A big blue whale to boost culture. Pinghe Bibliotheater by OPEN Architecture

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OPEN Architecture. Architects.- LI Hu, HUANG Wenjing.
Project team
YE Qing, SHI Bingjie, YANG Ling, TAN Qingjun, LU Di, Daijiro Nakayama, LIN Bihong, CHEN Xiuyuan, ZHOU Tingting, ZOU Xiaowei, LIU Xunfeng, LI Lingna.
Local Design Institute.- Shanghai Yuangou Architects and Consultants. Structural and MEP Consultant.- CABR Technology Co., Ltd. Curtain Wall Consultant.- CABR Technology Co., Ltd. Theater/Acoustic Consultant.- Shanghai Net Culture Development Co., Ltd. Lighting Consultant.- Shanghai Modern Architecture Decoration Environmental Design Research Institute Co., Ltd.
Shanghai Tixue Education and Technology Co., Ltd.
Building Area.- 5,372 s.q.m. Site Area.- 2,312 s.q.m.
Shanghái, China.


OPEN Architecture is a team of international architects and designers, with collaborators across different disciplines to practice urbanism, architecture, interior and the production of strategies in the context of new challenges of our time. It was founded by Li Hu and Huang Wenjing in New York City. It established the Beijing office in 2006.

OPEN believes that research and collaboration are the foundation for design and creation.  In recent years, OPEN’s research has focused on the social and environmental problems associated with the unprecedented speed of urban development in Asian countries, especially China. This research has enabled OPEN’s practice to be deeply rooted in the social and economic context of our time. While remaining idealistic and persistent, OPEN’s practice directly deals with the problems and challenges of our time and strives to create architecture and urban spaces that establish a new relationship with nature and society. OPEN collaborates with experts from different disciplines for architecture to broaden and enrich the potential of each unique project. OPEN has also built up expertise in sustainability and collaborative working relationships with some of the leading engineers and institutions in the field.

Li Hu was a partner at Steven Holl Architects, before focusing on the practice at OPEN. He founded and led SHA’s Beijing office, and was the partner-in-charge for the firm’s many award-winning projects in Asia. Since 2009, Li has become the director of Columbia University GSAPP’s Studio-X Beijing.

Huang Wenjing was a senior designer and associate at Pei Cobb Freed and Partners Architects prior to founding OPEN. Besides practice, she was also a visiting assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong. She taught part-time at Tsinghua University in Beijing as well.




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