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OPEN Architecture is an international team of 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.
OPEN believes that research and collaboration is the foundation for design and creation. In recent years, OPEN’s researches have focused on social and environmental problems associated with the unprecedented speed of urban development in developing countries especially China. While immersing in the ample opportunities along with great difficulties, OPEN strives to create architecture and urban spaces that establish a new relation with nature and people. OPEN has built up expertise on sustainability and collaborative working relationship with leading engineers and institutions in the field.
OPEN was founded by Li Hu and Huang Wenjing in New York City. It established the Beijing office in 2008. Some of the built or ongoing projects by OPEN include: Gehua Youth and Cultural Center, Garden School/Beijing No.4 High School Fangshan Campus, Stepped Courtyards, HEX-SYS, Ocean Center of Tsinghua University, Pingshan Performing Arts Center in Shenzhen, West Bund Oil Tank Art Park in Shanghai and Sky City in Wuhan.
OPEN has been widely recognized for its innovative works, with recent honors such as the Winning Prize of World Architecture Awards for Chinese Architecture, the Best Architecture Award of China Architecture Media Awards, the Gold Award of Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards, the Merit Award of AIANY Design Awards, London Design Museum’s Design of the Year 2015 Nomination, and invited participations in the international exhibitions such as Venice Biennale and the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial.
Before focusing on the practice at OPEN, Li Hu was a partner at Steven Holl Architects. He founded and led SHA’s Beijing office, and was the partner-in-charge for the firm’s many award winning projects in Asia. Li was the director for Columbia University GSAPP’s Studio-X Beijing from 2009 to 2014. Huang Wenjing was a senior designer and associate at Pei Cobb Freed and Partners Architects prior to founding OPEN. She had also taught part time at the University of Hong Kong, and Tsinghua University in Beijing.
Building A103, No. 46 Fangjia Hutong
Beijing, CN , 100007
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