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On a quiet stretch of beach along the coast of Bohai Bay in northern China, OPEN designed an art gallery hidden in the sand dunes, like a cluster of mysterious Caves.


Over the past decade, theaters have sprung up everywhere along with China’ economic growth and rapid urbanization. Most of them have exaggerated appearances with single function and monotonous spaces, and are often far detached from the public and the urban life, thus becoming a tremendous waste of public resources. OPEN won the competition to design the first theater in Pingshan, a new urban district of Shenzhen. This gave us a chance to take a critical look at the development of the Chinese theaters, in order to explore a new possibility.


OPEN协助甲方改写和重新组合了任务书,将“正式”的剧院功能,和“非正式”的市民文化教育活动及商业功能结合起来,还增加了一个小型的黑盒子表演空间 (black box theater) 以灵活地满足小型演出的需求。通过打破通常剧院功能单一的局面,使其成为复合的表演艺术中心和真正的公民建筑,并实现运营上的可持续性。

By a quiet stretch of beach along the coast of Bohai Bay in northern China, OPEN designed an art space that rising out of the sea, like a solitude piece of Rock. A long walkway connects it to the seashore.

The ‘Rock’ is formed by two lines: one perpendicular to the shore; the other perpendicular to the true north; with 15 degrees in between. With Plan geometry identical to the Elevation, it establishes a geometry order in the nature.

This project is a story about how industrial relics are reincarnated through art in a new era of city development. A group of decommissioned oil tanks, a pool for fire-fighting, and the site they sit on – previously Longhua airport on a prime stretch of Huangpu River, are preserved and transformed into an urban park. The tanks are turned from containers of oil to containers of art and life. A new ‘Super-Surface’ is created to link the separate tanks from underneath while providing an undulating grassy sculpture park on the roof.


“礁石”的几何形态由两条线构成,一条垂直于海岸,一条垂直于正北,两线夹角15度。艺术空间的立面与平面形状一致。几何与秩序, 沉静与坚决的力量。这是一个面向大海的展览空间,同时拥有一个闭关创作的艺术家工作室。连接“礁石”与海岸的栈道,是一条朝圣艺术之路。这条栈道只有在一定的时间和适合的潮汐下,才能显露出来,涨潮时,只有乘船才能到达美术馆。

Tsinghua Ocean Center, a laboratory and office building for the newly established ocean deep-ocean research base of Tsinghua University, is located at the eastern end of the Tsinghua graduate school campus in Shenzhen Xili University Town, and right next to the main campus entrance.





OPEN’s Exhibition design for the Shanghai Project @ Himalaya Museum


This project is an experiment to break down the spatial barriers from conventional museum structure between the artwork and artwork, and between the art and the public, thus establishing a new kind of relationship between arts, in this case, the Projects, and between the Projects and the Public.

OPEN“上海种子展览设计 @ 喜马拉雅美术馆



Pudong’s Lujiazui, an iconic postcard perfect city center of glittering objects, the triumph of Chinese urban development. It no longer needs more objects to be exciting. It urgently calls for the attention to people’s real need, and the return of nature in the concrete jungle.

Imagine a park that shelters natural inhabitants, including ourselves; We also need art, to enlighten our wondering soul.

To envision a future where people all live along the coast and leave the mainland free for nature, which will become a publically accessible international vacation resort.

HEX-SYS is a reconfigurable and reusable building system OPEN Architecture designed. As our reaction to the unique Chinese phenomenon in the recent decades’ building frenzy – the production of vast amount of flamboyant but short-lived buildings, this modular building system can easily adapt to many different functions, and can be disassembled and reused, thus extending a building’s life cycle and saving great amount of resources. By being modular and prefabricated, it can be built much faster than traditional buildings.


In May 2015, Shenzhen Art Museum and Shenzhen Library organized an international design competition for their new homes in Longhua District. 134 firms submitted concept proposals for the first stage, 8 firms were selected to enter the second phase competition in July, among them OMA, Steven Holl, Mecanoo, OPEN, KSP, and others. Below is OPEN’s competition entry for the 2nd phase.

Design Concept


2015年5月,深圳美术馆和深圳图书馆组织“龙华两馆”建筑设计国际竞赛。7月,评委从134家设计单位的概念方案及其它资格预审材料中选出了OMA、Steven Holl、Mecanoo、KSP、OPEN等8家单位,参加第二轮的正式竞赛。以下是OPEN在第二轮的参赛方案。





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