© Hao Chen
NATURALBUILD is a Shanghai based, full-service architecture studio founded in 2012 by Yanfei Shui and Yichi Su. NATURALBUILD takes the comparative study of Chinese and Western cultures as the core of the work, embraces the complexities and contradictions of the reality in China, while also initiates the resonance of various genotypes emerging from program, function, landscape, topography, materiality, form and etc. In response to the specificity and the ever-changing constraints of each individual project, NATURALBUILD designs through rational deductions and tactile studies to seek for new possibilities in practice that would expand the meaning of naturality in contemporary living.
NATURALBUILD’s works and researches were published on academic journals as well as significant new media, such as a+u, The Plan, PASAJES arquitectura, Architectural Journal, Wallpaper*, dezeen and designboom. The review article of our project ‘Lostvilla Boutique Hotel in Yucun’ was published on Architectural Journal as cover story in 2017. Recently, this project has won the honor award for commercial architecture at 2018 AIA Shanghai Chapter and has invited to exhibit and participate in the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. The Italian architecture magazine THE PLAN has recently published the article ‘Design Maturity and Balance’ written by Xiangning Li, which reviewed our major works.