Studio Pei Zhu is a young practice of under 40 employees based in Beijing. For us, the challenge of design is to provide practical solutions while reflecting a strong and innovative conceptual thinking and a critical outlook.
Our projects, therefore, are an exploration of methods to connect process to product.
The framework for this investigation and the experimental nature of our work is formed by the context in which it takes place- Urban China. The recent rapid development of the country has created new urban environments that can certainly be described as modern but lack the vitality and soul of older districts. One of our main concerns in design is to reconnect modern urban china to its roots, reinterpreting the vernacular in a contemporary context to create architectural devices capable of energizing urban activities. In this way we hope to contribute to a regional variance of contemporary architecture appropriate to its local context.
2007 Guggenheim museum Beijing, for Guggenheim Foundation
2007 Guggenheim Art Pavilion Abu Dhabi, for Guggenheim Foundation
2007 Courtyard House Renovation for artist Cai Guoqiang
2007 Art Museum for artist Yue Minjun
2004 Digital Beijing, an Olympic project for 2008, Beijing, won the first prize in national design competition
2007 Design Vanguard, Architectural Record
2006 China Award, Architectural Record
2004 WA China Architectural Prize
2003 China Architectural Arts Award
1989 Award of Special Merit from UNESCO
2008 Chinese Gardens for Living - illusion into reality, Dresden, Germany
2008 Solo exhibition RISD, University of Rhode Island, N.Y.
2008 China Construction, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, N.Y.
2008 Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Architecture, Paris
2008 Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Architecture, Barcelona
2007 China Production, Austria
2008 China Design Now, Victoria and Albert Museum, UK
2007 Xisi Bei International Invitation Exhibition, China
2006 1st Biennale of the Architecture and Art of the Canary Islands, Spain
(®participated together with Rem Koolhaas and MVRDV)
2006 Chinese contemporary architecture, Rotterdam
2006 Biennial Beijing, Beijing
2005 Biennial Sao Paulo , Sao Paulo
2005 U space Art exhibition, Beijing
2004 8 Chinese Young Architects, Beijing
2003 Alors, la Chine?, Centre Pompidou, Paris
Guggenheim Museum, Beijing, design process
Art Pavilion, Abu Dhabi , under construction
Publishing House, Beijing, under construction
Cai Guoqiang Courtyard House Renovation, Beijing, finished
Blur Hotel, renovation project in the center of Beijing; under construction
Digital Beijing, an Olympic project for 2008, Beijing; finished
China Digital, an office building for TV studios, Beijing; under construction
Chapel of Ningbo, Ningbo, design process
UF Soft R&D Center 4, Beijing; design process
U Space, a contemporary art exhibition space, Beijing; under construction
Office building of Ningbo urban planning bureau, Bingbo; design process
X-office, Huanghua; design process
Shishang place, a mixed-use building, Beijing, design process
Interviewed by many international newspapers like The New York Times, Le Monde, The Times, The Guardian, Los Angles Times£¨Wall Street Journal and many other main newspapers of Spain, Germany and Mexico; Published by world famous magazines like domus, Architectural Record, Wall Paper etc; Invited by CCTV, NBC, BBC, DW (Deutsche Welle) TVE etc for the television interviews.