- OPEN Prototype for Temporary Sales Pavilion
- © Su Shengliang
OPEN Architecture is a team of international 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. With recent focus on architecture and cities of Asian countries especially that of China, OPEN has been studying the unique challenges created by the unprecedented speed of urban development and associated environmental and social problems. For each project, in depth research and thorough understanding of the project needs form the basis for unique architectural solutions. The aim is to create meaningful architecture and urban spaces that establish a new relation with the nature and the society. OPEN collaborates with experts from different disciplines often beyond the traditional category of consultants for architecture to broaden and enrich the potential of each unique project. OPEN has also built up expertise on sustainability and collaborative working relationship with some of the 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 2006. Before focusing on the practice at OPEN, Li Hu was a partner at Steven Holl Architects. He founded and led the firm’s Beijing office, and was the partner-in-charge for the firm’s many award winning projects in Asia, including Linked Hybrid (Modern MOMA) in Beijing, Vanke Center in Shenzhen, Sifang Art Museum in Nanjing, Raffles City in Chengdu. He is also the director of Columbia University GSAPP’s Studio-X Beijing. Huang Wenjing was a senior designer and associate at Pei Cobb Freed and Partners Architects prior to founding OPEN. Besides practice, she was also a visiting assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong.