Friday18 August 2017

RIBA names 2015 Shanghai Windows practices

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Ten architects set to head east for third annual showcase

Draisci Studio, Squire and Partners and Edwards Moore are among the pack of 10 architectural practices picked by RIBA to take part in this year’s Shanghai Windows design festival.

The event, now in its third year, pairs RIBA chartered practices with local and international retailers to create original and thought-provoking temporary installations around the Chinese city’s Xintiandi district.

Also taking part in the event, which runs from April 2, are Mobile Studio, CTHM and INDJ Studio, Amin Taha, RCKa, Opensystems, Urban Systems, and Arup Associates.

Among the installations are a seemingly floating river that flows from windows above a busy courtyard restaurant; terracotta-warrior inspired marble figures that spill out from a fashion shop; and a spa entrance flooded to chest height to reveal a zig-zag pathway.

RIBA London interim director Owen Wainhouse said Xintiandi was one of the most desirable retail and entertainment locations in China and the installations would be seen by more than one million people.

“This year many of our architects have taken their inspiration from the rich natural history and geography of China and are collaborating with local artisans and artists to create stunning installations for the city,” he said.

“This is a great opportunity for our participating members to showcase their skills. This project will help them gain experience of working in China and help fuel the strong international demand for British architecture and design.”


Architects and their installations

Draisci Studio: Faceted blocks that smile and seem to come alive with eyewear on. (Partner: Barcodes)

CTHM and INDJ Studio: An “ethereal river of light” that seemingly floats, flows and falls from the upper windows of a restaurant. (Partner: Fountain)

Mobile Studio: A design inspired by the meteorological qualities of the season, coinciding with the launch of a new green tea. (Partner: Giftique)

Squire and Partners: Distorted hand-crafted marble sculptures inspired by the artistic process of creation and decay. (Partner: Maria Luisa)

Edwards Moore: An aluminium chamber leading visitors to the interior of the store via a fluid-like reflective floor. (Partner: Matchbox)

Opensystems: A sculptural installation resembling primitive crystalline formations that marks the entrance of the store. (Partner: NN)

Urban Systems: An installation that references material systems in nature, and which is fabricated with low-cost and 3D-printing technologies using a bio-degradable plastic made from renewable resources. (Partner: PH7)

Arup Associates: An outdoor installation celebrating the art of pizza making. (Partner: Pizza Express)

Amin Taha: A spa podium lobby flooded to chest height, capturing the blue mountain lakes of Switzerland. (Partner: Rubis Spa)

RCKa: A new cathedral-like entrance to a busy homewear store, featuring an optical illusion using knitted vinyl products. (Partner: Tayohoa)


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