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Founded in 2014, B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio was established in Beijing by Japanese architects Shuhei Aoyama and Yoko Fujii. It is an international architecture studio full of youthfulness and vitality oriented towards architecture and architectural interior design. B.L.U.E. is the abbreviation of Beijing Laboratory for Urban Environment, and it is also the core design philosophy of the studio. Focusing on the intense collision of rich history and vanward thought of Beijing, B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio is working on the design practices of architecture, interior design, product design, and art. In other to archive the research on urban physics, society, culture and environment, thus seek to create a design platform that truly connects the urban environments.
B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio has a wide range of project practices, ranging from small buildings, new type retail spaces, micro-renovation of the old city, urban renewal, and experimental studies of lifestyles. The current projects are located both at home and abroad, in the core areas of Beijing, Shanghai, Kyoto, Shanxi, Shandong, Yunnan and so on. Among them, the L-shaped house at Dengshikou Hutong in Dongcheng District, Beijing was widely favored by many professional medias as soon as it was published. The Umassif Bakery of Huamao center in Beijing CBD fully received the high praise because of its unique design style. In Kyoto, Japan, the office transformed a century-old house from Gojo Krasuma into a museum-style guest house. Built in the Qing Dynasty, the 2,500-square-meter Suzhou ancient house was remodeled and transformed into a shared new urban space. A new idea for the future shared community life—400 boxes. A guest house named sth.here is adjacent to the Lu Xun Museum, continue the conception of contemporary life "home" from Shuhei Aoyama, and challenges the boundary between cities and spaces to provide more opportunities of interacting for people.
B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio is very concerned about contemporary art and design. In addition to participating in theme exhibitions and art events such as Beijing Design Week many times, in 2016, the studio was invited to participate in Venice Architecture Biennale "China House Vision". In 2015, we participated in the theme exhibition “Humanistic Nature and Society (Shan-Shui) - an Insight Into the Future" sponsored by the Himalayan Art Museum.
B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio has been rated as “100 TOP ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN TALENTS IN CHINA” by AD Magazine. In 2016, we were honored with the Silver Award of residential architecture category from China Architecture Association. In the same year, we were awarded the JCD DESIGN AWARD BEST 100 by the Japanese Commercial Environment Designer Association and was selected as the WA Housing Award from WA Award for Chinese Architecture in 2016. Shuhei Aoyama, the founder of B.L.U.E. Architecure Studio, was rated as “Model Young Designer of the Year” by Beijing Youth Weekly in 2017. In the same year, he was named “40 under 40 - Chinese Outstanding Young Designers”. He was also selected by Yicai as the 2017 Best International Entrepreneur of the Year – Yicai Brilliant 20.