministry of Design; photo by Edward Hendricks

A Singapore-based practice Ministry of Design have realised this dramatic, triangular permanent show gallery and tourist information centre in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin. Featuring characteristic sharp edges and sky-piercing roof, the 750-square meters Triple V Gallery encompasses three spaces of diverse functions: a tourist information centre, a gallery and a discussion lounge. Completed in only four months, the sea-facing pre-weathered Corten steel-clad building was officially opened in November 2011. (more…)

Riverside Clubhouse by Trace Architecture Office; photo by Yao Li

Referencing an icon of modernist architecture, the 1951’s Farnsworth House, this crisp, white detached house has been completed by Trace Architecture Office (TAO) who ‘stretched, looped and folded’ Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s famous one-room chef-d’œuvre. As a result, the Beijing-based architects have achieved a ‘smaller building depth with better views, introversive courtyard space offering more privacy, getting closer to water and accessible roof as extension of landscape.’ Offering serene, panoramic views thanks to the translucent glass façade, Riverside Clubhouse is located in the city of Yancheng, in a northeastern Jiangsu province, China – homeland of this years’s Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, Wang Shu. (more…)

Ningbo Contemporary Art Museum by Amateur Architecture Studio; photo by Lv Hengzhong

Symbolising an ‘Ark of Art’ and located near the river Yong, in an old industrial area of the city of Ningbo in Zhejiang Province, China, this Contemporary Art Museum complex was completed in 2005 by this year’s Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, Wang Shu and his Hangzhou-based practice, Amateur Architecture Studio. Boasting a total floor area of 24,000-square-meters, the steel-and-timber complex encompasses the main building with its exhibition space of 5,300-square-meters, two piers, a rooftop plaza and an original 1980’s control tower. (more…)