Standardarchitecture, Beijing, China
01 October 2006

Auditorium Wuyi primary school 
The new auditorium has a seating capacity of 520 and is for the use of both the school and the residents of the adjacent neighborhood. The hall is used for stage performances, films and school events. The auditorium is separated from the school by a square yard. The school is an unobtrusive four-storey block, to which the expressive form of the auditorium forms a strong contrast. Its characteristic folded red roof makes it a striking feature of the neighborhood. 

The rear wall and the fa?ade form part of the roof, which is supported on both sides by a row of columns. The resulting galleries have walls of red brick in which the wheelchair ramps and the stairs have been integrated. The first floor on the West side of the building is recessed. The foyer beneath the overhanging roof receives daylight from both sides through its glass wall. The entrance pierces the vertical wall which rises from the ground as a continuation of the folded roof profile and marks the entrance like a massive sign; the roof is an ironical allusion to the debate that has been going on for decades about the integration of tradition in modern Chinese architecture.

Yangshuo Storefronts
The complex with shops on the ground floor and apartments above is situated in the center of the small tourist city of Yangshuo. The city is bordered on the East by the Lijiang River and on the other three sides by unusual Karst peaks. The design was preceded by a study of local use of materials and building techniques. Since the available location proved to be too large for a single building, standardarchitecture decided to incorporate the program in a number of smaller buildings separated by narrow streets. The layout takes into account the local tradition of maintaining a view of the surrounding peaks – in this case the Green Lotus Mountain and the Dragon’s Head Mountain – from the major alleys. Standardarchitecture mainly experimented in this project with construction possibilities of local materials. They used four materials for this purpose: the local Yangshuo stone, larch wood, small black roofing tiles and the Bamboo strips. The urge to experiment can be seen most clearly in the central hall. The building has been given a second skin with a screen of bamboo strips; they are positioned at a distance from one another at right angles to the wall to produce a very unusual visual effect on the fa?ade.

Wuhan CRland French-Chinese Art Centre
The site of the art centre is located across the street from the Wuchang Tanhualin historic area, about one mile away from the famous Huanghe Lou tower on the Yangtzi River. The expectation of the building was an important public space for the city and a monument for both the past and the ongoing transformation of the city. The fact that many famous Chinese intellectuals lived in the famous Tanhualin area across the street inspired us. We were interested in testing the possibilities of building something out of the ancient Chinese intellectual practice of ink and water. The art centre was conceived as an urban container, within which art objects, events, acts, concepts and activities flourish. In this art centre the container is made out of intuitive images of ink and water strikes. 

While the site conditions also take part in the formation of spaces: since the site is cut into a half by an unexpected urban infrastructure (a flood pipeline), the 30-meter-wide outdoor space became the central courtyard for spatial organization, around it seat the east and west exhibition hall and the floating bridge linking the two parts. In the 80-meter-long concrete bridge, the ink-water stroke texture coincides with the necessary structural elements for the 5.5-meter-high concrete hollow beam. This becomes an interesting moment when an image merges seamlessly with a structure. 

Xi’an City Wall Reintegration
Xi’an as had served as the capital city of China for more than thirteen dynasties and for over one thousand years. The boundary of the city has shifted, expanded and shrunk through history. The latest city wall of Xi’an, built in the Ming Dynasty, is now China’s only existing capital city wall, after the Beijing City Wall was destroyed in 1950s. 

Although the wall itself is well preserved, the city inside it and the landscape outside it were not. The old urban fabric inside the city has been gradually replaced in the past few decades by factories, shopping malls, and housing towers; and from the outside the wall is now awkwardly confronted by another wall of high rise office buildings and international hotel towers. While the landscape along the wall and the canal is heavily fragmented after years of shortsightedly constructing partial additions. The city wall has fallen into a status in the city that is little more than a boundary or a mere historic symbol.

PuDong “Dancing Triangles” Public Space 
The “dancing triangles” park is located in a Pudong district of Shanghai that is currently under crazy urban development. Its surroundings are mixed with left-over village houses, wholesale construction material warehouses, small factories and new housing compounds. The park is built by the famous developer Vanke as a central public space for the housing communities rising around it.

Like most of the new urban developments in China, the communites and supportive urban functions are separated by wide roads in this area. Immediately adjacent to the park there is going to be a Carrefour Shopping Centre, an elementary school, a community concert hall, and three different housing compounds. Even the side of the park is severely divided by two major crossing roads into four parts. Therefore the first intuition was to create a network that could help holding the dispersed parts and the community functions together. The “dancing triangles” works as elements that create sense of movement in the landscape, in the meantime functions as a strong central mark for the neighborhood(mainly for young city dwellers) ever since people start to see the first dancing triangle hundreds of meters away.
















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