Floating Tiananmen and Adorning Tiananmen are two installations concepts for the Tiananmen Square. Each of the concepts highlights the sky realm and ground space of the symbolic square, enriching the public space through design imagination.
Floating Tiananmen is a self floating canopy carried by airships. The canopy measured 500 m x 880m is the exact size of the Tiananmen Square, mirroring its significance in the sky. The canopy will provide shading to the square during the day, as well as collecting energy with a network of solar panels on its surface. At night the canopy will float to other urban areas in Beijing or other cities in China.
Created as a gesture for celebration and gathering, Adorning Tiananmen is a grassroots installation for the public. From small to big, 20 objects of 5 different diameter dimensions compose the toolbox to adorn the Tiananmen Square. These objects provide various services to the public, arranging from seatings, to landscape elements, to exhibition spaces and ect. All the objects are movable, encouraging the public to reorganize in different combinations to adopt their needs, whether to support the daily activities that are already existing at the square, or to accommodate special events and exhibitions.
This project calls for a complete interior fit out and renovation for a townhouse in north Beijing for an architect couple with two children.
"Connection" is introduced as the concept, and guilding operation to transform this developer-built house. A double-height solaris/ atrium is inserted inbetween the two main existing volumes, with two sky-light geometrically aligend with morning and afternoon light to penetrate from the top, and suspected large glass wall allows a completely open connection from the living space to the garden outside. This atrium connects the different spaces within the house both horizontally and vertically, spatially and visually.
Five gardens of various sizes and themes are located at different levels and locations of the house, a sunken play garden, a roof-top vegetable garden, a linear ground bamboo garden, and a flower welcoming garden up front.
Built-in furnitures and floors are made of rapidly renewable materials such as bamboo, cork and strawboard throughout the house, while the energy use is minimized with combination of ground source heat pump and radiant floor, with the help of abandance of natural light and improved natual ventilation.