The Curtain Sales Office Building China, Contemporary Chinese Architecture

The Curtain Sales Office Building

Chinese Commercial Building Development for SUNAC – design by aoe Beijing

19 Sep 2018

The Curtain Sales Office Building

Design: aoe architects, Beijing – Larry Wen, Yibo Wang, Chao Xie and Yusong Zhang

QW: aoe is a design practice based in Beijing, led by Mr. Wen Qun

Location: China

The Curtain Sales Office Building

Reshaping the cultural self-confidence with innovative design solutions

The architects are trying to find a way to engage new technology, materials, ideas to excavate the essence of Chinese architectural culture, to create a new form of Chinese architecture adapting to the development of modern era, to return the value of Chinese culture. The designers hope to use design to regain the essence of Chinese culture and reshape our cultural self-confidence. aoe architects are committed to design their sales office by SUNAC.

The Curtain Sales Office Building China:

The Curtain Sales Office building China

Based on the regulation, the sales office will be converted into a kindergarten after the use as a sales office. The difficulty of the project is that two different functions have completely different requirements for space, form and appearance. The strategy we adopted is to add another layer of removable green skin, the metal mesh, outside the building for sustainable and imagery purpose. This layer of skin creates an unique facade of the sales office which is conveyed by the core concept of Chinese architecture from the artistic conception of the expression.

The Curtain Sales Office building China

The Chinese-style wood structure emphasis more on the expression of architectural logic following the natural law. Structural components such as pillars, beams, brackets, rafters, purlins and so on are all exposed, all comply with the natural mechanics of the law, so it will appear without affectation, especially the roof of the arc. The overhangs of the eaves forms the gray space and it creates a vague zone merging the nature and building into one to achieve the symbiotic state of man and nature.

The Curtain Sales Office building China

The concept of the sales office is in the inheritance of such a concept. The use of metal fabric as the secondary skin forms a sustainable curtain to protect the building from direct sunlight for energy saving. Also the internal and external space are linked visually and spatially in an elegant transition. Translucent materials presented by the looming visual blur convey a rich level of the depth in space. Meanwhile, the graceful arc of metal fabric formed by natural mechanical logic salutes the Chinese architecture which conforms to the logic of natural structure. The elegant modern steel structure are exposed.

The translucency together with elegant landscape creates a poetic zen space. Although the architectural form and the material are modern, but the core idea is the same as Chinese architecture philosophy. The Tao Nature, formless is the ultimate sophistication.

The Metal Mesh works as an energy saving material to block the direct sunlight and aesthetically related to Chinese culture.

The project started in June 2017 and completed in November 2017,located in Chongqing China. It is used as a sales office now but will be transformed into a kindergarten several months later.

The Curtain Sales Office building China

We have done the research on the Metal Mesh to study how it works as a sustainable material and the level of translucency to create a rich level of depth in space. Mock ups were built to exam the visual and tech data.

The big challenge of this project is that after the use as a sales office, the facility will be modified to be a kindergarten. The two functions have completely different requirement of space and appearance. Client also requires a minimum modification after the use as a sales office. Other than that the client wants a very Chinese style feel of building and space.

The strategy we used was to add a additional layer of Metal Mesh which creates an unique facade for energy saving and appearance purpose. it also can be easily dissembled after the use of sales office and return to the function back to kindergarten. The dissembled Metal Mesh can be stored and re-used on other facilities for the same purpose.

The Curtain Sales Office building China

The Curtain Sales Office China – Building Information

Team Members: Larry Wen, Yibo Wang, Chao Xie and Yusong Zhang
Website: www.aoe-china.com
Designers’ Name & Surname: Qun Wen

Production / Realization Technology: Metal Mesh
Specifications / Technical Properties: Metal Mesh Sized in 3000mm wide x 11000mm high a piece

Photographer: Ligang Huang

aoe attains the famed Platinum A’ Design Award

aoe architects Beijing:
aoe architects Beijing

A’ Award and Competitions are proud to announce that the work The Curtain by Qun Wen has been announced as a winner of the famous Platinum A’ Design Award at Architecture, Building and Structure Design Competition

Qun Wen, aoe architects, Beijing:
Qun Wen aoe architects Beijing

Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category Platinum A’ Design Award Medalist

A’ Award and Competitions are happy to share that the work The Curtain by Larry Wen, Yibo Wang, Chao Xie and Yusong Zhang has been acknowledged with the famous Platinum A’ Design Award at Architecture, Building and Structure Design Competition elected as the winner by the esteemed arbiters of the A’ Design Awards & Competitions among numerous submissions.

