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Campus Ocean Center

Tsinghua University

OPEN Architecture

Asia | Shenzhen

Can architecture reflect - or indeed transform - people’s lives? Architecture practice OPEN Architecture asks itself this question with the three primary concepts underpinning its approach: typology, construction and social relevance. In the words of Li Hu, the firm’s co-director: “It’s all about the relationship between people and society, or people and nature”. Today China’s urban swathes present an artificial, fragmented picture where interpersonal links have become extremely tenuous. Architects, says OPEN Architecture, are therefore called upon to offset this with new spatial typologies that will improve both construction quality and allow interpersonal relations, healing the wounds inflicted on the urban fabric and its building complexes. The firm has taken these three tenets as its compass in the attempt to bridge the visible and invisible...

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