What About WAI at Dashila?


Housetelier at night: urban lantern

For the Beijing Design Week WAI responded to an invitation to rethink the Dashila District through specific architectural interventions that could renovate the area.
The result is the Housetelier, which reuses the courtyard typology of the Chinese hutong and converts it into a mixture of atelier, house, gallery and office.
Dashila Site Plan

Can architecture be an urban catalyst? How to regenerate an urban zone with interventions of specific forms of architecture?
By designing a space based on the three points of work, exhibit and live, the Housetelier creates the ideal conditions to attract creative enterprises that could enhance the urban context in the Dashila District both by contributing to its micro economy and by fomenting cultural and intellectual exchange through activities and events.
Couryard + Gallery + Atelier 

Conceived as an architectural prototype for urban re-development, the Housetelier integrates office space, gallery space, and living space in a seamless architectural strategy. By creating spaces that are visually related to a central courtyard, but that could also be accessed independently, the Housetelier could be used by up to three different tenants simultaneously.
The first level of the building situates at each of the four sides of the courtyard an atelier, service space (kitchen, storage, and restrooms), office space, and gallery space in a sequence of spaces that relate visually and spatially.
The Second Level of the building includes a residential apartment whose main spaces are arranged around the central courtyard.
Housetelier at day:abstract box

Treated with a translucent polycarbonate main façade, the Housetelier looks radically neutral during the day, while it turns into a kaleidoscopic lantern during the night, inviting those who wander around to discover the contents of the building.   

Plan Level 1
Plan Level 2

What About Caochangdi in BJDW?

Caochandi Copyright CCD

WAI Live Discussion at Caochangdi Art Community

WAI will take part of a roundtable discussion “City as Site” on Friday October 5, the closing day of the Manifesto Series organized by the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) and supported by the Dutch Design Fashion Architecture, Beijing Design Week, and Caochangdi Community.
Moderated by Aric Chen (Creative Director Beijing Design Week) the discussion will include as its participants Jeremi Descamps (Urbanism, Sinapolis, France), Neville Mars (Architecture, MARS Architects, Netherlands), Noortje Boer and Celine Lamee (Graphic Desing, LAVA, Netherlands), Shoupin Zhang (Graphic Design, Max Office, China) and Ruben Lundgren (Photography, WassinkLundgren, Netherlands).
For more information stay logged on to WAI.

Time: October 5, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.
Venue: Caochangdi, collaboration with CCD Table Talk Program.
Jeremi Descamps (Urbanism, Sinapolis, France)
WAI Architecture Think Tank (Architecture, China)
Neville Mars (Architecture, MARS Architects, Netherlands)
Noortje Boer and Celine Lamee (Graphic Desing, LAVA, Netherlands)
Shoupin Zhang (Graphic Design, Max Office, China)
Ruben Lundgren (Photography, WassinkLundgren, Netherlands)

The WAIzine goes to Helsinki

The Archizines exhibition goes to Artek in Helsinki. The Exhibition will be on display from September 12 to September 29.  

The WAIzine goes to Paris

The Archizines exhibition goes to the École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris. The Exhibition will be on display from the 6th of September, until the 27 of the same month.
For the Booklet of the talks go here
WAI Live Webcast

WAI Goes Live Across China

WAI Architecture Think Tank presented and discussed its projects on a live webcast with more than 500 online users across China. The project that brought together students and professionals from all corners of the country was moderated from Beijing by www.iarch.cn and questions sent through the net were addressed after the presentation. 

To Watch the video of the presentation go here or go to iarch.cn .

Live Discussion Panel

WAI  Live Broadcast

Saturday September 8 at 7:00pm (Beijing Time) WAI will be offering a live presentation and a discussion in Beijing that will be broadcasted across China. Under the topic Hardcorism, WAI will be dissecting the WAIzine, its manifestoes and other projects.

What About Archizines Japan Tour?

Archizines goes to Osaka and Tokyo

The World Tour of the Archizines exhibition opens in Osaka at the design museum de sign de> the 6th of September and in Tokyo at the Tokyo Book Fair the 21st of September. Archizines features the WAIzine amongst 60 top independent architecture publications around the world.  The Exhibition will be on display in Osaka until September 17 and in Tokyo until September 23.

The WAIzine 2 is out; don’t forget to check it out!

Exhibition Poster
Image http://www.archizines-osaka-tokyo.com

Image http://www.archizines-osaka-tokyo.com