Qun Wen architect Beijing:
Qun Wen architect Beijing

Regarding The Curtain

Qun Wen, the project leader of the winning work The Curtain explains “We are trying to find a way to engage new technology, materials, ideas to excavate the essence of Chinese architectural culture, to create a new form of Chinese architecture adapting to the development of modern era, to return the value of Chinese culture. We hope to use design to regain the essence of Chinese culture and reshape our cultural self-confidence. We are committed to design their sales office by SUNAC.

Based on the regulation, the sales office will be converted into a kindergarten after the use as a sales office. The difficulty of the project is that two different functions have completely different requirements for space, form and appearance. The strategy we adopted is to add another layer of removable green skin, the metal mesh, outside the building for sustainable and imagery purpose. This layer of skin creates an unique facade of the sales office which is conveyed by the core concept of Chinese architecture from the artistic conception of the expression. The Chinese-style wood structure emphasis more on the expression of architectural logic following the natural law.

aoe architects Beijing, China:
aoe architects Beijing China

Structural components such as pillars, beams, brackets, rafters, Purlin and so on are all exposed, all comply with the natural mechanics of the law, so it will appear without affectation, especially the roof of the arc. The overhangs of the eaves forms the gray space and it creates a vague zone merging the nature and building into one to achieve the symbiotic state of man and nature. The concept of the sales office is in the inheritance of such a concept. The use of metal fabric as the secondary skin forms a sustainable curtain to protect the building from direct sunlight for energy saving.

Also the internal and external space are linked visually and spatially in an elegant transition. Translucent materials presented by the looming visual blur convey a rich level of the depth in space. Meanwhile, the graceful arc of metal fabric formed by natural mechanical logic salutes the Chinese architecture which conforms to the logic of natural structure. The elegant modern steel structure are exposed. The translucency together with elegant landscape creates a poetic zen space. Although the architectural form and the material are modern, but the core idea is the same as Chinese architecture philosophy. The Tao Nature, formless is the ultimate sophistication.”

The Curtain was imagined by Larry Wen, Yibo Wang, Chao Xie and Yusong Zhang.

Interview with Qun Wen, 2018:

FS: Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
QW: I entered the school of architecture in China and USA.

FS: Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
QW: aoe is a design practice based in the city of Beijing. Mr. Wen Qun graduated from the Cal Poly Pomona. He had worked as a design director at AEDAS, WOODS BAGOT and AECOM, which are the world-renowned large international design companies. His thirty years of professional experience covers business, office, hotel, residential, educational, interior and planning. His professionalism and innovative ideas for him in the industry to win a good reputation, as the main creative, Mr. Wen Qun completed a number of design works received a number of international design awards. On behalf of the design works include the Xian Jiaotong Liverpool University Administrative Information Building, Guiyang Tianyi International Plaza, Qingdao Jinmao Central Europe International City, Beijing Yanqi Lake International Club, Chongqing Guofu Shaci culture Square and many other famous projects

FS: What is "design" for you?
QW: Design is a very important part of my life.

FS: What kinds of works do you like designing most?
QW: Anything interesting and can improve the quality of human life.

FS: What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
QW: Simple and sophisticated.

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
QW: Happy

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
QW: Very exciting.

FS: What makes a design successful?
QW: Care about users

FS: When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
QW: Humanity

FS: What is your "golden rule" in design?
QW: Focus and care

FS: What skills are most important for a designer?
QW: Passion

FS: How can people contact you?
QW: larry.wen@aoe-china.com

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