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From Garden

to City Street

TM Studio

Observing five of Tong Ming’s recent works, I see a sort transition between two poles: from the closed introverted garden space to ordinary life in the city street. For Tong Ming, these two extreme types of spatial experience are parallel worlds. The garden is part of the Chinese literati tradition. Embodying the convenience of the city and the tranquility of seclusion, its independent undisturbed privacy is the essence of quality space. The architect’s long-standing architectural practice and academic research have constantly focused on Chinese gardens, developing ever new ways of making them part of contemporary architecture. The most typical garden space of the five projects is to be found in the Zhou Chunya Art Studio. Located beyond the suburbs of Shanghai, the building creates a strong tension with its environment, the unforgiving concrete block resembling a castle...

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