Footbridge on Rihui River
© Tian Fangfang
Atelier Deshaus was founded in Shanghai in 2001.The principal, Liu Yichun was born in 1969, obtained Master Degree from Tongji University, Department of Architecture in 1997. The principal, Chen Yifeng was born in 1972, obtained Master Degree from Tongji University, Department of Architecture in 1998.
Since its foundation, Atelier Deshaus has been invited to participate in a variety of major international architecture and art exhibitions with their projects. These exhibitions include: “Urban Creation”2002 Shanghai Biennale, 2003 “ Alors, La Chine?” at Centre Pompidou in Paris, 2004 “E-W/N-S” at arc en reve centre d’architecture in Bordeaux, 2005“City, Open Door” Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, 2006“China Contemporary” at Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam, 2008 “China Design Now” at Victoria and Albert Museum in London, 2008 “ARCHITopia” at CIVA in Brussels, 2008 “Positions” Portrait of a New Generation of Chinese Architects at La Cite de l'architecture et du patrimoine in Paris, 2009 “Chinese Contemporary Architects, In search of a new Chinese modernity” at The Cadiz Architectural College in Spain, 2010 “New Chinese Architecture” Venice Biennale of Architecture 2010 at CA’ASI Art Gallery, 2011 “Chinese Contemporary Architecture” at Faculty of Architecture at Czech Technical University in Prague, 2011 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture, 2012 “Locus Design Forum” at Hillside Forum in Tokyo, 2012 “From Research to Design” Triennale of Milan, 2013“ Eastern promises " East Asian contemporary architecture and space practice exhibition at Austria Museum of art in Vienna, 2013 A Biennale of Architecture and Contemporary Art at West Bund in Shanghai, 2013“ On the Immediacy of Objecthood and Situatedness of Architecture” at Studio-X Beijing, 2014“Adaptation- architecture and change in China” 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, 2015 “Nomination for the 2015 Designs” at London Design Museum, 2015 Shanghai Urban Space Art Season & Westbund Biennale, 2016 “ZAI XING TU-MU MUSEUM, Sixteen Chinese Galleries and Fifteen Chinese Architects” at Aedes Architecture Forum in Berlin, and so on.
Works of Atelier Deshaus have won a number of architecture awards include WA Chinese Architecture Awards (2006&2010), Business Weeks/Architectural Record China Awards (2006), FAR EAST Architecture Awards (2010). In 2011, Atelier Deshaus was selected by Architectural Record, the journal of AIA, to be one of the ten Design Vanguard of the year. In 2014, the Long Museum West Bund was rewarded the AR Emerging Architecture Award by Architectural Review, UK and Silver Award of Design For Asia Awards. In 2015, it was nominated for the 2015 Designs by London Design Museum and was rewarded Iconic Award 2015 for Architecture Best of Best by German Design Council. In 2016, it was awarded Architecture Creation Awards of ASC for the first place of the gold prize in Public Architectures.
Its Principals have been invited to deliver academic lectures in several universities or museums, including Tongji University, Southeast University, Tianjing University, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, China Academy of Art, South China University of Technology, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Hong Kong University, Harvard University, France Architecture Academy, La Cite de l'architecture et du patrimoine, GSAPP Columbia University Studio-X Beijing, Shanghai Power Station of Art, and etc.
Major design works of Atelier Deshaus include Computer Department of Dongguan Institute of Technology, Xiayu Kindergarten, Plot 6 of Jishan Base in Jiangsu Software Park, Yue Minjun's Studio and Administration, Kindergarten in Jiading New Town, Spiral Art Gallery, Youth Center of Qingpu, Tao Lee Garden experimental school, Plot D of The R&D and Innovative Port of Anting International Automobile City, Artron (Shanghai) Arts Centre, Long Museum West Bund, West Bund Art Center, Huaxin Wisdom Hub, Deshaus the West Bund, Blossom Pavilion, Taizhou Gallery, Wuhan Art Center and so on.
These works have been wide report by journals including Architectural Journal, World Architecture, The Architect, Time+Architecture, and international journals like Architecture Record (USA), Architecture Review (UK), Wallpaper (UK）, Icon (UK), A+U (Japan), GA Document (Japan), Detail (Germany), Deutsche Bauzeitung (Germany), Casabella (Italy), Area (Italy) ,The Plan (Italy) , Lotus (Italy) , Domus (Italy) , Future (Spain), Arquitectura Viva (Spain) , Cree (France), Mark (The Netherland), De Architect (The Netherland), Archithese (Swedish), RUM (Sweden), Architektura (Poland), Space (Korea), Concept (Korea) , C3 (Korea) , Bob (Korea), and some others in Turkey, Ukraine and Croatia ,etc.
Atelier Deshaus values design practice, in which it intentionally maintains a sensitivity toward extensive cultural meanings that are related to architecture as well as a recognition of its own identity. Its projects pursuit integrity and the control of detail qualities. Through such integrity, relations between modern mentality and contemporary society, economy and cultural environment that are rooted in regional traditions could be perceived. Deshaus’s recent practice indicates that urban or social considerations do not necessarily need to be overplayed in designs. Instead, it endeavors to define a specific place in cities with such internal elements as structure, space, and etc, expressing urban or social relations or attitudes toward present within architecture itself.